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PFT’s wild card picks

Lions quarterback Stafford congratulates Saints quarterback Brees after the Saints beat the Lions in their NFL football game in New Orleans Reuters

With matching 10-6 records in Week 17, I finished the regular season seven games behind Rosenthal.

But there are still 11 games to go.  (Counting the Pro Bowl, there are 12.)

So I’m saying there’s a chance. . . .

For the regular season, Rosenthal is 169-87.  I’m 162-94.

Bengals at Texans

Florio’s take:  With neither team having any realistic shot at advancing beyond the division round, this one feels like a bowl game that, fortunately for the Texans, is being played on their home field.  The Texans have little playoff experience, but they get to play another team that doesn’t have much more.  With a flu bug possibly snaking through the Cincinnati locker room, there’s a chance that Bengals fans will be feeling nauseous by Saturday night.

Florio’s pick:  Texans 23, Bengals 17.

Rosenthal’s take: There’s a “happy to be there” vibe to both of these teams. But only the Bengals are lucky to even make the playoffs. They can’t beat quality teams. Houston’s defense is more dangerous and more balanced. The Texans running game is superior too. Throw in one of the best home atmospheres in the league, and the Texans may win going away.

Rosenthal’s pick: Texans 23, Bengals 13.

Lions at Saints

Florio’s take:  Through the first eight games of the 2011 season, Calvin Johnson and Matthew Stafford repeatedly connected, with 11 touchdowns and 804 yards.  After the Lions’ bye, teams spent more time blanketing Johnson.  When defenses took him away, Matthew Stafford had nowhere else to go — especially without a running game.  Eventually, Stafford decided to throw it to Johnson even if Johnson wasn’t open.  In the last three games, Johnson and Stafford have connected for 530 yards and four scores.  The Saints beat the Lions by 14 points during the period when Stafford wasn’t throwing it to Johnson when Johnson appeared to be covered.  And so, partially under the influence of a desire to catch Rosenthal and partially under the influence of one or more potent beverages, I’ve got a feeling that the Lions will make the last three-pointer in the basketball game that will unfold on the floor of the Superdome.

Florio’s pick:  Lions 44, Saints 41.

Rosenthal’s take: This isn’t the matchup Detroit wanted. Matthew Stafford struggles against the blitz; the Saints love to blitz. You beat New Orleans by running; Detroit can’t run. The vaunted Detroit defensive line is no longer a difference maker. This is like an Arena League game for New Orleans’ defense. Get three stops and they win.

Rosenthal’s pick: Saints 44, Lions 31.

Falcons at Giants

Florio’s take:  So Eli Manning once again is elite, even though Victor Cruz has saved Eli’s salsa with big catches — and runs — in the last two weeks.  And the Giants have some Super Bowl buzz, given the memories of what they accomplished back in 2007.  But these Giants have a bad habit of showing up only in huge moments, and there’s nothing about a wild-card visit from the Falcons that will make the Giants feel like they did in the past two games against the Jets and Cowboys.  If — and it could be a big if — the Falcons resist the urge to justify trading up for Julio Jones and/or to prove that Matt Ryan is a big-time quarterback and simply run the ball and run the ball and run the ball some more, they can get the Giants on their heels and infest MetLife Stadium with the same funk that existed when the Redskins, Seahawks, and Eagles won there.

Florio’s pick:  Falcons 24, Giants 21.

Rosenthal’s take: The Falcons traded up for Julio Jones to get more explosive on offense and they were more explosive down the stretch. The Giants defense is prone to giving up big plays. This just feels like a game the Falcons have been building towards for a few years. It’s their time. At least for one week.

Rosenthal’s pick: Falcons 24, Giants 21.

Steelers at Broncos

Florio’s take:  If Lions-Saints is destined to be a basketball game, a hockey match could be breaking out in Broncoland.  The Steelers are sluggish on the road, losing in Baltimore, Houston, and San Francisco, and barely winning in Indianapolis, Kansas City, and Cleveland.  But the Broncos aren’t the Ravens, Texans, or 49ers.  And the Steelers, despite any real or imagined or embellished injuries, will find a way to shut down the Denver running game, and in turn ensure that Air Tebow will be nothing more than a paper airplane.

Florio’s pick:  Steelers 13, Broncos 9.

Rosenthal’s take: If the Chiefs and Browns can keep things close against Pittsburgh, the Broncos can make this a game. When Tebow Time arrives, however, the Steelers defense seems more likely to score a touchdown than this dreadful Denver passing attack.

Rosenthal’s pick:  Steelers 16, Broncos 10.

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150 Responses to “PFT’s wild card picks”
  1. donz0 says: Jan 5, 2012 10:52 AM

    Texans, Saints, Giants, Steelers

  2. bengalsown says: Jan 5, 2012 10:53 AM

    Wow one guy misses practice with an illness and all of a sudden there’s a bug going around the locker room that will have an effect on the game?

    Are you kidding me?

    Bengals win, 27-7

  3. burtomatic says: Jan 5, 2012 10:56 AM

    bengals 23 texans 3

  4. southpaw2k says: Jan 5, 2012 10:56 AM

    I love me some Wild Card Weekend, but I don’t think any of the results will really shock anyone. I see the Texans, Saints, Giants, and Steelers all winning, and then the real upsets happen next week when the Saints take out San Fran and the Steelers take out the Patriots.

  5. 700levelvet says: Jan 5, 2012 10:58 AM

    41-21 saints….by 20….Brees throws for 385 yards and 4 td’s…With one pic….Nostradamus has spoken, and will paste and cut this after the game…………..book it gambling degenerates…….MONEY

  6. polishrod says: Jan 5, 2012 10:59 AM

    Oh my, even Rosie the Giants homer picked the Falcons.

    I wonder if Eli made a tee-time for next weekend yet?

  7. austrianpanther says: Jan 5, 2012 11:01 AM

    You guys failed to predict the outcome of the Jets playoff game!!!

  8. mmeta says: Jan 5, 2012 11:03 AM

    I am a Saints fan. That being said, no one comments that the Lions did not beat one team with winning record. Their win games were 5 teams were 8-8, one 7-9, one 6-10, two 3-13 and one 4-12.

    Just reminder Saints 13-3

  9. klunge says: Jan 5, 2012 11:05 AM

    Actually a shrewd move picking the Lions. If they do win you will look like the media’s lone visionary. If they lose you can say you were just picking against 3G trying to close the gap! It’s genius.

  10. chc4 says: Jan 5, 2012 11:06 AM

    Saints/Lions ought to be interesting. If there is one team that can outscore NO (besides GB) it is Detroit. Just can’t see the Lions getting enough stops though.

  11. jakek2 says: Jan 5, 2012 11:07 AM

    This Giants’ fan is ECSTATIC both of you guys picked against us. All I need is for a few more outlets to agree with you and the Giants will be all but guaranteed to win.

  12. Kaz says: Jan 5, 2012 11:07 AM

    The Bengals have been in the playoffs 3/6 of the last season and 2/3 of the last 3. The Texans have never been. Yet both have equal playoff experience.

    The Bengals were the 32nd ranked team in the league by this site and many others. We are proud to have made it to the playoff but not “lucky” because we couldn’t beat good teams. We beat bad teams that were “better” than us per pundits world wide….

    Moral of the story is no matter what turns out the fans won’t be disappointed because expectations were so low. The future looks bright.

  13. nineroutsider says: Jan 5, 2012 11:10 AM

    Bengals
    Saints
    Giants
    Steelers

    The Lions are going into the Super Dome and beating the Saints; that just smacks of desperation Flo. If you wanted to make an intelligent reach and pick against Rosy you should have gone with the Bengals…they are much more likely to win than the Lions. Or the Giants at home, but the Lions on the road? Nothing against the Lions, would love to see it happen, but I know the 9ers will get the Saints.

    Hopefully we do get some compelling, wild games this weekend!

  14. steelersownyou says: Jan 5, 2012 11:11 AM

    Steelers 38 Broncos 0 Final

  15. southpaw2k says: Jan 5, 2012 11:12 AM

    “The Texans have little playoff experience, but they get to play another team that doesn’t have much more.”

    What exactly does this mean? The Texans have never been to the playoffs, and Kubiak hasn’t coached in the playoffs since 2005. Lewis has had more playoff coaching experience than Kubiak, but he has yet to win a playoff game as head coach. It’s a bunch of newbies vs. another bunch of newbies.

  16. mikeeg says: Jan 5, 2012 11:12 AM

    The most shocking thing about these picks is they both have Tebow getting more then 3 points

  17. 700levelvet says: Jan 5, 2012 11:14 AM

    and Denver gets shut out……as much as i’d like to continue to pay each and everyone’s mortgage….I have given enough info here………for a nice profit

  18. drexelvol says: Jan 5, 2012 11:15 AM

    Eli is elite…again? That changes on a weekly basis, doesn’t it? Face it, he’s no elite QB.

  19. 8man says: Jan 5, 2012 11:17 AM

    I have Bengals, Saints, Giants and Steelers.

    The Giants are coming on, the Bengals can hang with the Texans I expect very little drama in the last game. Even banged up, the only edge the Steelers don’t have is playing at home.

    Detroit has been a great story, but I don’t think anyone, including Green Bay or New England, can beat the Saints at home. It was just a bad draw for the Lions.

  20. golonger says: Jan 5, 2012 11:17 AM

    popdawg99 – of course it does, you just can’t read!

  21. kidpresentable says: Jan 5, 2012 11:19 AM

    “Just can’t see the Lions getting enough stops though.”

    See Flynn, Matt.

    While I would love to see the Lions win because they are flawed, mentally unstable, and therefore an easier match-up for the Packers than an eventual Saints game would be, I just don’t see them going to New Orleans and winning.

    I think this could be a boring week with the only possible upset being the Falcons possibly knocking off the Giants. I suppose the Bengals could beat the Texans, but neither of those teams will win the AFC so it doesn’t matter to people not fans of those teams.

  22. randomguy9999 says: Jan 5, 2012 11:19 AM

    amazing that no Tebowmaniacs are howling at this post yet…

    prediction: Tebow will go 5/18, 70yards, 1td, 2ints, 1 fum lost, 20 yards rushing and have the last QB start of his career.

  23. tampajoey says: Jan 5, 2012 11:19 AM

    The Detroit Lions are overrated just like last seasons Bucs.

    The Saints will crush the Lions!

  24. rmc1995 says: Jan 5, 2012 11:19 AM

    Stafford played with a broken finger after their bye week for a few games. To say he had no where else to throw it other than CJ is way off. In the last Saints game he threw it to 9 other receivers and 400 yards. Penalties killed the Lions not the Saints defense. The Lions shut down the Saints in the second half. The Saints aren’t a team to lay off the gas.

    Stafford struggles against the blitz? 5000 yards and 41 TDs say he doesn’t struggle against anything but a broken finger which is healed. Corey Williams, Suh, Fairly, and LoJack will be playing together for the first time this season. They will be a factor. Not mentioned was the return of Delmas. This will be huge.

  25. ProDolphinsTalk says: Jan 5, 2012 11:20 AM

    The Bengals, Texans, and Lions made the playoffs? Where am I?

  26. tommccrossin says: Jan 5, 2012 11:21 AM

    I says aum bengals 63 ta 3
    Daaaa bengals

  27. whitemike55 says: Jan 5, 2012 11:23 AM

    “There’s a “happy to be there” vibe to both of these teams.”

    Rosenthal, that’s not the vide down here in Houston nor in the Houston Locker room.

    We expected to be in the playoffs! Remember we were one of the 1st teams to clinch the division.

    Even with a 3rd string QB this team believes. With a Great Defense and best Oline and RB and WR in the league, anything can happen.

    GO TEXANS!!!!!

  28. whitemike55 says: Jan 5, 2012 11:24 AM

    ProDolphinsTalk says:
    Jan 5, 2012 11:20 AM
    The Bengals, Texans, and Lions made the playoffs? Where am I?

    Like many other years Dolphin fan, your on the couch come January… while watching the Patriots. Enjoy.

  29. suhnami says: Jan 5, 2012 11:25 AM

    Of course this game will be over by 1/2 time…Saints to blow out the Seahawks….oh wait my bad they’re playing the Lions? sorry deja vu

  30. myopinionisrighterthanyours says: Jan 5, 2012 11:26 AM

    Mike/Greggggggggg

    Since these games mean more, you should make them a little more meaningful in the standings. Say, 2 points this week, 3 next, etc.

  31. suhnami says: Jan 5, 2012 11:27 AM

    tampajoey says: Jan 5, 2012 11:19 AM

    The Detroit Lions are overrated just like last seasons Bucs.

    The Saints will crush the Lions!

    ———————————-

    overrated just like the Seahawks last year! lol oops my bad…too soon??

  32. jeffchadwick says: Jan 5, 2012 11:27 AM

    I’ve seen this “Lions didn’t beat anybody with a winning record this year” comment a few times (they did beat five 8-8 teams). Guess who else didn’t beat a single team with a winning record? The New England Patriots. I suppose there will be many predicting an early playoff exit for the Pats next week as well based on that silly statistic.

  33. theroc5156 says: Jan 5, 2012 11:28 AM

    I’m a Bengals fan and don’t understand why a lot of people are picking them to win. No running game and the defense has been gashed lately. I hope I am wrong but I see the Texans winning.

    Texans 27 Bengals 13
    Steelers 24 Broncos 0
    Giants 31 Falcons 21
    Saints 38 Lions 17

  34. rmc1995 says: Jan 5, 2012 11:29 AM

    @mmeta

    What you seem to ignore is that had the lions not beaten the 8-8 teams they would all have winning records.

    The Saints let down against the Rams. There is no such let down with the lions. The lions are 5-3 on the road and this isn’t their first time in NOLA.

  35. chr8848 says: Jan 5, 2012 11:30 AM

    Bengals (Dalton over Yates), Saints (Brees at home), Giants (Dome team going outdoors), Broncos (Tebow, Injuries & Altitude, also see Seahawks last year)

  36. rexryanseacrest says: Jan 5, 2012 11:31 AM

    If Tim Tebow played for the Saints, he would be Tim Tebeaux.

    Bengals, Saints, Giants, Steelers

    3 AFC North Teams in the Divisional Round would be kinda crazy. Has that ever happened before?

  37. mineallmine001 says: Jan 5, 2012 11:35 AM

    You guys failed to predict the outcome of the Jets playoff game!!!

    ————————————————

    The paper tiger Sb winner has already recieved its trophy. They are preparing for next years paper tiger award.

  38. dvdman123 says: Jan 5, 2012 11:39 AM

    First of all this is a MUCH better Saints team the Lions will be facing on Saturday night then the one they played a month ago. The Lion’s defense gave up 500 yards of offense to a Packer’s team playing with back ups. They made Matt Flynn look like he was better then Aaron Rodgers. Can you imagine what Drew Brees and that Saints offense will do to Detroit? Do I need to say anything else?

  39. jeffchadwick says: Jan 5, 2012 11:40 AM

    3 AFC North Teams in the Divisional Round would be kinda crazy. Has that ever happened before?

    ____

    1992-1993 – Eagles, Cowboys, Redskins
    1997-1998 – Packers, Bucs, Vikings

    Doesn’t look like it’s happened since the NFL went to eight divisions though.

  40. weepingjebus says: Jan 5, 2012 11:40 AM

    The Saints are going to destroy the Lions, and I don’t see the Falcons doing much against the Giants either. I usually love wildcard weekend, but the only matchup that seems halfway interesting is Steelers/Broncos, and that just for the circus atmosphere and interventions by the Almighty.

  41. sterilizecromartie says: Jan 5, 2012 11:41 AM

    Steelers @ Broncos = Saints @ Seahawks 2.0

    Tim Tebow will break into his own beast mode and stiff arm James Harrison into another galaxy!!!

  42. reddskeletor says: Jan 5, 2012 11:43 AM

    The Giants have faltered in critical situations; still, the Falcons are just lame, with QB Matty Vanilla and last year’s playoff blowout against GB. Considering what Chicago did to them at the beginning of the season and what the Saints recently did, you estimates are way off. I think the Giants win this one easily (should be fun to watch Vanilla Ice get flattened by the Giants pass-rush).

  43. circussquirrel says: Jan 5, 2012 11:44 AM

    Enough already with the Bengals can’t beat quality teams. The #1 seed in the AFC didn’t beat ANY winning teams this year. The Bengals at least beat 1.

  44. binarybulge says: Jan 5, 2012 11:45 AM

    tampajoey says:
    Jan 5, 2012 11:19 AM

    The Detroit Lions are overrated just like last seasons Bucs.

    So what is it you think about THIS season’s Bucs? Interesting the Saints could only pull a split with them both seasons.

    Saints fans are mighty comfortable considering the Rams and Bucs stinkers.

    By the way, the Packers have already shown that the Saints can be beaten in a shoot-out. I know it was at Lambeau, but it was also the prime-time opening game. Both teams had plenty of time to prepare, and post-lockout, it had plenty of meaning. The conditions were mild, and the Saints lost. The Lions have a similar team. They look to kill you through the air, and the defense is porous.

    I wouldn’t bet on the Lions, but I also won’t be surprised if they make a game of it.

  45. 7to10for6allday says: Jan 5, 2012 11:46 AM

    Falcons 31 skeefozo giants 20.

  46. naanunaanu says: Jan 5, 2012 11:55 AM

    Steelownyou = biggest tool on the site

    Pitt38 broncos 0 ???? Get out of here and go back to your double wide

  47. andrejohnsonforpresident says: Jan 5, 2012 11:55 AM

    They better keep the roof opened at Reliant Stadium this weekend cause the fans are gonna blow it off!!

    Also Broncos beat steelers this weekend.

  48. dougydougdoug says: Jan 5, 2012 11:56 AM

    I didn’t see the Yets listed here. Have they definitely been mathematically eliminated?

  49. skipbayless says: Jan 5, 2012 12:00 PM

    How many of you would bet 10 bucks on the Broncos straight up. I have Steelers and my buddy has Broncos and we are both Eagles fans. If Tebow beats the Steelers, i might think they are old and done, even wit a broke Big Ben and torn ACL mendenhall and no Clark for his sickle cell trait or whatever.

  50. judge41 says: Jan 5, 2012 12:01 PM

    some serious groupthink going on there with your picks. all the scores are about the same.

  51. thatobnoxiousguy says: Jan 5, 2012 12:02 PM

    Super Bowl pick:

    J-E-T-S 69
    Saints 0

    ~Courtesy of Rex Ryan~

  52. buffalomafia says: Jan 5, 2012 12:03 PM

    Bengals, Falcons,Saints, Steelers

  53. stevincinci says: Jan 5, 2012 12:04 PM

    Cincinnati 23, Houston 16.

  54. jamezz23 says: Jan 5, 2012 12:05 PM

    This lions saints game is going to be closer than most think. New orleans team isn’t looking unbeatable. Drew brees will have a ton of pressure in him this playoffs because its all on him literally and the team has high expectations. Same with Stafford but they are playing with house money. Perfect setup for an upset.

  55. 8man says: Jan 5, 2012 12:05 PM

    To those of you referencing last year’s Seahawk upset of the Saints, please remember that the Hawk were led by a veteran QB who played in a Super Bowl. Ask yourself if the guy for the team you expect to do the same has the same qualifications.

    Denver fans, I’ll be the first to crawl back onto this site and pump your tires if the Broncos win and I know you all have to be hopeful and supportive because you are fans. But it ain’t happening.

    In none of the parallel universes does your team advance. The Steelers, though I hate to say it, when healthy, are perhaps the best balanced team in the league. And 8-8 teams, with three game losing streaks don’t win playoff games.

  56. hineswardcriesafterfumbling says: Jan 5, 2012 12:08 PM

    I’m a Bengals fan and don’t understand why a lot of people are picking them to win. No running game and the defense has been gashed lately. I hope I am wrong but I see the Texans winning.
    ——————————–
    I’m not saying the Bengals will win Saturday, but people think they can win because they played the Texans 3 weeks ago and gave the game away in the last minute.

    Andre Johnson didn’t play in the last matchup, and the Bengals secondary has been ugly lately. If the front seven can make Yates look like a rookie, and hold up against the run the way they did a few weeks ago, anything can happen.

    My optimism is very tempered. With the Bengals history (and pretty much the recent history of Ohio sports in general) there’s room for a let-down. But something tells me this isn’t the same old Bengals team. I would love to see Dalton win a playoff game as a rookie while Carson Palmer sits at home and counts his 80 mil.

  57. binarybulge says: Jan 5, 2012 12:09 PM

    8man says:
    Jan 5, 2012 12:05 PM
    To those of you referencing last year’s Seahawk upset of the Saints, please remember that the Hawk were led by a veteran QB who played in a Super Bowl. Ask yourself if the guy for the team you expect to do the same has the same qualifications.

    Check the numbers. Jackson is outplaying Hasselbeck when you compare those seasons.

  58. packerfan1000 says: Jan 5, 2012 12:10 PM

    41-21 saints….by 20….Brees throws for 385 yards and 4 td’s…With one pic….Nostradamus has spoken, and will paste and cut this after the game…………..book it gambling degenerates…….MONEY

    ——————–

    If your prediction comes true, I’ll be sort of impressed. If you can paste something before cutting it, I’ll be really impressed.

  59. rmc1995 says: Jan 5, 2012 12:13 PM

    Don’t take too much stock in that lions packers game. That was the first time the lions faced Flynn who had rodgers calling plays for a guy auditioning for free agency. Throw out all tendencies and normal game situations. Flynn played because the pack had nothing to lose andand he had everything tohas gain by taking shots deep. The lions couldn’t prepare defensively in that scenario. However, they have faced Brees, but Brees did not face houston, delmas or Suh.

    The Baltimore Ravens gave up over 500 yards to the jets in the last game of the 2000 season.

  60. ProDolphinsTalk says: Jan 5, 2012 12:13 PM

    ProDolphinsTalk says:
    Jan 5, 2012 11:20 AM
    The Bengals, Texans, and Lions made the playoffs? Where am I?

    whitemike55 says:
    Like many other years Dolphin fan, your on the couch come January… while watching the Patriots. Enjoy.

    RE: Well played sir. I’ll especially enjoy watching the Pats get man-handled once again. Yes the Dolphins are borderline miserable but 18-1 and a few early exits are the freshest memories I have of your squad and it will continue this year. 2004 was forever ago. Thanks for the feedback though! Have a great day.

  61. cwmorga says: Jan 5, 2012 12:13 PM

    Not much love for the Saints defense, huh guys? The Saints’ D has given up over 17 points at home twice this season (33 to the Texans in Week 3 and 24 to the Giants in a blowout). I’m not saying the Saints defense is all-world, but the Lions aren’t dropping 44 on the Saints in the Dome, and I’d put money against them hitting Rosenthal’s 31.

    Saints 41-23

  62. whodat2 says: Jan 5, 2012 12:14 PM

    C’mon man!!!! No shot of the Saints giving up 44pts to the Lions at home in prime time!!

  63. klunge says: Jan 5, 2012 12:16 PM

    8man says:
    Jan 5, 2012 12:05 PM
    To those of you referencing last year’s Seahawk upset of the Saints, please remember that the Hawk were led by a veteran QB who played in a Super Bowl. Ask yourself if the guy for the team you expect to do the same has the same qualifications.
    ———————————————-
    Nope, Stafford has not been to a Super Bowl. He certainly is a better QB though.

  64. zaggs says: Jan 5, 2012 12:16 PM

    “But these Giants have a bad habit of showing up only in huge moments, and there’s nothing about a wild-card visit from the Falcons that will make the Giants feel like they did in the past two games against the Jets and Cowboys.”

    Huh? Nothing about a wild card playoff game that will make them feel like its a huge moment? Seriously?

    “The Giants defense is prone to giving up big plays. ”

    Yeah, when people have been injured and the defensive play caller has changed. Except they’re pretty healthy right now. Not that they will shut anyone out, but they’ve got their 4 d-end line back. Kiwi, Tuck, Osi and JP the beast P all coming at Matty Ryan? Shiz, Matty going to be running faster than Usain Bolt.

  65. havok82 says: Jan 5, 2012 12:17 PM

    mmeta says:
    Jan 5, 2012 11:03 AM
    I am a Saints fan. That being said, no one comments that the Lions did not beat one team with winning record. Their win games were 5 teams were 8-8, one 7-9, one 6-10, two 3-13 and one 4-12.

    Just reminder Saints 13-3

    —————————————

    Yeah, but two of their three losses were to AWFUL teams. Arguably the two worst teams in the NFL down the stretch. Sorry, the Saints are getting TOO much love right now. That defense is just as suspect as any other. Yes, they can score on Offense, but that defense doesn’t do a single thing well. I think the game isn’t as lopsided as people make it out to be. I still think the Saints win, but it will be close and come down to the wire.

  66. cruzzzzzznyg80 says: Jan 5, 2012 12:19 PM

    Cruz, Nicks, Manningham JPP OSI Tuck, Eli need I say more? Giants 34 Birds 21

  67. jeffchadwick says: Jan 5, 2012 12:22 PM

    And 8-8 teams, with three game losing streaks don’t win playoff games.
    ________

    Given that Denver is – as best I can tell – only the second 8-8 team in the NFL history to make the playoffs on a three-game losing streak, that’s really going out on a limb there.

    But hey, 7-9 teams who had lost three of four and five of seven can win games apparently.

  68. east96st says: Jan 5, 2012 12:22 PM

    “Oh my, even Rosie the Giants homer picked the Falcons. I wonder if Eli made a tee-time for next weekend yet?”

    He tried, polishrod, but he was told that the Eagles and all their fans had booked every open slot between now and August months ago. August is open because that’s the month all the inbred Philly fans have their 52nd “This is the year we win it all or bust” party.

  69. zaggs says: Jan 5, 2012 12:22 PM

    Texans, Lions, Giants, Steelers.

  70. suhnami says: Jan 5, 2012 12:26 PM

    8man says: Jan 5, 2012 12:05 PM

    To those of you referencing last year’s Seahawk upset of the Saints, please remember that the Hawk were led by a veteran QB who played in a Super Bowl. Ask yourself if the guy for the team you expect to do the same has the same qualifications.

    ——————————

    i would take stafford over hasselbeck

  71. raiders757 says: Jan 5, 2012 12:26 PM

    The Broncos, who are arguably the worst team to ever make the NFL post season, are going to shock the world. We can’t get rid of “Tebow Mania” soon enough, but his star will shine one more time before it fizzles away into nothingness. This just screams of a trap game for the overrated Steelers.

  72. derekjude says: Jan 5, 2012 12:27 PM

    I’ll put 20 on tebow. As a fan of his I dont see him laying an egg in a playoff game. Its the same game he’s been playing since a kid and both him and the broncos deserve to be in the playoffs. My output is with mendenhall out, the broncos have a hell of a better running game than the steelers, and come january and feburary the running game is what is needed most. Den 16 pitt 13 in a stunning tebow ot comeback :)

  73. ammarradhi says: Jan 5, 2012 12:27 PM

    mmeta says:
    Jan 5, 2012 11:03 AM
    I am a Saints fan. That being said, no one comments that the Lions did not beat one team with winning record. Their win games were 5 teams were 8-8, one 7-9, one 6-10, two 3-13 and one 4-12.

    Just reminder Saints 13-3

    Just a reminder Saints lost to the Rams…just saying

  74. ticalcaldwell says: Jan 5, 2012 12:27 PM

    “But only the Bengals are lucky to even make the playoffs.”

    uh yeah, who were the Texans 3 losses at the end of the season to??Colts, Titans and Panthers….yeah…they really deserve it…….they are so much more superior

  75. objectivenflfan says: Jan 5, 2012 12:32 PM

    Texans 24 Bengals 17
    Broncos 21 Steelers 20
    Giants 28 Falcons 24
    Saints 41 Lions 35

  76. metcalfer says: Jan 5, 2012 12:34 PM

    The Texans-Bengals game will come down to the wire again. They meet 4 weeks ago with the Texans getting a win 20-19 win with only 2 seconds on the clock. After that game the Texans have lost at Home vs. Panthers (28-13), at Colts (19-16), & Home vs. Titans (23-22). Non made the playoffs. The Bengals haven’t beating a playoff team all year. If Matt Schaub was in there this a no brainer, but now you’ve got two rookie quarterbacks. The team that makes the fewer mistakes wins.

  77. raiders757 says: Jan 5, 2012 12:39 PM

    derekjude says: Jan 5, 2012 12:27 PM

    I’ll put 20 on tebow. As a fan of his I dont see him laying an egg in a playoff game. Its the same game he’s been playing since a kid and both him and the broncos deserve to be in the playoffs.

    ———————————-

    I’ve got that Tebow feeling as well, and hate it. That said, your Broncos hardly “deserve” to be in the playoffs. They backed in by default. In reality, nobody from the AFC West “deserves” to be in the playoffs this season. This Bronco team is easily one of the worst teams to ever make the NFL post season. Despite all that, it’s going to be so funny watching the Steeler fans cry after being embarrassed by the horrible Broncos.

  78. havok82 says: Jan 5, 2012 12:40 PM

    The Pats didn’t play anyone other than Pittsburgh or the Giants that finished above .500. They did have 7 wins against teams that finished at .500, though. When you factor in that the loss (or two for the Jets) MADE them a .500 team……

    The Pats and Steelers played 9 games vs .500 or better. The Pats went 7-2. The Steelers went 5-4. The Saints played 8 games versus .500 or above and went 7-1. The Packers played 10 games and went 10-0. You play the schedule they give you. I just wanted to point out that discounting teams at .500 is silly.

  79. redmond4480 says: Jan 5, 2012 12:41 PM

    What about the jets? who tho they playing?

  80. wikidpissah says: Jan 5, 2012 12:41 PM

    austrianpanther says: Jan 5, 2012 11:01 AM

    You guys failed to predict the outcome of the Jets playoff game!!!
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    The Jets have a bye, it came with running away with the AFC East….

  81. ajknox88 says: Jan 5, 2012 12:44 PM

    As long as Stafford plays like last week I don’t see a reason why the Lion’s don’t have a chance against the Saints.

    To Saint’s fans, it will not be a blowout. Stop embarrasing yourself and looking like that 7rings guy.

  82. tswan16 says: Jan 5, 2012 12:45 PM

    I’m so tired of the “they haven’t beat a team with a winning record” argument against the Bengals. Please, please, someone tell me how many teams with winning records did New England beat this season, I know they played three, but did they beat any? Seems to me they beat up on inferior opponents all season, like Cincinnati did, but Cincy gets tore apart in the media for it and New England is anointed Super Bowl favorites.

  83. metcalfer says: Jan 5, 2012 12:45 PM

    The Saints-Lions game should be the best game in week one. The Lions can win this. But once again they will shot themselve in the foot. They seem to be the most undisciplined team in football. Some how they’ll get a personal foul to keep a drive going. They did it the first meeting with the Saints. That’s why I’m picking the Saints. Plus the Saints are 8-0 at home.

  84. panther17 says: Jan 5, 2012 12:47 PM

    mikeeg says: Jan 5, 2012 11:12 AM

    The most shocking thing about these picks is they both have Tebow getting more then 3 points

    ___________________________________

    2 Int in the game. One returned for a TD other leaves Broncos in FG range. One predicting a missed XP.

  85. Awol.West says: Jan 5, 2012 12:54 PM

    A look at all the playoff teams and a quick hit comparison.
    awolwest.wordpress.com/2012/01/04/2011-2012-nfl-playoff-picture/

    The first playoff game this weekend kicks off with the AFC matchup: Bengals @ Texans. Houston won 20-19 in the regular season, but will they do it again? http://awolwest.wordpress.com/2012/01/04/afc-playoffs-bengals-texans/

    Click on my name for the blog site, which include recent discussion on the Eagles & Bears.

    Happy New Year!

  86. diehardsaintsfan says: Jan 5, 2012 12:55 PM

    Stafford = 0 Playoff experience
    Brees = Super Bowl MVP ( not to mention the 4,000 records he and the Saints broke ths season)

    Saints = 8-0 at Home

    Since the infamous Rams game, Saints have outscored opponents 287 – 129 during an 8 game win streak.

    Need I continue???

    Lions are way too young of a team to come into the loudest Dome on the Planet during Prime Time in the Playoffs and beat a team like the Saints.

    If this happens, I’ll give all the credit to the Lions and I hope they win it all because they deserve it…..but thats a tall task for such a young undisciplined team to accomplish. Just saying…

  87. homelanddefense says: Jan 5, 2012 1:14 PM

    Im hoping the Bengals win, much rather have my Patriots play them in the second round instead of Pittsburgh.

    Although I would also love it if Denver could beat Pitt. Wont happen but I would love it.

  88. ahs2 says: Jan 5, 2012 1:15 PM

    tampajoey says:
    Jan 5, 2012 11:19 AM
    The Detroit Lions are overrated just like last seasons Bucs.
    _________________________________
    Overrated?!?! Most had the Lions finishing 7-9 or 8-8 and not making the playoffs…as a Lions fan, for me 10 wins, Stafford’s growth, and beating the Chargers to cement the playoffs rather than having other teams lose to get in was great fwd progress after 0-16…and then making the playoffs was gravy, really tasty gravy!

    Regardless of the outcome Saturday, nothing to be ashamed of this year if you’re a Lions fan, we’re on the way up!!

  89. homelanddefense says: Jan 5, 2012 1:15 PM

    I’m so tired of the “they haven’t beat a team with a winning record” argument against the Bengals. Please, please, someone tell me how many teams with winning records did New England beat this season, I know they played three, but did they beat any? Seems to me they beat up on inferior opponents all season, like Cincinnati did, but Cincy gets tore apart in the media for it and New England is anointed Super Bowl favorites.

    ____________________________

    That is a valid point, and its also why almost no one will pick New England to win next week if they face Pittsburgh.

  90. metcalfer says: Jan 5, 2012 1:26 PM

    tswan16 says:
    Jan 5, 2012 12:45 PM
    I’m so tired of the “they haven’t beat a team with a winning record” argument against the Bengals. Please, please, someone tell me how many teams with winning records did New England beat this season, I know they played three, but did they beat any?

    The Patriots played 3 teams with winning records. They beat the Denver (41-23) & Lost to the Steelers (17-25) & Giants (20-24). I don’t think the Patriots are going to the Super Bowl cause they have the worst defense in the NFL. If you read what I wrote earlier I think the game can go either way. Like the first time they meet.

  91. gosuhgo says: Jan 5, 2012 1:27 PM

    The winner of Lions-Saints is going to be whoever is lucky enough to have the ball at the end of the game. I see one of those games where no one really loses, they just run out of time.

  92. rileypitt says: Jan 5, 2012 1:28 PM

    jeffchadwick says:
    Jan 5, 2012 11:27 AM
    I’ve seen this “Lions didn’t beat anybody with a winning record this year” comment a few times (they did beat five 8-8 teams). Guess who else didn’t beat a single team with a winning record? The New England Patriots. I suppose there will be many predicting an early playoff exit for the Pats next week as well based on that silly statistic.

    _______________________________

    ummm that’s actually a VERY meaningful statistic, and the Patriots WILL lose next week, especially if they play the Pittsburgh…

  93. sophiethegreatdane says: Jan 5, 2012 1:29 PM

    Regarding Steelers at Broncos, I shall refer to the wisdom of Dark Helmet:

    “Evil will always triumph because Good is dumb.”

  94. jakek2 says: Jan 5, 2012 1:37 PM

    Dear Mr. Goodell –

    I am the NFL fan you should be catering to, not the kid that buys one overrated WR jersey. I spend 1000’s a year on the Ticket, going to games, buying every piece of crap with my team’s logo on it, etc., etc,. etc.,

    That said, please note that the game I am most giddy about this weekend is Den-Pitt. I can give two craps about Brees and Stafford playing a 49-45 two-hand touch flag football game in a dome (no offense NO/DET fans). I can’t wait to see two teams with strong defenses strap on their helmets and wage violent war for 60 minutes. If it snows, all the better! This is what keeps this fan tuned in (and I’m a Giants fan!).

    Keep that in mind next offseason when you have another itch to ruin the game with your ticky tack rules aimed at allegedly protecting players.

  95. test2402 says: Jan 5, 2012 1:40 PM

    Tim Tebow wins.

  96. wikidpissah says: Jan 5, 2012 1:45 PM

    rileypitt says: Jan 5, 2012 1:28 PM

    ummm that’s actually a VERY meaningful statistic, and the Patriots WILL lose next week, especially if they play the Pittsburgh…
    ————————————————-

    Here’s a meaningful statistic for you…

    Brady is 8-2 Vs Pittsburgh, 2-0 in the playoffs.

  97. donbaseball says: Jan 5, 2012 1:49 PM

    “Bengals can’t beat a quality team”

    Guess what, neither did the Patriots – no wins against winning teams – and they’re the 1 seed. Save it.

    Bengals win this game, 24-20. PFT can bash them for at least another week.

  98. ready4doomboom says: Jan 5, 2012 1:51 PM

    Broncos 45 Steelers 3….

    Oh wait that was on Madden and I was playing the rookie difficulty level.

    Broncos fan here. Broncos 3 Steelers 7.

    Unless for some weird reason Tebow can complete 16 passed, Miller comes out of the cave he is been in the past few weeks and we win the TO battle we may have a shot. I’ll be the at least we made the playoffs after being the 2nd worst team in the league last yr guy. Good experience for this team moving forward. The positive thing is the Steelers will expose all our weakness’s and we can build off them.

  99. kbellrocks says: Jan 5, 2012 1:54 PM

    Rex Ryan and the Jets just missed the playoffs….by a foot!

  100. holeinone09 says: Jan 5, 2012 2:01 PM

    Although it seems the Steelers rarely blow anyone out no matter the talent differential, this could be a lopsided victory. I have a really hard time believing Tebow will put many points on the board against the Steeler defense, especially with Woodley and Harrison coming at him from the sides. Tebow, while a great story this year, isn’t going to change much in one week from what he has been all season long. If the Steelers don’t give up big 3rd downs, Denver might get whitewashed.

    Also, Ben is due for a good game, and he needs it. Their WRs are top notch, so they can score a lot of points if they are clicking.

    This looks like at least a 10-14 point victory for the Steelers to me. We’ll see. But I don’t care if they only win by 1 point.

    GO STEELERS!!

  101. GHOSTHOUSE says: Jan 5, 2012 2:08 PM

    diehardsaintsfan says:
    Jan 5, 2012 12:55 PM
    Stafford = 0 Playoff experience
    Brees = Super Bowl MVP ( not to mention the 4,000 records he and the Saints broke ths season)

    Saints = 8-0 at Home

    Since the infamous Rams game, Saints have outscored opponents 287 – 129 during an 8 game win streak.

    Need I continue???

    Lions are way too young of a team to come into the loudest Dome on the Planet during Prime Time in the Playoffs and beat a team like the Saints.

    —————————————

    Loudest dome on the planet? I think the Bears might disagree with you on that statistic. GO LIONS!!!!

  102. deadmanwalking47 says: Jan 5, 2012 2:13 PM

    texans 24-21
    saints 41-28
    giants 27-20
    steelers-24-10

  103. hgfrombc2 says: Jan 5, 2012 2:33 PM

    ” When defenses took him away, Matthew Stafford had nowhere else to go — especially without a running game.”

    Stafford threw for 408 yards in that game with 69 of those going to CJ.
    So I guess the other 339 yards through the air he threw to himself?

  104. steelcurtainn says: Jan 5, 2012 2:43 PM

    Teebags is sacked 5 times including 2 picks and the Broncos running game goes nowhere.
    Steelers 24-Broncos 3

  105. baldingerspinky says: Jan 5, 2012 3:00 PM

    I say falcons, saints, bengals and Denver.

    Ben on one leg vs Denver d? At least tebow can run for his life. It’ll be close but I think tebow pulls one off.

    New Orleans is in beast mode and may be unstoppable

    Giants beat two bad teams much like my eagles beat 4 bad teams, they arent that good this year The falcons have too many weapons and robinson will try to decapitate Cruz because he’s a dirt bag. Marty Ice wins his first playoff game.

    Bengals defense is better than texans offense.

  106. musicman495 says: Jan 5, 2012 3:12 PM

    Loudest dome on the planet? I think the Bears might disagree with you on that statistic. GO LIONS!!!!
    —————————————
    Bears had six sacks and about six false starts in their game this year at the Superdome.

    The Lions have greatly improved since these two teams met the first time, and I think the game will be closer than the betting line of 10+ points. But I think the Lions are still one year and a couple of more players away from winning this type of playoff game on the road.

  107. diehardsaintsfan says: Jan 5, 2012 3:29 PM

    GHOSTHOUSE says:
    Jan 5, 2012 2:08 PM

    Loudest dome on the planet? I think the Bears might disagree with you on that statistic. GO LIONS!!!!

    ================================== Pretty sure they would agree, they came down for a good ole fashioned Superdome Ass woopin too in week 2. This Game Saturday will make that game sound like the Preseason. Trust Me! I’ve been to all the big games….Deafening is an Understatement! WHO DAT!!

  108. purpleisreallypinkyouknow says: Jan 5, 2012 3:36 PM

    east96st says:Jan 5, 2012 12:22 PM

    August is open because that’s the month all the inbred Philly fans have their 52nd “This is the year we win it all or bust” party.
    __________________________________

    Flipping fantastic.

    That surely must coincide with the Jets fans and their annual prediction gala…..led by that loudmouth douche in the firehat who looks like Jim Cantori from the Weather Channel.

  109. rlouisbarrett says: Jan 5, 2012 5:00 PM

    musicman495 says: Jan 5, 2012 3:12 PM

    Loudest dome on the planet? I think the Bears might disagree with you on that statistic. GO LIONS!!!!
    —————————————
    Bears had six sacks and about six false starts in their game this year at the Superdome.

    The Lions have greatly improved since these two teams met the first time, and I think the game will be closer than the betting line of 10+ points. But I think the Lions are still one year and a couple of more players away from winning this type of playoff game on the road.

    ———————————–

    Bears had 9 false starts at Ford Field. That place is loud as hell. Go Lions!

  110. t8ertot says: Jan 5, 2012 5:18 PM

    Rooting for my bengals..we definitely should have beat the texans last game. I won’t be surprised either way. I’m worried about Andre Johnson being back though.

  111. otrd13 says: Jan 5, 2012 6:10 PM

    o and sweet dumb n dumber reference

  112. binarybulge says: Jan 5, 2012 6:20 PM

    GHOSTHOUSE says:
    Jan 5, 2012 2:08 PM

    Loudest dome on the planet? I think the Bears might disagree with you on that statistic. GO LIONS!!!!

    Ford Field isn’t a dome. Sad if you’re a Lions fan and don’t even know that. Bandwagon?

  113. finalword33 says: Jan 5, 2012 8:10 PM

    Upset. Lions win 38-31. Here’s why:

    1. Lions have had their B secondary on the field since halftime on Thanksgiving (having kept Rodgers to 7 points in that half). They’ll all be back in this game. Opposing teams throw for 125 yards less per game when Delmas has been in the game. Delmas and Houston have kept opposing QB’s to a passer rating of 69.0 when in games vs 82.1 when not in games.

    2. Fairley owned Brees for the limited time he played in the last game. Suh will, at least, do the same. The intimidation factor will be high. Brees will be off.

    3. The Lions D (especially the B secondary) gave 50% effort against GB and Flynn thinking it wouldn’t need more. There was minimal gain to win. They let the offenses work it out. This will not be a factor against the Stains. The D will be out to kill or be killed.

    4. At a chemical level, teams still think these new Lions are the old Lions. Must be the Honolulu blue. They are underestimated. The Stains, at their core, believe they are better. Disadvantage. These new Lions believe they can beat anyone.

    5. If the Lions “dome team” can throw for 520 yards and 5 tds in windy, cold GB, imagine what they will do in a…dome against a similar defense. Titus Young was benched for the 2nd half of the last Stains game, and they still threw for 408 yards without much to Megatron (the game’s best player on the field once again).

  114. finalword33 says: Jan 5, 2012 8:10 PM

    Yates will get eaten alive.

  115. finalword33 says: Jan 5, 2012 8:14 PM

    GO LIONS!! BlueStreak and Megatron!!

  116. ratedgap says: Jan 5, 2012 8:48 PM

    @finalword,

    Are you really Chris Tucker? That was funny!! Where you been since Rush Hour 3??

  117. subseaservices says: Jan 5, 2012 10:33 PM

    Remember the Giants had NO chance against Brett Favre on the COLD Tundra… and NO ONE can beat the PERFECT Patriots.

    Glad both of you are against the G-Men again.

    I’ll post for sure on Monday to run your noses in it.

  118. jarhead1775 says: Jan 5, 2012 11:06 PM

    Looks like Carson Palmer finally found a way to help the Bengals get into the playoffs. When the Raiders come to Cincinnati he may actually have a decent completion percentage to Bengals recievers. Looks like a lot of people overlook the fact that 4 of the Bengals losses come from 2 teams, both of which are essentially 2 seeds. The team that won the division was the 2 seed and it came down to the last week.

  119. b20sanders says: Jan 5, 2012 11:26 PM

    Lions fan here.
    Check the stats between Brees and Stafford over the last 5 games or so. Sure Detroit hasnt won all the games, but Saints didnt play Green Bay either, loose all the second team crap. jordy nelson played, and he has been their guy this year. If anyone is as hot as the Saints offensively, its Detroit. Now im not saying the Lions will win, but i hate seeing people say they stand no chance. Delmas is back, huge help in the secondary for the Lions. Ndamakong Suh will be there this time around, again, the talk of oh, he hasnt done anything this year, except take on dbl and triple teams on the line all year. Cliff Avril has the most forced fumbles this year, he has suh to thank for that. Also, detroit seemed to be a much more disciplined team the last three games or so. dont think they will have to many bonehead penalties this game…im sure they know whats at stake if they do.

  120. fourthand20 says: Jan 5, 2012 11:56 PM

    Watch Stafford’s feet during the game. If the Saints blitzes has Stafford start losing confidence with his line and start dancing about, the game will be over for the Lions. If he is confident, he will plant his feet firm and have a great throwing day.

  121. ratedgap says: Jan 6, 2012 9:28 AM

    b20sanders says:
    Jan 5, 2012 11:26 PM
    Lions fan here.
    Check the stats between Brees and Stafford over the last 5 games or so.

    ————————————————-

    Well, b20, selectively choosing a set amount of games to make your point definitely detracts from it. Why 5? Cause that’s when they were the most even? Why not 8? Why not all 16, where Drew was clearly superior? Why not the head to head game, where the Lions only managed 17 points. How did not having defensive players effect your ability to score points on offense?

  122. binarybulge says: Jan 6, 2012 9:49 AM

    ratedgap says:
    Jan 6, 2012 9:28 AM

    Well, b20, selectively choosing a set amount of games to make your point definitely detracts from it. Why 5? Cause that’s when they were the most even? Why not 8? Why not all 16, where Drew was clearly superior? Why not the head to head game, where the Lions only managed 17 points. How did not having defensive players effect your ability to score points on offense?

    Because it shows that Detroit is getting hot when it counts, at the end of the year. Sheesh, Saints fans sure do get super irritable when someone suggests a team may be able to hang with their team.

  123. binarybulge says: Jan 6, 2012 9:54 AM

    fourthand20 says:
    Jan 5, 2012 11:56 PM
    Watch Stafford’s feet during the game. If the Saints blitzes has Stafford start losing confidence with his line and start dancing about, the game will be over for the Lions. If he is confident, he will plant his feet firm and have a great throwing day.

    I’ve also noticed that Stafford comes out guns-a-blazing at the beginning of the game.

    The week 17 game is a great example of this. You can tell by the way his passes flutter in the beginning of the game, almost 45 degrees off of a tight spiral. He’s muscling the ball. As the game goes on, he calms down quite a bit, and you see that perfect spiral come out.

    Maybe it’s not a confidence issue. I never see anything in his body language that would suggest that. He just needs to deal with the adrenaline a little bit better.

    If they can get him to tone it down a little bit, he has a big game.

  124. binarybulge says: Jan 6, 2012 10:00 AM

    subseaservices says:
    Jan 5, 2012 10:33 PM
    Remember the Giants had NO chance against Brett Favre on the COLD Tundra… and NO ONE can beat the PERFECT Patriots.

    Glad both of you are against the G-Men again.

    I’ll post for sure on Monday to run your noses in it.

    Calm down, bucko. Maybe they’re against the G-Men because they’re a constantly-overrated bunch of underachievers. You’re preaching 2007 like it’s still gospel. What is it they’ve done since then? 2008: Got cremated as a 1-seed, 23-11 to the Eagles. 2009: No playoffs. 2010: No playoffs.

    Why does everyone in New York love to brag before the ultimate goal has been achieved?

  125. drnoahthebear says: Jan 6, 2012 10:34 AM

    Consolation for Titans fans we’re the best team that didn’t make the playoffs

  126. klownboy says: Jan 6, 2012 10:54 AM

    I too have my Steelers winning in a close one. The Bengals winning is my upset pick.

  127. starderup says: Jan 6, 2012 11:14 AM

    Giants are 19th against the run. Falcons are 6th.
    Giants are 29th against the run. Falcons are 20th.
    Giants are 5th passing. Falcons are 8th.
    Giants are 32nd rushing. Falcons are 17th.
    You do the math.

  128. ratedgap says: Jan 6, 2012 11:40 AM

    binarybulge says:
    Jan 6, 2012 9:49 AM

    Because it shows that Detroit is getting hot when it counts, at the end of the year. Sheesh, Saints fans sure do get super irritable when someone suggests a team may be able to hang with their team.

    ———————————————-

    How exactly is losing your last game getting hot when it counts? Do you mean Stafford is getting hot when it counts? And Drew Brees isn’t or something? Jeez, Detroit fans sure do seem like making the playoffs as the last seed wild card and going to play a team that is 8-0 at home and averages 41 per game at home can’t win by more than a point.

  129. b20sanders says: Jan 6, 2012 11:51 AM

    ratedgap

    Season
    Brees- 71% comp., 5476 yds, 46 tds 14 int. 110.6 qb rating

    Stafford-63% 5038 yds, 41 tds 16 int 97.2 qb rating

    Sorry, but thats not superior to Stafford, better yes, but not by much.

    I say compare the last 5 games because thats when these teams played each other last…and thats when Stafford had his glove and splint taken off his throwing hand.

    Last 5…
    Brees- 1787 yds 19tds 3 int.
    Stafford- 1919 yds 15 tds 3 int

    And getting two of their better defensive players for this game will help them slow down the offense, potentially getting a stop needed to win the game. Delmas is the QB of the secondary, im not going into grave details over the stats, but its been shown that with him in the game, detroits defense is better against the opposing teams passing attack.

  130. goodellsucks43 says: Jan 6, 2012 12:01 PM

    Broncos 52 Steelers 3

    Tim Tebow 39/46, 432 yds, 5 TD

  131. ratedgap says: Jan 6, 2012 12:42 PM

    B20, did having Delmas allow you to beat any playoff teams this year? Or were the stats you alluded to only against non-playoff teams? And yes, I would call every one of those numbers superior to Stafford, cause they, you know, are. Unless in some way beating him soundly in every single statistic you listed does not equal superior. Not sure how that works. I am not saying the Lions have no shot, they clearly do as their offense is very potent. But the same way Lions’ fans can point out ways they can win, we can point out reasons they may not.

    Also, is getting those defensive players going to allow you to score more than 17 points, because that’s all your healthy offense managed in the first game.

  132. binarybulge says: Jan 6, 2012 12:46 PM

    ratedgap says:
    Jan 6, 2012 11:40 AM
    How exactly is losing your last game getting hot when it counts? Do you mean Stafford is getting hot when it counts? And Drew Brees isn’t or something? Jeez, Detroit fans sure do seem like making the playoffs as the last seed wild card and going to play a team that is 8-0 at home and averages 41 per game at home can’t win by more than a point.

    Is your last sentence English? I’ve read it about 20 times and can’t make out WTF you were trying to say.

    I’m not a Detroit fan. But yes, they lost the last game, by no fault of their offense. They put on a show, in bad conditions. Few people doubt their offense, and if their defense plays even slightly better than week 17, they have a fighting chance.

    You can never judge a team by their most recent performance, especially if it was far and away their worst defensive performance of the year. I’m certainly not claiming their D is any good, but I do think if they can pull off a couple turnovers, they can hang with New Orleans.

    If Brees throws 2 picks against Detroit like he did against Atlanta, for example, are you comfortable the Saints still win in a blowout?

  133. miamisaint3255 says: Jan 6, 2012 12:53 PM

    I remember in two years ago when PFT went 0-11 in picking playoff and superbowl game winners (straight up, not against the spread). Hilarious.. And now the pick for Saints to lose to Lions.

  134. binarybulge says: Jan 6, 2012 1:21 PM

    miamisaint3255 says:
    Jan 6, 2012 12:53 PM
    I remember in two years ago when PFT went 0-11 in picking playoff and superbowl game winners (straight up, not against the spread). Hilarious.. And now the pick for Saints to lose to Lions.

    *Love* posts criticizing people’s picks. Where are yours?

    Also loved last year when someone picked the Seahawks to upset the Saints. The uproar was predictable, and the excuses after the game especially tasty.

    PFT’s track record on the year isn’t the greatest, but it does put them near the top of the pack when compared to the other media outlets.

  135. FinFan68 says: Jan 6, 2012 1:27 PM

    The weather may matter in Denver. Steelers are the better team but they are banged up. I think this will be a tough game for both sides. If the broncos avoid turnovers they have a shot. 1st play from scrimmage–play action bomb by tebow to slow down the pass rush. If it connects, bad vibe for steelers in hostile environment.

  136. klownboy says: Jan 6, 2012 1:28 PM

    Here are my wild card picks. Enjoy!!!

    http://theklowntimes.net/2012/01/06/2012-nfl-wildcard-weekend-preview/

  137. 1historian says: Jan 6, 2012 1:33 PM

    II/V/XII

    SBXLVI

    NEP V. GBP

    NEP-XXXV

    GBP-XXXI

  138. 1historian says: Jan 6, 2012 1:43 PM

    Tebow has been beyond bad in the last 3 weeks. The Steelers are aging and they are banged up but they are STILL the Pittsburgh MF Steelers and they will give the baby broncs a good whuppin’ and send them to bed w/o their supper.

    Houston over Cincy because a good friend of mine is a Houston fan and the Bengals have the worst looking uniforms in all of professional sports.

    New Orleans over Detroit because the Saints have been there done that and the Lions, although they have talent, have not shown a whole lot of character and they are due for a good beatdown and the Saints are just the team to do it.

    New York over Atlanta because another friend (who STILL hasn’t forgiven me for the 1958 O.T. game) is a big Gints fan and because the Falcons have some talent but so far they haven’t shown they are a true ‘next level’ team and the Gints, although they have been up and down this season seem to have enough wherewithal to beat them, especially if the game is played outside in January and we all know that REAL MEN PLAY FOOTBALL OUTSIDE.

  139. miamisaint3255 says: Jan 6, 2012 1:50 PM

    I don’t think anyone could go 0-11 straight up if they tried. Very hard to do. Hard to believe it happened, but it did 2 years ago. 0-4 wildcard weekend, 0-4 divisional round, 0-2 conference championship, and 0-1 in superbowl. Complete with video analysis each week when making the picks.

    Anything can happen on Saturday night. The Lions are a dangerous team no doubt. But if the Saints play like they have been playing the last month, Lions have no chance. Saints are just a better team and if they are playing their A game, only the Packers have a chance to hang with them. But turnovers happen, things happen, and Lions are plenty good enough to take advantage if Saints are off their game.

    My prediction: Saints 45 – 17.

  140. rcreed74 says: Jan 6, 2012 2:00 PM

    http://everythingtitletown.wordpress.com/2012/01/06/friday-predictions-for-wild-card-weekend/
    my picks for wild card weekend check it out

  141. ratedgap says: Jan 6, 2012 2:05 PM

    binarybulge says:
    Jan 6, 2012 12:46 PM

    Is your last sentence English? I’ve read it about 20 times and can’t make out WTF you were trying to say.

    I’m not a Detroit fan. But yes, they lost the last game, by no fault of their offense. They put on a show, in bad conditions. Few people doubt their offense, and if their defense plays even slightly better than week 17, they have a fighting chance.

    You can never judge a team by their most recent performance, especially if it was far and away their worst defensive performance of the year. I’m certainly not claiming their D is any good, but I do think if they can pull off a couple turnovers, they can hang with New Orleans.

    If Brees throws 2 picks against Detroit like he did against Atlanta, for example, are you comfortable the Saints still win in a blowout?

    ———————————————-

    Sorry about your limited understanding of the English language. I don’t know if I can type it any slower for ya.

    Few people doubt Detroit’s offense against poor teams, but against the better teams? Last week against the Packers’ backups they scored a lot. But in the first meeting they scored about 15. Against the 49ers 19. Against the Falcons 16. Against the Saints 17. Against the Bears the 2nd time 13. So with performances like that against good times, I am not sure a better defensive effort even helps them.

    And I really don’t want to get into the if game, nor did I predict a blowout, so maybe your English comprehension skills, or lack thereof, are as bad as reading comprehension skills. I said Detroit fans act like the Saints can’t win by more than a point. How that is predicting a blowout I am not sure. But you didn’t understand, so….

  142. ratedgap says: Jan 6, 2012 2:19 PM

    Well, egg on my face, I wrote about your English comprehension and typed the sentence,” So with perfomances like that against good times.” Want to make sure you know I mean teams to avoid any confusion going forward. :-)

  143. binarybulge says: Jan 6, 2012 4:46 PM

    ratedgap says:
    Jan 6, 2012 2:19 PM
    Well, egg on my face, I wrote about your English comprehension and typed the sentence,” So with perfomances like that against good times.” Want to make sure you know I mean teams to avoid any confusion going forward.

    For your future reference, the sentence I originally questioned doesn’t make any sense. Read it to yourself. It’s like you started typing something, then changed your train of thought in the middle of it.

    You probably shouldn’t rant on people’s comprehension skills if you aren’t going to take the time to form a proper sentence.

    Also, I never claimed you predicted a blowout. I was asking if you expected the same result if Brees throws 2 INTs against Detroit (they blew out ATL anyways).

    Anywho, we sound ridiculous, haha. I can’t wait until the games start. I’m like a coke fiend waiting for my NFL fix.

  144. b20sanders says: Jan 6, 2012 6:40 PM

    Ratedgap,
    Delmas will help them not get burnt for long plays, and detroits offense wasnt entirely healthy, jahvid best wasnt there, and no one can say staffords hand was completely healed or pain free. Suh helps them get qb pressure, you act as though im saying detroit is assured a win, im just saging those are key players and only help detroits chances, last time delmas did plah against the saints, he returned a fumble for a touchdown, and picked off brees. Thats points on the board.

  145. damnyankee13 says: Jan 6, 2012 6:43 PM

    to all you naysayers aboutthe Giants in the playoffs..
    one posted stats saying Atantas are better in the REGULAR SEASON. maybe so buy this is post season and everything changes. Yes its true that we have been inconsistant but now the defense and offense both are healthy and that will make a difference. I am not from Boston so am not making excuses like those fans. we made the playoffs. the redsux didnt.The Knicks beat the Celtics. Other players stood up when our starters were injuried. We made the playoffs. Eli owns the patsies

  146. rajbais says: Jan 7, 2012 1:07 AM

    1) Why do people love the Falcons?????????

    They stink on defense nor play with a great sense of urgency with a tough opponent!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Anyone that lets Drew Brees ruin their Monday Night or complain about him “running up” the yardage is a loser!!!!!!!!!!!!

    2) Texans have played like crap and lost ever since Wade Phillips’ medical leave!!! TJ Yates against the Bengals’ D???

    3) Saints are too good for the Lions’ secondary and Suh’s play dropped off a little.

    4) Te-NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!! Denver, time to get a real quarterback!!!! You’re facing a team with THREE real ones!!!

  147. bengaltini says: Jan 7, 2012 9:13 AM

    Who Dey!!!

    With all of the haten going on we are just glad to be here even if we lose…look out 2012!

  148. reyeneau says: Jan 7, 2012 3:00 PM

    “The Texans have little playoff experience.”

    By that, you mean ZERO playoff experience? But that’s OK; we will beat Cincy tonight and (surprisingly to only those who don’t know the true talent Houston has) will slide by the Ravens to face Pitt in the AFC championship — a team we have already demolished this season.

    A Texans Superbowl doesn’t sound all that crazy all of a sudden, does it?

  149. ratedgap says: Jan 7, 2012 11:01 PM

    b20sanders says: Jan 6, 2012 6:40 PM

    Ratedgap,
    Delmas will help them not get burnt for long plays

    —————————————————

    Not so much. lol

  150. tampajoey says: Jan 8, 2012 10:15 AM

    tampajoey says: Jan 5, 2012 11:19 AM

    The Detroit Lions are overrated just like last seasons Bucs.

    The Saints will crush the Lions!

    ___________________________

    Guess I was right

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