Last week’s picks went so well that I thought I’d try this prognostication thing again. I went 3-1 last week, and really, who didn’t pick the Steelers to beat the Broncos? Even the Broncos were surprised they won.
Denver Broncos vs New England Patriots: This is the game that everyone is talking about. Why? Well, because of Tim Tebow. Why is everyone talking about Tim Tebow? I have no frickin’ clue. He’s a mediocre quarterback who happens to be a phenomenal leader. Every win the Broncos have had this season has been a team win, but to hear the media tell it Tebow’s doing it all by himself. Maybe he’ll walk on water at halftime.
Anyhow, as to the game, I’m going with New England in this one. These two teams played in the regular season with New England beating the Broncos pretty soundly. And that was in Denver. This time they will be playing in Foxboro. The Broncos will still be without Brian Dawkins (and their long snapper for some reason), and their defense just hasn’t been the same since he’s been out of the line up. I see the Pats putting up a 40-burger on the Broncos in what will be the biggest blow-out this weekend.
Houston Texans vs Baltimore Ravens: This is going to be an ugly game. Two pretty exceptional defenses against a couple of average offenses. If the Texans had Matt Schaub in the lineup I would definitely be going with the Texans here, but they don’t so I won’t.
The Baltimore defense will force rookie TJ Yates into making some rookie mistakes while holding the Texans’ premier running attack in check. The Baltimore offense will score just enough to win. Anquan Boldin will be back and that should help boost a Ravens offense that has been lacking some punch lately. Ravens win a low scoring game.
New York Giants vs Green Bay Packers: While the NE/Denver game gets all the attention, this is the game I think will be the most exciting to watch this weekend. I expect a shoot out again between these two teams. And though I like the Giants’ confidence going into this game, you just can’t stop the Packers at home. Green Bay wins.
New Orleans Saints vs San Francisco 49ers: The Saints are favored to win this game, and it’s not hard to understand why. They arguably have the most potent offense in the league. They have a vicious three-back rotation featuring very productive backs. The passing game features Drew Brees, Jimmy Graham, Marques Colston, Lance Moore (who may not play), Devery Henderson, and Robert Meacham. Plus Darren Sproles coming out of the backfield. There are a ton of weapons on the Saints offense. The 49ers, however, have a good enough defense to stop them. Or at least contain them. The Saints offense scores about 13 fewer points a game on grass than on turf, and they will be playing in the Niners backyard. The Niners offense isn’t explosive, but they can put some points on the board. And they can control the clock.
Having said all of that, I think the………..Niners will win. I’m going with the upset here. I think the fans will be loud enough to distract the Saints offense. The Saints don’t really have much of a defense. They put 11 guys out there every play, but they play like there’s only 5 out there. The Niners will win the time of possession and keep Brees sitting on the bench most of the game.
That’s what I see while gazing into the crystal ball. What do you see?