2012 NFL Season – Division Round
Last Week: 2-2 (.500) Playoffs: 2-2 (.500)
You win some, you lose some. The ones I lost (Minnesota and Baltimore) came close to covering the point spread. But close only counts in horseshoes, hand grenades, and with impatient people who just want to go home. Once again I will give insight into the games. Please don’t laugh.
1/12 4:30 ET Baltimore (+9.5) at Denver
Thirty years ago, John Elway had an opportunity to play for Baltimore (Colts). He demanded to be traded and was traded to the Denver Broncos. There was what seemed to be an annual tradition of the Broncos playing the Browns for the AFC Championship. The Broncos won all those games and the-then Browns soon after moved to Baltimore and became the Ravens. None of this has anything to do with Saturday’s game, except that John Elway is now the Executive Vice President of Football Operations for the Broncos and Art Modell (former owner of the Browns/Ravens) recently passed away and the current Ravens have a “Art” patch on their uniforms in his honor. The Broncos will continue to be a pain to Art Modell post-mortem. Take the Broncos and give the points.
1/12 8:00 ET Green Bay (+3) at San Francisco
This would have been the rematch of last year’s NFC Championship game, except that the Packers somehow lost to the eventual Super Bowl Champion New York Giants. While the stats would suggest to take the 49ers and give the points, I have a feeling that Aaron Rodgers and the Packers find a way to win this one. Or maybe not. Take the 49ers and give the points.
1/13 1:00 ET Seattle (+2.5) at Atlanta
I’ll keep my logic simple. This will be a hard fought defensive battle. In battles like these, the team with the better running game usually wins. Few things are harder than tackling Marshawn Lynch. Here is a video of him in the 2010 Wild Card game against the New Orleans Saints:
Take the Seahawks and the points.
1/13 4:30 ET Houston (+9.5) at New England
Once upon a time, this game would have been a close game and it would have been in Houston because they had the best record in the NFL for most of the season. But football is a 16-game season and the Texans fell apart after their twelfth game. The Patriots have been on a roll aside from a hiccup against the 49ers a few weeks ago. Take the Patriots and give the points.
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