EDIT: I've added insight to each prediction and I'm revising my Car/Phi prediction.
Colts 17 Patriots 24 To put it bluntly, NE's D is far above KC's and Denver's.
Panthers 24 Eagles 20 I might get flamed for this, but McNabb is definitely prone to look like shit when he's under pressure. He'll either hold the ball for too long, refuse to run with it even though the lanes are there, or just throw it into coverage. And while their pressure wasn't necessarily consistent against St. Louis, Carolina's D-line will certainly have the opportunity to make McNabb look ordinary.
I can no longer go with my original picks (well, I could, but I'm not delusional enough right now to think that Green Bay can make it to the Super Bowl). So...
New England 27, Indinapolis 24
Philadelphia 20, Carolina 17
The only reason I'm picking Philadelphia is that it's so tough to win twice on the road. Granted, it's also rare to have both #1 seeds go to the Super Bowl, but I have to pick someone. Besides, if it's New England-Carolina, I can still win some money in my office pool.
Hey SantaSangre - am I really in 1st? I only got two games right this weekend.
Sec 19- yep you got all 4 right the first week and 2 right yesterday. By the scoring system (which is a pretty tight system if I do say so myself) 6*7 = 42. Not a lot of people picked the right teams, I've only picked 3 right through the whole play-offs so far. Not as easy as it looks I guess.
I'm really looking forward to the NE/Indy game. It's early so the weather is gonna be bearable. That punter from Indy better do some practicing this week cause he is definatly punting this Sunday. He did have a beautiful hold on that one fg kick yesterday, though.
I want Stephen Davis back for the Philly game. Without him the Panthers will have to rely on Delhome and he's finally come up against a secondary that will challege him and a D-line that will be knocking his ass down all day. With Davis, the Panthers have a fighting chance and will make it a better, closer game. All that said, what ever happened to the Eagles run Defense, they used to be damn good.
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I agree with the Davis comment. Healthy players make for better football watching. Along those lines, I believe that the Eagles have placed 4 D-linemen on Injured Rserve this year (which is why they can't stop anyone). They may all have been starters, but I won't swear to that one.
Originally posted by StaggerLeeFOster had about 100 yards, and has played in the place of Davis in the past (beating Indy BTW). He will do okay.
While that's certainly true, and Foster will someday soon be a very good back, he's still a rookie and he's more of a slasher, while Davis just runs over people. I think the speedy Eagles' D can keep Foster in check, but they're too small for the most part, especially in the linebacking corps, to stop a guy like Davis. Factor in the fumble numbers (both have fumbled 3 times, both lost all 3 fumbles, but Davis needed 3 times the carries to do it) and I can see Foster really hurting his own team this week. We'll see.
I haven't jumped into any of these playoff prediction threads until now. I'll make my own damn predictions to join the fun:
AFC - Indianapolis 31 New England 30
New England will play hard, but Manning once again shuts up his critics by overcoming the Patriots in a scoring race.
NFC - Philadelphia 24 Carolina 17
Mad props to the Panthers for kicking the overrated Rams out of the playoffs on the road. That said, Philadelphia finally gets back to the Super Bowl this year by doing just what it did last Sunday - making clutch plays when they matter.
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Both of these games have an interesting weather possibility with them.
Wow, what are you on Peyton? Can I get me some of that. However, the team you play this week actually has a D that shows up and doesn't give up.
I really thought the Titans would win last week, not only because I hate the Pats, but I thought McNair would be better. I think that way again. The Colts are rolling so well right now, I can't pick against them.
Colts 27 Pats 24
Wow, I said in my Rams-Panthers pick that there was no reason to think the Panthers could win that game and that was what worried me.
I think McNabb and the Eagles, however, are on a mission this year. They have the chance to make the big one again and know that getting this far three years in a row is not enough.
Panthers will be OK without Davis as Foster should be good enough for the run game. Does it matter though? Green had 200 yards last week and the Pack still lost.
Eagles 20 Panthers 17
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Man and I didn't even know I was up in week one. I gotta check this forum more often.
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I understand not counting it because it's not yet four common opponents. But my thinking is that it's a gray area because these are only official tiebreakers after week 17. And at that point, there will be 4 common games.