The Unabashed Blogorrhea shaking and stirring while serving up pugnacious NFL playoff picks. Entertainment purposes only. Money back not guaranteed.
Matching the Kubiak Crew’s late-season fade is a large piece of unwelcome common ground. Forced to settle for 11-5 ATS with the Texans after a sizzling 10 wins in the first 12 kicks.
The rest of the regular season tote board reads 9-6 with the Cowboys, 31-34 inside the NFL and 21-24 with the Big Boys On Campus. Respectable fearlessly (or not) forecasting. But could have been so much more. Time to make amends at the most important time of the season.
TEXANS (-4.5) vs. BENGALS.
What suddenly flips after folding in three of the last four games and flushing the valuable inside seeding track to the Super Bowl. Especially against a hot Cincy bunch with a beastly defensive front featuring the league’s best defensive force named Geno, not J.J. Well, Arian re-emphasized in the passing game and piles 140 total yards. And Schaub dumps of a month of putrid and rediscovers some down-the-field precision. And another 100-yard day from Andre with a touchdown. And the burn unit known as the Texans secondary doesn’t allow A.J. Green a T.Y. Hilton-like monster difference-making play. And one sack each from Barwin and Reed with Watt’s usual wide array of mayhem. And Martin breaks a sizeable kick return for a short-field scoring possession. And by the end it’s 27-20 into New England.
RAVENS (-7) vs. COLTS.
Insulting that the Texans oh-for-franchise run in Indy continued with these 11-win frauds. One of the worst playoff teams of any decade. Outscored for the season by 30 points. Two wins outside their home sweet dome. Luck crazy good in the clutch but also a turnover machine. Ravens defense living large on rep (and no one knows better than Indy’s Chuckstrong) but the full emotional dose of Lewis playing last home (rather than final game) negates the Colts crazy close-game mojo. Maybe even a big chunk runback from Jacoby. In stark contrast to his last playoff outing in Bahlmer (where we always recommend Mama’s on the Half Shell for your greater dining pleasure).
PACKERS (-7) vs. VIKINGS.
Rodgers routinely heats up when the temps dip below 40 degrees - 12-1 record with more than 3,500 yards, 33 touchdowns and only six interceptions. That was before the entire team and staff was dwarfed in last year’s one-and-done playoff against the Giants after a torrid 15-1 regular season. Dropped the Packers home tundra playoff record the last decade to a puny 2-4. Peterson piled up more than 400 workhorse yards in the regular season series split but even he’ in the midst of the grandest eight-game romp any NFL runner has ever racked is not enough to continue the trend. And his jaw-jacking one-of-a-kind kind of season comes to a close Saturday night. No way Ponder comes close to duplicating those 37 points Minnesota just pasted on the Pack to clinch the playoffs with their fourth straight win. BTW, game day in Green Bay is expected to bring a balmy 20.
SEAHAWKS (-3) at REDSKINS.
Double dose of postseason for the Beltway. But Bob Griffin’s unchallenged ab fab 16-month personal victory lap ends. The most complete and balanced team in the Super tournament not slowed by across the country travel. The “other” rookie slinger out-plays limited RG3 and won’t contribute the killer Romo-type turnovers that tilted the NFC East to D.C. for the first time since 1999. And that’s four faves into the second weekend.
Dangerous. No way that holds up. One underdog has to have a day (or night). The Colts? Continuing to ride Luck and the fluky lucky improbable run of a season?
Yep, four faves.