Early peek at NFL picks

Early peek at NFL picks

Posted by Bob LeGere on Thu, 01/12/2012 - 18:18
Considering last week’s 4-0 record against the spread, I figured there might be some interest in a sneak preview of this weekend’s NFL playoff games. On Saturday, I like the Saints minus 3 against the 49ers in San Francisco. I realize the Saints are a completely different team outdoors on the road than they are in the comfort of their home dome, but I think they’re clearly a better team than the Niners, who could have trouble scoring even against a Saints defense that is far from dominant. In the late game, I’m guessing the Tebow magic ends against the Patriots in Foxboro, but I wouldn’t be surprised to see the Broncos keep it close, given that the New England defense is weak and so is its running game. The knee injury to Broncos wide receiver Eric Decker could leave them short of weapons on offense. On Sunday, the Ravens are coming off a bye and at home against a Texans team that has been living on borrowed time with fifth-round rookie T.J. Yates at quarterback. Sure Arian Foster and Ben Tate give the Texans arguably the NFL’s best rushing attack, but the Ravens’ Ray Rice is no slouch, and the Baltimore defense is excellent vs. the run. In Sunday’s late game, I’m anticipated something similar to the 38-35 Packers victory in Week 13. Unlike that game, this one is at Lambeau Field, but the Giants are playing better now than they were then, especially on defense. If anyone can get to Packers QB Aaron Rodgers, it’s the Giants’ Jason Pierre-Paul (16 ½ sacks), Osi Umenyiora (9 sacks) and Justin Tuck (5 sacks). And the packers’ O-line is still questionable health wise. As always, these selections are for informational use only.
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