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NFL Playoffs – Week 1 Preview

Posted by Adam on January 4, 2007

The NFL season was one of parity, whether that be among the bad (in the NFC) or the good (in the AFC). The fact that so many teams were still mathematically eligible to make the playoffs as of last week shows how wide open things will be this weekend. Every one of the eight teams competing this weekend won their final game of the season, save for the Dallas Cowboys (which is saying something when you consider Denver, Cincinnati, and Tenessee couldn’t win to get in). There are some intriguing match-ups Saturday and Sunday, so let’s take a look and make some predictions.

  • Kansas City kicks off the playoff weekend by going into the dome in Indy to take on the Colts. It’s well advertised that Indy’s rush defense has been b-r-utal all season, so the new NFL record holder for attempts in a season, Larry Johnson, looks like just the type of player the Chiefs can ride to an upset victory Saturday. Not so fast. While Indy hasn’t been terribly impressive over the past month, they are still unbeaten at home this season, and I’m not sure that the K.C. defense can stop Peyton and company. Take the Colts to win and cover their 7 point spread.
  • Saturday night the action switches over to the NFC as Dallas visits Seattle. I’m expecting a high scoring affair in this one as both sides feature talented quarterbacks with multiple receiving threats to throw to. Dallas was in prime position to lock up the NFC East a few weeks ago, and possibly a first round bye, but have been going the wrong direction. This is not the position to be in entering the playoffs. Seattle is a better team than their record indicates, as mid-season injuries to key players hurt them a bit. Also, Seattle is one of the toughest places to go on the road and win a game at in the NFL. The pick is Seattle, covering the meager 3 point spread.
  • Up first on Sunday are the J-E-T-S, Jets! Jets! Jets! going up to Foxboro to battle the New England Patriots. Bill Belichick disciple Eric Mangini has led the Jets to the playoffs as one of the more surprising teams in the NFL this season. These two teams split the season series, each winning on the road in close games. I expect this one to be close as well. The Patriots have been here before though, and that experience gives them the edge. Look for the Pats to defend home turf, but if you were to wager (legally, of course) take the 8.5 points and the Jets.
  • The final match-up of the weekend is a battle of NFC East rivals, with the New York Football Giants making the short drive down to Philadelphia to face the resurgent Eagles. On paper this seems like an easy one. Philly has been one of the hottest teams in the league in the second half, behind the strong play of backup quarterback Jeff Garcia, while the Giants have been in disaray, just barely making the playoffs with an 8-8 record. This is the playoffs though, and these teams are fierce rivals. Nothing comes easy with those two factors in play. I’m going with the outright upset here, as the Giants won’t let Tiki ride off into the sunset quite yet. In a stunner, take the G’nts and the 7 points, but they won’t need them.

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