Saturday, January 16, 2010
DIVISIONAL PLAYOFF WEEKEND
4 Big games this weekend, and two on Saturday starting with..... some fun facts:
Cardinals at Saints. Fun fact: Kurt Warner has never...repeat NEVER lost in the Superdome. He's 8-0.
Fun Fact: The Saints limped into the Playoffs losing three in a row.
Fun Fact: No team ever losing three in a row to end the regular season has ever won a playoff game.
We keep under estimating these Cardinals, and this goes back to last year in the playoffs when the Cardinals were about two minutes away from being world champs.
We're gonna keep on doing that. The Saints are 7 point home favourites. These are not your Father's New Orleans Saints. These guys are the real deal, and New Orleans has been waiting for this for a long long time. The Packers lit up the Cardinals defense last week, and the Saints have a better offense than the Pack. It won't be pretty for Cardinal fans today. Saints -7 +1000.
Ravens at Colts. Fun fact: Peyton Manning is 0-3 coming off a bye week into the playoffs.
Fun fact: The Ravens have won six playoff road games since 2000, the most in the NFL.
The Ravens are built to win in January, with the best running game of all the teams left, and a punishing defense. For those of us who closely follow professional football, the Ravens/Steelers AFC Championship game last January was perhaps the most violent football game played in the last 30 years. These Ravens are tough, and they can hit, and while Peyton Manning may be the best who's ever played QB, we'd take Ed Reed and Ray Lewis over Peyton when building a team any time.
The Colt's record this year is deceiving- Since November here are some of the margins of victories in Colt games: 4 (over SF); 3(over Houston) 1 (over NE) ; 2 (over the Ravens on 11/22); 4 (over Jax).
The point is that despite being the number one seed in the AFC, the Colts were just squeaking by. No more. Ray Lewis and Ed Reed and Ray Rice put an end to the Colt's super bowl dreams. The Ravens win 21-17. Take the points and back up the Brinks truck: Ravens +7 2500.