• Football Pros NFL Wild Card Round Picks

    WILD CARD PLAYOFFS

    Saturday, January 7, 2012

    Cincinnati at Houston 4:30 PM- This is battle of two teams who have never lost to each other in the playoffs. There are two inexperienced quarterbacks, some big play receivers and solid defenses on display. The bad news for Cincy fans? Houston allowed the lowest quarterback rating in the league this year and Wade Phillips is back on the sideline. PICK: (HOU 6-3)

    Detroit at New Orleans 8:00 PM- If you are a gambling man, you already know that this game has the highest over/under in playoff history. Considering the 20+ ranked pass defenses and two quarterbacks who combined to throw for over 10,000 yards; it seems like a good bet. But, really, that’s only about 6 miles. That’s not very far. I live in the suburbs and my closest movie theater is more than that distance away. PICK: (NO 7-2)

    Sunday, January 8, 2012

    Atlanta at New York 1:00 PM- According to Football Outsiders, the Falcons are the most consistent team week to week in the league. According to everyone with at least one eye and proper eyesight being provided by at least a monocle; the Giants have no consistency in performance. Beware of a Matt Ryan with time being provided by the dirt bag line. The Council, though, is riding the hot team. PICK: (NYG 7-2)

    Pittsburgh at Denver 4:30 PM- The Steelers could probably start Bubby Brister and give themselves a good chance in this game. The Broncos may be better off starting Bubby Brister as well. He was undefeated as a Bronco starter during his time playing home games at Mile High. The Tebows are applauded for their heart, but even Tim never sacrificed his spleen to play a football game before. The pick goes to the team coached by Willie Mays Hayes. PICK: (PIT 9-0)

    Football Pros Record Last Week: (13-3)
    Football Pros Record to Through Week Seventeen: (175-81) (68.36Pct)

    Comments 16 Comments
    1. wxwax's Avatar
      The only unanimous vote is for Pittsburgh.

      And yet with Pouncey out and Ben immobile, this could be a low-scoring, tight game. Can you say Tebow time?
    1. BuckeyeRidley's Avatar
      Here! We! GO!

      CIN>HOU DET<NO ATL>NYG PIT>DEN
    1. SpartaChris's Avatar
      Quote Originally Posted by wxwax View Post
      The only unanimous vote is for Pittsburgh.

      And yet with Pouncey out and Ben immobile, this could be a low-scoring, tight game. Can you say Tebow time?
      Miracles can happen, but I'd still bet my money on a hobbled Roethlisberger and a Pouncey-less offensive line over Tim Tebow.
    1. Nancy's Avatar
      Quote Originally Posted by wxwax View Post
      The only unanimous vote is for Pittsburgh.

      And yet with Pouncey out and Ben immobile, this could be a low-scoring, tight game. Can you say Tebow time?
      Steelers' injuries may make this a bit more interesting, but I don't think the Fighting Tebows have much of a chance here. Frankly, even if the Steelers actually were starting Bubby Brister at QB, I wouldn't bet against them in the playoffs. Ever.

      And for some reason, I am confident that Cincy will win today. Have I said that before? Since about 1973?
    1. Ragar's Avatar
      Going Houston, Lions, New York, Denver. 3/4 home teams to win. 2/4 to be upsets. It could happen. No really.
    1. Trumpetbdw's Avatar
      Denver has a 1 in 4 shot. With Roethlisberger practicing all week, it appears he's becoming healthy. It's a 50/50 shot that game is a blow out. However, if the game's tight in the 3rd quarter, it becomes a 50/50 game, hence Denver's 1 in 4 shot. There is basically no one who believe Denver will win in a romp.

      Full disclosure...

      Houston- defense and running game will be too tough. Cincy's a great story, but I think they're done.
      Detroit- Contrarian play. Hunch. But I think they'll be ready for the spotlight tonight.
      NY Giants- This is more a lack of confidence in Atlanta than anything. But I do think the Giants have the best shot of any of going in and taking out GB in Lambeau. They've done it before.
      Pittsburgh- But it still concerns me. Less as the week goes on, but my concern remains. If they survive, and continue to get healthy, then Pittsburgh will become a tough out, but right now, I'm not sure they're making it to Indy. There just seems to be something a little off about them. I hope I'm wrong and the playoffs wake them up.
    1. GoBigOrGoHome's Avatar
      Texans, Lions, Giants, Steelers
    1. wxwax's Avatar
      Quote Originally Posted by Nancy View Post
      Steelers' injuries may make this a bit more interesting, but I don't think the Fighting Tebows have much of a chance here. Frankly, even if the Steelers actually were starting Bubby Brister at QB, I wouldn't bet against them in the playoffs. Ever.

      My negative energy is hoping to see Tebow running backwards and surrounded by Steelers. This ignoble part of me so much enjoyed that sight at the end of the season, it's hoping for a replay.
    1. KabaModernFan's Avatar
      Quote Originally Posted by wxwax View Post
      The only unanimous vote is for Pittsburgh.

      And yet with Pouncey out and Ben immobile, this could be a low-scoring, tight game. Can you say Tebow time?
      I have more confidence in a one-legged QB than one who split snaps 50-50 in practice this week with Brady Quinn.
    1. wxwax's Avatar
      Quote Originally Posted by KabaModernFan View Post
      I have more confidence in a one-legged QB than one who split snaps 50-50 in practice this week with Brady Quinn.
      Hadn't seen that one. Juicy!
    1. tubbs1518's Avatar
      Well so much for no faith in Tebow huh guys?
    1. Colts01's Avatar
      Every time Tebow proves me wrong I feel like I've been rickrolled or something.

    1. Trumpetbdw's Avatar
      I guess I had a reason to be concerned. Wasn't going to pick Denver, but I had enough foresight into this to where my hindsight isn't surprised at all. Every potential issue played a role in this game; can't get off field, injuries, inconsistent production on offense, can't force TOs, stubborn play calling, combined with their over-aggressive style of defense, which is exactly what an option is meant to exploit.
    1. Polishguy00's Avatar
      Well, I went 2-2 in my picks, but was 3-1 ATS with those picks this weekend.

      How in the heck did the Steelers give up 300+ yards to Tebow when the no one else did it against them the whole year. I'm really kind of in a daze over this one.

      I mean, at first glance, I think the Pats will dominate, but then there is that crazy seed of doubt. I think Tebow's story has entered the Tyson Zone. If someone told me that Tebow will win the next seven Super Bowls and then retire to solve cancer and famine; I'd probably buy it.
    1. tubbs1518's Avatar
      I concur Polish.
    1. wxwax's Avatar
      For me, this is the first time Tebow looked like a proper NFL quarterback.

      Also, I think the Steelers lacked discipline on the front line. They gave Tebow chances to run by being out of position to contain him.

      But you have to give Tebow credit for making the throws.