So last week, I went 0-4 in my picks, proving once and for all that nobody is perfect.
I may be close, but not quite.
But this week, I figure I have a 25 per cent chance of having a perfect week. Even if I flip a coin, I have a one-in-four chance of going undefeated this week.
Unfortunately, I’m not flipping a coin, so my odds are probably lower.
Anyways, on my picks::
New York Jets at Indianapolis Colts, Colts favoured by 7 1/2
The Jets have surprised a lot of people so far in the playoffs. Needing a lot of help to even make it to the postseason, the Jets have used a good mix of running and strong defence to be this year’s Cinderella team. [picapp align=”right” wrap=”true” link=”term=indianapolis+colts&iid=7565176″ src=”7/5/a/3/Baltimore_Ravens_at_6bca.jpg?adImageId=9428629&imageId=7565176″ width=”234″ height=”191″ /]
Well Cinderella, it’s about to strike midnight, and that great ride you’re on is about to turn into a pumpkin.
And there’s no Prince Charming to save you from the wicked stepsisters.
And there’s no fairy Godmother… ah… screw it.
Basically, the Jets are in trouble. They’re playing the Colts, who has been the best team in the NFL this year. The Colts are one of those teams that will change their strategy every week to beat other teams. That may sound like common sense, but there are plenty of teams that keep doing the same thing week after week.
They also have the greatest quarterback of the past 10 years in Peyton Manning. He knows how to win, and I believe he’s actually more comfortable playing in a game that is 24-21 in the fourth quarter, as opposed to the Colts being up by 31. He thrives on pressure, and hates to lose.
Manning will be under a lot of pressure this week, as the Jets like to blitz. Look for Manning to figure out how to keep the Jets from blitzing as often, and taking over the game.
How do you spell loser?
J-E-T-S! JETS JETS JETS
Colts to win.
Minnesota Vikings at New Orleans Saints, Saints favoured by 3 1/2
Way back in week one, I wrote this about the Vikings: [picapp align=”right” wrap=”true” link=”term=minnesota+vikings&iid=7616432″ src=”d/4/8/4/NFL_Divisional_Playoffs_2e04.jpg?adImageId=9428639&imageId=7616432″ width=”234″ height=”156″ /]
“The Vikings offensive line is outstanding (which means less sacks and more runningback room). They have the top runningback in the league. They have a half-decent quarterback. And their defence is one of the best in the league.”
Nothing has changed since then. Brett Farve has one of his best years in quite a while. Adrian Peterson had a career rushing season. Several wide receivers had their best seasons.
The defence is the same. I know the Saints can get involved in shootouts, but this isn’t the Arizona defence they’re facing. The Vikings can stop the run and the pass. New Orleans will have to be creative to score on the Vikings. If the Saints can keep it close, they could win it by a late field goal. But I think the Vikings will win it outright.
Vikings to win.