My Football Picks For NFL Sunday & College Football Monday
It's the last weekend for both pro & college football this season. While I go get you a cry towel and a cookie, see if you agree with my picks for these 5 games! Hey, what else do we have to do? Since sadly neither of us have a team (Vikings, 49ers) in the battle...
Saturday, January 10th
AFC Divisional Playoff: Baltimore (11-6) at New England (12-4)
from Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, Masachusetts; 3:35 p.m. on NBC-TV / Kare 11
According to Joe Student in Friday's preview, Baltimore has a 2-1 record versus New England, and I believe they'll improve that mark to 3-1 on the road today. Tom Brady won't play badly and Gronkowski will get his touches, but the Ravens defensive line will create more pressure than the Patriots can handle. If I'm wrong and the Pats dispose of the birds, then I will pick them to be Super Bowl Champions in February.
Baltimore Ravens 24 - New England Patriots 21
NFC Divisional Playoff: Carolina (8-8-1) at Seattle (12-4)
from CenturyLink Field in Seattle, Washington; 7:15 p.m. on Fox 9 TV
Don't worry, I won't let my opinion based on the 49ers/Seahawks rivalry cloud my judgement here, for the most part :D Seattle is on a roll, but so is Carolina with rising star Cam Newton at quarterback. With the Cowboys leaving the Emerald City with a win in October, the Panthers have more than a chance. But the mature and classy Russell Wilson has a better cast of characters in this rematch...no 4 point game this time!
Seattle Seahawks 31 - Carolina Panthers 10
Sunday, January 11th
NFC Divisional Playoff: Dallas (13-4) at Green Bay (12-4)
from Lambeau Field in Green Bay, Wisconsin; 12:05 p.m. on Fox 9 TV
Temperatures at kickoff are projected to be a balmy 19 degrees, kids stuff compared to our recent weather. But I'm not forgetting how we live in the Upper Midwest, where even a 3-day forcast isn't really accurate. If the temperature stays warmer, expect a shootout in Vince's football shrine tomorrow. I believe Tony Romo should be the NFL MVP choice at year's end, but this is the end of the line for Demarco Murray and Big D- even though Joe Student in Friday's preview pointed out that Dallas is a perfect 8-0 on the road this season. Aaron Rodgers has always been the real deal, hurt or not, and the Pack will Go Go (sorry Vikings faithful).
Green Bay Packers 31 - Dallas Cowboys 24
AFC Divisional Playoff: Indianapolis (12-5) at Denver (12-4)
from Sports Authority Field at Mile High in Denver, Colorado; 3:40 p.m. on CBS-TV WCCO Channel 4
This in my opinion is the most lopsided of any matchup this weekend. Andrew Luck is a great talent but has no Colts running game support to bring with him to the Mile High City! Peyton Manning is the best QB in the business right now and the best home field advantage this season (experienced firsthand in October) belongs to the Broncos.
Denver Broncos 28 - Indianapolis Colts 7
Monday, January 12th
College Football Playoff National Championship: #2 Oregon (13-1) at #4 Ohio State (13-1)
from AT&T Stadium in Arlington Texas; 7:30 p.m. on ESPN
The unstoppable force or the immovable object? Midwest or West Coast? Heisman winner Marcus Mariota or super coach Urban Meyer? Helmet stickers or alternate jerseys? All those questions plus many more will be answered on Monday night when the Ducks take on the Bucks in Big D. Oregon disposed of last year's champ Florida State almost in their backyard at Pasadena's Rose Bowl. Ohio State came back to beat college powerhouse Alabama actually in the Tide's backyard at the Louisiana Superdome. This will probably be the most entertaining game of them all, and since the title's on the line...both teams will start slow. But sometimes sports is about the best story outcome, and with Oregon losing to my Auburn Tigers in 2011, their time is now for a first ever National Championship. Ohio State won't be too crushed on Monday...with only 7 titles since 1942 :)
Oregon 38 - Ohio State 28