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NFL Playoff Picks: Wildcard Round

New Orleans Saints (-10.5) at Seahawks - The Saints are just a better team by a good margin. I don’t really think there’s a lot of analysis needed for this game. Seattle has no business in this tournament of the best NFC teams, while the Saints arguably one of the top 2-3 teams in the conference. That said, 10.5 is a big number for any road team in the postseason. New Orleans will win this game, but can they do it by three scores? I think so. Pick: Saints.

New York Jets at Indianapolis Colts (-3)
– Two teams that have been a bit disappointing this year, yet here they are in the postseason. I actually think in some ways the Jets are little bit better road team than they are a home team, so I don’t think this game being in Indy is that bad for them. It’s a fairly close matchup as the the 3 point line for the Colts suggests. That said, in a close matchup I look at QBs and this isn’t even close. With the line you basically just pick the winner here and I say… Pick: Colts

Baltimore Ravens (-3) at Kansas City Chiefs - Despite losing just once at home this season, KS is a home dog to the Ravens. Now part of that has to do with the fact that they looked liked crap the final week of the season at home against the Raiders in a game they needed to win to improve playoff seeding. I just think that Arrowhead crowd lifts them to a good performance against the Ravens. I have the Chiefs in an upset. Pick: Chiefs

Green Bay Packers at Philadelphia Eagles (-2.5) – I really think this is the most even matchup of the wildcard round. It’s actually kind of a shame this game is so early in the playoffs. I do like the Eagles though. They’re the more rested team, they’ve got home-field and I think they win a close but high scoring affair. At 2.5 this again basically a pick em game. Pick: Eagles