2010 Weekly Predictions: Wild Card Round

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Week 17 is typically a difficult week to predict due to the uncertainty of which teams will play their starters if they already have a playoff spot wrapped up, and which teams have players that are going to give it their all in their final game or whether they’re going to mail it in for the year and look toward the offseason. With that said, I had a respectable 11-5 mark in my straight-up predictions and an average 8-8 against the spread. Wild card week is here and the “real season” now begins.

Point spreads come from Vegas.com as of Friday afternoon.

Last Week: 11-5
Last Week against the spread: 8-8

This Week: 2-2
This Week against the spread: 2-2

Overall: 173-87
Overall against the spread: 144-109-5

New Orleans Saints (11-5) at Seattle Seahawks (7-9)
I’m not saying it’s a guarantee or a lock that the defending champion Saints will beat the Seahawks, but I can’t find too many ways the Seahawks can win. The Saints have two running backs out for the rest of the season so they’ll probably be unable to run the ball effectively. That might help the Seahawks focus more on the pass, but I don’t know if they can generate enough offense to win.
Prediction: New Orleans 24, Seattle 14
Actual Score: Seattle 41, New Orleans 36
Spread Pick: New Orleans -10 (would be a push by my prediction)
Actual Score: Seattle 41, New Orleans 36

New York Jets (11-5) at Indianapolis Colts (10-6)
The Colts have overcome much adversity this season to sneak into the playoffs and this is when they’re stars really come out to shine. I’ve been less than impressed, to say the least, with the Jets’ offense, so unless their defense completely shuts down Indianapolis’ offense, they stand to lose this game.
Prediction: Indianapolis 23, NY Jets 17
Actual Score: NY Jets 17, Indianapolis 16
Spread Pick: Indianapolis -2 1/2
Actual Score: NY Jets 17, Indianapolis 16

Baltimore Ravens (12-4) at Kansas City Chiefs (10-6)
Kansas City is fortunate to have this game at home because they’re a division winner, whereas the Ravens are a wild card. But Baltimore is the better team. I feel the Ravens’ defense will lock down the Chiefs and Kansas City’s top-ranked rushing offense will struggle to move the ball.
Prediction: Baltimore 20, Kansas City 17
Actual Score: Baltimore 30, Kansas City 7
Spread Pick: Baltimore -3 (would be a push by my prediction)
Actual Score: Baltimore 30, Kansas City 7

Green Bay Packers (10-6) at Philadelphia Eagles (10-6)
The Packers were widely considered the favorite to represent the NFC in the Super Bowl before the season began and now that they squeezed into the playoffs with their injured roster, they get a chance to show what they’re made of. I’ve never been high on the Eagles and I think unless Michael Vick can carry the team on his back, the Packers will outlast them in this one.
Prediction: Green Bay 27, Philadelphia 24
Actual Score: Green Bay 21, Philadelphia 16
Spread Pick: Green Bay +3
Actual Score: Green Bay 21, Philadelphia 16

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