Tuesday, January 19, 2010
NFL PICKS - Conference Championships
NFL Divisional Playoff Results: 1-3
NFL Results Season to Date: 123-148-4
College Football Season Results: 38-23-1
Mark My Words Divisional Playoff Results: 1-3
Mark My Words Results Season to Date: 37-35-1
Conference Championship NFL Picks (winners in parentheses):
At New Orleans -3.5 Minnesota (Minnesota)
At Indianapolis -7.5 New York Jets (Indianapolis)
Mark My Words:
Here's how I'd bet the NFL Conference Championship games, and why:
Minnesota +3.5 over NEW ORLEANS - Both teams feature balanced offenses that can run and pass the ball. New Orleans faces a defense that can put pressure on Drew Brees and slow down their running game without moving extra defenders into the box. The Vikings will be forced to deal with a pass rush that will be aided by an insane home crowd advantage that will make it difficult to change the play at the line of scrimmage. This game should be close. If the spread drops to 3 points I'd take New Orleans, but since it is currently 3.5 points I like Minnesota.
INDIANAPOLIS -7.5 over New York Jets - The Jets without question have the best defense in football. However, they are also a mirror image of the Baltimore Ravens from their inexperienced quarterback, their run based offense, to their defensive scheme (which Jets head coach Rex Ryan used to run as defensive coordinator for the Ravens). The Colts handled the Ravens last week. Accordingly, I have to think that they handle the poor man's version of the Ravens this week.