2009 NFL Divisional Playoffs

With The Wild-card games now over the eight remaining teams will be fancing their chances at making it to the Superbowl and there are four intriguing games.

Arizona at New Orleans – The Cardinals played really well last week against the Packers and will be full of confidence unlike the Saints who looked to be running on empty towards the end of the season. Both teams know how to score so this should be a high scoring game but the evenutual outcome will be decided by who controls the ball better. Here I think that the Cardinals with their momentum and experience could just edge out the Saints tonight and I am picking them to win by 7-10 points.

Baltimore at Indianapolis – The regular season game ended 17-15 to Indy, but the Ravens had a good chance to win that one and will be out for revenge. If the Ravens can shut down Reggie Wayne and Dallas Clark like they did in the regular season and capitalise on their red zone chances then I can see the Ravens pulling off the shock here. Not a game to stake your house on but its the Ravens for me by 3-7 points.

Dallas at Minnesota – Dallas have impressed me of late and are possibly the most complete team in the NFC. However they will need to be if they are to come away from the Vikings with a win and I am not sure that they are good enough to take the Vikings in their own stadium. Brett Favre may be well into the vereten ranks but with a team stuffed with por bowlers he doesnt need the prowess of his younger days to win games. The two teams do match up well but I just give the edge to the Vikings and expect them to win by 7-10 points.

NY Jets at San Diego – This should be a game that the Chargers expect to win given that the Jets sort of got a free pass into the playoffs thanks to Indy and Cincinnati capitulating in the final two weeks of the regular season. However they then beat Cincinnati on merit and will hope to emulate their 2004 heroics when they Held LT to 80 yards before winning in OT. I personally cant see them winning this and predict a Chargers win by 10-14 points.

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