NFL Divisional Playoffs are happening this weekend, and there are a bunch of great matchups to look forward to.
This season, we turned to our friend Cousin Sal to give us his weekly picks, and he was right about 50 percent of the time. You could go with a coin flip instead, but Sal is definintely more entertaining. He called in this morning to tell us what he thinks about the Packers, Saints and freakin’ Tebow going into this weekend.
Denver Broncos vs. New England Patriots
Straight up, Sal doesn’t think the Broncos stand a chance against the Pats this weekend, but says that if they do beat New England and later go on to win the Super Bowl, he is skipping football next year. He hates all of the Tebow hype, but the silver lining is that if he happens to do well like last week, the Broncos will be stuck with him for a while. Tom Brady and the Patriots’ Tight Ends are monsters and Sal projects they will rack up 38 points, creating too much of a gap for Tebow Time to work.
Prediction: Patriots 38, Broncos 17
Give the 13 1/2 points
Houston Texans vs. Baltimore Ravens
Sal hates picking teams with rookie quarterbacks in the post season, and this game won’t be any different. However, the Ravens tend to suffer from sluggish starts, and two weeks off won’t help their case any. Sal says look for Baltimore to narrowly pull this game out.
Prediction: Ravens 16, Texans 10
Take the 7 points
San Francisco 49ers vs. New Orleans Saints
San Francisco has been a scary team this season, and has only allowed 10 points at home in the last 3 games. They are a very physical team, and have an added advantage with playing on a grass field, which is kryptonite for the Saints. Sal predicts a bad game for a Saints team who will get pushed around. 49ers quarterback Alex Smith does need to step up this weekend, and if he does, the Saints will be sitting on their couches next weekend.
Prediction: 49ers 20, Saints 16
Green Bay Packers vs. New York Giants
Sal hates the Giants, but really, how can you pick against the Packers? They have a lot to play for, not just for the championship, but to show support for their Offensive Coordinator Joe Philbin, who is going through an extremely tough time. The Giants do play well, and have looked great these past few weeks, but the Packers will not let up, and Aaron Rodgers will have a great time tearing up New York’s secondary.
Green Bay 31, Giants 21