After splitting the games played yesterday, my overall projection record now stands at 37-16. I have to admit I was very surprised by Peyton Manning’s lack of a clutch factor in OT against the Ravens. It was the exact opposite of clutch, actually. He threw the interception that ended their season, setting up the Ravens 47-yard game winning field goal by stud rookie kicker Justin Tucker. But I do love the Ray Lewis storyline that lives on thanks to a dominant performance by Joe Flacco, who threw for 331 yards on just 18 completions, 3 of those completions going to wide receiver Torrey Smith for a total of 98 yards and two touchdowns, and a strong outing from Ray Rice as well with 131 yards and a touchdown. As for the Green Bay Packers and San Francisco 49ers game, just search Colin Kaepernick in google, Yahoo!, Bing, or whatever your choice of search engine is and proceed to read through the headlines and you’ll get a quick synopsis. To keep it short and sweet, the young gun torched the Packer defense for a total of 444 yards and and four touchdowns, all after throwing a pick six on his second pass attempt. Let your imagination do the rest and try to think about what the outcome of that game was. Now, lets get to my picks for today’s game.
Seahawks @ Falcons
Sun. 1:00 PM ET
Here are the two main focuses of this match-up:
1) Will Atlanta’s 21st ranked rush defense be able to slow down “Beast Mode”, also known as Marshawn Lynch, who has pumped out five 100+ rushing yard games in a row, including the playoffs, while also throwing in 7 touchdowns during that five game span as well.
2) Can the Seahawks, who were 2-5 on the road during the regular season but 1-0 in the playoffs, be able to come into Atlanta and defeat the Falcons who are 7-1 at home but closed out the season with a home loss against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, which just so happens to be my favorite team. Granted they didn’t play full-go during that game its still a lack of momentum going into the playoffs.
I think that the Seahawks defense will expose Matt Ryan at home and keep the great duo of Roddy White and Julio Jones in check. Russell Wilson will continue to be the unsung rookie hero in the playoffs, riding the wive of Marshawn Lynch and solid play by himself as well. I have to with the guys with highlighter green on their jerseys today.
Texans @ Patriots
Sun. 4:30 PM ET
This is the match-up everyone has been waiting for. The Texans had a lot of hype surrounding them for the most part of the year while the New England Patriots do what they do best and just get the job done. Regardless of who had the spotlight more this season they both sit here waiting to play each other with the exact same record at 12-4. The Patriots are 6-2 playing at home this season and the Texans are 6-2 on the road. New England is 3-1 all time against the Texans and I don’t foresee a 2 being in the loss column following today’s game. The Patriots live for the playoffs. The regular season for them seem like a formality sometimes. It’s just to see what they can do before they get to the playoffs, not to see if they make it or not. Tom Brady will have a huge game through the air and Steven Ridley will be the X-factor for the Patriots on the ground in this one. I’ve got the veteran play of Tom Brady, Wes Welker over the talented Andre Johnson and Arian Foster in this one.