Our picks for NFL Wild Card Weekend

We’ll be returning from the Holiday Hiatus next week with a brand new show. We’ll be taping it on Thursday, January 13 from our new Hollywood studio location at 4PM ET/1PM PT and live streaming the episode on SyndicateRadio.TV with the edited version appearing on Exscape.TV the following day. Our guest will be Jake Stevens from ESPN Radio to break down the NFL Playoffs.

Speaking of which, the Wild Card Weekend games will be played this weekend, before we return to the air. So here’s what we think will happen in the four games. Here’s a hint: we are becoming known in the industry as the new ‘Road Warriors‘.

SATURDAY (both games on NBC)

  • New Orleans at Seattle, 4:30PM ET, Saints favored by 10 ½: The Seahawks were awarded the division title in the NFC Worst NFC West despite a 7-9 record. They reached the post-season thanks to a victory over St. Louis on Sunday night. Quarterback is the main concern, as Matt Hasselbeck did not play on Sunday with a myriad of injuries. Charlie Whitehurst was the QB of record last week, and the Saints can only be licking their collective chops at the prospect of him playing this week. The Saints have some injury concerns, but as long as Drew Brees is under center, they should win this game easily. PICKS: Charles says Saints 27 – Seahawks 10; Crief says Saints 38 – Seahawks 16
  • NY Jets at Indianapolis, 8:00PM ET, Colts favored by 2 ½: A rematch of last year’s AFC Championship Game sees the Jets back in their familiar position of having to win playoff games on the road, as they did last year in San Diego before getting knocked off by the Colts. But this Indy team isn’t anywhere near the talent level of last year’s club. Sure Peyton Manning is still there, but he’s been limited by injuries to key personnel in the passing game. The Jets seemed poised to at the very least advance to the next round. PICKS: Charles says Jets 21 – Colts 17; Crief says Jets 26 – Colts 21

SUNDAY (early game on CBS; late game on FOX)

  • Baltimore at Kansas City, 1:00PM ET, Ravens favored by 3: While all of the speculative conversation in the coaching ranks this week is about Jim Harbaugh, don’t ignore what John Harbaugh has done in Baltimore. He and quarterback Joe Flacco are the first coach-quarterback duo to lead a team into the playoffs their first three seasons in the league in NFL history. The Chiefs did a nice job this season winning the AFC West, and if Thomas Jones scores a rushing touchdown, he’ll be the first in NFL post-season history to do so with three different teams. The Ravens have allowed just 93.1 yards rushing per game, fifth best in the league. This is the one where the guys disagree: PICKS: Charles says Chiefs 17 – Ravens 14; Crief says Ravens 31 – Chiefs 13
  • Green Bay at Philadelphia, 4:30PM ET, Eagles favored by 2 ½: This has the chance to be the best game of the four this weekend. They met in the first week and the Packers won. The Eagles have had a solid season, thanks in large part to the play of Michael Vick and the offense, yet the defense has been suspect at times. They will need Asante Samuel to be healthy and on the field to help slow down Aaron Rodgers and the Packers passing attack. Snow is forecast for late Saturday, so field conditions could be an issue. PICKS: Charles says Packers 31 – Eagles 21; Crief says Packers 20 – Eagles 17

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