I made my picks all season in Sunday's Observer. But with two games today, I'll start early.
Last Week: 10-6
Upset of the Week (picking an underdog to win) 8-11
Lock of the Week (picking against the spread) 10-8
This week's picks with the home team in CAPS:
CINCINNATI 7 over New York Jets
This is my lock, since the Bengals are favored by 2 1/2.
The Jets didn't even have to play to get into the playoffs. Indianapolis laid down in week 16, the Bengals in week 17. But today New York has to play a team that will fight back. I love New York's defense. But Cincinnati's defense also is efficient. And the Bengals will make passes the Jets won't. Quarterback will be the difference. Compared to the rest of the playoff teams, Jets are a fraud.
DALLAS 4 over Philadelphia
I love Donovan McNabb. But I'm not picking against the Cowboys, not the way they've been playing, not in Dallas.
NEW ENGLAND 1 over Baltimore
Brady, at home, in the playoffs? Despite the absence of Wes Welker, I'm not going against Brady or his coach.
Green Bay 3 over ARIZONA
The Cardinals have been inexplicably mediocre at home, as Carolina will attest. Green Bay has finally stopped beating itself. Packers are loaded. They could be this season's Arizona.