Sunday, January 22, 2006

NFL Picks - Championship Games Edition

Carolina 27 Seattle 19
Panthers again travel well, and I'm just not all that impressed with the Seahwaks. With Shaun Alexander potentially still a bit groggy from last week, John Fox's defense will bring the heat on Matt Hasselbeck. Panther QB Jake Dellomme is unfazed by being on the road in the playoffs, and the feeling here is that he and Steve Smith will help take the crowd out of the game early.

Pittsburgh 23 Denver 17
I've gone against the Steelers for two straight weeks, and lost each time. Not this week. Coach Cowher's crew is feeling zero pressure, being both on the road and being the prohibitive underdog. The feeling here is that they will come up with a defnsive gameplan that can neutralize Jake Plummer, likely by getting in his face and limiting his room to roam. The Pittsburgh rush defense is tough enough to keep Denver's ground game in check. The mile high atmosphere will not play as big a role as expected, and like Carolina, Pittsburgh has the ability to strike early and take the big hostile crowd out of the game.

Last week: 2-2
Overall: 4-4
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