Saturday, January 16, 2010

Saturday Division Playoffs Open Thread

Bring it on

What a glorious thing is playoff football, I will be glued to the toob from 4pm until midnight, we have two great games on tap for today.

Arizona Cardinals at New Orleans Saints, 4:30pm ET, FOX

Consensus line: Saints -7
Curly R spread pick: Cardinals
Curly R straight up pick: Cardinals

You cannot do much better as a quarterback than Kurt Warners 154.7 quarterback rating last week in the epic slugfest against the Packers. Will Kurt continue the magical run or will he stumble? Either way this game figures to feature a lot of passing and short possessions, potentially a three and a half hour game or longer.

I think the Saints will look less like Who Dey and more like What Dat, Drew Brees will be running for his life and the Cardinals win in another high scoring game. I heard a statistic on Sirius NFL Radio this week, Kurt Warner is 8-2 lifetime in the postseason in domes, with his only two losses coming in the New Orleans Superdome. Third time is the charm for Kurt.

Baltimore Ravens at Indianapolis Colts, 8:15pm ET, CBS

Consensus line: Colts -6.5
Curly R spread pick: Ravens
Curly R straight up pick: Colts

Our first split pick of the playoff season, the Ravens did a number on the Patriots last week, finally revealing them for the collection of individuals they are, Baltimore is going to have to play at the very top of its game to beat the Colts today, the Ravens have an excellent running game and the Colts are soft against the run.

But then there is Peyton Manning. Peyton and the Colts showed in the regular season that they can win every which way, in a blowout, in a close game, coming from behind and with the running game. I think when all is said and done it is a very close game and the Colts have a solution for the Ravens.

This is a playoff gameday open thread.

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