NFL Divisional Round Preview – Saturday Games

15 01 2011

Well, one weekend in, and another exciting one up ahead, as we’re down to 8 teams competing for the Lombardi Trophy!

Let’s take a look at two of the four upcoming games this weekend:

Baltimore @ Pittsburgh – Saturday, January 15, 4:30 PM EST – Heinz Field

The most brutal matchup of the weekend features on of the best rivalries in the NFL, it’s a known fact that the Steelers and Ravens absolutely despise each other.  This is going to be (obviously) a brutal, hard fought physical game, as usual, one that I think the Steelers are better equipped to handle.

That said, Joe Flacco has to earn his keep sometime soon, and I think that after seeing the Seahawks do what they did to New Orleans, that anything is possible, and that Flacco will get his next postseason win, against the team that has shut him down.

Ravens win 12-7

Packers @ Falcons, Saturday, January 15th, 8:30 PM

The Primetime match of the day features a non-divisional rematch of a Week 13 thriller.  The Packers came into the Georgia Dome and gave the Falcons all that they could handle in a thrilling 20-17 game, this without a running game and relying all on Aaron Rodgers.  People seem to believe that the Packers have found their running back in James Starks, and have added another dimension to this offense, the only thing that makes me think twice about the Packers being “unstoppable” is the fact that Aaron Rodgers’ yardage was kept to a minimum (he still threw 3 touchdown passes).  The Falcons have one of the more multi-dimensional offenses in the league, with Turner and Snelling carrying the load, and after Roddy White had a career and franchise record-breaking season, the Falcons seemed primed to finally make a run at the Super Bowl.  I think Brent Grimes will cause the Pack more problems then they had hoped.

Falcons win a thriller in OT 33-27.

 

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