Saturday, January 12, 2008

Phil's NFL Picks
FOX - 4:30 PM ET
Seahawks (11-6) @ Packers (13-3)
Curious that the point spread for this game is seven points. Seattle should be able to cover but their offense will have a lot of question marks. How will their running game fare in Green Bay? Look for Matt Hasselbeck to try to air it out against the Packers defense. Meanwhile, Brett Favre is going to have his hands full with a Seattle defense that gave Washington fits last week. The end of the regular season was rough for Green Bay, but they are at home and rested.
Zach's thought: Seattle isn't a good road team. Packers.

CBS - 8:00 PM ET
Jaguars (12-5) @ Patriots (16-0)
Of all the teams that had a bye week during the Wildcard round, no team may have benefited more than New England. With five starters on defense over the age of 30, the Patriots defense looked tired the past few weeks. In the last few games of the season, teams began running straight up the middle on New England's defense. Meanwhile, Jacksonville is coming off a physical game against Pittsburgh were they coughed up an 18 point lead. Yes David Gerrard virtually won the game on his QB draw, but his two interceptions were awful throws.
Zach's thought: Jacksonville is really good, but the Patriots will cause too many problems. I don't want the Patriots to win, but I think they will. Patriots.

CBS - 1:00 PM ET
Chargers (12-5) @ Colts (13-3)
San Diego had been looking like a team that was getting hot for the playoffs, but then they really seemed to struggle against Tennessee last week. Both teams are going into this game with injury concerns. The Jaguars may not have the services of tight end Antonio Gates and Pro Bowl blocker Lorenzo Neal is coming off a broken leg. Meanwhile, the Colts have lost Dwight Freeney is on injured reserve and Marvin Harrison has only played one game since Sept. 30th. Just cannot see Peyton Manning being one and done in the postseason this year.
Zach's thought: The Chargers didn't play all that well last week, and I don't expect them to play well this week, either. Colts.

FOX - 4:30 PM ET
Giants (11-6) @ Cowboys (13-3)
Suddenly, the Cowboys offense has question marks with Terrell Owens playing or not (signs point to him being active for the game). If Dallas loses this game, Tony Romo's Mexico trip during the bye week will be heavily debated. Does the Giants playoff season rests on the arm on Eli Manning, who can win or lose the game for you? Probably not because New York's defense should also have a big day. Whether or not they can stop Marion Barber will go a long way in determining this game's winner. Upset Special here.
Zach's thought: New York has one road loss this year. Guess who it's against. Cowboys.

LAST WEEK: 3-1 Z:3-1
OVERALL: 170-90 Z:167-94



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