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Last week, I went 3-1 in my picks for the wild card round of the NFL playoffs, missing only the Giants game where the Carolina Panthers simply thumped the home team.
This week, the obvious choice is to pick all the home teams, since in this round, the home teams have won a whopping 78-percent of the time, 49-11 since 1990. The trick, however, is to come up with the correct home team that manages to buck the trend by losing in front of their own fans.
In the NFC, no matter how well the Redskins have played during the last few weeks, I can't see 120 yards of offense being enough to overcome Shaun Alexander and the NFC's number one offense in the Seahawks. Interesting note, as reported by Tuesday Morning Quarterback on NFL.com-Carson Palmer, who took two snaps for the Bengals and threw one pass, had more yards passing than the Redskins' Mark Brunell, who played the whole game. That isn't going to cut it this week, and my pick is the Seahawks.
On the other side of the bracket, I'll take the Bears over the Panthers.
In the AFC, I'll stick with the Colts at home against the Steelers. There is no doubt in my mind that the Steelers, who I picked to win easily last weekend, wouldn't have won the game if Palmer hadn't gone down to injury. The Bengals moved the ball fairly well even with Jon Kitna at the helm. Peyton Manning, I'll go out on a limb here, is a better quarterback than Kitna. I say this one won't even be close, and the Colts will win in a rout.
That leaves the Patriots-Broncos game. Since I have to pick one of the home teams to win, I guess it has to be here. The Patriots are playing very well right now, and regardless of Tom Brady's assertions to the contrary, I don't think there is anyone around that doesn't respect the team from New England. I like the Patriots to get back to the AFC title game, but playing in the dome in Indianapolis isn't going to be like playing in New England in January.
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