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NFL Division Playoff Round Handicapping Tips

NFL Divisional Playoffs Match-Ups

The smoke has cleared from the wildcard round of the playoffs and one favorite; Dallas and three underdogs; New York, Baltimore, and Arizona are moving on to the divisional round to face the top four seeds in the league.


Below are a few inside facts and tips for each game that will help you decide which teams will survive to play in the conference championships and which team’s dream of reaching the Super Bowl ends here.

Saturday, January 16th

4:30 P.M

Arizona Cardinals@ New Orleans Saints

Arizona WR Larry Fitzgerald has proven to be almost unstoppable in the postseason. In five games he has 36 receptions for 628 yards and nine TD’s. New Orleans has only made it past the divisional round once in franchise history; back in 2006 with a win over Philadelphia. The Saint’s averaged a league high 31.9 points per game this year while the Cardinals were ranked 11th, averaging 23.4. Last time these two teams met, back in 2007 it turned into a shootout with Saints coming away with a 31-24 victory.

8:00 P.M

Baltimore Ravens@ Indianapolis Colts

Baltimore S Ed Reed has six interceptions in six postseason games. When having a first round bye, Indianapolis is 0-3 in the playoffs with Peyton Manning as QB. Colt’s WR Reggie Wayne and TE Dallas Clark each had exactly 100 receptions in the regular season. The last time these two teams met was back in week 11 with the Colts squeaking out a 17-15 win when Raven QB Joe Flacco was intercepted at the Indianapolis 13 yard line with less than three minutes to play.

Sunday, January 17th

1:00 P.M.

Dallas Cowboys@ Minnesota Vikings

Dallas’s win last week over Philadelphia was their first playoff victory since 1996. Minnesota has not won a home playoff game since 2000. The Vikings led the NFL in sacks with 48, while the Cowboys were 7th with 42. Dallas is a pretty good playing on the road, going 5-3 this season. Minnesota is an incredible team playing at home, going 8-0 this season. In the six times that these two teams have met in the postseason, Dallas has won four of them. Viking QB Brett Favre passed for 4202 yards and 33 TD’s this season, while Cowboy’s QB Tony Romo threw for 4483 yards (a Dallas franchise record) and 26 TD’s. The last time these two teams met was back in 2007 with Cowboys coming away with a 24-14 win.


New York Jets@ San Diego Chargers

New York RB Thomas Jones is expected to play on Sunday, but if he is not ready to go because of a bruised knee, rookie Shonn Greene will get the call. Last week he ran for 135 yards on 21 carries against Cincinnati. The last time the Jets made it all the way to the AFC Championship game was back in 1998. With a win, this will be the Chargers second trip to the conference championship in three years. San Diego QB Philip Rivers has played his best this season against three of the top five defenses in the league averaging 333 passing yards per game. The Jets’ defense is ranked 1stin total yards allowed (252.3), passing yards allowed (153.7), and points allowed (14.8). The last time these two teams met was in week three of 2008. The Chargers won that game by a score of 48-29.

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