NFL Playoffs: Semi-finals predictions

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Baltimore over TENNESSEE
This is a tough one to pick because there are two big reasons the Titans are supposed to win — playing at home against a rookie quarterback. However, I think the Ravens defense will mess with Kerry Collins enough that the Ravens find a way to win.

CAROLINA over Arizona
The Cardinals won their playoff game for this century last week. The Panthers are a better, more complete team and play in the Eastern time zone which is not a place the Cardinals tend to win in.

NEW YORK GIANTS over Philadelphia
The Eagles and their playoff beards seem to have momentum, but was beating Minnesota in the 72° Metrodome that big of an accomplishment? . I don’t think so; It would have been one thing if Minnesota had not benched Gus Ferotte, The Eagles are also the same team that got swept by the Redskins and tied Cincinnati. I expect an ugly game as the Giants have had a lot of time off and only one win in the last month, but learned to win last year.

PITTSBURGH over San Diego
Although a recently concussed Ben Rothliesburger could hurt the Steelers and that their home field advantage is not great in the playoffs, I cannot get over the fact that the Chargers are coached by Norv Turner. Sure, the Chargers won last week, at home but I am not a believer in Norv. I mean the man was intimidated by a 17 year old at a Friendly’s carry-out window. I don’t have any against him though.

Besides, the Steelers typically wait until the AFC Championship to blow it.

These picks are for recreational purposes only and should not be used by degenerate gamblers.

Last week: 3-1

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