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Wild Card Weekend Picks

January 05, 2007

The selections in this column are purely the opinion of the writer Jeff Wilson, and are not being endorsed by any parties.

Kansas City (+7) at Indianapolis:

Indianapolis (12-4) is a perfect 8-0 at home this year, but the spread is only a touchdown because people are questioning how in the world the Colts are going to stop running back, Larry Johnson. Having safety Bob Sanders back in the line-up will help, but he can not be considered a cure-all.

Peyton Manning and the Colts will put their share of points on the board even though Chiefs cornerback, Ty Law had Manning's number while with New England. Kansas City (9-7) quarterback, Trent Green does need to start being more careful with the ball, but the Chiefs have a good chance of keeping this game very interesting.

Pick: Kansas City

Dallas (+3) at Seattle:

This is the Saturday night game as the networks like to see Terrell Owens and Bill Parcells in "prime-time". Neither of these teams is playing great heading into the post-season. Seattle (9-7) broke a three game losing streak by beating Tampa Bay last week. Meanwhile, Dallas (9-7) has collapsed, losing three of their last four.

The key for both of these teams is to throw the ball. The Cowboys are 24th in the NFL in pass defense, and everyone has been throwing on them lately. The problem for Seattle is they have injuries at wide receiver, plus the Seahawks' cornerbacks could be without three of their top four guys. I like Dallas in a minor upset.

Pick: Dallas

NY Jets (+8.5) at New England:

The spread seems high for this game as the teams split the season series, and the game the Patriots won was only by seven points. The Jets (10-6) have played very solid all year, and Coach Eric Mangini helped develop a great defensive game-plan in their 17-14 win at New England on November 12th.

However, New England's (12-4) offense has been coming on lately, and they will be far more ready to deal with whatever the Jets throw at them defensively. Coach Bill Belichick does not get out-coached very often, and I believe that he, and his veteran group of players, will be ready to go at home.

Pick: New England

NY Giants (+7) at Philadelphia

When you look at these teams on paper, there certainly is not a seven point differential. Then, you look at how they are playing on the field, and you realize that there is. Philadelphia (10-6) has won five straight games with Jeff Garcia at quarterback, and they more than earned the NFC East crown.

The Giants (8-8) snuck into the playoffs, but they still do not know if their coach, Tom Coughlin will be fired, and running back Tiki Barber has already signed a television contract for his new career. Add in an injury to tight end, Jeremy Shockey, and I don't see the Giants putting up much of a fight against this very hot Eagles team.

Pick: Philadelphia

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