Last week I tried to be savvy and give you predictions for all of the Wild Card games. I went 0-4. So what the hell, I’ll give it a shot again with the Divisional games. Today at 4:35 pm ET, the New Orleans Saints will be in the Emerald City to take on the Seattle Seahawks and the “12th Man”. Then at 8:15 pm ET, the Indianapolis Colts head up to a sloppy Gillette Stadium to take on Tom Brady and the New England Patriots.
Four predictions for Saturday’s NFL Divisional games that will probably be wrong…
Drew Brees figures out how to silence the “12th Man”. The Seahawks are dominant at home for a reason. They posses the greatest home field advantage in the NFL. The “12th Man” aka the crowd, and its ability to get louder than any other stadium on earth, are a complete nightmare for any opposing team. Especially for a team that has a QB that likes to call audibles at the line. Brees does this, but with his Hall of Fame accuracy, he can still roll with play calls that he doesn’t like. The accuracy also helps because of how physical Seattle’s corners are. Everyone in the league knows how good they are, but it’s also because of the amount of holding the do that goes undetected. There’s no team in the league that runs the screen play better than the Saints and if Brees’ receivers can’t get open, look for it. It’s a lot easier for Brees to communicate in a loud stadium with his offensive line and running back than his wide receivers.
Seahawks 31 Saints 27. I make the case for Drew Brees being able to have a solid game, but Seattle makes too many plays om defense to ignore. While I think the Saints will cover the spread, ultimately the Seahawks will win the game. If there’s one thing that Rob Ryan’s defense can’t do, that’s get a big stop when needed. Russell Wilson – late game winning TD drive.
Tom Brady will show us why he’s elite. Tom Brady hasn’t had much magic lately in the playoffs, and especially at home. The Patriots are only 3-3 in their last six home playoff games. But tonight’s game will be a classic Foxboro slop fest. It will be an unseasonably warm 53 degrees, but with rain and winds of over 20 mph. These are the games that Brady thrives in. He may not have a crazy stat line when the game ends, but Brady is one of the greatest bad weather QB’s of all time. There is no secret that the Patriots and Colts have defenses are basically sieve’s at this point, which makes for a classic “team who has the ball last will win” scenario. This sets up for Brady’s “Is he the greatest QB of all time?” SportsCenter debate on Sunday morning.
Patriots 38 Colts 34. Down by three with 6 minutes to go, Brady leads the Pats on a TD drive that milks the clock with precision. That’s why he’s elite. That’s why he’s one of the greatest QB’s of all time.