Here we are at the Divisional Round of the playoffs. If we don’t stop to enjoy this time of the sports year, it will quickly pass us by. I’m coming off a 2-2 picks session last week. Not perfect, but perfectly mediocre. Although, the two correct picks were the two games I bet in real life. The Texans and Giants did not disappoint. And, I believe you could see that those were my two solid picks based on what I wrote last week.
I’m starting with the NFC this time for the Divisional Round. It’s a clear build up toward the Denver – New England match-up.
Saturday (4:30 PM EST)
Saints (-3.5) @ 49ers
It’s Thursday morning. Despite being the lower seed, a mediocre team on the road and facing a very good defense, the public is all over the Saints this Saturday in their game in San Francisco.
It’s not surprising that the public is liking a high powered offense that’s favored. Yet, the Saints have looked mortal against much worse teams this season on the road. However, I am joining the masses on this one.
Since their road collapses at Tampa Bay and at Saint Louis, the Saints have been rolling. That includes two wins against the Lions, two wins against the Falcons and a win against the Giants. During that time period, the 49ers have two wins that I would call marquee. That’s a win against the Giants and a win against the Steelers.
How will this game do? A good defense against a good offense — sounds intriguing. I think the Saints will put up 30+ points. Since their bye-week the Saints have played seven games (including last weekend against Detroit). During this time period, the team ha averaged 39.8 points. Reaching 30 shouldn’t be an issue, even against a quality 49ers defense.