Gil Lock Returns For NFL Postseason
Back by popular demand, Gil Lock of Ryno Rife Sports Handicappers ventures out of his collegiate comfort zone to bring you his opinions on this weekend’s divisional round. Those that followed Rife With Opinions during the college football season remember that Gil came under a bit of fire as he struggled for much of the campaign. He finished with a strong bowl season, however, and is willing to share his thoughts on how this weekend’s NFL playoff games will unfold. Here we go.
New Orleans Saints – Arizona Cardinals Under 57
(Saturday 4:30 EST-FOX) Classic contrarian pick here, with a little logic thrown in for good measure. Drew Brees hasn’t played for real in almost a month. He may take a quarter or so to get going while I don’t think the Cardinals will have as much success once New Orleans gets a look at the Green Bay game film.
Indianapolis Colts – 6 1/2 over Baltimore Ravens
(Saturday 8:00 EST-CBS) The Colts have put themselves squarely behind the eight ball by forfeiting their last two games. If they don’t win it all, they’ll never hear the end of it. Baltimore’s secondary isn’t what it used to be, even at full strength, let alone with Ed Reed nursing a sore groin. Peyton Manning should devour the Ravens’ blitzes while Joe Flacco struggles to keep up.
Dallas Cowboys + 2 1/2 over Minnesota Vikings
(Sunday 1:00 EST-FOX) This one will break the heart of my good friend F-r-a-n-k Tufano, but I don’t see the Vikings recovering from their stumbling finish. Dallas may be the hottest team in football right now and absolutely has the better QB. Look for a big day from Jason Witten.
New York Jets +7 1/2 over San Diego Chargers
(Sunday 4:30 EST-CBS) Now, before Fireman Ed offers to take me out to dinner, let me say that San Diego wins this one. I just don’t think they have the firepower to run away and hide from the Jets’ defense. The Chargers incredibly tall receivers will force the Jets into adjustments that should open up the running game for San Diego.