NFL Pick’em: Conference Championship Picks
The NFL Playoffs are here and that means our postseason pick’em contest kicks off as well. In case you missed our picks every week during the regular season, we crowned one winner of all winners.
The Divisional Round brought us three different records for our pickers. Orlando led the way with a 3-1 week, followed by Dan at an even 2-2 and Brandon bringing up the rear with a 1-3 week.
Standings after the Divisional Round
Dan Schalk: 6-2
Orlando Torres: 5-3
Brandon Reid: 4-4
Conference Championship Picks
Jaguars at Patriots
Dan Schalk: New England Patriots. This is a ridiculously easy path for the Pats to claim another Super Bowl title. I keep hearing all this talk about the Jags defense, but let’s not forget they allowed 40+ points to Pittsburgh and it is New England that has the best red zone defense in the NFL. Think about this: the Pats will force Jacksonville to kick FG’s in the red zone instead of scoring TD’s—do you really think the Jags will do the same to Tom Brady and company? No chance. Take the Pats plus the 9.5 points.
Brandon Reid: Jacksonville Jaguars. I don’t care anymore. I can’t figure this NFL season out, and I don’t care anymore. If you listened to My Fantasy Podcast last week, you know I predicted Pittsburgh and Atlanta in the Super Bowl. I have contended all year that the Patriots will NOT repeat, and I’m going down with that ship. I remember Tom Brady missing throws a few weeks ago that led to a grumpy 40-year-old Brady yelling and cursing at his offensive coordinator. The Patriots had the easiest divisional round opponent that anyone has seen in years. They better not take this Jags defense lightly. Tom Coughlin strikes again!
Orlando Torres: Jacksonville Jaguars. Call me crazy but the Patriots are old news! Yes The Patriots have all the experience to school these young kids, but the Jaguars are more hungry in my eyes, and ultimately are playing with a chip on their shoulders. Jags pull off a 2012 version of the Ravens and win yet another playoff game on the road with their backs against the wall.
Vikings at Eagles
Dan Schalk: Minnesota Vikings. Ew, Case Keenum versus Nick Foles. I’ll take the Vikings defense but it won’t matter in two weeks because neither of these teams are beating the Patriots.
Brandon Reid: Minnesota Vikings. This is a lock. Minnesota WILL be in the Super Bowl. After that miracle play last week I started thinking about the 2012 Baltimore Ravens. Best defense in the league, and they got a similar miracle play in the divisional round to beat the Broncos. A 70 yard Flacco to Jacoby Jones TD for the win. That propelled them to the Super Bowl, where they beat the 49ers. I see a lot similarities in that Baltimore season, and this Minnesota Vikings season. My mind is made up for this week, the Vikings are my Super Bowl Champs! SKOL !!!
Orlando Torres: Minnesota Vikings. Looking back at the ATL/PHI game Atlanta deserved to lose that game. Philly gave them four fumbles and the Falcons still couldn’t capitalize. For Minnesota they better get over their miracle from Sunday fast, because as much as the thought of Nick Foles in the Super Bowl is disgusting, their defense is good enough to get them there if Minnesota comes in overlooking them.