2013 NFL Postseason Predictions & Week 1 Picks – FootballMonday, September 9, 2013 13:22
2013 NFL Preview continued – post season predictions – and 2013 NFL Week 1 picks.
2013 POST SEASON PREDICTIONS AND NFL WEEK ONE PICKS
The pendulum has swung back to the NFC. The power teams are San Fran and Seattle. Atlanta isn’t far behind and even the teams trailing the Falcons have a lot of playoff experience and can ‘t be counted out.
Here is the way I have the NFC playoffs shaking out:
NFC South Champion & #1 Seed (14 – 2)
ATLANTA FALCONS…I’m giving the Falcons a slight nod over the Saints for one big bruising reason, Stephen Jackson. This is going to be a joy of a season for Jackson. He doesn’t have to be the savior, only himself. He has a good line to run behind and one of the best passing games in the league. If the Falc’s first two picks—CBs, Desmond Trufant and Robert Alford—contribute consistently, the Falcons might use the home-field advantage for all it’s worth—finally.
NFC West Champion & #2 Seed (12 – 4)
SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS…Jim Harbaugh is more of a whiner than his brother. He wants his QB to be protected all over the field. I hope somebody puts a couple good shots into Kaepernick’s ribs and we’ll enjoy seeing Harbaugh weep. Harbaugh better not get too blurry-eyed or he may miss the Seahawks stealing the division.
NFC North Champion & #3 Seed (11 – 5)
GREEN BAY PACKERS…Until some other NFC North team knocks the Packers off the big boy perch, they aren’t going anywhere—and with Mike McCarthy at the helm with Aaron Rogers quarterbacking, the Packers can beat anyone.
NFC East Champion & #4 Seed (11 – 5)
NEW YORK GIANTS…Really, I could put any NFC East team in this slot. The division is close and all four teams have question marks that need answered in a hurry. Griffin’s health is an issue for the Nates.; Romo’s psyche for the Cowboys, and Kelly’s offense for the Eagles. Only the –Men have climbed the mountain—and injuries have hit them hard.
Wild Card & #5 Seed (11 – 5)
SEATTLE SEAHAWKS…The ‘Hawks could very well over take the Niners and earn a bye. I think Kaepernick has more of an upside than Wilson, but the Seahawks will be a force in the post-season.
Wild Card & #6 Seed (11 – 5)
NEW ORLEANS SAINTS…Rob Ryan is the major reason we can’t see the Saints answering the bell for a deep playoff run.
WILD CARD ROUND
SAINTS @ PACKERS…Too cold, too much Aaron Rogers…Green Bay moves on…
SEAHAWKS @ GIANTS…Too cold, too much Eli Manning—but Russel Wilson played in Wisconsin. Seattle takes a huge bite out of the Big Apple.
SEAHAWKS @ FALCONS
The ‘Hawk defense shuts down Stephen Jackson and frustrates Matty Ice. Yet again, the Birds of Prey come up empty
PACKERS @ 49ERS
This one goes to overtime, but the Pack goes home, the only playoff team to lose by a game ending safety.
SEAHAWKS @ 49ERS
Russell Wilson, beat up, plays valiantly, but the Niners, at home, are just too much…
In this conference, there is no clear number one…
AFC North Champion & #1 Seed (12 – 4)
CINCINNATI BENGALS…The offense jells by mid-season. The defense is top five. Could it really be?
AFC East Champion & #2 Seed (12 – 4)
NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS…In the NFC East, if Brady and the Pats can’t win 12 games, then Belichick has some ’splainin’ to do.
AFC South Champion & #3 Seed (11 – 5)
HOUSTON TEXANS…Mat Schaub proves he can get his team to the playoffs—but can he take them to the next level?
AFC West Champion & #4 Seed (11 – 5)
DENVER BRONCOS…Manning break records and carries the Broncos all year.
Wild Card & #5 Seed (10 – 6)
PITTSBURGH STEELERS…That old and slow defense becomes one of the best in history.
Wild Card & #6 Seed (11 – 5)
INDIANAPOLIS COLTS…Andrew Luck is the real deal.
WILD CARD ROUND
STEELERS @ BRONCOS…The Steelers pressure Manning into too many mistakes and leave Denver a Mile High on victory.
COLTS @ TEXANS…Schaub out-duels Luck and the Texans look for revenge in New England.
STEELERS @ BENGALS
Cincy’s defense makes the deciding play late, as the Bengals beat their arch-rivals.
TEXANS @ PATRIOTS
Arrian Foster runs for 175, the Texans exorcise their playoff demons
TEXANS @ BENGALS
Payback time for the Striped Cats… Cincinnati heads to New York for the Super Bowl.
SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS @ CINCINNATI BENGALS
The read option doesn’t translate well in a raging snowstorm; the Bengals win it all…
WEEK ONE PICKS
In 2013, we’re gonna put our money where our mouth is and see if wee can beat the gangsters at Bovada .com…I’ve set 800.00 bucks aside as my investment to see if we can make a little dough come February and the Sno-Cone Bowl in New York.
Please Note: This little experiment is not sanctioned or funded by DeepIntoSports.com—nor will they enjoy the champagne we sip at year’s end.
I’ve deposited 400.00 into an account at Bovada.com and every week we will bet on our four specials picks and any parlays or multi-bets we might want to place
Last year we finished with an overall talley of 142 – 121 – 7 for a .538 percentage and cracked 55% with a 47 -38 -2 tally in our specials—.553.
In 2013, we will still keep our running win/loss record and the money amounts won or lost that weekend—should be fun.
GAME OF THE WEEK (1 – 1)
Baltimore @ Denver
We called this puppy about as right as it gets when the Broncos mashed the Ravens into a Mile High mush. Here’s the link if you don’t believe me… http://www.deepintosports.com/2013/09/05/2013-afc-north-preview-week-1-thursday-night-pick-nfl-football/
LOCK OF THE WEEK (0 – 0)
New England @ Buffalo
Tough to pick a week one Lock, but as long as Tom Brady is going up against a rookie QB playing for a team Brady has bitch slapped for 13 years, well, it is not that difficult.
I was going to go with the Seahawks over Carolina, but it’s not advisable to pick against a home dog playing a left coast team that, until last year, didn’t travel well east of the Mississippi.
Patriots 38, Bills 14
OVER/UNDER OF THE WEEK (0 – 0)
New York Giant @ Dallas 49.5
Tennessee visits Pittsburgh and we were quite sure based in the dismal pre-season performance of both offenses the under was a good play. But, preseason is never a good reason to bet money.
We do know the Cowboys and Giants are both hurting on defense and have played high scoring games in the very recent past. We also know, early in the season, offenses are usually ahead of defenses. The Giants cover.
Cowboys 38, Giants 35
Cincinnati @ Chicago – 3
Until the Bengals show us a reason not to believe, we will ride these Tigers all the way to New York. The Bengals are one of the, most stable, grounded teams in the AFC—a sentence we couldn’t write in the last twenty years…No new coordinators, no off the field drama, and, they added great talent to an already loaded offense and very solid defense.
Da Bears brought in a CFL football coach to get the most out of the mercurial Jay Cutler. I’m not sure that was a smart move.
The Bengals will send a very loud message to the AFC North and the rest of the league.
Bengals 27, Da Bears 16
Here are the rest of my picks in italics…
NFL Lines For Week 1 – 9/8 – 9/9, 2013
|9/8 1:00 ET||New England LW||-10||At Buffalo||51|
|9/8 1:00 ET||At Pittsburgh||-7||Tennessee||42|
|9/8 1:00 ET||At New Orleans||-3||Atlanta||55|
|9/8 1:00 ET||Tampa Bay||-3.5||At NY Jets||39.5|
|9/8 1:00 ET||Kansas City||-4||At Jacksonville||42.5|
|9/8 1:00 ET||At Chicago||-3 US||Cincinnati||42|
|9/8 1:00 ET||At Cleveland||-1.5||Miami||41|
|9/8 1:00 ET||Seattle||-3||At Carolina||45|
|9/8 1:00 ET||At Detroit||-4||Minnesota||46.5|
|9/8 1:00 ET||At Indianapolis||-10.5||Oakland||46.5|
|9/8 4:25 ET||At St. Louis||-4.5||Arizona||42|
|9/8 4:25 ET||At San Francisco||-4.5||Green Bay||49|
|9/8 8:30 ET||At Dallas O/U||-3.5||NY Giants||49.5|
Monday Night Football Line
|9/9 7:10 ET||At Washington||-3.5||Philadelphia||52|
|9/9 10:20 ET||Houston||-4||At San Diego||44.5|
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