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LCB NFL Picks: Divisional Round

January 9, 2009



Saturday's games:

+3 Baltimore Ravens (11-5 overall, 5-3 road) @ Tennessee Titans (13-3 overall, 7-1 home) 4:30 p.m. on CBS: Langston's Pick: These two teams boast great running games and even better defenses, and the last time they played it turned out to be a fantastic one with the Titans edging the Ravens out 13-10. With these teams so even in almost every aspect of the game, I like veteran QB Kerry Collins to hold the edge for Tennessee. He will win the game by avoiding the costly mistakes that Bert Flacco will surely run into. The extra rest coming from the bye week for Haynesworth and the rest of the banged up defense will pay huge dividends for the Titans helping them win this game by 6. LCG's Pick: I have respect for both teams and would be happy to see either one win. However I am going with Baltimore on this one. They have a lot of momentum going into this game and have played strong for the better half of the season. I am looking forward to the defensive match up. The Titans may have the rest provided by a bye week on their side but the Ravens are coming into this game with the focus needed to win a a playoff game.

+9.5 Arizona Cardinals (9-7 overall, 3-5 road) @ Carolina Panthers (12-4 overall, 8-0 home) 8:15 p.m. on Fox: Langston's Pick: The Cardinals stink on the road and the Panthers own at home. The home field advantage coupled with the weather expected in Charlotte and their great running back combo, should vault the Panthers to the NFC championship. I like the Panthers to win, but zippy chance they cover. LCG's Pick: I have yet to pick the Cardinals to win a game this season. For the most part they have proven me wrong but lets hope this time around it goes differently. I am going with the Panthers, regardless of my hatred for the sound effects played at their games. I have little invested in either team but am fully aware that Carolina is a creep team. They often go without notice to most NFL fans. I think it would be nice to see them come out of this seaon with their name fully imprinted on the minds of football fans.

Sunday's games:

+4 Philadelphia Eagles (9-6-1 overall, 3-4-1 road) @ New York Giants (12-4 overall, 7-1 home) 1:00 p.m. on Fox: Langston's Pick: The Eagles have been rolling as of late, winning 5 out of their last six. While the Giants cooled off late in the season due to injuries, gunshots, and a need for rest. Of those 5 wins, included was a win in the Meadowlands over the Giants where the Eagles took the game 20-16. That game could be a sign of whats next, but Brandon Jacobs says he is healthy. These teams match-up fairly well, but when Brandon Jacobs is healthy there isn't a harder team to defend. He punishes the defense with his power and speed and by the end of the first half the opposition is slow and tired. Expect Jacobs to do his damage in the first half with the rest of the Giants offense picking up the slack and putting the Eagles to bed. Giants by 10. LCG's Pick: I am going with Philadelphia. The Giants got there Cinderella story last year. I feel like it is the Eagles turn to find their missing glass slipper.

+6 San Diego Chargers (8-8 overall, 3-5 road) @ Pittsburgh Steelers (12-4 overall, 6-2 home) 4:45 p.m. on CBS: Langston's Pick: I hate to pick against the Steelers, considering they have Ben Roethlisberger and the best defense in the league. But with the lack of protection for the Steelers and speedy Darren Sproles emerging, I like the Chargers in this one. It's not all due to Sproles emergence/LT's injury though, Rivers has turned into the most consistent passer in the league. The fact that he throws one of the ugliest long balls, that seem to float in the air longer than a Nerf ball in a game of 500, boggles my mind that every deep ball isn't picked off. Along with his ugly deep balls he possesses the most irksome personality in the league. Its a shame because the man can play and is likely to lead the Chargers over the hump and to the Super Bowl. Chargers by 2. LCG's Pick: I don't like either team but respect the Steelers more. I am going with the Steelers.

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