The Landry Hat Pick ‘Em


Green Bay Packers vs. Seattle Seahawks +7.5

Green Bay is riding aging Brett Favre, who is having one of his best seasons ever for the Packers. Meanwhile, somehow, someway, the Seahawks keep on making the playoffs. This year, they don’t even have a solid running game, and here they are, still competing after a big win against a spirited Redskins team. Someone else is having a good year too, and his name is Matt Hasselback. And there is a reason the Seahawks are in the playoffs without a strong season from Shaun Alexander: the defense. That defense has improved quite a bit. So, with that said, I am picking my first upset this playoffs. Seattle 28 Packers 27

Jacksonville Jaguars vs New England Patriots -13.5

I know the Jags have become the darlings of the NFL. But I just don’t see them winning this game. If the Patriots are able to win by nearly 14 points though, I just will go ahead and crown them as the best football team the NFL has ever seen. And that will hurt. I just don’t think the Jags can pull this one off, even with a great backfield and a powerful defense. Randy Moss and Tom Brady are a one-two punch that is just too good. Patriots 35 Jaguars 27

San Diego Chargers vs Indianapolis Colts -10

I don’t have a lot of faith in Chargers quarterback Phillip Rivers. I have even less faith in him with tight end Antonio Gates unlikely to play. For the Colts, the loss of Dwayne Freeney hasn’t seemed to slow down this much-improved defense that has continued to play at a high level since the Super Bowl victory. Too much offense for the Chargers, who did beat the Colts in the regular season. But Peyton Manning through six interceptions. He will have to do that again for the Chargers to win, and we know that is so doubtful it is not even worth considering. Colts 38 Chargers 21

New York Giants vs Dallas Cowboys -7.5

Here we are, the first playoff matchup between these two divisional rivals ever. That’s hard to believe. Dallas has already beaten the Giants twice this season, but it just doesn’t matter anymore. Terrell Owens is playing, and that’s going to be very helpful for Tony Romo, who also has a healthy Jason Witten and Terry Glenn ready for big games. You can bet your bottom dollar that Marion Barber is ready to run over someone. But I don’t think it is going to be any one player on the Cowboys offense that wins this game. I think it will Eli Manning who loses this game. DeMarcus Ware will pressure him and that’s going to lead to some mistakes–ones that should fall right into the hands of cornerback Terence Newman. Close game? Yes…until the fourth quarter. Cowboys 27 Giants 14

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Tags: Antonio Gates Brett Favre Chargers Colts Dallas Cowboys DeMarcus Ware Dwayne Freeny Eli Manning Giants Jaguars Jason Witten Marion Barber Matt Hasselback Packers Patriots Peyton Manning Phillip Rivers Randy Moss Seahawks Shaun Alexader Terence Newman Terrell Owens Terry Glenn Tom Brady Tony Romo

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