Divisional Round Playoff Picks – Sunday Games

Posted by Mike Wobschall on January 14, 2011 – 1:20 pm

We’ve already shared our picks for Saturday’s games. Here are the picks for Sunday’s games…

Seattle Seahawks at Chicago Bears – Sunday, 12:00 p.m. CT on FOX
It was great to see Seattle – whom few people gave a chance – defeat the New Orleans Saints last week at home. That victory might inspire some to forecast another Seahawks upset this weekend against a team that many still don’t believe in despite a division championship. But I don’t see another big upset; I see Chicago winning and winning big. The Bears defense is superior to New Orleans’ and that will be apparent on Sunday. In Seattle’s victory at Soldier Field earlier in the regular season, Bears LB Lance Briggs didn’t play, the offensive line was in shambles and QB Jay Cutler hadn’t begun playing well yet. But all of that is different this weekend, which will yield a different result. Bears win convincingly.
Prediction: Bears 27, Seahawks 10

Ryan: Despite the fact they are the #2 seed in the NFC, the Chicago Bears – on paper – got a much better draw for the Divisional Round than the top-seeded Falcons did as Chicago prepares to play host to the Seahawks, who of course finished the season with a 7-9 record.  One of those 7 wins though was in Chicago against the Bears back in Week 6.  However, despite that loss, it would be a huge upset if the Seahawks were to win again in Chicago this weekend.  Seattle already pulled off one huge upset in knocking off the defending Super Bowl champion Saints last weekend, but that was a home game against a depleted New Orleans team.  The Bears are, for the most part, healthy and aside from their Week 14 clunker against the Patriots have been playing very good football down the stretch.
Prediction: Bears 24, Seahawks 14

C.J.: We all learned last week never to write off any team when it comes to the playoffs, as the Seahawks beat all odds in defeating the defending Super Bowl champion New Orleans Saints. On Sunday, the Seahawks will make their 2nd appearance at Soldier Field this season and if they follow the same blueprint as their Week 6 victory over the Bears – a steady offense and pressure defense – they will come away will a similar result. The Bears boast a stout defense, but are also inconsistent. In their last 4 games they’ve given up 36, 14, 34 and 10 points (in that order) and if that trend continues, it looks as if the Seahawks will be putting up big points. Seahawks RB Marshawn Lynch will need to be in “beast mode” again if Seattle is to pull off a 2nd consecutive upset.
Prediction: Seahawks 34 Bears 28

NY Jets at New England Patriots – Sunday, 3:30 p.m. CT on CBS
A divisional rivalry will reach its boiling point to cap a great weekend of playoff football and the Patriots will do enough to come out on top of what I suspect will be a closer game than many anticipate. The Patriots have been installed as 9-point favorites in this game – largely because of their 42-point win over the Jets just a month ago – and at first glance I judged that as a big aggressive. But then I put a few things together: 1)Tom Brady is the likely MVP, 2) the Patriots are rested and the Jets are coming off a tightly-contested win last weekend, 3) Brady doesn’t lose at home and 4) karma is working against the Jets because they trash-talk too much. I believe in karma and I believe in the Patriots at home, so I’m siding with Bill Belichick, Brady and Co.
Prediction: Patriots 33, Jets 19

Ryan: As is the case with all of the games on Divisional Weekend, the matchup between the Jets and Patriots is a rematch from the regular season.  The teams split their 2 previous meetings, but the only game people are talking about this week is New England’s 45-3 beatdown of the Jets in Week 13.  That game aside, the Patriots have been by far the best team in the NFL from start to finish and are riding an 8-game winning streak into Sunday’s game.  The Jets pulled off a nice win last Saturday in Indianapolis, but finished the season going just 2-3.  QB Mark Sanchez has 3 road playoff wins to his credit in just 2 seasons in the NFL, which is certainly impressive, but it’s tough to see the Jets winning this weekend, though the game could be closer than some people think.
Prediction: Patriots 34, Jets 24

C.J.: Jets Head Coach Rex Ryan has deemed this matchup as “Rex Ryan vs. Bill Belichick,” but neither of the coaches will be making plays on the field, so in my eyes the main matchup to watch in this contest will be Patriots QB Tom Brady vs. the Jets defense. Who will get the best of who? Brady hasn’t thrown an INT in his last 335 pass attempts – dating back to the Week 6 victory over the Ravens – and if he can continue that trend, the Patriots will be unbeatable at home.  Brady – a 3-time Super Bowl champ and former MVP – poses little concern in a playoff matchup, but his counterpart, Jets QB Marc Sanchez, has far less playoff experience, creating a huge mismatch.
Prediction: Patriots 31 Jets 21

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33 Responses to “Divisional Round Playoff Picks – Sunday Games”

  1. By PurpleNation on Jan 14, 2011 | Reply


  2. By PurpleNation on Jan 14, 2011 | Reply

    EVERYONE knows the boston team is going all the way for sure!

  3. By PurpleNation on Jan 14, 2011 | Reply

    Instead of creating/coming up with news of “OTHER Teams”, why can’t you come up with any sort of “VIKINGS” updates as this site IS “VIKINGS.COM” isn’t it? If we wanted to know/hear of others then we would’ve gone to their site(s)!

    Need I Say More?!

  4. By Bubba on Jan 14, 2011 | Reply

    Mike Wobschall.- How about a story covering the top OC candidates. Josh McDaneils, Bill Mustgrave, Jim Zorn, Chris Palmer, Bill O’brien, Rob Chuddzinski, Jay Gruden, John Ramsdell, Mike Leach, John Garrett among others. So many great coaches to talk about and we get nothin!!!!!!!

  5. By CaribooBill on Jan 14, 2011 | Reply

    Bears over Seahawks
    Jets over Patriots

  6. By PurplePeopleEater on Jan 14, 2011 | Reply

    Mike – your logic is flawed. “…I suspect will be a closer game than many anticipate. The Patriots have been installed as 9-point favorites in this game…”
    Followed by your prediction: “Patriots 33, Jets 19″ = a difference of 14, or a 5-point larger split than the 9-point difference that is anticipated!

    Anyways, my predictions are Atlanta by 10-points, Baltimore by a field-goal late in the game or in overtime, Chicago by less than a TD and the NE Bellichecks by 11.

  7. By Robins on Jan 14, 2011 | Reply

    I don’t care about any team except the Vikings. I do hate the packers though and hope they lose.

  8. By Carl K on Jan 14, 2011 | Reply

    Jay Gruden (brother of Jon Gruden) is one of the best kept secrets in all of professional football coaching. He won 4 arena bowl titles as a QB and was/is head coach of the Florida Tuskers/Virgina Destroyers of the United Football League. I think he would be a great person to interview for our offensive coordinator’s position.

  9. By Jim on Jan 14, 2011 | Reply

    Yeah who are the candidates to be o.c unless the vikings are waiting for bill o brien since they are still in the playoffs. He would be a good choice since mcdaniels is unlikely to land here.

  10. By jjj on Jan 14, 2011 | Reply

    @bubba you left off Brian Billick, Jim Fassell and Mike McCoy.

  11. By jjj on Jan 14, 2011 | Reply

    We could just stick with Bevell and hire Favre as QB coach.

  12. By Carl K on Jan 14, 2011 | Reply

    McDaniels could go to the Rams…but wait…this might sound funny, but the Rams are a west coast team and Steve Spagnuolo and Childress coached together under Andy Reid in Philly. It is a long shot, but I am hoping Childess lands the Rams OC job and McDaniels falls to us. Is that crazy?

  13. By Titus on Jan 14, 2011 | Reply

    How about hiring Chilly as Offensive Coordinator of the Vikings?

  14. By Sue G Vikes 4 Ever on Jan 14, 2011 | Reply

    Titus…That was a joke right?

  15. By Titus on Jan 14, 2011 | Reply

    Sue, do you have to ask?

  16. By Ricefield on Jan 15, 2011 | Reply


    Too funny.

  17. By PurpleNation on Jan 15, 2011 | Reply

    Don’t forget that Al Sanders guy too as he wasn’t bad either and had pretty good offenses

  18. By Justin on Jan 15, 2011 | Reply

    GO SEAHAWKS!!!!!!

  19. By Whodabest on Jan 15, 2011 | Reply

    Bring Back MOSS N RICE

  20. By TW VIKE on Jan 15, 2011 | Reply


  21. By JACKINGS1976 on Jan 15, 2011 | Reply

    Yo tambien espero que los seahawks ganen y derroten a los apestosos de los bears ………… no hay nada mas repugnante que ver a los osos ganar !!!!

    ahora los seahawks es la sexta defensa en sacks y se enfrentan a la OL de lo bears que es la pero de la nacional y de toda NFL ………………… esperemos que manden puros blitz a cuttler y que se aprovechen de esa debilidad de los bears

  22. By Dave on Jan 15, 2011 | Reply

    I am so tired of Rex ryan and his big mouth.. I hope Brady and billichick (sp?) opens a can of whoop a-ss on Rex and his loudmouth trash talking team.. Pats 35-10 !! Send the keys packing please!! :-)

  23. By Dave on Jan 15, 2011 | Reply

    Send the jets packing!! I should proof read a little more lol

    skol vikes!!

  24. By Whodabest on Jan 15, 2011 | Reply

    vikings should get Dennis Dixon

  25. By Arrow86 on Jan 15, 2011 | Reply

    Bears and Pats win tomorrow. Packers and Pats win next week. Packers over Pats in the Super Bowl. I’m sorry if I ruined the suspense for anyone. HA!

  26. By Jones on Jan 16, 2011 | Reply

    We are so behind can’t believe packers/bears going to the superbowl it frustrates me the vikings are out of the playoffs.

  27. By Stephanie on Jan 16, 2011 | Reply

    what more could you ask for than a division rivalry game for the NFC championship game? too bad the Vikings aren’t the ones going, but it just shows how good the division is and will be for next year.

  28. By Titus on Jan 16, 2011 | Reply

    Some good playoff games. Bears and Patriots– superbowl.

  29. By DRS on Jan 16, 2011 | Reply

    Well I will have to go with jets or pats whoever wins today.

  30. By mr smiff on Jan 16, 2011 | Reply

    Unbelieveably, the Jets won today. That means two teams I really hate might be facing off in the Superbowl (other one being the P3ckers). Siiiiiiiiiiiiiiiigh.

  31. By Justin on Jan 16, 2011 | Reply

    I want Packers vs Steelers in the Superbowl. PLEASE!

  32. By Robins on Jan 16, 2011 | Reply

    All four teams I wanted to win this weekend lost. What a lousy weekend for football. I hate the packers so I hope the bears can win next week. Then I hope they lose in the Super Bowl. I hate all of the teams that have won. I hope next year is better. Go Vikings!

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