Sunday, January 11, 2009

NFL Divisional Round Pick Results

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Read this for a description of APR.
Read this for a description of SRS.
Line picks counted correct when the favored team wins; they do not have to beat the spread to count as a win.

Pick results for the Divisional Round.

Ravens (APR, SRS) @ Titans (Line)
Certainly the Titans had every chance to win this game, but they looked out of sync for most of the game. Their offense had 3 long drives end on a turover. They had at least two bad/early snaps that could have been (more) disasterous. On the defensive side, the Ravens were held to just 13 points. But Joe Flacco threw some passes that should have been knocked down if not intercepted.

Cardinals @ Panthers (APR, SRS, Line)
In week 10, Jake Delhomme threw 4 interceptions to the Raiders, but the Panthers still managed to pull out the win. This time, they were playing a team that could actually score given that many extra chances at the ball. Though it says something about the Cardinals uncertainty that they kicked so many field goals. A more confident team would have scored at least 40 points in a game like that.

Eagles @ Giants (APR, SRS, Line)
The Eagles' offense didn't exactly light things up (4 punts, 2 interceptions, and a safety). But the Giants couldn't get into the end zone, they couldn't convert on critical 3rd and 4th downs. Add in 2 interceptions and a lost fumble, and it was a very bad day for Big Blue.

Chargers @ Steelers (APR, SRS, Line)
The Chargers might have had a real chance in this game, except for a disasterous 3rd quarter. The Steelers' opening drive took 7:56 off the clock and gave them an 11-point lead. The Chargers next two drives ended on an interception and a muffed punt (and technically, the muffed punt doesn't count as a possession).


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New power rankings, and Championship Game picks to come.