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(Lines taken on Wednesday morning; 7:00 AM)
Arizona Cardinals +7 @ New Orleans Saints I like Arizona getting the points. On offense, the Arizona Cardinals present more challenges than the majority of remaining playoff teams. Rookie running back Beanie Wells gashed the Green Bay Packer defense for 6.5 yards a carry proving this offense does more than just throw the ball. On the New Orleans front, they haven't put together four good quarters of football since their blowout win against New England back on November 30th. Chris Redman (Atlanta backup) threw for 303 yards on them. Josh Freeman (Tampa Bay rookie) threw for 271 yards and completed 21 passes on their defense. Jason Campbell (embattled Redskin quarterback) completed 30 passes for 367 yards and 3 TD's in their late season meeting. This isn't a list of future Hall of Fame quarterbacks, and that is exactly what Cardinal quarterback Kurt Warner is. Arizona Cardinals +7.
Baltimore Ravens +6 @ Indianapolis Colts The first time these two locked up this season was in Baltimore. The Colts recorded their 10th win on the season to remain undefeated in a very close (17-15) football game. Indianapolis held Raven running back Ray Rice to 3.6 yards a carry and contained him finishing with just 71 yards on the day. However, in that same game Baltimore would force Peyton Manning into two interceptions. Why is this important? Because to beat the Ravens in the postseason or much less anytime your going to have to slug it out. Baltimore finished the regular season with 7 losses, 5 of them were by 6 points or less, and none by more than 13 points. Indianapolis didn't blow teams out this season, they played tight games and usually came out on the winning end because of who they have under center. Keep the ball out of Peyton Manning's hands, and your in business. Baltimore Ravens +6
Dallas Cowboys +2.5 @ Minnesota Vikings Dallas will beat Minnesota on Sunday afternoon. The Vikings offensive line has broken down over the final weeks of the regular season and in that same stretch the Cowboys defensive line has come on strong. Cowboys veteran linebackers Bradie James and Keith Brooking are all over the field and defensive backs Gerald Sensabaugh and Mike Jenkins are causing havoc in the secondary, credit that to DeMarcus Ware, Jay Ratliff, and Anthony Spencer, the Cowboy defensive line that has been dominating. The first defensive unit to crack Drew Brees, is coming into their own right before our eyes. The pass happy Vikings will need to run the ball to have success against Dallas, in their consecutive wins against Philadelphia, the Eagles turned to the passing game and saw very little success and forced their defense back on the field again and again. If Brett Favre and Adrian Peterson are kept on the sidelines as Tony Romo picks apart the Viking defense there is only one result. Dallas Cowboys +2.5
New York Jets +7 @ San Diego Chargers There's a secret they aren't telling anyone. No one took advantage of late undefeated runs by Indianapolis and New Orleans like Philip Rivers and the San Diego Chargers. After a 2-3 start, San Diego ripped off an 11-game win streak, first round bye, and home field advantage in Round 2. Going into the postseason on the heels of a 4,000-yard season and 28 touchdown passes, no one is playing better than the Chargers quarterback, and he'll be the deciding factor on Sunday evening. He's won close games against tough defenses, Philadelphia, Dallas, and Cincinnati. He's won big time blow games at Denver (32-3), at Tennessee (42-17), and also hitting season highs at Cleveland (373 yards) in early December. All things aside, they haven't played Rex Ryan and his New York Jets this season. The famed Jets defense leads the league in fewest pass yards allowed per game, fewest yards allowed all season, and most shut down corners (one), the legend that has become Darrelle Revis. No doubt Revis is an amazing corner, possibly even the best since Deion, however Charger receiver Vincent Jackson is half a foot taller than him and that will make a difference. San Diego Chargers -7
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