The Patriots have won 3 of the last 4 Super Bowls, the Jaguars are in the playoffs for the first time in 6 years, any questions? The Jaguars have a good defense and are a solid team with a 12-4 record. However, they don’t have the experience necessary for the upset, as QB Byron Leftwich who missed the last month with an ankle injury will likely be rusty. In addition it’s going to be cold in Foxboro, no matter how you look at it the Jaguars don’t have a chance.
The Steelers are playoff tested the Bengals are in the postseason for the first time since 1990. The two teams split their meetings during the season with each winning on the other team’s field, so winning in Cincinnati is not an issue. Carson Palmer has a great future in the league but he will face a big test in his first playoff game as the Bengals hit the playoffs with two straight losses, while the Steelers are red hot with 5 straight wins. Look for experience to be the deciding factor as the Steelers win by a Field Goal.
When these teams first met in November the Buccaneers were beginning to hit rough waters when they rallied for a dramatic 1 point win, as Jon Gruden rolled the dice and went for 2 on a Touchdown in the final minutes. This time it won’t be as dramatic but it will be nearly as close, as these two teams are evenly matched. However, with the home field edge the Buccaneers will win again, as their defense will make it hard for the Redskins to get into the endzone.
At the start of the season the Panthers were a trendy Super Bowl pick, while the Giants fans would have been happy with an 8-8 season. Both finished with 11-5 records with the Giants winning the NFC East. Just two years ago this same Panthers team went to the Super Bowl and lost in the final seconds, winning games in Philadelphia and St. Louis on the way. Giants QB Eli Manning is going to be good one day, but he does have his growing pains against tough defenses like the Panthers. Look for it to be a tough