Sunday Line Playoff Chatter, Take 1: Ravens at Titans
Matt: So welcome back to our little den of vice. We're still going at it for the playoffs, scrappin' and chattin' and makin' picks. I went 2-2 in the first-round games, as did Desmond, with regular season champion Dave pulling up the rear at 1-3.
Dave: Actually, I went 2-2. The chart mistakenly had me for the Dolphins. If you read last week's chatter--and why don't we all read it again?--you can confirm I took the Ravens
Matt: Ah, I was going off the chart.
Matt: So we all went 2-2! Mediocrity for all!
Matt: Des, BTW, has deserted us for the Great American Southwest, but he was kind enough to send us an e-mail with his thoughts on this weeks games:
Des: Greetings from the desert! My plan to make like Eric Mangini and high-tail it outta town not long after the NFL regular season ended (of course, I waited longer than that shlub to high-tail it, and am doing it totally voluntarily) is working out nicely. By the time you read this, I will have visited the Grand Canyon, not to be confused with the gap in Michael Strahan's front teeth. Currently I'm chillin' in Tucson, where the temperature hit an unexpectedly chilly high of 56 degrees on Tuesday, but I
am assured it's all uphill from there, much like the Cardinals' climb to the Super Bowl.
Matt: So there's that.
Dave: So, onward with the picking of the games...
Ravens (+3) at Titans
Des: So when these teams first played, Tennessee won by 3 at Baltimore, and there's little reason to think this won't be another close game. There's also little reason to think that Ed Reed won't lay his hands on at least one errant Kerry Collins pass, especially after the Titans realize that they won't be able to just run the ball 45 times like they want to. That being said, I love how Tennessee has played this year and this spread makes it essentially a choice of who we think will win, so I'll go with the
Dave: Like many, I'm getting on the Ravens' bandwagon
Matt: yes, the Ravens' defense was, um, quite Ravens-y last week.
Dave: You can't seem to run on them, and if you throw deep, Plastic Man Ed Reed is back there
Matt: But a-ha! The Titans won't have that problem, because Kerry Collins can't throw the ball deep!
Dave: Yeah, like I said, Ravens bandwagon for me. At least for one week. I think they win this straight up.
Matt: Also, I should put this out there at the outset: Since 1990, home teams in the second round of the playoffs are 55-17!
Matt: I don't know how they did against the spread, but if I did, you all would be the first to know.
Dave: This is true. But that's basically 3 out of 4, right? So I guess the Ravens are my one.
Matt: I'm not sure the Titans' offense is much more potent than the Dolphins', so I'll go with the Ravens.
David, Des and Matt
January 9, 2009; 2:00 PM ET
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