Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson runs against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers during the second half of an NFL football game Dec. 21, 2019, in Tampa, Florida. (AP Photo/Jason Behnken)

Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson runs against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers during the second half of an NFL football game Dec. 21, 2019, in Tampa, Florida. (AP Photo/Jason Behnken)

Pigskin pick ‘em: Providing playoff winners to Clarion faithful

  • By NOLAN ROSE Peninsula Clarion
  • Wednesday, January 1, 2020 10:32pm
  • Sports

The brains of this pigskin pick’em column, or lack-there-of, enters the wild card round of the NFL playoffs after a Week 17 sabbatical in Juneau. We’re well rested and ready for action.

It’s been a difficult season against the spread, but as Seahawks legend and current running back, Marshawn Lynch, likes to say, “You know why I’m here.”

It’s a new season with the playoffs kicking off on Saturday and we’re hoping to deliver winners free of charge to Clarion faithful. Let’s get to the games.

Bills @ TEXANS -3

This is the stone-cold lock of the week! Bills quarterback Josh Allen is not good at football. Allen’s passer rating is in the 80s and his QBR is a paltry 47.5. Those numbers don’t bode well for the Bills Mafia.

It’s really hard to win playoff games on the road with a great quarterback. Allen is in his second year and this will be his first playoff game. Allen, undeniably, is not a great quarterback.

Houston doesn’t have any question marks at the QB position. Texans passer Deshaun Watson is that dude. Watson elevated Clemson to unimaginable heights as a collegian, expect him to do the same with this Texans franchise. Texans win 23-13

TITANS @ Patriots -5

Something is not right with this Patriots team. It’s been a long time since a Bill Belichick-led team limped into the playoffs as vulnerable as this team appears to be.

Tom Brady seems to be a shell of his all-time great self. The once vaunted defense has revealed cracks in the armor and suddenly the fear factor that used to accompany this team has vanished.

Would you believe me if I told you that Titans QB Ryan Tannehill has a higher passer rating and QBR than Tom Brady? Would you believe that Tannehill has thrown only two less touchdown passes than Brady for the season while playing four less games?

I’m not ready to predict a Tennessee victory, but the last month has felt like the end of the Patriots Dynasty. Patriots win a close one 20-17

Seahawks @ EAGLES +1.5

For clarity, this is a total anti-jinx play.

The Eagles are the better team, they have been all year. Eagles QB Carson Wentz is a great player and even better person.

If we’re being honest, we can all acknowledge that Philadelphia has the best fan base. The stadium is packed each week with good-natured folks who want both teams to have success and play good football.

I have always been impressed by the kind people in Philly that support their own as if they were family and openly cheer for great plays by the visiting team.

Good things happen to good people and that’s why it’s a virtual lock that Philadelphia wins this week in a hard fought, good-spirited contest. Eagles win 26-20

Vikings @ SAINTS -7.5

Hate to lay more than touchdown in a playoff game but this Saints team has the feel of a Super Bowl winner.

Despite a fantastic 13-3 record, New Orleans dropped all the way down to the third seed in the NFC. I think that can play into the team’s advantage.

Nobody is going to pass up a bye week, but sometimes continuing to play, and stay in rhythm, is the best thing for a football team. The Saints are my pick to win the Super Bowl.

The Vikings feel like that team stuck in football purgatory. They’re always going to be tough as currently constructed. QB Kirk Cousins is good enough to get you to the playoffs year after year, but Minnesota just doesn’t seem to have that playoff gear necessary to reach the big game. Saints win 30-21

More in Sports

Friday: Twins top South, fall to Service

The American Legion Post 20 Twins split a doubleheader in Anchorage on… Continue reading

Chase Laker, Kate Cox win Salmon Run Series 1

Chase Laker and Kate Cox won the first Salmon Run Series race… Continue reading

Peninsula Oilers reliever Cameron Teper delivers to the Chugiak-Eagle River Chinooks on Thursday, July 11, 2024, at Coral Seymour Memorial Park in Kenai, Alaska. (Photo by Jeff Helminiak/Peninsula Clarion)
Thursday: Oilers top Chinooks in sudden death

The Peninsula Oilers defeated the Chugiak-Eagle River Chinooks 4-3 in sudden death… Continue reading

Kristen Faulkner is pictured in her official Olympic portrait photo. (Photo by Evan Kay with Climb High Productions, provided by Kristen Faulkner)
Homer’s Faulkner now will compete in 2 Olympic events

USA Cycling announced Tuesday, July 9, that Kristen Faulkner, who grew up… Continue reading

Fans watch Mini Stock Heat 2 on Sunday, July 7, 2024, in the Skylar Thomas Lyon Memorial at Twin City Raceway in Kenai, Alaska. (Photo by Jeff Helminiak/Peninsula Clarion)
Hale wins 30-lap A Stock feature at Skylar Thomas Lyon Memorial

Jimmie Hale won the 30-lap A Stock feature Sunday, July 7, at… Continue reading

Monday: Oilers finish road trip on high note by topping Chinooks

Robson hits 2 2-run home runs off foul pole

Peninsula Oilers infielder Petey Soto tries to make a play during a 2-1 loss to the Mat-Su Miners on Sunday, July 7, 2024, at Hermon Brothers Field in Palmer, Alaska. (Photo by Jeremiah Bartz/Frontiersman)
Sunday: Miners nip Oilers

The Peninsula Oilers lost 2-1 to the Mat-Su Miners in Alaska Baseball… Continue reading

Sunday: Twins post dominant sweep of Bartlett

The American Legion Post 20 Twins swept Post 29 Bartlett on Sunday… Continue reading

Post 20 Twins third baseman Gabe Smith explores the puddle at his position Saturday, July 6, 2024, at Coral Seymour Memorial Park in Kenai, Alaska. (Photo by Jeff Helminiak/Peninsula Clarion)
Saturday: Twins walk off on Chugiak in extra innings

The American Legion Post 20 Twins defeated Post 33 Chugiak 3-2 in… Continue reading

Most Read