Every year, Sunny and I make our NFL playoff picks. I follow the NFL much more closely than I follow the college game these days. There are a number of reasons for this:
1. I find the story lines much more compelling; I find myself following the career arcs of players in the NFL, whereas it’s more difficult to do that with NCAA football where a kid plays a season or two for your favorite team and then he graduates or moves on to the NFL.
2. I also like the fact that the NFL delivers a payout to it’s fans in the form of a true, undisputed champion at seasons end. None of this silly BCS stuff. I don’t know, call me crazy, but I consider the superior sport the one that provides the most satisfying culmination of the season’s story lines. No one debates the validity of Green Bay’s Super Bowl win last year. They’re the champs, plain and simple. Until the NCAA does away with the BCS and the meaningless pageantry of the bowl system in favor a true playoff system, the NFL will be the superior format. Hands down.
3. Most importantly, my Vols stink.
Anyway, NFL playoff time is a ritual around our house. Sunny hardly watches a game all year and she usually destroys me with these picks. Nevertheless, we pick. It’s just what we do.
Cincinnati Bengals at Houston Texans
Jason’s pick: Houston
Sunny’s pick: Houston
I like the fact that Houston can run the ball and they have a stout defense. Sunny is picking the home team. (Smart girl.)
Detroit Lions at New Orleans Saints
Jason’s pick: New Orleans
Sunny’s pick: New Orleans
Atlanta Falcons at New York Giants
Jason’s pick: Atlanta
Sunny’s pick: New York
Here we have our first divergence in our picks. I like Matt Ryan’s options here: Turner, Gonzalez, Jones, White, Douglas. Sunny likes the fact that Eli already had to beat Dallas to get in, so it’s like they’ve already been in playoff mode. Says she’s playing the hot hand. Plus they’re the home team. She’s making a lot of sense. Why do I feel like she knows way more about this than I do?
Pittsburgh Steelers at Denver Broncos
Jason’s pick: Pittsburgh
Sunny’s pick: Denver
I say the Tebow story comes to an end here. Who better to rain on the parade than Big Ben and the hard nosed Steelers? But they are pretty banged up and I just realized Sunny has picked all the home teams to win here, which is pretty smart. No matter, I’m going with my gut here. She says Tebow will win.
There you go. We’ll check in on Sunday to see how we did.