NFL football playoffs - Cowboys at Vikings, Jets at Chargers - 01-17-10

Jan 17, 2010 6:49 PM


NFL playoffs:

Dallas Cowboys at Minnesota Vikings -3 (total 45½ ): This could be the marquee matchup of the weekend, especially as the Saturday games turned out to be clunkers. The Vikings will be hard to beat at home (they haven’t lost in the Metro Dome this season), and they’re relatively healthy. They’ll need to be at full strength as they’re facing a Dallas squad that is peaking at the right time and are finally playing with confidence in the post season. The match-up here is intriguing as each team will try to establish the running game, and they each have capable runners. The Vikings’ Adrian Peterson is among the league’s elite running backs, while the Cowboys’ Felix Jones and Marion Barber (he should return to the lineup this week) could be the difference in this contest. The tandem has flown mostly beneath the radar, but they have combined for nearly a full yard better per carry than Vikings’ running backs (4.9 ypc versus 4.1 ypc). And the Cowboys’ passing game with Tony Romo playing the best he’s every played in a Dallas uniform, has big play capability with the ability to stretch the field. The outcome will probably be decided by which defense can disrupt the opponent’s attack. Dallas perhaps has a slight edge; and if they can knock around Brett Favre, it could be enough to knock the Vikings out of the playoff picture. Dallas +3 and UNDER the total of 45 ½

New York Jets at San Diego Chargers -7 (total 42 ½ ): The Jets are on a Cinderella run, but their carriage may turn into a pumpkin in San Diego. The Jets don’t have the firepower to keep up with the Chargers, and their defense, though rated No. 1 in the NFL, won’t be able to shut down Phillip Rivers and his talented group of runners and receivers. For its part, the Chargers’ defense will give up a few points – they haven’t completely stopped anyone good all season – but their offense will be able to outscore the Jets. San Diego -7 and OVER 42 ½

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