I like doing this, and then looking back at how wrong I was on Monday.
Here's my round 1 prognostics:
Cincinnati @ Houston:
While Cincy has a rookie QB, Houston has Jake Delhomme. Picking a rookie QB to win a playoff game on the road is crazy. I am a wild and crazy guy. I think Cincy's D bottles up Houston's rushing attack and forces Delhomme to beat them. I really like Cincy in this game. Pick: Bengals
Pittsburgh @ Denver:
First, let me say that I'm not a huge fan of Tim Tebow, Tebowmania, whatever you wanna call him. I also don't condone Tebowing. I am a huge fan of Denver's defense, and Willis McGahee's ability to shred defenses.
Pittsburgh is hurting. Bad. Mendenhall is out, Clark isn't playing and Big Ben is playing practically on one leg.
I think this defensive slugfest comes down to the kicking game, and I like Denver's chances. Pick: Broncos
Atlanta @ NY Giants:
Eli Manning and the Giants are so bi-polar they should change their name to Charlie Sheen. You never know what to expect with this team. They crap the bed vs Washington one week, then they beat the NY Jets and the Dallas Cowboys rather easily.
Speaking of bi-polar, have you followed Atlanta this year? They should change their name to the NY Giants.
I do think Atlanta is a better football team, has a better running game. I like Atlanta's chances. I'm taking Atlanta in the 3rd upset pick of the day.
Detroit @ New Orleans:
I know I've bashed the kitty-cats before, and said they were not a playoff team, etc, etc. I was wrong, ok? Happy? I don't, however, think they can beat the Saints, unless Ndonkeykong Suh stomps on Drew Brees' throwing arm and puts him out of the game in the 1st quarter. I think this game might be closer than people are predicting, but I don't see Detroit winning. It wouldn't shock me, especially after Seattle upset New Orleans last year, but I wouldn't count on lightning striking twice.
Pick: New Orleans in a wild shoot out and possibly the highest scoring playoff game ever.