NFL NFC Divisional Playoff Picks w/ Barrett Brooks
The guys (@GamblingPodcast) give out all their NFL playoff predictions in this NFC Divisional Playoff picks podcast.
Barrett Brooks (@bbrooks72NBCS), former member of the Philadelphia Eagles and host of Sports Take, joins the discussion of the NFC Divisional Round. Barrett knows playoff intensity like no other. He speaks on how the crowd and the energy on the field can ramp up well over 40% for the playoffs. In addition, he talks about how he intentionally avoided playing for the Cowboys regardless of pay, and different experiences and anecdotes from his playing days.
Brooks also projected his beliefs on the Eagles/Giants game this weekend. He says how the Eagles have a true balanced attack thanks to the abilities of Jalen Hurts. If the Giants are going to win this game, they need to manage the clock and keep the MVP candidate off the field. The offensive of the Eagles is also under question on if they are healthy enough to handle the springy Giants defensive line. Overall, the Giants will be no pushover as they have been the past few years and the Eagles are trying to beat them for the third time this season, it will be a classic NFC battle.
Eagles/Giants: Eagles -8, Eagles -375, Giants +300, Game Total O/U: 48
This scenario has happened before but flipped. The year after the Giants won the Super Bowl in 2007, they were the 1 seed, and the Eagles were the 6 seed and beat the Vikings. The Eagles came out on top in this one. Home teams are 14-5 when they face off against a team they have beat twice in the regular season. However, the Eagles have a number of people on the injury report such as offensive tackle Lane Johnson. Dallas Goedert could benefit like TJ Hockenson last week as the Giants proved once again, they can’t cover a tight end.
The Giants could possibly have been giving Saquon a rest last week with his 9 carries, preparing him for a heavy workload. Him and Daniel Jones could have a day running and just might need to in order to beat the Eagles. Since 1990, the Giants are 6-0 against number one seeds.
49ers/Cowboys: 49ers -3.5, 49ers -190, Cowboys +164, Game Total O/U: 46
The Cowboys were playing bad football before playing a bad Buccaneers team. This strong performance Monday could have just been at a benefit of playing a team with a losing overall record. Crybaby Cowboys have been crying about their short week and their travel situation for this Divisional Round and the 49ers could shut them up. In the past 9 games the 49ers are 8-1 against the spread and 6-0 at home. The Cowboys have some injuries they will have to deal with, but the 49ers have only really played weak defenses during Brock Purdy’s historical rookie run.
Neutralizing Micah Parsons is in the best interest of the 49ers as well as testing their secondary. With weapons like George Kittle, Brandon Aiyuk, and Deebo Samuel, Trevon Diggs and the rest of the secondary will have a lot on their plate. In addition, the 49ers’ running attack is more than legit and their defense has looked strong. The Cowboys will have to prove Monday was not a fluke in order to win this one.
NFC Playoff Picks:
Kramer Lock: 49ers
Kramer Dog: Giants ML
Giants ML, Daniel Jones and Saquon both to run over 50 rush yards pays out at 38-1
Sean Lock: Eagles -8
Sean Dog: Boston Scott Anytime TD +370