Gerry Dulac's NFL Divisional Playoff predictions
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Last week: 1-3 (.250)
Season record: 167-93 (.642)
GAME: Baltimore Ravens (12-5) at Tennessee Titans (13-3), 4:30 p.m., Saturday
THE SKINNY: The Ravens look like a No. 6 seed ready to follow the same path of the 2005 Steelers and 2007 New York Giants -- going on the road, all the way through the Super Bowl. Tennessee was the only team other than the Steelers to beat Baltimore at home this season.
PREDICTION: Ravens, 16-13
GAME: Arizona Cardinals (10-7) at Carolina Panthers (12-4), 8 p.m., Saturday
THE SKINNY: Cardinals Coach Ken Whisenhunt pulled a fast one on the Falcons, dusting off the running game and using it to beat the Falcons. But, real students of the running game might want to take note of the Panthers, who have a two-headed monster with DeAngelo Williams and rookie Jonathan Stewart. You might also want to note that Arizona is 0-5 in east-coast games this season.
PREDICTION: Panthers, 34-14
GAME: Philadelphia Eagles (10-6-1) at New York Giants (12-4), 1 p.m., Sunday
THE SKINNY: The Eagles won the last meeting in Giants Stadium and four of the past six games there. But that game on Dec. 7 did not carry the significance of this one, at least for the Giants, who lost three of their final four regular-season games. After being crushed by the Ravens, the Eagles have won four of their past five.
PREDICTION: Giants, 27-13
GAME: San Diego Chargers (9-8) at Steelers (12-4), 4:45 p.m., Sunday
THE SKINNY: The Chargers were 1-3 in east-coast games this season, with one of the losses coming Nov. 16 at Heinz Field. But this Chargers team comes to town averaging 34.4 points during their NFL-best five-game winning streak. The Steelers ran up more than 400 yards offense and controlled the ball for more than 36 minutes in the first meeting, but didn't manage a touchdown. This ain't Alfred Pupunu, baby.
PREDICTION: Steelers, 17-13
First Published January 9, 2009 12:00 am