I split last weekend's Wildcard Round "over/under" picks with the correct call on the UNDER in the Saints vs. Eagles game on a closing line of 54.5, but I went the wrong way in the 49ers vs. Packers game with a play on the OVER on a closing line of 47. The weather in Green Bay had to be a factor given just how cold it was at Lambeau Field, but another score here or there would have been enough to pull off the sweep. I will have two more picks for this week's games before calling it quits for the season. Overall it was a good year with a winning percentage of roughly 55 percent.
Looking back at Philadelphia's loss to New Orleans, it was another case of leaving way too much time on the clock for a veteran quarterback that knows how to move the ball down the field. The stunning aspect of that final drive and the entire game for that matter was the way the Saints ran the ball right down the Eagles' throats, which had not been an issue for most of the second half of the season. As I mentioned in a number of previous posts, the best thing to come out of this season was the development of Nick Foles as a legitimate franchise quarterback in the NFL. He has a strong and accurate arm, but his best trait is the ability to avoid costly mistakes. He may not be as flashy as a Donovan McNabb or Michael Vick, but he is not nearly as reckless with the ball as those other two quarterbacks were at times.
In typical Eagles fashion this team left us wanting more after a great run to the NFC East title. The foundation is there for long term success as long as Chip Kelly and the front office continue to add young, solid talent to both sides of the ball. The most pressing need is to improve the defensive secondary, but look how much players such as tackle Lane Johnson and tight end Zach Ertz contributed to an offense that finished the regular season as one of the best in the league.
Well it is on to the teams that are still alive in this year's Super Bowl Derby with my top two "over/under" plays for the Divisional Round of the playoffs. To give you a hint, I am sticking with the UNDER in both games and using two of the same teams from last week. For a full preview of both of these picks click the link below for my final installment of a season long series for Doc's Sports.
NFL Totals Betting: Divisional Playoffs Over and Under Predictions