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January

2011 NFL Conference Championships – Game Predictions from AllGreenBayPackers.com

GAME PREDICTIONS
2011 NFL Playoffs: Conference Championships
Name Straight Up
Against the Spread
Baltimore Ravens at New England Patriots (-7.5)
Kris Burke Patriots Patriots
“Jersey” Al Bracco Ravens Ravens
Adam Czech Patriots Patriots
Thomas Hobbes Patriots Patriots
Zach Kruse Patriots Patriots
Chad Toporski Ravens Ravens
New York Giants at San Francisco 49ers (-2.5)
Kris Burke 49ers 49ers
“Jersey” Al Bracco 49ers 49ers
Adam Czech Giants 49ers
Thomas Hobbes Giants Giants
Zach Kruse Giants Giants
Chad Toporski 49ers 49ers

Current Standings:

Chad Toporski, 12-4
“Jersey” Al Bracco, 10-6
Zach Kruse, 10-6
Thomas Hobbes, 9-7
Kris Burke, 5-11
Adam Czech, 5-3 *(missed Wild Card round)

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Chad Toporski, a Wisconsin native and current Pittsburgh resident, is a writer for AllGreenBayPackers.com. You can follow Chad on twitter at @ChadToporski

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14

January

2011 NFL Playoffs Divisional Round – Game Predictions from AllGreenBayPackers.com

GAME PREDICTIONS
2011 NFL Playoffs: Divisional Round
Name Straight Up
Against the Spread
New Orleans Saints at San Francisco 49ers (+3.5)
Kris Burke Saints Saints
“Jersey” Al Bracco Saints Saints
Adam Czech Saints 49ers
Thomas Hobbes Saints Saints
Zach Kruse Saints Saints
Chad Toporski 49ers 49ers
Denver Broncos at New England Patriots (-13.5)
Kris Burke Patriots Broncos
“Jersey” Al Bracco Patriots Patriots
Adam Czech Patriots Broncos
Thomas Hobbes Patriots Patriots
Zach Kruse Patriots Broncos
Chad Toporski Patriots Patriots
Houston Texans at Baltimore Ravens (-7.5)
Kris Burke Ravens Ravens
“Jersey” Al Bracco Ravens Texans
Adam Czech Ravens Texans
Thomas Hobbes Texans Texans
Zach Kruse Ravens Texans
Chad Toporski Ravens Texans
New York Giants at Green Bay Packers (-8.5)
Kris Burke Packers Giants
“Jersey” Al Bracco Packers Packers
Adam Czech Packers Giants
Thomas Hobbes Packers Giants
Zach Kruse Giants Giants
Chad Toporski Packers Giants

Current Standings:

“Jersey” Al Bracco, 6-2
Thomas Hobbes, 5-3
Zach Kruse, 5-3
Chad Toporski, 5-3
Kris Burke, 2-6

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Chad Toporski, a Wisconsin native and current Pittsburgh resident, is a writer for AllGreenBayPackers.com. You can follow Chad on twitter at @ChadToporski

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13

January

Packers vs. Giants Divisional Round Game Predictions from AllGreenBayPackers.com

GAME PREDICTIONS Divisional Round: Green Bay Packers vs. New York Giants
Name Record To-Date This Week’s Pick Score Prediction
Kris Burke 14-2 Green Bay Packers 31-17
The Packers take the field with heavy hearts and put away the Giants.  The character of the Green Bay locker room is very strong and they will use the words of some Giants along with the events of the week to remind everyone why they’re the best franchise in the league.
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“Jersey” Al Bracco 15-1 Green Bay Packers 34-24
As long as the Giants DL isn’t allowed to run roughshod, and I don’t think they will be, the Giants do not have enough to stop Aaron Rodgers and this offense. Not a rout, but a “comfy” win.
Adam Czech 14-2 Green Bay Packers 33-26
A healthy offensive line and a mobile Aaron Rodgers negates whatever pass rush the Giants bring on Sunday. And once Rodgers gets out of the pocket, there’s no way the Giants secondary can keep up with the Packers WRs.
Thomas Hobbes 15-1 Green Bay Packers 31-27
I wouldn’t be surprised if either team won; the Giants are capable of stretches of invincibility just as easily as stretches of futility.  I think it all depends of the Packers O-line vs. the Giants D-line; if the healthy O-line can keep Rodgers clean, Packers will win, but not easily
Zach Kruse 12-4 New York Giants 34-31
The Giants’ new-found running game gives them a slight edge in the rematch. They can pound the ball at the Packers’ thin defensive line and control the clock. Also, one or two slip-ups from the Packers offensive line gives the Giants the big play or two they need on defense to complete the upset.
Chad Toporski 13-3 Green Bay Packers 31-27
If both teams go out and play their best football, then the Packers will win. The Giants can’t afford to make as many mistakes as the Packers, especially away from their home turf. I am as nervous as anyone about this game, but Green Bay wins this nine times out of ten.
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Chad Toporski, a Wisconsin native and current Pittsburgh resident, is a writer for AllGreenBayPackers.com. You can follow Chad on twitter at @ChadToporski

6

January

2011 NFL Playoffs Wild Card Round – Game Predictions from AllGreenBayPackers.com

GAME PREDICTIONS
2011 NFL Playoffs: Wild Card Round
Name Straight Up
Against the Spread
Cincinnati Bengals at Houston Texans (-3)
Kris Burke Bengals Bengals
“Jersey” Al Bracco Texans Texans
Adam Czech (on vacation) Bengals/Texans Bengals/Texans
Thomas Hobbes Texans Texans
Zach Kruse Texans Bengals
Chad Toporski Texans Texans
Detroit Lions at New Orleans Saints (-11)
Kris Burke Saints Saints
“Jersey” Al Bracco Saints Lions
Adam Czech (on vacation) Lions/Saints Lions/Saints
Thomas Hobbes Saints Lions
Zach Kruse Saints Saints
Chad Toporski Saints Saints
Atlanta Falcons at New York Giants (-3)
Kris Burke Falcons Falcons
“Jersey” Al Bracco Giants Giants
Adam Czech (on vacation) Falcons/Giants Falcons/Giants
Thomas Hobbes Giants Giants
Zach Kruse Giants Giants
Chad Toporski Falcons Falcons
Pittsburgh Steelers at Denver Broncos (+9)
Kris Burke Steelers Steelers
“Jersey” Al Bracco Steelers Broncos
Adam Czech (on vacation) Steelers/Broncos Steelers/Broncos
Thomas Hobbes Steelers Steelers
Zach Kruse Steelers Steelers
Chad Toporski Steelers Broncos
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Chad Toporski, a Wisconsin native and current Pittsburgh resident, is a writer for AllGreenBayPackers.com. You can follow Chad on twitter at @ChadToporski

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3

January

Green Bay Packers Playoff Picture: Familiarity Breeds Contempt

The Falcons are just one of four NFC playoff teams to have lost to the Packers in 2011 and would surely love one more crack at them.

On Sunday night, the seeding for the NFL playoff games was set in stone when the New York Giants soundly beat the Dallas Cowboys in a game that decided the NFC East division champions. Earlier that day, the San Francisco 49ers eked by the St. Louis Rams to maintain their second seed and first-round bye, while the Atlanta Falcons secured the fifth seed after their big win over Tampa Bay and the Detroit Lions’ loss to the Green Bay Packers.

With the regular season complete, we finally have a clear picture of how the playoffs could progress. Before continuing, though, here is a quick list of the final seeding for the NFC:

  1. Green Bay Packers (15-1)
  2. San Francisco 49ers (13-3)
  3. New Orleans Saints (13-3)
  4. New York Giants (9-7)
  5. Atlanta Falcons (10-6)
  6. Detroit Lions (10-6)

The rules dictate that, in each round of the playoffs, the lowest seeded team will travel to face the highest seed, while the second lowest seed will face the second highest. The lone exception is the first round, where the two highest seeds (the Packers and 49ers this year) get a bye for that week.

So in the Wildcard Round, the Lions will square off with the Saints in the Superdome, and the Falcons will travel to MetLife Stadium to take on the Giants. Green Bay and San Francisco will both have the weekend off.

Depending on the outcome of those games, the Packers will host the Giants, Falcons, or Lions at Green Bay’s very own Lambeau Field in the Divisional Round.

But have you noticed something yet? With the exception of the San Francisco 49ers, the Green Bay Packers faced (and beat) every other playoff team at some point during the regular season. Through those five games, having faced the Lions twice, the Packers won by a combined score of 177-139.

That leaves a total margin of victory of 38 points, or 7.6 points per game. Just over a touchdown.

Interestingly enough, last year’s Green Bay team also faced three familiar teams on their path to the Super Bowl. They played the Philadelphia Eagles in Week 1 and in the Wildcard Round, the Atlanta Falcons in Week 12 and the Divisional Round, and capped off their run in the NFC Championship Game against the Chicago Bears, who they of course faced twice during the season as a division opponent.