Commentary

Will anyone knock off New England?

Scouts Inc.'s Gary Horton offers his playoff predictions, from this weekend's Wild Card games all the way through Super Bowl XLII.

Originally Published: January 1, 2008
By Gary Horton | Scouts Inc.
The Patriots are the obvious favorite as the NFL postseason approaches, but are they a lock to get to Arizona and win Super Bowl XLII? Below are my playoff predictions all the way through the Super Bowl, so read on to see whether New England's quest for a prefect season will be derailed.

AFC Wild Card Weekend
No. 5 Jacksonville over No. 4 Pittsburgh
Jacksonville won in Pittsburgh in Week 15 and these teams know each other well. They have similar styles and this should be a very physical game. The Jaguars are built to win in cold weather in January and can adapt their style to play in any situation. They are hitting on all cylinders, while the Steelers' running game is in shambles and they must depend on QB Ben Roethlisberger and the passing game. The Pittsburgh defense is not its usual dominant self, either, and Jacksonville will out-physical Pittsburgh in its own stadium, maintaining a reputation as the team nobody wants to play this postseason.
Gary Horton spent 10 years in the NFL as a scout and another 10 years at the college level as an assistant coach and recruiter. He is the founder and most seasoned member of the Scouts Inc. staff, and his extensive experience at all levels of football make him an excellent talent evaluator.