NFL picks against the spread, Sunday playoff games: Pulling for the underdogs once again

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We pick against the spread for the Sunday playoff games featuring the Seahawks against the Redskins and the Colts against the Ravens.

So, if you read my picks against the spread post yesterday... I can explain. I was unaware that Christian Ponder wasn't going to be playing, so I did not realize that the awful Joe Webb would be the all-time Wildcat runner for the Vikings and Packers game. I can take no blame for that.

As for the Bengals and Texans game, well... sorry. But in case you are okay with me going 0-2, I have decided to do picks against the spread once again for the Sunday games. Two games, four teams. Which two will win (against the spread)? Let's find out.

As always, the lines come courtesy of Bovada.

Indianapolis Colts +7 vs. Baltimore Ravens

Even since Cam Cameron was fired as the Ravens' offensive coordinator, the Baltimore offense has stunk. Ray Rice still doesn't touch the ball as much as he should, leaving Joe Flacco to do far more than he is capable of. Anquan Boldin has slowed down the past season or two, leaving Torrey Smith as the only legit consistent threat, especially if the Ravens want to go deep.

On the other side, the Colts are fueled by the fight for their head coach and former Ravens defensive coordinator, Chuck Pagano. Can they bring that fire with them into Baltimore and beat an off and on Ravens team? I'm not sure, but seven points seems like a pretty big margin and one of these playoff games this weekend is bound to be close. I think it will be this one. Take the Colts and the points.

Seattle Seahawks -3 vs. Washington Redskins

The Seahawks come into this game as one of the hottest teams in the league and the Vegas line setters know that. Giving a team an edge when they are on the road is always risky, especially if that is in a playoff atmosphere. The rookie matchup between Russell Wilson and Robert Griffin III is going to be a blast to watch, but I think RG3 will come out on the winning side of that battle.

If Washington can run the ball down Seattle's throat like they usually like to do with Alfred Morris, they can win this game. And do the Seahawks know how to stop RG3's deadly read option? I'm not so sure. There are just too many factors leading to an 'upset' so I am going with the Redskins.

Enjoy the games!

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