Here is what we found the week for the BW Rating System:
The home team running game vs the visiting team running defense
The home team passing game vs the visiting passing defense
The visiting team rushing game vs the home team rushing defense
The visiting team passing game vs the home team passing defense
Steelers vs Broncos DEN defense has the edge in passing against PIT offense PIT offense has the edge in rushing against DEN defense PIT defense will kill in passing against DEN offense PIT defense has a slight edge in rushing against DEN offense The Broncos defense is good but the Steelers defense is better.The Broncos offense is poor and the Steelers offense is better. Steelers by 7.
Lions vs Saints DET offense will control in passing against NOS defense NOS defense has a slight edge in rushing against DET offense NOS offense will kill in passing against DET defense DET defense has no advantage in rushing against NOS offense The Lions will pass and the Saints will pass. Saints by 6.
Bengals vs Texans HOU defense has no advantage in passing against CIN offense HOU defense will kill in rushing against CIN offense HOU offense has no advantage in passing against CIN defense CIN defense has clear advantage in rushing against HOU offense The Bengals need to run to win this game but it is going to be difficult. So this game comes down to who has the better passing game. Bengals.
Giants vs Falcons ATL defense has a slight edge in passing against NYG offense NYG offense has a slight edge in rushing against ATL defense ATL offense has the edge in passing against NYG defense ATL offense has no advantage in rushing against NYG defense Close game, go with the home team by 3.
Hank's picks for Saturday of Week 18 Wild Card weekend:
Saints 45-20 minus 10.5 over the Lions
Bengals 19-17 plus 4 over the Texans
For Week 17, Hank Goldberg went 3-2 straight Up and 2-3-0 against the spread.
Niners 24-10 minus 10 over the Rams (Niners 34 Rams 27) Straight up: Correct With Spread: Incorrect
Giants 30-23 minus 3 over the Cowboys (Giants 31 Cowboys 14) Straight up: Correct With Spread: Correct
Chiefs 19-13 plus 3 over the Broncos (Chiefs 7 Broncos 3) Straight up: Correct With Spread: Correct
Raiders 29-23 minus 3 over the Chargers (Chargers 38 Raiders 26) Straight up: Incorrect With Spread: Incorrect
Seahawks 21-16 plus 3 over the Cardinals (Cardinals 23 Seahawks 20) Straight up: Incorrect With Spread: Incorrect
Hank said on his show that he was 6 games over .500 but... I don't have it.
His season totals are 41-27 straight Up and 35-43-0 against the spread and lost $1230.00
Chris Berman's 2 Minute Drill for Wild Card Weekend:
Broncos 13-16 plus 8.5 over the Steelers
Lions 35-38 plus 10.5 over the Saints
Bengals 16-17 plus 3 over the Texans
Falcons 24-21 plus 3 over the Giants