TWIF Pick 'Em: Divisional Weekend

01/09/2014 8:31 AM ET
By Staff

And a high five to you for your role in the Colts' epic comeback, Mr. Luck.(AP)
Want to test your football prognostication skills against the experts of This Week in Football? This season, you have the chance!

Each week, we will post the TWIF panel's picks for every game on the NFL slate here on, so you can see how your thoughts compare to those of Ryan Ruocco, Howard Cross, Ross Tucker, and Gary Myers. In addition, we'll also be keeping a tally of how Ryan and the gang do all season, so come January you'll see who has bragging rights as the big winner among the panel.

You can keep track of your record and see if you end up beating the experts...and of course, don't forget to watch This Week in Football every Tuesday during the NFL season on YES!

If the final weekend of the NFL regular season was too predictable, then Wild Card Weekend was anything but, as three of the four wild cards won and Indianapolis needed the second-largest comeback in NFL playoff history to avoid making that a clean sweep. Because of that chaos, the TWIF panel had a .500 record on the week, going 1-1 in their unanimous games (and correctly picking roadie San Francisco) and almost all losing on the Eagles/Saints game - but Ryan was the lone panelist to pick New Orleans, and that spurred him to a weekly win at 3-1.

As we head into the divisional round, the panel is again unanimous on two picks, both of which are in Saturday's games; there's another 2-2 split in the Niners/Panthers game and this time it's Howard out on a three-against-one limb, with him being the only one to see San Diego winning in Denver for the second time in six weeks.

Will it be a prudent pick? Maybe, especially given this bizarre streak: in each of the last four years, the team that played in Philadelphia for the Eagles' home opener has gone on to win the Super Bowl….and Philly's first guests at the Linc this year were none other than the Chargers.

Let's see who the gang has gone with for the Divisional Round, but first, a look at current standings…

Ryan Ruocco: 3-1
Ross Tucker: 2-2
Howard Cross: 2-2
Gary Myers: 1-3

Ross Tucker: 172-88-1
Ryan Ruocco: 171-89-1
Gary Myers: 166-94-1
Howard Cross: 158-102-1

…and now, the panel's picks for Divisional Weekend:


New Orleans at Seattle (Sat. 4:30 PM)
Indianapolis at New England (Sat. 8 PM)
New England
New England
New England
New England
San Francisco at Carolina (Sun. 1 PM)
San Francisco
San Francisco
San Diego at Denver (Sun 4:30 PM)
San Diego
Denver comments