Friday Forecast: Divisional round picks

This is Friday Forecast, where we'll see how my predictions hold up against our readers'. This week, I will go against lawdogg1214 (who correctly matched the total points for last week's game) and CPOChuckG (who matched my points for Ravens-Texans game).

Here are our predictions for the divisional playoffs (which are all very similar):

Jamison Hensley

Ravens 27, Texans 14

Patriots 31, Broncos 13


Ravens 27, Texans 20

Patriots 35, Broncos 23


Ravens 31, Texans 10

Patriots 38, Broncos 17


Ravens 27, Texans 14: There are so many trends working in the Ravens' favor. They've won 10 straight at home. They've never lost to the Texans (going 5-0 against them). And they're undefeated following byes under coach John Harbaugh. Their margin of victory following a bye under Harbaugh is 18 points. It was three months ago when Baltimore beat Houston by 15 points coming off a bye. The Ravens have worked a long time to get another bye and home playoff game. They're not going to drop the ball Sunday.

Patriots 31, Broncos 13: This won't be much of a game because the Broncos are coming off an emotional win and the Patriots are determined to end a three-game playoff losing streak. New England has too much offensive firepower with Tom Brady. When the Patriots jump out to a big lead (which has been a problem for them lately), Tim Tebow isn't a strong enough passing quarterback to lead Denver back.