angelina-winner Congratulations, Mike Angelina, on winning the 2016 VoodooBrown Office Pool. Mike led the pack pretty much all season and went 15-1 in Week 17 to hold off 2-time defending champ Mike Procopio’s late season charge. He posted a 168-84 record, which — just like Mike Procopio last year — outperformed most ESPN/Fox/CBS contributors. Well done, Mike.

Follow Mike on Twitter @MikeAngelina

Here are the final standings for the 2016 season:
Mike Angelina: 168-84 (15-1 wk. 17)
Mike Procopio: 167-85 (14-2 wk. 17)
Darren DeGaetano: 162-90 (12-4 wk. 17)
Voodoo Brown: 155-97 (13-3 wk. 17)

Playoff picks from Mike Procopio & Voodoo will be posted throughout the postseason. Enjoy Wild Card weekend, and good luck!

 
 
WILDCARD ROUND:

Saturday January 7th @ 4:35pm ET
Houston Texans (-4) vs. Oakland Raiders
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Over/Under: 37
Temperature: 40°
Wind: 10-15mph
 
What a shame for the Raiders to not have Carr for their first playoff run in over a decade. That high-powered offense could’ve done some real damage. Now they have an unproven rookie making his first NFL start in a road playoff game. The Texans have their own set of problems, starting with Osweiler. He’s horrendous. This game is going to come down to the better defense — obviously that’s Houston. Texans should pull out a low-scoring dud of a game, but Oakland could keep it close. I’m calling a backdoor Oakland cover, but a Texans W.
Houston 16 – Oakland 13

Voodoo’s picks:
Against the spread: Oakland
Straight up: Houston
Over/Under: Under
 
Mike Procopio’s picks:
Against the spread: Oakland
Straight up: Houston
Over/Under: Under
 

 

 

Saturday January 7th @ 8:15pm ET
Seattle Seahawks (-8) vs. Detroit Lions
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Over/Under: 44
Temperature: 34° (60% chance of snowshowers)
Wind: 3-8mph
 
Seattle has the most playoff experience in the 2016/17 playoffs outside of the Patriots’s defense, and is still playing at a level that indicates they’re not going to be a one-and-done team this year. Their defense, however, isn’t the same unit without Earl Thomas. Even before his injury, they weren’t the elite unit they’ve been over the last 5 years. On to Detroit, they’re a tough team to figure out. Not a great defense, but effective. Stafford has willed this team to the playoffs. He’s easily one of the top clutch QBs in the league, and an absolute magician in the final 2 minutes of any game. I don’t see Detroit winning this game, but that 8 point spread is way too much — the Lions will go down swinging.
Seattle 30 – Detroit 27

Voodoo’s picks:
Against the spread: Detroit
Straight up: Seattle
Over/Under: Over
 
Mike Procopio’s picks:
Against the spread: Seattle
Straight up: Seattle
Over/Under: Under
 

Sunday January 8th @ 1:05pm ET
Pittsburgh Steelers (-11) vs. Miami Dolphins
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Over/Under: 45.5
Temperature: 13° (-1° wind chill)
Wind: 10-15mph
 
The weather will be absolutely brutal for this game, with a negative windchill at kickoff — at least the wind/rain/snow won’t really be a factor. Weather this cold tends to favor run-based play, which is good news for Miami. Bad news for Miami, though, is that Pittsburgh’s high-octane pass offense can also switch gears to grind it out with the best RB in the game. I can’t see this game being close at all. 11 points is a lot for an NFL game, however, so I wouldn’t touch that line. If it tells me anything, though, it’s that Vegas is begging you to bet Miami. I foresee a 20+ point Pittsburgh win… a nice warmup game for the main event in Green Bay.
Pittsburgh 34 – Miami 17

Voodoo’s picks:
Against the spread: Pittsburgh
Straight up: Pittsburgh
Over/Under: Over
 
Mike Procopio’s picks:
Against the spread: Miami
Straight up: Pittsburgh
Over/Under: Over
 

Sunday January 8th @ 4:40pm ET
Green Bay Packers (-5.5) vs. New York Giants
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Over/Under: 44.5
Temperature: 12° (-1° wind chill)
Wind: 6-11mph
 
Saving the best for last, the primo matchup of the weekend is appropriately scheduled. It should be an epic battle to the very end. My gut says that Green Bay is way too hot to drop a 1st round home game, and that the Giants don’t have the firepower to keep up with them. But this is Eli Manning, one of the most unexplainable quasi-elite QB in NFL history. He finds ways to do the unexplainable as evidenced by his 2 Super Bowl wins against superior Patriots squads. If he’s moving that offense early and getting Odell Beckham involved, the Giants could pull off the upset. Good news for Green Bay, though: The Giants high point totals of the year are 28 points (once), and 27 points (three times). The Packers have gone over 30 points in each of the last 4 games, and 6 times all year (they notably dropped 38 against Seattle in WK 14). Giants D is definitely better than the Packers D, but neither defense is elite — so this game comes down to 1) offense & 2) home field, both of which favor the Packers. Expect a classic game, tight for the first 3 1/2 quarters, with Green bay opening it up late.
Green Bay 34 – New York Giants 24

Voodoo’s picks:
Against the spread: Green Bay
Straight up: Green Bay
Over/Under: Over
 
Mike Procopio’s picks:
Against the spread: Green Bay
Straight up: Green Bay
Over/Under: Over
 

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