When you correctly predict all four of the Wild Card playoff games' outcomes - as I was fortunate enough to do last week - you're almost obliged to try again. So in lieu of Bills talk today - and let's face it, nothing is going on - let's talk playoffs. Some very interesting matchups this weekend; this is your spot to talk about them. And yes - leave your predictions as well, if you're so inclined.
Seattle Seahawks (11-6) at Green Bay Packers (13-3)
- This is the matchup I'm most looking forward to seeing this weekend - and it starts in less than two hours. I love watching football at Lambeau, and with the Brett Favre intrigue - along with the obvious ties between the two franchises - it's going to be a fun one to watch. Seattle probably has the best shot of any road team at winning this weekend; I don't think they get it done, however. Green Bay is too balanced offensively (Seattle isn't), and if Favre can avoid a strong Seattle pass rush with some screen passes, et al, the Seahawks will be playing catch-up.
Packers 21, Seahawks 16 Packers 42, Seahawks 20
Jacksonville Jaguars (12-5) at New England Patriots (16-0)
- Rarely do I expound as much energy into my NFL fandom as I do when I watch the Bills. Tonight will be a different story - I will be just as antsy, uptight and frustrated watching the Jaguars try to beat the Patriots as I am when the Bills undertake that exercise in futility. Jacksonville's efforts shouldn't be futile; they have the power run game, big-play defense/special teams and overall physicality to give New England a run for their money in Foxboro. Count on this one being close for three quarters; don't count on the Jaguars having enough firepower to pull off the upset of the season. (But GO JAGUARS!)
Final: Patriots 31, Jaguars 20 (Wow! I predicted the correct score, even! This means that the Colts and Cowboys are doomed tomorrow.)
San Diego Chargers (12-5) at Indianapolis Colts (13-3)
- Many are expecting that since the Chargers beat the Colts earlier in the season by two points, this one is going to be close again. They're very wrong. The Chargers will very likely be without Antonio Gates (doubtful - toe), the Colts are at home, and for the first time in what seems like a calendar year, they're healthy. This one will be close for all of a quarter and a half. Colts win this one big.
Colts 34, Chargers 12 Chargers 28, Colts 24 (Boy, when I'm wrong, I'm really wrong.)
New York Giants (11-6) at Dallas Cowboys (13-3)
- You may believe that the Cowboys - and more specifically, Tony Romo - are distracted heading into this game; I assure you that's not the case. Anything you've read about the Cowboys not being ready to play this game is crap. With that said, they've got their hands full tomorrow night - sure, they've beaten the Giants twice this season, but the Giants are on a tear (a tear that, unfortunately, started with a win in Orchard Park). T.O. will probably play in this one, but it will be Jason Witten and Marion Barber who give the Giants headaches. Don't ever forget about the Cowboys' defense, either - somehow, all of the attention in Dallas is focused on offense. Dallas' defense will likely erase Brandon Jacobs, forcing the ball into Eli's hands. A one-dimensional Giants offense won't get it done in Texas.
Cowboys 31, Giants 23 Giants 21, Cowboys 17 (Do I get credit for saying both Indy and Dallas would lose today after I correctly predicted the Pats/Jags score yesterday?)
(Yeah, so what if I'm ultra-conservative and picked all of the home teams to win? If you disagree, I'd love to hear about it in the comments section.)