Here we go! The NFL is now about to head into the post season. This is a grueling time for teams. The Patriots are ranked number one in the AFC and the Green Bay Packers are of course number one in the NFC. Now it’s time for what you’ve all been waiting for, my predictions (I know you haven’t been waiting for them, I just feel better saying it).
It’s Wild Card Weekend and we’ll start in the AFC — the Denver Bronco’s versus the Pittsburgh Steelers. Now three weeks ago, I would have said that Tim Tebow and the Bronco’s are unbeatable. Who could have beat him? He had super powers! He’s above everyone. But then he came back to earth. So even without starting running back Rashard Mendenhall I’m going with the defending AFC champion Steelers. Simply put the Bronco’s have looked terrible lately and Pittsburgh just keeps finding ways to win.
The keep your eye on the Cincinnati versus Houston game. Both teams have a ‘never say quit’ attitude. The Texans beat the Bengals on the last play of the game to win by one point a month ago, don’t expect that result this time. The Texans are resilient, but the Bengals are a scrappy team that I think are ready for a fight against the Texans. Bengals by three.
In the NFC, the first wild card matchup we’ll look at is the New York Giants hosting the Falcons. Although, some would say the Falcons have looked good and the Giants are not who we think they are, this is not the day they’ll lose. Go with the Giants in a close one.
Finally, the Saints host the Detroit Lions. Last year the Saints fell to the Seattle Seahawks in a game where they should have destroyed Seattle. This year, don’t expect the New Orleans Saints to pull a San Jose Sharks (see Perennial chokers). No, the Saints remember last year and will not make the same mistake twice. They are going to make a statement and having the new single season passing record holder taking snaps. Drew Brees and company don’t plan on an early exit from the playoffs.
So that’s it, the Steelers, Bengals, Giants and Saints will all move on. Read ‘em and weep. Believe it or not, this time I’m right.