Baltimore @ Pittsburg, Saturday afternoon Hi 32 Low 24 50% chance of snow
Week 4 Baltimore wins at Pittsburg 17-14, Week 13 with the conference title and bye on the line, Pittsburg wins at Baltimore 13-10. These teams play the same styles, play great defense and are very evenly matched. I would go with Pittsburg because they’re at home, but both teams won against each other on the road.
Maybe it’s a hunch, but I’m taking Baltimore and Ed Reed!
NY Jets @ New England, Sunday afternoon Hi 33 Low 15 Partly Cloudy
No analysis does the Patriots any justice. When you analyze that they can’t run the ball, the ground game suddenly shows up, when you say they have no defense and can’t stop anybody, they hold the JETS, BEARS, BILLS and DOLPHINS to 20 combined points in four games. Sure, the Jets beat the Pats in week two 28-14, but Cleveland beat New England 34-14 in week 9, I sure wouldn’t bet on that happening again. For me, the game comes to down to this question, which QB are you going to bet on? If you watched Mark Sanchez, he was barely good enough last week and the last month of the season. Tom Brady threw two picks in that first matchup with the Jets, he only threw two more all season.
I like those odds, I’ll take New England in a rout!
Seattle @ Chicago, early Sunday; Hi 21 Low 13 Partly Cloudy
I’m against Seattle being in the playoffs with a losing record, I predicted an early exit…let’s move on. Fact is, the Seahawks looked great last week against a very good Saints defense. Now, can the Seahawks and Matt Hasselbeck recreate that performance against the Bears at Soldier Field? Not likely, but don’t go picking the Bears so quickly.
The Seahawk defense was pretty good last week against a very explosive Saints offense as well. If they can put enough pressure on Jay Cutler to force the kind of “gun-slinging” that has some people characterizing him as a “head case” they certainly have a chance. One of Seattle’s quality wins this season, in fact, their ONLY quality win this season, came against the Bears in week 6 at Soldier Field.
Can’t do it, have to go with Chicago!
Green Bay @ Atlanta, Saturday night;
I hate that this is a Divisional Game, as I would love to watch this a week from now as the NFC Championship, but the NFL playoff system is nothing if not flawed, giving Seattle the fourth seed and GB the 6th. At any rate, Green Bay will have to go into Atlanta and do something that very few teams have been able to do lately, win. Atlanta is 20-4 over the past 3 season at home including 7-1 this season. On their website the Falcons actually have a chart showing the decibel level of the crowds at home games. I suspect it will hit an all-time high this weekend. I think the Packers are explosive and can beat anybody right now, but I think Atlanta has a good defense, a very balanced offense and they’re at home in the Georgia Dome.
Gotta go Falcons in a squeaker!