I went 2-2 last week. Not that bad, not that good. I’m hoping I can do better this week, because if I do worse, I’m on par with Bill Simmons.
Seahawks over Bears
I know I’m definitely going to pay for making this. Everyone’s saying that the horseshoe in Pete Carroll’s ass was removed after last week against the Saints. For some reason, though, I feel like this could definitely happen. This reeks of two seasons ago when everyone thought that the Arizona Cardinals winning their first playoff game was cute, then got less and less amused as they kept beating teams and ended up in the Super Bowl. I’m not saying the Seahawks can make it to Dallas, but they’ve already beaten Chicago in the regular season and the quotes coming out of their locker room does not make it sound like they’re just happy to be here. Jay Cutler hasn’t proven to be a great playoff quarterback and the Seahawks can get things to go their way, even if it is for just one more time this season.
Patriots over Jets
I’m going to get shit for this, but the Jets still have trouble with Mark Sanchez and are talking a lot of trash, which has shown in the past to be a horrible idea when going against New England. I’m not predicting a blowout, but I feel like the Patriots will run away with this later in the game.
Steelers over Ravens
As much as I hate them, I don’t see the Steelers losing this game. They have Troy Polamalu back, even if he’s not fully healthy, and that bolsters the hell out of their defense. Joe Flacco is not a great quarterback, even if he looks like it at times. Both teams can shut down each other’s running game (Steelers have the best rushing defense in the league, only allowing 62.8 yards per game), but Baltimore’s passing game is not very strong. Let’s face it, most of Ed Reed’s league-leading eight interceptions in the regular season came off of tips. Truth be told, I hate both teams in this game, and hope whoever wins has multiple injuries that cause them to forfeit. I grudgingly have to give it to Roethlisberger, though.
Falcons over Packers
Green Bay looked very vulnerable last week and barely escaped at the end against Philadelphia, and I really don’t think they have a chance with their bad road record (3-5) and the Falcons near flawless home record (in two seasons, the Falcons have lost at home three times total). To put it bluntly, Atlanta has is solid in running and passing the ball while Green Bay is scarce in good running backs. Yeah, I know what James Starks did last week (23 rushes, 123 yards), but I don’t think he can repeat that against Atlanta’s 10th best rushing defense in the league. Also, Atlanta’s pass rush with John Abraham will pressure the suspect Green Bay offensive line and get to Aaron Rodgers.
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