NFL Playoffs Week 1 Musings (Not to be Used for Gambling Purposes)
For what it's worth, here's how I'm feeling about this weekend's games (which you know I will zoom through the next morning while pounding out the miles on the treadmill and exercise bike, so please no spoilers between the start of the game and 5 the next morning):
Saints (-10.5) over SEAHAWKS
Sorry, Emerald City fans, your playoff game was last week. I'm not sold on a deep run by N'awlins, but this one won't be close.
Prediction: Saints 24, Seahawks 10
COLTS (-2.5) over Jets
Suddenly frisky Colts run game + in order to win on the road your QB actually needs to be able to complete passes = ugly but comfortable Colts win.
Prediction: Colts 20, Jets 10
Ravens (-3) over CHIEFS
Raucous Arrowhead crowd just makes Ravens toughen up all the more. By halftime I begin to imagine whether the Raiders would've offered more resistance.
Prediction: Ravens 24, Chiefs 10
Packers (+2.5) over EAGLES
Sorry, Eagles fans. Everyone else thinks this is a close matchup but I'm sensing a blowout. Vick doesn't do cold weather and is banged up, so an early sack is followed by lots of bad body language, and the crowd at the Linc tightens up accordingly. Meanwhile, Rodgers carves up the Eagles' porous pass D, leading to all sorts of buzz about a deep run for the NFC's sixth seed. I wouldn't bet against them from here to Dallas.
Prediction: Packers 27, Eagles 13