This weekend the playoffs start with eight teams bidding for a trip to Atlanta in early February. The match-ups are filled with great storylines of comebacks, justification, and maybe even destiny. You have the old lions of Brees, Brady and Rivers mixed with the young bulls like Watson, Jackson and Trubisky. For us football fans this is better than Christmas so let us delve in.
Indianapolis Colts at Houston Texans
These two teams split in the regular season and meet in Houston with Vegas leaning slightly to the home team. Andrew Luck, a Houston Stratford High School product, led his team to a victory there last time, so the Colts should be confident. The biggest difference in these teams is pass protection by the offensive lines, the Colts are the best and the Texans are the worst. Captain Luck’s regiment have a full supply of squirrel oil and win late 27-24.
Seattle Seahawks at Dallas Cowboys
Elliott led the league in rushing as an individual but Seattle was the team leader in rushing this season. I get a better coach with Carroll and a better quarterback with Wilson.
LA Chargers at Baltimore Ravens
The Ravens led the league in defense and time of possession and are at home. Having said that, give me the Chargers to win. The Ravens have been transformed into a run-first team led by rookie Lamar Jackson. The Chargers are a more talented team and have Philip Rivers, I think Jackson makes a couple of mistakes in his first playoff start. Chargers 26-20.
Philadelphia Eagles at Chicago Bears
Matt Nagy has turned around the proud Bear franchise with smoke and mirrors on offense and Vic Fangio’s hard hitting, opportunistic defense. The defending champion Eagles and Nick Foles are a hard out but fall. Bears 23-20.
If these games go as I predict, not likely, the Seahawks will come to New Orleans the next week. I can’t wait for the start of the greatest tournament in sports.