Another football weekend is upon us, and there are eight teams awaiting their destiny to see if they can make it to the next round of the playoffs. Last week there were some surprises, and the same is expected in this week’s match ups Please feel free to express your opinion about our choices for games of the week.
Houston Texans @ New England Patriots, 4:30pm ET SUN
In the first match up between these teams the Patriots made the Texans look like a junior varsity squad. I think the Pats will show some rust due to having time off, but will have enough fire power to beat the Texans. The Texans looked so-so against the Bengals, and if it weren’t fo a few errant passes from Andy Dalton we wouldn’t even be talking about the Texans. At the end there will be too much Brady and the Pats will cruse to a victory.
Green Bay Packers @ San Francisco 49ers , 8:00pm ET SAT
In a week one match up my Niners cruised to a victory against the Pack, but both teams look a lot different since that match up. Colin Kaepernick is the starting quarterback for the Niners after Alex Smith lost his job in the middle of the season. Kaepernick provides the big play ability that was lacking while Smith was in the quarterback position. On the Packers side they have an improved running game and defense, and they still have Aaron Rodgers with an arsenal of weapons. Wide receivers James Jones and Randall Cobb are new weapons that are being used more than they were used in the earlier part of the season. As a Niner fan I am worried about facing the Pack, but the end of the day I think the 49ers will make the Packers a one-dimensional team forcing Aaron Rodgers to do it all by himself against a top flight defense.
Baltimore Ravens @ Denver Broncos, 4:30pm ET SAT
This will be the last game where we will see Ray Lewis go against Peyton Manning in any type of game. This will be a chess match up between two masterminds. Peyton has been in MVP form, and will look to continue his strong play in the playoffs. The Ravens balled out against the Colts, but it wasn’t in convincing fashion. Andrew Luck made a lot of mistakes that Peyton will capitalize on. It is hard to win in the Mile High city due to the altitude as well as the atmosphere. I think Joe Flacco will play like the Flacco we all know, and I expect Peyton & Co. to take care of the Ravens.
Seattle Seahawks @Atlanta Falcons @ 1:00 PM, ET SUN
Trusting the Atlanta Falcons is like trusting a man without a mustache being sponsored by Buick. The Atlanta Falcons may be the home team, but I don’t see them doing well. I don’t know if I am drinking the haterade, but with the way that the Seahawks are playing it will be interesting to see how things will fare in Atlanta. Marshawn Lynch and the running game will be a little too much for the Atlanta Falcons D. By using the running game as a weapon it will keep the Falcons high-powered offense on the sideline. Seahawks by seven.