Road teams. Like I said (4-0 last week). And of course, Ryan picked them all right too. Can’t he just give it a rest already? Let someone else win for once. The Chiefs murdered the Texans 30-0, the Steelers edged the Bengals 18-16, the Vikings lost a heartbreaker to the Seahawks 9-10 after they missed a 27 yard field goal in the last minute, and the Packers came alive to beat Washington 35-18. In 4 games, the home teams only scored 43 points. That’s awful. Think of all the poor fans who bought playoff tickets to watch their squads get crushed by the visitors. While the road teams scored 93 points in 4 games. That seems unprecedented. I don’t expect this trend to continue, but the playoffs are all about momentum. By that logic, Kansas City will win it all since they are so hot. Right?
Look for the home teams to reclaim dominance this weekend. I think both the Pats and Broncos take care of business. Cardinals too. Also, I think the Panthers should win but Seattle seems like a team on a mission. So I’m having trouble picking against them. The Panthers may be a little sluggish after the bye, while the Seahawks keep finding ways to win. Either way, it’s shaping up for some epic Conference Championships. All the remaining crews have solid rosters but I have to give New England the overall edge. It’s their’s to lose at this point. There is no Eli Manning to stop them this time. Who else has the guts to challenge Brady and the boys?
I’m kind of getting sad because I know football is going to end soon. Let’s enjoy the time we left and try to not get too emotional. Shit, here come the tears. These are the NFL playoff staff picks for the Divisional round: