In my book, this is the best weekend on the football calendar. You've got the top eight teams in the league all going head to head. Two games on Saturday, two games on Sunday. One butt (mine) on the couch.
It doesn't get any better.
I posted an underwhelming 2-2 record with my picks last week. I took a bath with both the Indy and Washington picks. But, if nothing else, the results of those games have greatly influenced my thinking with this weekend's selection. In other words, I have seen the light!
Game 1: Baltimore @ Denver, 4:30 p.m. Saturday (CBS)
My Pick: Denver
Speaking of the Ravens, I didn't see anything that excited me or shocked me during last Sunday's victory over the Colts. Other than the fact that Ray Rice took numerous series off. Defensively, they did do a good job battering Andrew Luck. And if they want to advance to the AFC title game, they oughta try to do the same to Manning.
Broncos take care of business in the snow, 27-13.
Game 2: Green Bay @ San Francisco, 8:00 p.m., Saturday (FOX)
My Pick: Green Bay
Maybe I'm biased since the Pack were my preseason SB pick from the NFC, but I like them to pull off the upset here. Call it 27-20.
Game 3: Seattle @ Atlanta, 1:00 p.m., Sunday (FOX)
My Pick: Seattle
What can we say about Atlanta? I've never been more bored by a top seed. Sure, Matt Ryan is a star in this league, as are Julio Jones and Roddy White. But, as seems to be the case perennially with this team, they don't seem to have that killer instinct on either side of the ball to take them to that next level.
I think drawing Seattle is a bad break for the Falcons. Gimme the upset here, 23-16.
Game 4: Houston @ New England, 4:30 p.m., Sunday (CBS)
My Pick: New England
Houston is a good team with some great talents on both sides of the ball, but Matt Schaub isn't the guy to go into Foxborough and out-duel Brady and the defending AFC Champs. Maybe Wade Phillips' defense can dial up the pressure and bother Brady. But, I'm not seeing it.
I hope I'm wrong, but I'm envisioning a lot of channel surfing by the second half. 38-10 Pats roll.
Enjoy the games!