The cold has frozen my ability to make coherant football predictions, apperantly. Hence the lateness of the hour for posting this.
The football pundits and computer models are already picking the Seahawks and Broncos to win home field advantage and meet in the Super Bowl on February second. I don't have any problem with that at all. What I do kind of have a problem with is the glib toss-off comment that the cold harsh weather of 'Jersey will favor the Seahawks. Have any of the dozens of idiots writing that ever been to Seattle, or the Rocky Mountains in January? Seriously? Yes it gets chill in Seattle in the winter, and yes the Seahawks play in 'weather'. The game time temperature for Denver's divisional playoff last year was 18 degrees. It wasn't a helluva lot higher than that in KC last Sunday, and it won't be much warmer in Denver this Sunday when the Broncos play the Titans. Ohhh, but Seattle is a running team and Denver only plays pass! Two Sundays ago, Knowshon Moreno ran for 224 yards. Last Sunday, Montee Ball ran for 128 yards with no fumbles against one of the best defenses in the NFL. IF Seattle and Denver ride their home stadiums to a meeting in February, I don't really think it will be the Seahawks with the weather advantage in the Super Bowl's first northern outdoor venue.
All that written, the 'Hawks did look pretty invincible on Monday night against the Saints. I wouldn't take one thing away from them with a showing like that.
The Ravens have apparently decided to make the playoffs. They have a handfull of tie-breakers against mediocre teams, but they may have given up too much ground to teams like Pittsburgh. Or at least they gave up too much ground to Mike Tomlin. (~snort~) That no flag was thrown on that 'play' is a damned travesty. Poor officiating does vastly more damage to the league than one coach's cheat.
On with the picks.
Houston (2-10) at Jacksonville (3-9) - Jaguars
Indianapolis (8-4) at Cincinnati (8-4) - Bengals
Cleveland (4-8) at New England (9-3) - Patriots
Oakland (4-8) at New York Jets (5-7) - Raiders
Kansas City (9-3) at Washington (3-9) - Chiefs
Minnesota (3-8-1) at Baltimore (6-6) - Ravens
Atlanta (3-9) at Green Bay (5-6-1) - Falcons
Buffalo (4-8) at Tampa Bay (3-9) - Bucs
Miami (6-6) at Pittsburgh (5-7) - Steelers
Detroit (7-5) at Philadelphia (7-5) - Eagles
St. Louis (5-7) at Arizona (7-5) - Cardinals
Seattle (11-1) at San Fransisco (8-4) - Seahawks
New York Giants (5-7) at San Diego (5-7) - Chargers
Tennessee (5-7) at Denver (10-2) - Broncos
Carolina (9-3) at New Orleans (9-3) - Saints
Dallas (7-5) at Chicago (6-6) - Cowboys
Last Week's score : 10 - 6, 63% Overall: 118 - 74, 61%