What a fun weekend of NFL football this weekend! We had 2 blowouts and 2 sort of close games. But I think the best teams won – even if it was a little lucky (better to be lucky than good right?). The missed field goal by the Vikings reminded me of when the Buffalo Bills missed a game winning field goal attempt to win the Super bowl. That was the first of 4 Super bowls in a row for the Bills, but it only went downhill from there.

I think the Divisional playoff games will be intriguing. Carolina vs Seattle will not be a gimmie by any means (none of these games will be!) but I believe Carolina will be well rested and itching to get back on the field. As much momentum as Seattle has, I don’t think they will have what it takes to overcome the Carolina high power machine. I’m picking Carolina at home to take the win.

The Arizona Cardinals vs the Green Bay Packers will be another exciting match up. Arizona has been hot all season, but it looks like the Packers finally found their rhythm and are looking to make a deep playoff run. But the Cardinals are well rested and I’m sure itching to get back onto the field. The Packers will have some good confidence with their win over Washington, but was Washington really a worthy opponent? I believe this game will be close, but I see the Cardinals edging out the Packers.

The Kansas City Chiefs are the hottest team in the NFL right now. They just blanked the Houston Oilers (again – a worthy opponent?) and are cruising on an 11 game winning streak. They look like they can match up confidently against anyone. However, the New England Patriots are always the team nobody wants to play against in the playoffs. The bye week helped many of their players get healthy and they have tremendous experience in the post season. This game will really be a close one, but I believe with home field advantage, the Patriots will pull it out.

The Denver Broncos will have a chance for revenge as the Pittsburg Steelers come to the Mile High City. The Broncos already announced they will start Peyton Manning in spite of his injured foot. The players are well rested from the Bye week and the Defense is still the best in the league. The Steelers, on the other hand, are all banged up. Antonio Davis and Ben Rothlesberger are both key players and their health will have an impact on the Steelers ability to score points. As I said earlier, no game next weekend is a gimmie, and this will also be a hard fought battle with the Broncos capitalizing on the home field advantage.

This past weekend all the home teams lost. I predict that this weekend all the home teams will win – even if it is because of a little luck.

OK, my favorite time of the year – even if my team is not playing. This year, the number 1 seed in the AFC is still up for grabs and guess who is in contention. That’s right #1 seed is the New England Patriots and number 2 seed is the Denver Broncos. If the Patriots lose to the Miami Dolphins tomorrow, and the Broncos beat the San Diego Chargers, they will finish the regular season with identical records. Because the Broncos beat the Patriots head-to-head, the Broncos would have the number 1 seed and home field advantage throughout the playoffs!

Of course the Dolphins beating the Patriots is a tall order. I’m not sure they have the talent to hang with the Patriots. The Broncos on the other hand have wins against the Patriots and Cincinnati Bengals, but back to back losses against the Oakland Raiders and the Pittsburg Steelers. Now granted that the Steelers are one of the hottest teams right now in the NFL and may very well sneak into the playoffs as a Wild Card team, losing to the Raiders is really inexcusable. It’s almost like we win the tough games and lose the games we should win on paper. This is why I don’t have as much confidence with this team as I would like. Although their defense is the best in the league, they haven’t been consistent enough for me yet.

By beating the Bengals last week, the Broncos are guaranteed a playoff spot. Even if they lose to the Chargers tomorrow, they are still qualified for the post season. However, if they lose to the Chargers, and the Kansas City Chiefs win, then the Chiefs will win the division and have a higher seed for the playoffs. So this game is still pretty huge for the Broncos.

Normally, I would use my super secrete calculations on my computer to bet on the over/under, but my laptop is being fixed right now by my friend’s company (coscomputerrepair.com) so I’ll have to wait for the playoffs to start betting some big dough.

Enjoy the PLAYOFFS!