Only seven more NFL games left this season. Seven final chances for me to watch my favorite sport and then comes the long dark period. I will have to say that having an arena team in Nashville helps and the UT men and women both doing well in basketball this year (though the women is not a shock) will help tide me over a bit.
I've been pretty jazzed about the playoffs this year since my beloved Redskins made it. Last weekend's game wasn't pretty, but we won. And last time I looked the last team the Seahawks lost to was the Redskins. Yeah, sure they had a bye last week, but honestly, Seattle hasn't won a playoff game since wooly mammoths roamed the earth. So, I like our chances. We've got a defense playing out of its mind good and Seattle's defense will be no where as good as the Bucs was, so hopefully our offense should get back on track. And how in the world the Vegas oddsmakers this the Seahawks will win by nine and a half points is beyond me. Have they seen the Redskins play? Plus, let's face it--Joe Gibbs is the man. Given a choice between Joe Gibbs and Mike Holmgren, give me Gibbs every day of the week. I'm picking the Redskins to win 21-17.
In the other games, I desparately want to see the Broncos knock off the Patriots. I am so sick of hearing about this team. Oh and now they're disrespected. No, seriously--the Arizona Cardinals gets disrespected. Your team underachieved even in one of the weakest divisions in all of the NFL. I'm gonna pick the Broncos to win this one and hope Jake Plummer doesn't implode. Broncos 27, Pats 24.
Chicago vs Carolina. Didn't these teams just play two weeks ago? Seems like they did. Chicago won the NFC North, which there were pee wee league teams this year that could have won that division it was so bad. Carolina had to win in and that may catch up with them (as it may with my beloved Redskins). If you're looking for a big, wide-open game with tons of points, this one could bore you a bit. If you are looking for a coaching chess match and a good offense againt a great defense, this might fit the bill. The Bears have a strong defense, but their offense has been hit or miss. I'd hate to see the city of Chicago get teased again like they did a few years ago when the Bears had a monster year and then got hammered in their first playoff game. I see this one as close and the team that turns the ball over first or makes a critical error will lose. Carolina 14, Chicago 10
Steelers at Colts. Again, didn't we just see this game a few weeks ago? The Colts were kind and demolished the Steelers early so we could all hit the hay at halftime of the Monday Night contest. Peyton Manning has had a lot of time to rest up and get ready. The Colts should be ready but the one thing I fear is rust. They've not played a meaningful game since Thanksgiving and there were a lot of distractions. The Steelers could capitalize on this, but I don't think it will happen. Indy will roll. Colts 35, Steelers 17.
posted by Michael Hickerson at 1/13/2006 01:28:00 PM