I really should have knocked this out yesterday, but I forgot, then I started drinking, and now I’m writing on New Years Day. So, there’s that.
You know my stance on this weekend: I want Dallas to beat the Lions and I want Arizona to beat the Panthers. And, for the record, I’m shockingly high on Arizona’s chances, even though Lindley. I’m basing it thusly: until this little 6-game stretch to close the season, Arizona was the best team in football. They’ve overcome injuries all year. And, besides that, we’re talking about a 7-8-1 Carolina team. You’re really telling me a team with a losing record deserves to be favored by over 5 points? That’s asinine.
I see Arizona’s defense completely shutting the Panthers down a la that Thursday night Rams game. And, I see Lindley making JUST enough plays deep to give Arizona a comfortable 17-9 victory.
The Lions/Cowboys game is a little tougher to call. There’s some sick part of me that’s resigned to the fact that the Lions are going to win this game and ruin my whole week. But, if I take a step back, I’ve got to throw my money behind Dallas. I like them to win, but I don’t necessarily like them to cover. Dallas 24-20.
In the AFC, there’s nothing more I’d like to see than the Ravens beat the Steelers. Either way, my money is on Baltimore covering the 3.5-point spread. I say this game ends up 20-17, with the Steelers squeaking one out.
As for the other game, I’ve got the Colts in a laugher over the Bengals. There isn’t a line high enough for me in this game. Indy 34, Cincy 13.
That’s all for now. Let’s enjoy a relaxing weekend. My weekend started 7 days ago, for the record.
- Dallas Cowboys (12-4) – Probably the most balanced team in the playoffs, on both sides of the ball.
- Seattle Seahawks (12-4) – Probably the scariest team in the playoffs, on both sides of the ball.
- New England Patriots (12-4) – Probably the best team in the AFC.
- Denver Broncos (12-4) – Either Peyton Manning is playing some serious possum these last few weeks, or this is the Beginning of the End.
- Green Bay Packers (12-4) – With Dallas, the other main threat to the Seahawks going all the way. How good are they going to be with Aaron Rodgers hobbling all around?
- Detroit Lions (11-5) – The team I least want the Seahawks to play. I’m still convinced their offense is a sleeping giant, and I always will be until they lose again.
- Pittsburgh Steelers (11-5) – Probably the biggest threat to the Patriots in the AFC.
- Indianapolis Colts (11-5) – I’m still not counting Andrew Luck out of winning at least one game this playoffs.
- Cincinnati Bengals (10-5-1) – This team is nothing!
- Baltimore Ravens (10-6) – I wouldn’t underestimate the Ravens; they might give the Steelers their closest matchup.
- Arizona Cardinals (11-5) – The team I want to see the most in the Divisional Round of the playoffs.
The Loser’s Bracket:
- San Diego Chargers (9-7) – Rivers just couldn’t get right.
- Miami Dolphins (8-8) – Another team that should probably dedicate itself more to the run.
- Houston Texans (9-7) – One quarterback away from really making some noise. Of course, by the time they get that quarterback, it might be too late.
- Philadelphia Eagles (10-6) – One quarterback away from really making some noise.
- Buffalo Bills (9-7) – This defense is sick.
- Kansas City Chiefs (9-7) – In desperate need of some wide receivers, plural.
- San Francisco 49ers (8-8) – Please don’t steal our defensive coordinator!
- Carolina Panthers (7-8-1) – If I’m stuck playing another bruising defensive line, I’d rather play against the team with the worse offense, and right now that’s Arizona.
- St. Louis Rams (6-10) – Still a QB away.
- Minnesota Vikings (7-9) – I like the chances of this team taking a big step forward in year 2 with Bridgewater.
- Cleveland Browns (7-9) – I like the chances of this team continuing to piss away all the draft picks.
- Atlanta Falcons (6-10) – It was time to move in a new head coaching direction. May I introduce you to Darrell Bevell?
- New Orleans Saints (7-9) – This defensive situation looks to be beyond repair. I don’t know why you’d hang onto Rob Ryan at this point.
- Chicago Bears (5-11) – Hello darkness, my old friend.
- New York Giants (6-10) – Hell, for all I know, you’re looking at the 2015 winners of the NFC East.
- Washington Redskins (4-12) – A joke.
- New York Jets (4-12) – A bigger joke.
- Oakland Raiders (3-13) – The biggest joke.
- Jacksonville Jaguars (3-13) – Here, Gus Bradley, let me warm that seat for you.
- Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2-14) – Hello Marcus Mariota!
- Tennessee Titans (2-14) – You are one pathetic loser!