NFL Thoughts Divisional Playoff Edition

The NFL is down to its Elite 8.  Time to break it down and predict starting with the Saturday games first.  They say familiarity breeds contempt.  All the teams playing each other have played at least once earlier in the season.  In the AFC familiarity has bred pure hatred because the Ravens and Steelers, and Jets and Patriots will be meeting for the third time.

Ravens at Steelers

They split the season series.  Every game comes down to a field goal either way.  Troy Polamalu and his ankle is  listed as probable.  Pittsburgh will need his play making ability.  This game will be a blowout compared to the others.  Steelers by four, 20-16.

Packers at Falcons

Two young quarterbacks battle for a shot at the NFC title game.  Aaron Rodgers got his first playoff win last week.  Matt Ryan is still looking for his.  I think he gets it, its called home field advantage for a reason.  Falcons win 27-23.

Seahawks at Bears

Seattle won 23-20 at Chicago earlier this year.  I just can’t see that happening again.  Cutler throwing a bunch of picks is possible though, but I still like the Bears.  Seattle’s  is like a #15 seed that plays out of their mind and beats Duke or Kansas in the first round of the NCAA tournament.  The next game they always come out and get blown out.  Bears take it 27-10.

Jets at Patriots

They split the season series.  New England won the last game 45-3.  Rex Ryan is playing the “its personal” card again.  Cromartie is talking smack too.  I don’t think they back it up though.  I got the Pats 34-20.

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