So we have the Rams, the Raiders, and the Chargers all wanting to move to Los Angeles. Good stuff. Why don’t they send all three, plus the Jaguars, and change the AFC West to the AFC Los Angeles Division. They could probably relatively easily change the divisions around and make that work. Who really gives a shit at this point. It’s painfully clear these franchises don’t want to stay in their respective cities (especially St. Louis) so let them move as long as they have a feasible financial plan. I know the NFL could play to empty stadiums and still make money but why not try and maximize return. That’s why, unless a bigger stadium is built, I believe they should never have an NFL team in Toronto. I think the novelty would wear off because they aren’t the Leafs. Unless they win. The Blue Jays proved that. Anyway…
It’s playoff time! Wild Card weekend is upon us so let’s take a look at the schedule for the second time this week:
|4:30||Kansas City at Houston||ABC/CTV|
|8:00||Pittsburgh at Cincinnati||CBS/CTV|
|1:00||Seattle at Minnesota||NBC/CTV|
|4:30||Green Bay at Washington||FOX/TSN1/TSN4/TSN5|
Still amazed NBC didn’t get the Saturday night game which seems to be the marquee game of the week (usually). Good to see the games are spread out among all four major networks. Kind of wish college football would do that a bit more but then ESPN wouldn’t have ALL THE COLLEGE FOOTBAW!!!!!!!!!!!
Let’s take a short look at the games and my predictions (which invariably will be wrong):
Kansas City at Houston – There is no hotter team in the NFL right now than the Kansas City Chiefs. After a horrid start, they have torn through every team they have met since. As for the Texans, they also had a turnaround that normally would have been embraced as the best in the league if it weren’t for what KC did. Someone’s hot streak has to end this weekend. My pick: Kansas City 39-20.
Pittsburgh at Cincinnati – Poor Cincy. As they enter the playoffs they are haunted by their playoff past. And now they are going with their backup quarterback and they play the Steelers, the third of the fairly hot AFC teams entering the postseason. Honestly, I can’t see this ending well for the Bengals. My pick: Pittsburgh 24-17.
Seattle at Minnesota – Everyone goes on about how the Seahawks mopped the floor with Minnesota during the season. Everyone seems to forget how horrid the Seahawks are on the road in the playoffs (2-8 all-time). I think the Vikings exact a small measure of revenge here and move on to the next round. My pick: Minnesota 44-31.
Green Bay at Washington – The absolute coldest team going into the playoffs in the NFC is the Packers. They have looked no better than mediocre in most of their games. I think A-a-ron Discount Double Checks his way to another poor game and home for the rest of the playoffs as Kirk Cousins somehow gets the Redskins to the Divisional Playoffs (which makes me giggle a bit). My pick: Washington 38-23.
If my picks were correct (IF!!!!), it would set up the following matchups:
- Pittsburgh at Denver
- Kansas City at New England
- Washington at Carolina
- Minnesota at Arizona
We all know what happened in Denver last time these two played (Tebowmania!!!!!!). New England is the Green Bay of the AFC, as in they are the coldest team in that conference right now going into the playoffs. Washington and Minnesota can’t get through to the next round, can they? I think this sets up a KC-Denver AFC title match and a ratings bonanza Panthers-Cardinals NFC title tilt. I have Carolina facing off against Kansas City for the Super Bowl so we would have a first-time winner in Super Bowl L at Acid Washed Jeans Stadium. My pick to win the Super Bowl will not be a popular one as I think the Carolina Panthers will hoist the Lombardi Trophy in early February. This probably means I have jinxed them and that they may possibly lose their first playoff game. Kind of like the SI curse.
Along with the start of the NFL playoffs this weekend, for those with the college football specialty pack, the FCS National Championship is on Saturday at noon. And of course, the FBS National Championship is Monday night at 8:30. Enjoy the football everyone.