Every year at this time I like to remind everyone that I once picked the exact score of the Cowboys-Seahawks playoff game in January, 2007.
And then I skirt past the fact that I haven't had much other success picking games.
But I love doing it for the playoffs, so click on through to see what I think about this weekend's games.
JETS AT BENGALS
I don't see the Jets losing to this Bengals team. (You'd better believe I'd be picking them even if I did see them losing to this Bengals team.) The Jets are rolling, the Bengals are stumbling. If nothing else last week, the Jets' defense looked way better than the Bengals' defense. Similar weather conditions to last week...I know you can't take much from that game, but I think you can take enough to decide this one goes the Jets' way...in somewhat ugly fashion:
EAGLES AT COWBOYS
I'm embarrassed to say I didn't realize last week that the Cowboys had beaten the Eagles in their previous meeting this season. I totally looked at it as, "Well, the Eagles beat them once, they'll beat them again" when I made my pick. Now, I'm following the same thought pattern with the correct team. The Cowboys should be able to do it again, unlike when they swept the Giants in the regular season then threw up on themselves in the post-season. Congratulations on your first playoff win since I was in high school, Cowboys fans:
RAVENS AT PATRIOTS
I don't think the Patriots will win the Super Bowl. But they're not going to lose to the Ravens. Julian Edelman will be enough to make up for no Wes Welker for one playoff game. The Ravens just aren't good enough to beat the Patriots. It won't be a shootout, but the Patriots will score enough that it won't really be close:
PACKERS AT CARDINALS
This game, on the other hand, will be a shootout. Neither defense is great (I'm aware that the Cardinals finished fairly strong defensively, but I'm not impressed), and both offenses are capable of exploiting that fact. Should be an entertaining end to Wild Card Weekend, and it should set up another interesting matchup of offenses in Round 2 against New Orleans. But let's not get ahead of ourselves: