The Football Version of the Elite Eight

Four NFL divisional playoff games and the Australian Open starts Sunday. In other words, the sports fan in me is pretty pumped for this weekend. I will take a look at the Aussie Open tomorrow, but for now it is football. I was 3-1 straight up, but 1-3 against the spread. Here is my attempt at a more consistent week.

Kansas City at New England (-5) – For me, this is the toughest call of the weekend. KC has not lost since baseball season, and they are healthier than the Pats right now. However, the Pats still have Brady and Belichick, thus making it very tough to pick against them, especially in a home playoff game, but I am going to. A big day for RB Charcandrick West and a few timely sacks spark KC to a road outright upset. Declaimer: Every time people think the Pats may lose a game like this, they win by 40. So, I may look real stupid here, but that is fine with me. KC 21 NE 17

Green Bay at Arizona (-7) – Green Bay had a nice bounce back game against Washington last week. If that team shows up, this will be highly competitive, but I think Arizona is the best team in football. QB Aaron Rodgers keeps the Pack in it, but Carson Palmer and the rest of the Over the Hill Gang offense wins a shootout. I think a seven point spread is spot on her, but I cannot predict a push. So…. Ari 35 GB 24

Seattle at Carolina (-1.5) – Call it luck. Call it whatever you want, but Seattle is still in the dance. Carolina has been great all year, a 15-1 regular season record is incredible. This is not the regular season though. Seattle should play with renewed vigor after getting off the hook. Despite mostly winning over the last two months, Carolina’s defense has started to slip. QB Cam Newton can only carry this team so far. I look for QB Russell Wilson to pull another rabbit out of the hat and make a play to push the Seahawks across the finish line in a low scoring fist fight. Here is my 2nd outright upset of the weekend. Sea 16 Car 12

Pittsburgh at Denver (No Line)

Finding a consistent spread on this game is impossible. Most sites have Denver as a 6-8 point favorite, but many have taken it off the board altogether. All this is understandable. The Steelers are banged up after their game/street fight with the Bengals last week. They will be without the best wide out in the league, Antonio Brown who was concussed Brown torched the Broncos 200 plus receiving yards a month ago. Brown is out and Denver’s secondary is healthy again. Oh by the way Steelers leading rusher Deangelo Williams is out with a bum ankle and QB Ben Roethlisberger with try to play with a separated throwing shoulder. Do not blame Denver. You play the players the other team puts in front of you, regardless of they are the starters or not. I will not make an official pick on here due to my Broncos fandom, but Denver is where most of the money is going. So, the public is picking this one for me. I will say this, it will not be cakewalk. However, if Denver does not commit turnovers, they will be fine.