What do you know, it’s finally the weekend. As Loverboy sings it, we worked for the weekend.
Here are the 4 Games that will make most or all of you couch potatoes.
Cincinnati at Houston (4:30 NBC Dan Hicks, Mike Mayock & Alex Flanagan)
Minnesota at Green Bay (8:00 NBC Al Michaels, Cris Collinsworth & Michele Tafoya)
Indianapolis at Baltimore (1:00 CBS Jim Nantz, Phil Simms)
Seattle at Washington (4:30 FOX Joe Buck, Troy Aikman Pam Oliver, & Erin Andrews)
Cincinnati 20, Houston 19.
Cincinnati will end the streak of winning a playoff game, which is a day short of 22 years (8,034 days). Cincinnati has been dominant in the last half of the season, and that’s what matters when it comes to who will be a contender in the playoffs. Cincinnati went 7-1 versus Houston’s 5-3 and Houston had a chance to have Homefield Advantage, but lost in 3 of their last 4 games. Out of Houston’s 4 losses, all were playoff contenders and playing weaker teams doesn’t help their cause to play in New England next week. Cincinnati will head to Denver and the Texans will be cleaning out the lockers on Monday.
Green Bay 16, Minnesota 13.
Not much can be said about playing a 7th division for both of these teams. Green Bay is better team at Lambeau and Minnesota can’t play well on the road. It will be close but Green Bay will be taking their hearts to San Francisco and face Kaepernick and the 49ers.
Baltimore 17, Indianapolis 15
Play the Ravens at M&T Bank they said, you’ll beat them, they said. Not much of a factor for the Colts and their woes on the road, 7-1 Home and 4-4 road. Baltimore is going to play with a lot of heart with Ray Lewis announcing his retirement. Andrew Luck had a heck of a season and bringing the Colts back to playoffs and dealing with Chuck Pagano’s leukemia recovery. Baltimore will play rematch with Tom Brady and the Patriots next week in the divisional round.
Washington 14, Seattle 13
This is the toughest draw for me. Seattle plays well at home but not so well on the road (3-5). Robert Griffin III and the Redskins are on a 7 game winning streak and haven’t lost since their Week 10 Bye. Either way, this game will be close and the winner will be facing Atlanta at the Georgia Dome.
Once 8:00 PM hits on Sunday, it is back to work again to provide my picks and see which Wild Card team will survive and play in a conference championship.