Scott Garceau: Garceau’s Guesses
It’s time to play big-boy football. There’s no we’ll bounce back next week in the playoffs. Eight teams on the schedule this weekend 4 go home and 2 or 3 will get the axe the following weekend. If it goes like it has the last 2 years one of the teams playing this weekend will be Super Bowl champs.
Saturday 4:30 Cincinnati (10-6) at Houston (12-4)
The Texans went from maybe the best team in the AFC to one of the worst in December. I’m not sure Matt Schaub is Super Bowl caliber but Arian Foster, Andre Johnson and J.J. Watt are. Sure they’ve lost their Mo but I think they get it back for at least a week. The Bengals defense can be nasty but Marvin Lewis is till looking for his first playoff win and I don’t think he gets it. The Bengals haven’t won a playoff game since 1990.
Saturday 8:00 Minnesota (10-6) at Green Bay (11-5)
The Tundra will be Frozen at Lambeau but I don’t think that will stop red-hot Adrian Peterson. AP will probably get 150+ plus but the key will be Viks QB Christian Ponder, if he plays like he did last Sunday Minnesota has a chance to get their second win over the Packers in 6 days. Green Bay, only 2-4 in their last 6 home playoff games, should have their full core of receivers and Aaron Rodgers will keep them busy.
Sunday 1:00 Indianapolis (11-5) at Baltimore (10-6)
In the past this match-up had Peyton Manning and Ray Lewis playing football chess (maybe next week) this time super rookie Andrew Luck will be looking into the fiery eyes of Ray Lewis. Luck the kid who might be jump starting a Hall of Fame career and the old man’s last dance before heading off to Canton in 5 years. If that’s not enough there’s Chuck Pagano the former Ravens assistant coach who’s battled leukemia and returned to the Colts sideline. Plenty of emotion on both sides, the team that takes care of the football wins. The Ravens plus 9 in turnover ratio the Colts minus 12.
Sunday 4:30 Seattle (11-5) at Washington (10-6)
The battle of the rookie QB’s. Robert Griffin III and Russell Wilson have been fun to watch and should be around for a long time. Seattle is a slight favorite here but the Redskins have won 7 straight and they’re at home. Seattle has been ordinary on the road. RG3 is less than a 100% but I think the Redskins have at least one more win in them.