NFL WILD CARD WEEK: Here Are Our Official Predictions For Who Wins This Weekend
Everyone enters the playoffs 0-0*, including yours truly, so let's get after it.
All lines come from Las Vegas Hilton, via Vegas Insider.The Indianapolis Colts are 1.5-point favorites at home against the Kansas City Chiefs (4:35 p.m. Saturday, NBC)
This game looks like a no-brainer.
The Colts trashed the Chiefs in Kansas City 23-7 two weeks ago. The Chiefs were seven-point favorites in that game, too. The fact that the line is only 1.5 makes me think that Vegas thinks that the Colts are frauds. And Vegas has shown that it knows more than me all season long.
The Polish Rifle, Ron Jaworski in his playing days. Love this guy!
But, you know who knows more than Vegas? Ron Jaworski.
That guy is on fire with his NFL picks this season, and at his site he has the Colts winning by two touchdowns.
I love Jaworski. He's sort of the prototypical talking-head, but he does the hard work of breaking down the tape. He's enthusiastic and entertaining. He just sounds like he loves his job, which is awesome. There's nothing better than seeing someone with talent enjoying what they do.
I'm rolling with Jaws here. I think Andrew Luck is good enough to get the win at home, and the Colts defense does enough to stymie the Chiefs. I don't have any major insights on this game since I haven't watched a lot of either team, so going to just go with the no-brainer and hope for the best.
The pick: Colts -1.5
For non-gamblers, that means I think the Colts win by 2 points or more.
The Philadelphia Eagles are 2.5-point favorites at home against the New Orleans Saints (8 p.m. Saturday, NBC)
I am an Eagles fan, and so I am conflicted on this pick. I am scared to pick the Eagles because I don't want to jinx them.
This is a winnable game for the Eagles. Amazingly, every game is suddenly winnable for the Eagles, who have grown into a very good team.
Here's how the Eagles win: The offense runs all over the Saints. The Saints have the 21st-ranked defense on the road in the league, based on DVOA. The Eagles should be able to rip a lot of big runs, eat up yardage, and keep Drew Brees off the field. The running game should open up the passing game enough for some of those Nick Foles monster home run passes. The defense will give up a lot of yards, but if it can tighten up in the red zone, and stop the Saints from scoring touchdowns, then it should be enough. And, duh, no turnovers.