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Lions @ Packers
I don’t expect the Packers to play their starters very long, especially since key players have been getting injured in the last couple of weeks. Could the Packers beat the Lions anyway? Maybe. I wouldn’t bet on it though. If the offense plays as well as it did against the Chargers, the Lions will be a very, very dangerous time in January.
Indianapolis @ Jacksonville
Andrew Luck will be the Colts starter in 2012.
Carolina @ New Orleans
The Saints have too much to play for to just roll over at home to the Panthers. If this game were at Carolina this would be an entirely different story. It is absolutely critical for the Saints to get the two-seed because you don’t want to have to travel to San Fran to play the 49ers, assuming they can win in the wildcard round, of course.
Chicago @ Minnesota
Buffalo @ New England
The road to the Super Bowl goes through Foxboro again. The Patriots aren’t nearly as good as the teams of the past but you never want to play Tom Brady in Foxboro.
Washington @ Philadelphia
The Eagles have been impressive lately, too bad it’s a little too late. One has to begin to wonder about the future of both coaches involved in this game though.
San Francisco @ St. Louis
First round bye and the #2 seed for the 49ers, where they’ll most likely face New Orleans.
Tennessee @ Houston
The return of Andre Johnson does two things, it helps Houston get some momentum heading into the postseason, and it allows the Jets, who will be their first round opponents get in because…
Baltimore @ Cincinnati
This is a game the Ravens have to win if they are title contenders. Can the Ravens win a Super Bowl with Joe Flacco? We’re about to find out.
San Diego @ Oakland
Norv Turner is a dead man walking. The Chargers would like nothing more than to spoil the Raiders postseason aspirations.
Tampa Bay @ Atlanta
I know the Falcons will make the playoffs but they have to be considered a disappointment at this point. Much more was expected of this offense that features two dynamic WRs, a franchise RB, a veteran TE, and what we thought was a rising star at QB. For whatever reason, things didn’t come together for the Falcons. Luckily for them, a deep playoff run will eliminate any bitterness. They could very well get a third shot at Saints next week.
Seattle @ Arizona
The NFC West is going to be a very competitive division next year.
Kansas City @ Denver
Pittsburgh @ Cleveland
The Steelers have no problem going on the road in the playoffs, they’ve done it many times in the past. I just have a feeling the Ravens and Steelers will duel one last time for AFC supremacy when this is all said and done.
NY Jets @ Miami
The Jets have always found ways to pull out games when it matters most. It’s part of the blueprint they rode to the AFC Title game the last two years. It also helps that the suddenly dangerous Reggie Bush is very unlikely to suit up for Week 17. Jets get in thanks to everything going right, again.
Dallas @ NY Giants
For everything that both teams have been through in the past couple of years, for all they’ve been through just this year, it’s fitting that it ends this way. For one team, all will be forgotten and they will get a chance to host a playoff game. For the loser, the beat goes on. It will cap another rocky, up and down, and ultimately disappointing season. The Giants win because they’re at home and they’re the better team but I wouldn’t feel too comfortable if I were a fan. Winner takes all.
Last Week: 13-3
Upset Special: 6-10