Today we kick off the Divisional Round of the NFL Playoffs. It's my favorite NFL weekend of the year. We have the eight best teams in the league in action playing do or die games. Well, the seven best and Carolina. If only Carson Palmer or even Drew Stanton had stayed healthy...
AFC Divisional Game 1: (1) New England Patriots vs. (6) Baltimore Ravens, 4:35 p.m. (NBC)
In the opener, Jets fan favorites Bill Belichick, Tom Brady, and Darrelle Revis are in action for a Patriots team looking for a trip to the AFC Championship Game for a fourth consecutive season. In their way is a Ravens team on a five game Playoff winning streak that seemed to be hitting its stride at Pittsburgh last weekend. This is the fourth meeting between these teams in the Playoffs in the last six years. All have been New England home games, but the Ravens have won two of three. Lee Evans getting outfought by Sterling Moore for a contested ball in the end zone three years ago is all that has prevented a clean Baltimore sweep.
I was 3-1 last weekend. The only game I lost was Baltimore beating the Steelers. I'm not going to mess up Baltimore's mojo now so I'm picking and hopefully jinxing New England.
Please note this game is on NBC.
NFC Divisional Game 1: (1) Seattle Seahawks vs. (4) Carolina Panthers, 8:15 p.m. (FOX)
The nightcap has probably the biggest mismatch of the Playoffs. The defending Super Bowl champs are hitting their stride and have a massive homefield advantage against a .500 Carolina team that looked terrible in a win last week. I know Carolina has played Seattle tough the last two years, but those games were in Charlotte. I think the Seahawks win big.
Enjoy the games, and comment below!