Howdy, Couch Nation! Hey, apologies for going dark last weekend. We were a little too focused on getting out of the house in time to walk to the Lime Bar for the Jets game and I just totally spaced. But we’re back this week for Wildcard Weekend, so it’s all good.
It’s an insanely beautiful weekend here in the Shire. Temps topped out around 60 today. Joggers and cyclists everywhere. People walking around with no jackets, just taking it all in. Lovely. And yes, it’s a head fake before New England winds up and kicks us in the balls, but that’s not keeping me from enjoying the moment.
Anyhow! On to the games.
Bengals @ Texans (4:30 PM): All I know about the Bengals is they’re pretty hot right now, and all I know about the Texans is damn are they snake-bit. It’s crazy to pick against the team with the better D and home field, but I’m doing it. Bengals 21 – Texans 17
Lions @ Saints (8:00 PM): Much as I’m hoping for a good game here, I don’t see it happening. Brees and the Saints beat these guys by two TD’s a month ago when a playoff berth was already a foregone conclusion for them. Detroit’s looked pretty good at times this year, but they’re new at the whole being good thing. The Saints are not. Saints 48 – Lions 20
Falcons @ Giants (Sun – 1:00 PM): Now this should be a gem. Both of these teams have been putting up points by the truckload lately, and, if you forget a single December hiccup by each, both are heading into the playoffs brimming with confidence. Alas for Atlanta, home field is a big fucking deal when your home is the Meadowlands and you’re hosting a dome team. Giants 38 – Falcons 31
Steelers @ Broncos (Sun – 4:30 PM): I just did a double take when I saw that Denver was hosting. I’m sorry, winning your division is nice, but that’s a shitty rule. As to the game: It would be funny as fuck if Tebow and the Broncos derailed the Steelers. But, for a million reasons… no. Steelers 24 – Broncos 10
There you go. I’m on record. So when the Texans, Lions, Falcons and Broncos win, you can totally mock the hell out of me. Enjoy the games and I’ll see you in the tubes.