Was that Seattle game fun last Saturday?Â Nothing like a great upset to make the whole wild card weekend come alive.Â Then the upsets kept coming.Â This weekend will be different.Â Look for the home teams to win.Â That week off to mend wounds and tweaked ankles and extra film study is too much of an advantage.Â The question is by how much do the home teams triumph? Â Well, letâ€™s take a look:
Ravens (+10 Â½) over Steelers.Â Relax yinsers.Â The Steelers will win this one.Â Itâ€™s just that the last 8 games have been decided by 4 points or less (actually 6 of the eight by a field goal).Â What about this Steeler offense would make you believe they can light it up on this Raven Defense?Â Ravens keep it close enough .
Falcons (-2) over Packers.Â The Packers almost blew it Sunday in Philadelphia.Â David Akers missed two field goals (one a gimme).Â Had Michael Vick tossed the last ball to Riley Cooper 5 feet farther the Eagles are in Atlanta.Â The Packers may still be the sexy pick, but the Falcons will be the NFC sacrifice to the Patriot Dynasty in Dallas.Â Â Falcons here.
Bears(-10) over Seahawks.Â Double Digit Dogs at home in November and December cover 88% of the time.Â Conversely in January the opposite is true.Â Double Digit dogs on the road fail to cover 92% of the time.Â The fun leaked out of the Seahawks balloon this week.Â Da Bears.
Patriots (-10) over Jets.Â Rex Ryan like his old man has to make the games personal.Â It goes over big with the fans.Â It goes over big with the other coaches, too, who have no problem closing their minds to the fact theyâ€™re running up the score.Â The next time Bill Belecheck shows any compassion will be the first.Â Looks like a long day for Fireman Ed.Â Patriots.
Enjoy the games.Â Itâ€™s the best time of the year.