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My predictions for who will win this weekend's NFL Playoff games.
It is time for this week's 2013 NFL Playoff predictions. Yours truly went 2-2 choosing in the wild-card round last weekend. I had the Green Bay Packers and Seattle Seahawks right in the NFC, but the Cincinnati Bengals and Indianapolis Colts let me down in the AFC games.
Let's see how I fare this week.
Game Time: Saturday, 4:30 p.m. ET
Line: Denver -10
The Ravens took advantage of a young Colts' team to advance last weekend. The Broncos, led by Peyton Manning, are a much different animal. Ray Lewis' career comes to an end Saturday, and it won't end with him dancing on the field.
That 10-point spread is huge. To be honest, though, even if I was picking against the spread -- and I'm not -- I would be tempted to take the Broncos here.
Green Bay Packers at San Francisco 49ers
Game Time: Saturday, 8 p.m. ET
Line: San Francisco -3
This game provides the biggest test to date of the decision by 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh to go with Colin Kaepernick at quarterback, benching Alex Smith. All season long I have felt like the 49ers, because of their defense, are a better team than Green Bay. I'm not changing my mind now.
Pick: San Francisco
Seattle Seahawks at Atlanta Falcons
Game Time: Sunday, 1 p.m. ET
Line: Atlanta -3
You have to hop on somebody's bandwagon when it comes to the playoffs, and I have jumped on board with Seattle. I am a believer in the Seahawks. The Falcons? Not so much, despite the 13 victories and what they did to the New York Giants during the regular season.
Atlanta has never won a playoff game with the combination of head coach Mike Smith and quarterback Matt Ryan. I'm not buying that they will win this one, either. For me, there is just something special about this Seahawks' team.
Game Time: 4:30 p.m. ET
Line: New England -10
Does anyone who watched the 42-14 victory by New England over the Texans a few weeks ago, or watched the Texans take advantage of a Cinnincati Bengals team that shrank from the playoff spotlight a week ago, really think Houston has anywhere close to the firepower needed to stay with the Patriots? I don't.
Maybe the Texans can slow the game down if running back Arian Foster has a big day. If this game becomes a shootout, though, Houston has no chance. Matt Schaub isn't close to being in the same league with Tom Brady.
Pick: New England