The best weekend of the NFL season is upon us, and the football gods owe us a few classic games after the garbage Wildcard weekend gave to the fans. The matchups look favorable on paper, so we should be in for a treat. LTS and DG break down each game, as it all gets going down in Atlanta, when the Seattle Seahawks come into town on FOX at 4:30 P.M. EST.
LTS: 3-1 SU (2-2 ATS)
DG: 2-2 SU (1-3 ATS)
Seattle Seahawks @ Atlanta Falcons
LTS: Falcons 34, Seahawks 30 (+6.5)
The first of four regular season rematches, which featured a controversial miss on a pass interference call resulting in Seattle escaping 26-24 at home. I think the Falcons get their revenge today, as the Seahawks have struggled to put up points on the road. Atlanta has been rolling offensively, and I think this is the year Matt Ryan gets his second playoff win.
DG: Seahawks 34 (+6.5), Falcons 31
This game is important in the fact that it sets the tone for the rest of the weekend. Last weekends games SUCKED so I think we’re due for some great action. That being said, it’s a shame someone has to lose because I like both teams. Matty Ice is having an MVP year with the 8th highest scoring offense of all time. That being said, I’m a ride or die guy with Seattle in the playoffs. DangeRuss has 8 wins in the playoffs and the defense is still legit. Death, taxes, and the Hawks in the playoffs.
Houston Texans @ New England Patriots
LTS: Patriots 31 (-16), Texans 14
The Patriots luck out once again, as they will cruise to another AFC title game, what else is new. It’s crazy how big this spread is, but everyone expects New England to cover. This Texan team lost to Jacoby Brissett 27-0 up in Foxborough during week 3. Today, they get the luxury of facing off with Mr. Brady.
DG: Pats 28, Texans 14 (+15.5)
I’m not here to give you a scouting report. There’s no chance in hell (Vince McMahon voice) that the Texans can win. The Pats are lightyears ahead of them. However, being a 15.5 favorite IN A PLAYOFF GAME TO A DIVISION WINNER is a slap in the face. I think the Texans come out fired up and (barely) cover.
Green Bay Packers @ Dallas Cowboys
LTS: Packers 30 (+5), Cowboys 27
Aaron Rodgers is on another level right now, and there’s no way I could pick against him. Especially with a vulnerable Cowboy defense that I don’t believe will slow Rodgers down. Dallas should have success running the ball, which is why this has the makings of a close shootout type game, but I’m going down with the Hail-Mary king.
DG: Packers 35 (+5), Cowboys 32
Buckle up because this will be a shootout. Has Aaron Rodgers come back to this earth? He hasn’t thrown an INT since the Stone Age and he’ll throw some more even wirhout Jordy Nelson. Don’t sleep on the Cowboys though. Dak has had an excellent rookie season, Zeke is a stud, and the O line is godlike. However, a rookie QB has never made the Super Bowl. That trend will continue. Rodgers over Dak.
Pittsburgh Steelers @ Kansas City Chiefs
LTS: Steelers 21 (+1), Chiefs 17
It’s tough to go against Andy Reid at home coming off a bye, but the Steelers are another red-hot team, with the three “Killer Bs” firing on all cylinders. Kansas City doesn’t have the offense to keep up so they will need a defensive or Tyreek Hill special teams TD to win. Give me the Steelers to meet up with the Pats next Sunday.
DG: Chiefs 20 (-1), Steelers 17
My guess is everyone and their mother are going to pick the Steelers this weekend. It must be nice to have the best RB in the league and best WR in the league. Plus, Big Ben goes to Top 5 ever with a Super Bowl win so he’ll show up. With all that, I like the Chiefs. I’m drinking the Kool Aid of “Andy Reid is the best coach after a bye.” 16-2 does back it up. They run the ball and play good defense. If Alex Smith can make enough plays to keep the Big 3 on the bench, the Chiefs can pack their bags for New England.
Enjoy the games!