New York Jets vs. Indianapolis Colts
It seems we watched this game before just a couple of weeks ago. Yeah we did, Indy pulled the starters and lost their first game. Ironically, if Indy would have won that game it would have eliminated the Jets from the playoffs. The Jets have all the confidence in the world, and I'm sure they will use tape of the first half to scheme for Peyton & Co. But this week I don't see the Jets pulling off the miracle. Peyton has looked too strong, too smart, all year for this to be his undoing. It won't be a pretty game, Rex Ryan will see to that, but the Colts will book tickets to Miami and a chance to hoist the Super Bowl trophy. Colts 27 Jets 17.
The player to watch is Peyton Manning. He won't have a game where he throws for 350 yards and 4 touchdowns, but he will be reason the Colts win. He will probably throw for 250 yards and 2 touchdowns, and it will be a great performance against the Jets D. Sanchez hasn't had great numbers the first two games, but he hasn't had to. This week it changes, and the rook gets a lesson from the master.
Minnesota Vikings vs. New Orleans Saints
Fox and the NFL have to be loving this matchup. Farve one game away from the Super Bowl, the Saints revitalizing the city. Although haven't we been hearing that story for a couple of years now? Anyways, this should be a great matchup of teams and quarterbacks. Both defenses were dominant at certain points during the year and both looked vulnerable, even late in the year. But during the playoffs both have dialed it in quite nicely. I'm picking the Saints, basically because I picked them pre-season and I have to stick with them. New Orleans 34 and the Vikings 27.
The player to watch is Brett Favre. Yeah, I said it, and I'm not happy about it. But for the Vikings to win he must have a great day. A day like last Sunday when he didn't have any interceptions, and threw several touchdowns. I expect the Saints to key on Adrian Peterson, and while Dallas shut down AP, they didn't stop Favre. Expect "The Old Coot", as one friend refers to him to throw for 275 yards and two touchdowns. A fine effort, and hopefully a losing one!
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