Saints at Seahawks (Saturday 4:35pm)
Rain and a a very loud 12th man in Seattle could stunt that stout Saints offense. So could a very good Seahawks defense. The x-factor will be the very inconsistent QB play of Russell Wilson. Which ones shows up could be the difference between a blowout and an upset.
Colts at Patriots (Saturday 8:15pm)
After all is said and done, it’ll be the Patriots running game that should be the difference. The Patriots are almost a lock in the Divisional Round after getting the 1st round bye (only a loss to the Jets in the 2010 Playoffs blemishes the Brady/Belichick record). That having been said, the Colts and Andrew Luck should still be around to make things interesting in the fourth quarter Saturday night.
49ers at Panthers (Sunday 1pm)
SF is hands down playing the best football in the NFL right now. Home, away, warm, cold, rain, snow, it hasn’t mattered lately. The question is can the Panthers defense hold the Niners down long enough (like they did in November in SF) so that Cam Newton and the Panthers offense can make enough plays to win.
Chargers at Broncos (Sunday 4:40pm)
It’s the spot Peyton Manning fans dread most. The 1 and done spot. Peyton’s 9-11 playoff record speaks to that in the 3rd matchup of the season between these two (each winning on the road). It’s hard to see Manning acting like Andy Dalton did last week.
Last week: 2-2