BEST WEEKEND OF NFL FOOTBALL EVER?
Talking with colleague and dedicated Zoner reader PB, I realized that this just might be–at least leading up to it–the most exciting weekend of football ever. I can’t remember when I was so excited about the entire slate of games. To be sure, the Bears being a part of it has a lot to do with it. But look at the other games. On paper they are amazing. I’ve already predicted a 31-13 Bears thrashing. Here’s a look at the big weekend.
Colts at Ravens- The Ravens are back in the postseason with their fierce D and Steve McNair against Manning and the Colts. What happens to Manning’s image if he loses? Does Billick obtain the genius label if he gets back to the Big Game? Recall that Manning and McNair shared MVP honors in 2003. McNair and Jamal Lewis were buried by most over the past year or two. Now they both might make it back to Super Bowl.
Zoner pick: Ravens 20, Colts 14.
Eagles at Saints- The Eagles are arguably the hottest team in the league and the Saints are the feel-good story of the year. The Eagles try to get back to the Big Game sans McNabb and T.O. while Drew Brees and a slew of weapons play some of the most exciting football in the league. Hard not to see a shootout here. And that could be fun.
Zoner pick: Eagles magnificent story is done. Saints 31, Eagles 20.
Patriots at Chargers- Phil Simms says Philip Rivers experience is irrelevant. I’m not sure if we can actually quantify that, but I have to lean the other way. He’s playing his first playoff game against the new Joe Montana, Tom Brady. They are up against the coach of the millenium in Belichick. Think he might have a wrinkle or two for Rivers? Bet on it. Now the game might not call for Rivers to be a main factor. But if it does my bet is that the Pats take it. Of course, it didn’t bother Brady when he took over for Bledsoe.
Zoner pick: Patriots 27, Chargers 17.
Bring it up. Let me know what you think about these games.