No disrespect whatsoever to *Legion*, but the games start tomorrow (!) and we need a day for pick'ems, so I will take up the mantle for this week. Just for this week, you hear me? I'm not as good at the football analysis, though.
Ravens at Broncos: I'll admit, I'm a little (okay, a lot) biased in this one. The Ravens have been talking all week about how things are going to be different this time. Yes, Ray Lewis is back, but the Ravens defense just isn't as effective against the run as they used to be. If Knowshon Moreno can get going early, this one might be over before it starts - not to mention playing on the road against a red-hot Broncos team coming off a week's rest, and, oh yeah, you're 5,280 feet in the air. Broncos.
Packers at 49ers: We know what we have in Aaron Rodgers in the postseason, but his offensive line is full of holes, allowing the second most sacks this year. We're not sure how Kapernick will react in a playoff game, but the 49ers come into the game with the third best defense in the league. These two teams met in the first week of the season, and the 49ers came away with the victory. I just don't see Aaron Rodgers getting much going here. 49ers.
Seahawks at Falcons: I'll admit, I'm largely picking the Seahawks because I want to see a Carroll - Harbaugh rematch in the NFC championship. Still, the Seahawks - Redskins game was the best of the bunch last week, and Matt Ryan has difficulty winning in the playoffs. That last part may not be a very good reason, but I'm going with my gut on this one.
Texans at Patriots: When these two teams met in Week 14, it was heralded as the last heavyweight game the Patriots had left to play, and nobody was sure which way this was going to go. The Texans, it turns out, were blown out 42-14. While the Texans may be wanting to prove that it won't happen again, they also struggled last week against the Bengals. Going up against Tom Brady with a week's rest? I think this game will be closer thanks to New England's soft secondary, but I'm picking the Patriots.
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I think this list is correct. If there are any problems, let me know.