NFL predictions: Two road teams to win
Enjoy this weekend, football fans. We’ve got four games from 3:30 p.m. Saturday to about 6:30 p.m. Sunday. Four games in a 27-hour span. After that, we’ve got just three games remaining the entire season.
It looks like a banner weekend, but you never know. Last week’s games started slow and stayed that way. A decent Jetropolitans-Bengals game. A Cowboy domination of the Eagles. The Ravens kicking the snot out of New England. Finally, the Cardinals taking a 21-point lead on the Packers. Then Green Bay made an epic comeback and we had a game for the ages.
Here’s what this weekend will bring.
Arizona at New Orleans: Here’s what you have to love about the NFL. The Saints and Cardinals are among the league’s most sad-sack franchises. Awful histories. But Arizona made the Super Bowl last season and New Orleans, with homefield advantage, is the favorite to make it this season.
Don’t look now, but Kurt Warner is gaining steam on Brett Favre as not only the greatest quarterback aged 38 or over, but America’s favorite quarterback. Warner completed 29 of 33 passes vs. Green Bay for five touchdowns. It’s possible that’s the best game ever quarterbacked in the playoffs. More touchdown passes than incompletions in the highest-scoring post-season game in NFL history.
New Orleans did not finish well after a 13-0 start, losing three straight games. That’s never a good sign, and the Cardinals a fashionable pick to pull the upset. The Vikings and Cowboys certainly are pulling for an Arizona win, since that would mean home field for the winner of their game.
But the Superdome will be rocking Saturday. New Orleans has hosted just five playoff games in its history and has won just two post-season games total. That’s one less than Arizona won last season, and the Cardinals have a putrid playoff history. So I say Drew Brees and the boys will be ready. New Orleans 35-27.
Baltimore at Indianapolis: The ultimate morality play. Baltimore against the city that stole the beloved Colts almost 30 years ago. No script could be sweeter for the city of Baltimore: A Ravens victory at the expense of the Colts.
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