St. Louis Rams @ Seattle Seahawks (-4)
Other than the two victories against these very Seahawks, including a miraculous 17-point comeback in Seattle in Week five, the Rams have been terrible. With a -24 turnover margin, don’t expect anything less than the same high-risk Rams, but expect them to play tough against their heated rivals. While RB Shaun Alexander made some regrettable remarks after the final game, expect him to dismantle the porous Rams run defence.
New York Jets @ San Diego Chargers (-6.5)
The Chargers are the unknowns of this year’s playoffs. But after years of hopelessness, “Martyball” was in full effect and the team not only steamrolled into the playoffs, but played tough every game, including an impressive overtime loss against Indy in week 16.
LaDainian Tomlinson may be the most dynamic RB in the game, but it was the ageless Martin that led the league in rushing yards this season.
Denver Broncos @ Indianapolis Colts (-10)
Can anyone stop the Colts’ offence?
The common adage is that defence wins championships, but we are talking about perhaps the greatest season by a quarterback ever, in Peyton Manning, who desperately wants to shake his reputation of faltering during the big game.
On the other hand, the Broncos are inconsistent with the ball, but Jake Plummer threw for more yards this season than John Elway ever did.
Minnesota Vikings @ Green Bay Packers (-6)
After starting the season 1-4, the Packers and Brett Favre were being written off…again. While Favre’s stats don’t indicate the poor timing of some of his interceptions, he defeated the Vikings both times this season, and matched Culpepper and Moss yard-for-yard. It’s hard to believe that this is the same Vikings that started the season 5-1, but since this game will most expose the weaknesses of both defenses, the Vikes can atone for their late season collapse.
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