Indianapolis Colts (+4) at Baltimore Ravens
Baltimore is getting a lot of love in this game. Their defense is championship caliber and their offense is capable and efficient. Take all that with a poor Colts performance against the Chiefs and it looks like Indy is doomed. But something in my gut says Peyton will have a big game, as he usually does against Baltimore. I look for Indy to at least cover and score 21+ points.
Philadelphia Eagles at New Orleans Saints (-6)
New Orleans is too high powered, too rested and too motivated this season to lose at home against a beat-up Philly squad. Lito Sheppard being out for the game is a huge loss and I look for N.O. to score north of 27 points. Philly will have to play a perfect game with no turnovers and score quite a few points to win this one.
Seattle Seahawks (+9) at Chicago Bears
I don't think Seattle will win this game. But nine points is way too much against a very nervous Bears team. Seattle is really banged up on defense and offense and looks drained. That said I feel like Rex will crack under this playoff pressure and put up a stinker. Seattle covers in a close one: 21-14 Bears.
New England Patriots at San Diego Chargers (-4-1/2)
The talk of this game is the Pats need to stop LT. What a lot of people are over looking is that San Diego has a very fast and tenacious defense that puts a ton of pressure on opposing quarterbacks. The Pats may find a way to contain LT and confuse Phillip Rivers, but that Charger defense, lead by Merriman, should be too much for the Patriots to handle.