Originally Posted by Rambo
SF>GB - I think that the Niners D-line is going to harass the shit out of Rodgers. Is Kapernick starting?
Sea>ATL - Atlanta's been a fluke.
NE>Hou - Brady's going to pick them apart
Den>Bal - Same for Manning.
I predict Seattle beats Atlanta, though I hate Pete Carroll because of the way he cheated at USC and then fled town just before the sanctions hit. Unfortunately, Atlanta still doesn't have much toughness on the O-line and that was their problem in last year's playoffs. I think Sherman and Browner are big enough and good enough to hold down Jones and White until Seattle's pass rush gets to Ryan. Atlanta's front seven on D isn't big enough or tough enough to stop Beast Mode. I hope I'm wrong about all this and will be rooting for Atlanta.
The other games should all be close, but NE and Denver clearly outclass their opponents (Houston is good, but they're not playing well right now and the playoffs are all about peaking at the right time). SF-GB is the closest call, since Aaron Rodgers could win the game if he's hot.