It's prediction time once again, ladies and gentlemen, thanks to our friends from The Crowd's Line. We're going to have widgets for all four of this weekend's games up here and a brief look at each for you to call your proverbial shots for this weekend's games. So, let's do these in the order that these games will take place in.
Saturday AFC Game: Kansas City Chiefs at New England Patriots
People may be quick to dismiss this one, given the reputation that the Patriots have. Yes, this game is in Foxboro, a place where the Patriots win in the postseason with a great deal of frequency, but I can't shake the feeling that there's something that just isn't right with Bill Belichick's team. Tom Brady suffered an ankle sprain in their season-ending loss in Miami, Rob Gronkowski is hobbled, and they have some other issues as well. The Chiefs, on the other hand, are as hot as it gets and are playing incredible defense right now. Alex Smith is doing just enough to win football games on that side of the ball, and if the Kansas City defense can harass Brady the way they have every other quarterback so far, they can pull this one out.
In my big upset of the weekend. . .Chiefs 20, Patriots 17.
Saturday NFC Game: Green Bay Packers at Arizona Cardinals
The Packers look pretty good against teams that don't play defense. The Cardinals play defense. There you go.
Cardinals 34, Packers 17
Sunday NFC Game: Seattle Seahawks at Carolina Panthers
This is going to end up being the best game of the weekend, in my opinion. We've heard all about Russell Wilson and the Seahawks' defense and all that, but there's a reason that the Panthers went 15-1 this season. Cam Newton is the unquestioned MVP for this season, in my mind, and they've gotten a week to get themselves healthy. They've already beaten Seattle once this season in Seattle, and now they get the Seahawks on a second-straight road trip after the physical contest they played last week in Minnesota. It might be close, but the Panthers should be hosting the NFC Championship Game next week.
Panthers 24, Seahawks 21
Sunday AFC Game: Pittsburgh Steelers at Denver Broncos
No Antonio Brown, no DeAngelo Williams, and a Ben Roethlisberger that could be limited at best. Even if Roethlisberger does play, I don't know how much of a chance the Steelers have of walking into Mile High and beating that defense without their primary weapons. The Denver defense has been stifling all year, and should be even more so against an offense that isn't going to be at full strength. Peyton Manning might not do much offensively, but he might not have to.
Broncos 24, Steelers 13
That's what I have for this weekend's games, ladies and gentlemen. Who are you going with this weekend?