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Last Week: 2-2
Regular Season: 143-116
Saturday, January 16th
Chiefs (11-5) vs. Patriots (12-4) - CBS, 4:35
Unlike their counterparts on Saturday, the Patriots were a mess down the stretch in losing four of their last six while seeing a number of skill positions guys go down with injury. Now after a much-needed bye week, New England will get guys like Julian Edelman back and even with the bizarre Chandler Jones situation serving as a distraction, I think the Pats will get the job done on Saturday.
Patriots 30 Chiefs 23
Packers (10-6) vs. Cardinals (13-3) - NBC, 8:15
We all know what happened the last time these two played, the Cardinals ran the Pack out of the state in a game that was not as close as a 38-8 final score indicated. While I don't see a beatdown of such proportion happening again, even after an impressive road win in Landover I don't see this Packers team being able to put it all together to take out the Cardinals on the road.
Cardinals 34 Packers 24
Sunday, January 17th
Seahawks (10-6) vs. Panthers (15-1) - Fox, 1:05
One chip shot field goal and this should have been the Vikings taking on the Panthers on Sunday afternoon. Alas, that's not the way the cookie crumbled and here the Seahawks are. Seattle always is a tough playoff club but even factoring the brutal cold, they couldn't really get any offense going at all this past weekend (granted, neither could the Vikings). Their offense should look better with the improved weather but I don't think that Russell Wilson, against this superb Carolina defense, will be good enough to overtake Cam Newton and co.
Panthers 26 Seahawks 19
Steelers (10-6) vs. Broncos (12-4) - CBS, 4:40
The ultimate question will be if Ben Roethlisberger is able to go on Sunday because I think the Steelers win if he does play. That just goes to show how little confidence I have in Peyton Manning in being able to do anything considering how dreadful he was this season, and how mediocre he looked in his supposed "comeback" in the finale. Considering that I do think that Roethlisberger will ultimately be able to go, I like the Steelers to pull the road upset.
Steelers 31 Broncos 28