For Chiefs fans it seems like it’s been over for a long time. Yet many teams still feel they’re SUPER.
So who really is in the hunt for the big prize?
The AFC is not as strong as it once was. Teams like New England and Baltimore don’t look as powerful as they did just a year or two ago.
These teams are my picks for the playoffs in order of strength:
HOUSTON, DENVER, PITTSBURGH, NEW ENGLAND.
Less so but still in the hunt are…Baltimore, Indy, San Diego.
Most would pick Houston, however as I wrote long ago that PEYTON MANNING is still the highest ranked quarterback in football today. So my early pick is DENVER from our division.
The NFC contenders are: ATLANTA, NEW YORK, SAN FRANCISCO, GREEN BAY, CHICAGO.
Minnesota, Seattle – and a real long shot – Dallas remain in the hunt as well.
Who’s my early Super Bowl pick?
I’d like to say the NY Giants, to see Manning vs. Manning – and there’s still a decent chance for that to happen. But I have to go with my first week big Vegas winner: Atlanta. They aren’t 7-0 for nothing.
Let’s take another look in say six weeks, but for now it’s Denver vs. Atlanta.
Who wins? Atlanta.
How cool would that be? Our other local teams are all terrible. Missouri could get a Stink Bowl somewhere with another win, but they are just lousy. Florida should drill them today. Alabama should walk on LSU. Maybe, just maybe, we get a break and USC upsets Oregon, but I don’t think so.
My picks are running at a national level. Outstanding.
Maybe I should have moved to Las Vegas long ago, Hearne says NO – that I’d overthink it and blow some big ones. I’m not so sure about that.
Kansas State -2 1/2 over Oklahoma State (tease with below)
Alabama -2 over LSU (tease with above)
Vanderbilt even over Kentucky (tease with below)
Arkansas -3 over Tulsa (tease with above)
Denver -3 over Cincinnati. Bengals
Green Bay -4 over Arizona (tease with below)
Houston -4 over Buffalo (tease with above)
Atlanta -3 1/2 over Dallas
Can’t wait to see what the Chiefs spread with the Steelers is for next Monday. I’m going to guess it at 18!!!
Take the Steelers.