Many experts feel picking the Super Bowl teams is no big deal: New England vs. Seattle.
I say, not so fast.
Dallas has shown up and until the Steelers lost their running back, they were in the picture. Is Denver a contender? Definitely. They have the most talent on both sides of the ball but Peyton Manning is finally showing his age.
Manning’s arm is weak and that will likely take them out of the final big game.
Will Manning return next year?
He wants to, and yes, they’d likely win the division again. But I think his Super Bowl days are over. Depending on how this season ends, I believe it’s time for him to retire, enjoy his millions and do some more commercials and maybe ESPN.
New England’s Tom Brady has at least one more year, maybe two.
Clearly the elite quarterbacks are getting to be fewer and fewer, with only Andrew Luck emerging thus far as THE MAN. Both the Seahawks and Niners quarterbacks have had their moments, but need lots of star players around them to make them elite. Only Luck seems to be a one man band.
The best man out there when not injured is Aaron Rodgers.
Drew Brees is also slowing down and Big Ben is underrated – he just needs some weapons.
As for the Chiefs, they just don’t have the quarterback to get to the big dance.
Chiefs QB Alex Smith is good – and could be better with some help – but I see them as at best a low level playoff team with him at the helm.
Man, if we could get Marcus Mariota from Oregon.
He’s another Dan Marino. The Ducks should beat Ohio State by at least 14 – and I think more.
PRO PLAYOFFS PICKS
STEELERS -3 OVER BALTIMORE
ARIZONA PLUS 13 OVER PANTHERS TEASE WITH DALLAS EVEN OVER DETROIT
BENGALS +9 over INDY TEASE WITH DALLAS EVEN OVER DETROIT