We beat New England and Seattle, yet didn’t even make playoffs. Go figure. Both those teams now have home field advantage in the playoffs and likely will meet in the Big Dance in a few weeks.
Today’s games will decide who they play for the AFC and NFC titles.
Without the injuries to both Aaron Rodgers and Peyton Manning, Denver and Green Bay would probably be shoo-ins to win today’s games at home. However Rodgers has a torn calf muscle and Manning is simply too banged up with a weakening arm – that and his O-line has also gotten soft with injuries.
So these games today will likely be dogfights.
All of that said, I still like the home teams in close games.
Oregon QB Marcus Mariota will be without his No. 2 receiver, Darren Carrington for Monday’s NCAA title game. That’s a blow and a distraction for sure. Ohio State’s Urban Meyer is all the talk on this one – he’s a super coach – but I still see Oregon winning this game. It’s indoors on the turf and that speed of Oregon with the best quarterback in football since Andrew Luck give the Ducks an edge.
DALLAS + 12 over Green Bay in a tease with Indy + 14 over Denver
Oregon -5 over Ohio State.