So it's Friday now and I guess that means I've got to pick this weekend's NFL divisional playoff winners, an exercise which ought to come with its own soundtrack.
The theme from "Jaws" or something similarly foreboding would seem most appropriate.
Anyway, here's your winners, according to me:
1. Ravens vs. Steelers: Steelers. They're rested, they're at home, and they're facing an aging Ravens club that's neither. Plus, they've got Ben Roethlisberger. The Ravens may have broken his nose the last time they played, but No. 7 is 8-2 against them lifetime and has beaten them six times in a row.
2. Jets vs. Patriots: Patriots. The last time they played, the Jets ran their mouths all week long and then the Patriots did all the talking on the field in a 45-3 rout. It won't be that bad this time around, but it'll still be an instant replay: The Jets have been running their mouths all week, and they'll get outshouted on the field. They don't match up well with the Patriots, and, with no push up front on defense, they'll be at Tom Brady's mercy. And that never ends well.
3. Packers vs. Falcons: Falcons. I know, I know, everyone loves the Pack in this one. But the Falcons are lights-out at home and they simply don't make mistakes. Green Bay has been known to -- and the jury's still out on James Starks, who came out of nowhere to run wild last week but is still suspected of being, well, not Walter Payton. Let's see him do it more than once. Says here this won't be the week he does.
4. Seahawks vs. Bears: Bears. Yes, it's true Jay Cutler has never been in a playoff game and sometimes goes off his meds out there. But despite the big upset of the Saints last week, does anyone really think the Seahawks aren't still the Seahawks -- i.e., a 7-9 team from the lousiest division in football? Fact is, they're just not very good. Marshawn Lynch's dazzling 67-yard run through the turnstile factory that was the Saints "D" would have been about a 3-yard gain against the Bears. Then he would have run into Brian Urlacher, and then he would said hello to the turf. Bears win, Bears win.