After taking the donut last week - though I was 3-1 straight up – to fall to 2-6 in the playoffs I need to bounce back in a big way this weekend.
I will note, however, that I am one game better in this postseason and blow-hard Chris Berman, who's a miserable 1-7.
But I digress.
I like both home teams to win and cover this week. Here's why:
Try as they might, there's no way the Jets will shut down the passing game of Indianapolis. Peyton Manning is just too good.
And since the Colts haven't run the ball well all season long, they won't care if New York shuts down their running game. Manning has carried that offense - literally by throwing to guys like Pierre Garcon and Austin Collie – and he'll take the Colts to the Super Bowl.
Also, at some point, Mark Sanchez is going to have to lead the Jets to a score, particularly if Manning and company get ahead early. He won't be able to do it.
I like Indianapolis, 24-13.
The other game was a little more difficult until the final injury report came out. Pat and Kevin Williams are questionable, as is Percy Harvin, for the Vikings.
That's a big blow if any one of those guys doesn't play, let alone all three.
Drew Breese will pick apart a soft Minnesota secondary en route to a 31-24 win.
© Houston linebacker Brian Cushing has dropped out of the Pro Bowl, opening up a spot for LaMarr Woodley to make his first trip.
Woodley led the Steelers with 13.5 sacks this season.