Without further ado...
Colts @ Ravens
Mojo: ChuckStrong opens at -3 over Ray Ray’s “Last Ride.” Caldwell’s friendly revenge motivation might move it to -2 by game time. Advantage: Colts
Chess, not checkers: Hey, did you know that Harbaugh’s brother and father are coaches too and that his mom has been hired as a consultant to install the Read-Option at Vassar? True story. Bruce Arians has Coach of the Year on lock (or should). Advantage: Push
X-Factor: As a Saints fan I know bad D. I watch bad D. I root for bad D. Colts, you’re no Saints bad D, but you’re pretty close. Advantage: Old, beat up Ravens
Magic 8 ball says: Most likely Ravens
Is criminal playing? I assume so since it will be his last game if they don't find a source of winning that doesn't rely heavily on Flaccup. Torrey Smith could be the savior in this game, if Flaccup has his mess together. The D isn't extraordinary some days, but it doesn't take extraordinary to defeat the Colts, does it? And if Ray plays they are instantly better. Hmmm... I love the Colts and I tear up every time I see Pagano, so I'm going Colts (you weren't surprised if you know me at all) in a narrow victory...like 3/8 of an inch.
*giggling girls (my sisters) say Ravens...and YOLO way too often.
I'm pretty sure that Ray Lewis is indeed playing in this game - one last hurrah before he rides off into the sunset. The Colts are no doubt running ChuckStrong inspired as they have all season, and now the Ravens have their inspiration. It should be a good game, of course, and I'm not sure how to pick. I'll go with the Ravens.
Seahawks @ Redskins
Mojo: DangeRuss. Black Jesus. Strong is the force with these young Jedi. This game may determine who becomes Vader and who is Obi Wan as these QB’s will their teams into becoming this decade’s Colts-Pats rivalry. (Are Luck and Kaepernick, Han Solo and Boba Fett? I have no idea where I’m going with this.)
Chess, not checkers: Shanahan is using RGIII to perfection in his King’s Knight’s Gambit. Pistol Pete will throw a challenge flag and yell “UNO!” at some point during this chess match.
Advantage: Umm, let’s just move on.
X-Factor: Los unidad de equipos especiales y espresamente “Neon Leon” Washington. (That was for our readers joining us via FanIQ Deportes.)
Magic 8 Ball says: Outlook is good 12thMan
Maaaaaaaan! I hate this game. Russell scares me more than RGIII when he has the ball. He backs himself into a corner, and then in dramatic fashion scraps his way out. I like it but this wont be the time for that nonsense. I like watching both of these teams play. It's fun football...to the non-fanatical observer. That's me! Shanahan...I don't see him having great success. Carroll makes me smile, and he goes b**** d*** at any time. Can I say that? If not, Jess has already ninja'd it. The coaches are just as much of a wild card as the qbs. Who the hell knows? My girl vs my girl.... I'm taking Jess. :heart: Jen. Go y'all!... in the playoffs and ****.
*giggling girls split.
I don't know why I even bother typing anything here when the Hawks are playing. I never pick their games. However, I'm glad that for people like you, Ashlie, that this will be "fun football". As for this fanatical observer, well, I fully expect you people to visit me when I end up institutionalized.
You think Russell Wilson makes you nervous? He gives me heart palpitations. And not in a good way. Seeing these two quarterbacks go head to head will be entertaining, to be sure. I won't even pretend to know what's going to happen but I hope you're both right. Win or lose, I'm very happy with this team this year; I said I would be happy with an 8-8 season. These guys have gone far beyond what I expected or even hoped. As long as they play their best and don't take stupid penalties (I'm talking to you, Browner, Okung, and Giacomini), I will be fine either way. I think.
Marcus I have no idea where you're going either, but I love the idea of Kaepernick as Boba Fett.
That's it for this weekend, sports fans! Tune in next weekend for Round Two, and Q it up here today for Wild Card Sunday!