I'm getting to this a little late as the KC-Indy game is already into the 2nd half, but I had to do some shopping so I'm all stocked up for the big freeze that's roaring down on us. Anyway, here's what I worked out this afternoon.
KC-Indy. I had the Chiefs beating Indianapolis this afternoon. I obviously didn't expect Jamaal Charles to go down on the first drive, but Knile Davis is proving to be a capable replacement. The big difference will be if KC can limit the turnovers that killed them a couple of weeks ago against these same Colts. I think Reid will have his team ready.
New Orleans-Philly. I have to go with the Eagles on this one, based on the Eagles being red hot the last few weeks and at home, and the Saints' dismal road record. If the game was being played in the Superdome tonight I would be favoring the Saints because I think they are the better team. The circumstances just aren't with them.
Cincy-San Diego. Kudos to the Chargers for rebuilding this year under their new head coach, but they are not going to be able to hang with the Bengals in their house. I have little confidence in Andy Dalton's passing decisions on the road, but he seems to do okay at home. If he doesn't screw things up the Bengals will advance easily.
Green Bay-San Fran. Lots of hype for what is shaping up to be one of the coldest conditions for an NFL game ever. Conventional wisdom says that those conditions will favor the Packers and they have QB Aaron Rodgers back up to speed to boot. I say, pish-posh. The cold will punish those on the sidelines for both teams, but the guys on the field will be working too hard to notice. Take it from somebody who played football and boot hockey all the time in sub-zero temps back in my younger days. It's going to come down to the better team, and on both sides of the ball that is clearly the 49ers.
More on my predictions later.