Against the Spread Picks: NFL wild card round

It is time to pick ‘em pal! Four games, four predictions. Time to make up for an awful end of my predicting season, although I went 6-0-1 against the number in college bowl games played on Jan. 1 and 2.

WEEK 17: 6-10
FINAL REGULAR SEASON RECORD: 126-119-7

LOCKS:
WEEK 17: 1-2
SEASON: 22-29

Kansas City Chiefs (11-5) +2.5 at Indianapolis Colts (11-5)

A short number considering Indy won convincingly at Kansas City just two weeks back. No two NFL games are alike, and it would not shock me if Kansas City returned the favor. I had the Colts as my preseason AFC Super Bowl pick, and will stick with them like I did with the fourth-seeded Baltimore Ravens last year. So yes, this will likely mean an eventual Colts win in Denver. ATS PICK: Colts

New Orleans Saints (11-5) +2.5 at Philadelphia Eagles (10-6)

The weather forecast (mid-20s, little wind) sounds like it will be little factor except for the very real trend that the Saints simply cannot win outside. Still, I have a strange feeling this game could go either way. This will likely be best game of the weekend. ATS PICK: Eagles

Fouts_CincinnatiSan Diego Chargers (9-7) +7 at Cincinnati Bengals (11-5)

Most of the weather attention will be focused on Lambeau Field, but the Chargers and Bengals have their own iconic Arctic game from January 10, 1982 which featured the obligatory fully shirtless fan on top of one of the Riverfront Stadium dugouts. Similar brutal cold is due to hit Cincinnati on Sunday, but not until nightfall. Still, conditions will not be ideal for the 1 p.m. ET start either. One to three inches of snow is expected to fall during the day. ATS PICK: Chargers

San Francisco 49ers (11-5) -2.5 at Green Bay Packers (11-5)

The latest forecast model has the game-time temperature at minus-4, dropping to minus-7 by the end of the game. Wind will be a factor with a wind chill hovering around minus-30. The other back story is how the 49ers have owned the Packers recently. San Francisco has developed a strong organization from the top down to the scouting department including Bob Morris and others. I am having a hard time deciding which way to go in this one. ATS PICK: Packers



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Have written/blogged about sports since 2000, along with starting my popular Twitter feed in 2009. I also closely follow fantasy sports developments, along with events such as the NFL Draft.

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