Super Bowl weekend in the National Football League is, by nature, supposed to be the greatest showcase for the sport…right?  It would make sense…but it’s not the case.  For fans of the GAME, not the high-priced commercials and hype, this weekend is when the NFL puts on it’s best show.

I was asked earlier today if this is the best weekend of the sports-year?  For a Pro-Football fan, the answer is probably an easy “Yes.”  At some level it depends on the calendar, but it would be hard to argue with what last weekend presented.  Great Orange Bowl game on Friday night, 4-tightly contested and entertaining WildCard games on Saturday and Sunday, and then the BCS Championship game on Monday.  That was Football-Heaven.

In general, look at this weekend as the NFL’s best.  8-teams, 4-games, and 2-days…equals an unforgettable weekend.  The best the NFL has to offer.  Will Peyton Manning write another sad chapter in his career playoff book?  Can Drew Brees and the home-loving Saints go to the LOUDEST stadium on the planet and beat Russell Wilson?  Does the “Luck” run-out against Tom Brady and the Patriots?  Is Cam Newton the next Colin Kaepernick…or is Kaepernick a better version of Newton??  Questions answered this weekend…the best weekend on the NFL calendar!!

Predictions sure to go wrong:

  • ·         New Orleans @ Seattle                                There is no beating the Seahawks at home…is there?  Maybe, but not this weekend.  New Orleans is good, but just average away from home.  Seahawks are nearly invincible at home.                                                                                                                                    Seattle 30…New Orleans 17


  • ·         Indianapolis @ New England     The early Andrew Luck narrative is: “He has something special that accompanies his undeniable talent…Luck has a will to win.” He might have the “will” to win, but he doesn’t have enough to work with this weekend.  Weather will be an issue.                                    New England 35…Indianapolis 24


  • ·         San Francisco @ Carolina             These two teams played a 10-9 game earlier this year at Candlestick.  The 49’ers feel they “owe” the Panthers … I think they will pay up.  San Francisco is better, more weapons…less weather issues than last week.                                                                                    San Francisco 24…Carolina 20


  • ·         San Diego @ Denver                      The Chargers won a game at Mile High one month ago, I still don’t know how?  I understand their ball control style, the not pretty—but very effective Phillip Rivers.  We’re all aware of Peyton Manning’s playoff history.  This time…Manning impresses.                          Denver 37…San Diego 20

That’s what I think…I might be wrong.