By Scott Taylor and Dave Petrishen
The Coach had the opportunity to read a wonderful tweet on Thursday night: “Weather reports for Green Bay on Sunday are getting more dire by the hour. Now it’s going to be minus-1,400 with 900-mph winds and methane rain.”
Actually, according to the weather network, Green Bay on Sunday will be blessed with a high of four degrees and a low of 15 below zero. It will snow.
And with that, I’ll take Aaron Rodgers and the Packers.
It’s playoff time is the NFL as the Wild Card weekend is upon us – two games on Saturday and two more on Sunday. The winners move on, the losers go home. It’s Nirvana.
In Week 17 of the regular season, our expert prognosticators were very good and as a result, they are rested and ready to take on the toughest assignment of all: The playoffs.
Last week Dr. Football went 15-1 (167-89) straight up and 7-9 (124-132) against the spread while the Coach went 14-2 (169-87) straight up and 9-7 (134-122) against the spread.
The week The Doc waxes poetic while The Coach drinks too many Diet Cokes and complains.
Kansas City Chiefs (11-5) at Indianapolis Colts (11-5) Line: Colts by 1.5.
Indy handed it to the Chiefs a couple of weeks ago in Kansas City, but this is the playoffs. Andy Reid has the playoff experience to push his well-rested squad further into the playoffs. The Coach says: Andrew Luck proves how good he is this week.
The Doc: TAKE THE CHIEFS IN AN UPSET.
The Coach: TAKE THE COLTS TO WIN AND COVER.
New Orleans Saints (11-5) at Philadelphia Eagles (10-6) Line: Eagles by 2.5.
At home, few teams are better than the Saints. On the road they are average. Philly, one of the hottest teams in football over the past two months has a great rushing game, and they’ll run wild on a team that’s built for the indoors. The Coach says: Pretty easy to fear Drew Brees, but LeSean McCoy and DeSean Jackson are absolutely to be feared.
The Doc: TAKE THE EAGLES TO WIN AND COVER.
The Coach: TAKE THE EAGLES TO WIN AND COVER.
San Diego Chargers (9-7) at Cincinnati Bengals (11-5) Line: Bengals by 6.5.
The Bengals at home are unbeatable, and have already beat the Chargers this season by a touchdown. Andy Dalton will destroy the hapless San Diego pass defense. The Coach says: Chargers shouldn’t even be here.
The Doc: TAKE THE BENGALS TO WIN AND COVER.
The Coach: TAKE THE BENGALS TO WIN AND COVER.
San Francisco 49ers (12-4) at Green Bay Packers (8-7-1) Line: 49ers by 3.
It is unbelievable the effect that Aaron Rodgers has when he is healthy, as we saw last week in Chicago. The 49ers may seem to have a bit of a streak going against the Packers, but the playoff victory last year, and the 2013 season opener were both in San Fran, where those hippie 49ers thrive. Hippies don’t like Green Bay. The Coach says: It’s going to be cold and windy and miserable. Colin Kaepernick will have his tats frozen off.
The Doc: TAKE THE PACKERS IN AN UPSET.
The Coach: TAKE THE PACKERS TO WIN.