And it couldn't have arrived any sooner for our tastes, being the perfect time of year.
For Chris Brown, it's a chance at a fresh start with a clean slated record after a disappointing regular season.
I won the year long competition, finishing with a 167-88 record, 20 games better than Chris. However, he is riding a lot of momentum heading into the postseason, finishing strong with a 14-2 record in week 17.
For 12 teams, the time starts now on their final descent towards a championship. In the next 11 games, Chris and I get another chance at bragging rights.
As always, we select games straight up, and not for gambling purposes.
Onto our Wild Card weekend picks:
Kansas City at Indianapolis
Chris: Colts – Indianapolis was clearly the better team in the first meeting, and I don't see a big difference for this one. The Colts should come out strong.
Steven: Colts – Indianapolis is as healthy as they've been in awhile. I'm never a fan of sitting guys for an entire game when you already know your placement. Staying sharp is critical for long term success. The Colts make enough stops of Jamaal Charles to shut down the Chiefs' attack.
New Orleans at Philadelphia
Chris: Saints – The Eagles did not look good against Dallas and nearly blew the playoffs. New Orleans should come in and beat Philadelphia up and down the field. Their offense won't be stopped.
Steven: Eagles – This is the perfect recipe for New Orleans to make an early exit. On the road, in the cold and against a high powered offense, Philadelphia has a lot going its way. Thinking an easy 10-point win for the Eagles.
San Diego at Cincinnati
Chris: Bengals – Cincinnati's top defense in the league will keep them up by a touchdown all game.
Steven: Bengals – I believe San Diego has the weakest team of the 12 remaining contenders and will have a lot to get through to have a chance. Cincinnati already won this matchup out west during the regular season. The Bengals defense will show up and maul the Chargers offense all day.
San Francisco at Green Bay
Chris: Packers – It's going to be a really close game throughout. Green Bay won't win by more than a score, but having Aaron Rodgers back and coming off the high of a win against Chicago has them moving in the right direction.
Steven: Packers – This will be football. Sub-zero temperatures, a rock hard football to try and hold onto and the glory that is Lambeau Field as the setting. I think San Francisco has more capable backs that will be available, but Green Bay has a better chance to outlast possible mistakes. This thus wraps up my straight home team pick'em.
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