By Nick Ferraro
1.Â San Diego Chargers â€“ The only issue to deal with in San Diego is whether Marty can overcome his playoff history.
2.Â Baltimore Ravens â€“ The Ravens can physically grind down just about everyone but the Chargers.Â They will need to find a few big plays to get to the big game.
3.Â Chicago Bears â€“ The Bears might be better served by having people doubt them.Â They enter the playoffs as a rarity: an overwhelming favorite with much to prove.Â Itâ€™s odd to see a big favorite get to play the â€œus-against-the-worldâ€? thing.Â It may boost them to the Super Bowl.
4.Â New Orleans Saints â€“ The Saints took Sunday off, which in effect gives them two weeks off before they host their playoff game.Â How many of us thought the Saints would play a playoff game at home last season when they really couldnâ€™t even have a regular season home game?
5.Â New England Patriots â€“ Though they would never admit it, the Pats have to be happy to see Denver play themselves out of the tournament.Â They havenâ€™t matched up well with the Broncos over the last few years.Â They will be very motivated to redeem themselves against the upstart Jets.
6.Â Philadelphia Eagles â€“ The Eagleâ€™s backups beat the Falcons Sunday.Â Thatâ€™s icing on the cake if you need a reason to bag your head coach in Atlanta.Â The Eagles are a dangerous bunch right now.
7.Â Indianapolis Colts â€“ The Colts landed the worst 1st-round matchup they could imagine in having to stop LJ and the Chiefs.Â They may be one and done this time around.
8.Â New York Jets â€“ The Jets have had an incredible season.Â They have exceeded their season expectations by miles.Â I wish they didnâ€™t end up going back to Foxboro though.Â It will be difficult to get by the Pats again.
P.S. Werenâ€™t some of you killing me about not having the Jaguars in this spot a few weeks back?Â The Jaguars?? I guess thatâ€™s why some of us write and some of us just read.
9.Â Seattle Seahawks â€“ A healthy Seahawk team is a solid underdog bet for the NFC title.Â They have the most balance of anyone in the conference when Alexander and Hasselbeck are at full strength.
10. Kansas City Chiefs â€“ There is no such thing as backing into the playoffs over a sixteen game season that is as brutal as the NFL.Â The Chiefs spent much of the season without their starting quarterback, and they still made it.Â Why didnâ€™t anyone ask Parcells the same question?Â The Tuna and his team should drive in reverse to pick up their game checks this week.