Fearless NFL Predictions
None of these games are fun to pick, but what the heck:
Carolina over Chicago. I like experienced quarterbacks. In the "what have they proven" department, Jake Delhomme has won four playoff games and taken his team to the Super Bowl. Rex Grossman is starting something like his seventh game.
Indianapolis over Pittsburgh. I could see this one going either way, with a modest suspicion that Indy's going to be rusty and Pittsburgh has to be pumped, but in the end I think Manning's experience will tell out.
Seattle over Washington. Flustering a young man like Chris Simms is one thing; sucking on offense is another. I really hate to pick Hasselbeck here because he's proven nothing in the playoffs, but the Seahawks have much better offense and an equivalent defense to the Skins.
New England over Denver. Of course, if Denver wins I will claim vindication for my proclaimation of Jake Plummer as a budding superstar
way back in 1998--even before he beat Troy Aikman in a postseason game on the road. But it's Brady in the snow, Brady in the cold, and Brady even in the rare air.