Quarterback Peyton Manning #18 of the Denver Broncos throws the ball during warmups.
If you live in Nevada, Oregon, Montana or Delaware, you're in luck. Otherwise, go to Canada or Europe, or those rogues in New Jersey and get your bet on for the NFL weekend!
1. Baltimore at Denver (-9.5), Saturday, 3:30 p.m. — It'd be a fairy tale for the NFL if Ray Lewis continued his final season by going to Denver and beating the Broncos. But it'd be anti-fairy tale for Peyton Manning to lose his first playoff game as a Bronco. Denver is quite possibly the most complete team left in the playoffs when you add in Manning and the passing game, Knowshon Moreno and the running game and the Broncos' defense. Not to mention the homefield advantage that comes with playing at Mile High. This will be the biggest blowout of the weekend.
2. Green Bay at San Francisco (-3.5), Saturday, 7 p.m. — This is a tough call, but ultimately the Packers' inability to protect Aaron Rodgers will backfire on them against the 49ers' pass rush. The Niners won the regular-season matchup and that was with Alex Smith at quarterback. Now, they have Colin Kaepernick under center, which has opened up the Niners' offense more as Michael Crabtree has emerged as one of the better receivers going right now. The 49ers will win this game, however, with their defense and their running game.
3. Seattle (+2.5) at Atlanta, Sunday, noon — God bless the Falcons. Those poor guys have been so, so good in the regular season, and have been excellent at home. That is, until the playoffs. The Falcons are the kings of being awesome in the regular season (thanks, in part, to their weak division) and going one-and-done in the playoffs. That will continue this weekend as the Seahawks will blow the doors off the Falcons, who can do absolutely nothing with their running game and will leave the Seahawks' ferocious secondary and pass rush to feast on the Falcons.
4. Houston at New England (-9.5), Sunday, 3:30 p.m. — This game is really hard to pick. The Patriots demolished the Texans in Foxboro just a few weeks ago, and Houston has since squandered homefield and now must go back to Foxboro. Arian Foster had a great game last week in the Texans' win over Cincinnati but the Texans' offense has been struggling as of late. They'll have to remedy that to keep up with Tom Brady & Co. Ultimately, that will be the difference in the game, completing a disappointing end to what looked to be such a promising season for the Texans.
2012 playoffs: 3-1. 2012 season: 47-37.