College football is done and until Spring football season give fans something to go watch again.

So all attention has turned to the NFL Playoffs, where just four teams remain…unless of course you are into Hockey…oh wait…

We hit the Divisional Round this week with some interesting match ups.

Denver vs. Baltimore – Everyone seems to be picking the Broncos in this one. The extra week to rest and prepare, the Sheriff at the helm, we are playing at altitude. Peyton Manning is not exactly known as an “outside the dome” quarterback in his career, and the Ravens are riding on the wave of emotion fueled by the assumed pending retirement of Ray Lewis at the conclusion of the season.

I picked against the Ravens last week, and I will again this week, although I think it will be close. Broncos 28 – Ravens 27

Houston vs New England. – Remember when the Texans looked like the juggernaut of the NFL, and then the last few weeks happened, moving from an insurmountable #1 seed with guaranteed home field advantage to now being on the road in ever tough New England.

You look at the Patriots and you just keep wondering how the heck they do it. Billy B has two weeks to get ready for this one, which means dire consequences for the Texans. New England – 31- Houston – 20

Russell Wilson at Bat

Russell Wilson

Seattle vs. Atlanta. The Seahawks are arguably the hottest team in the entire league. While they have been considered an iffy road team at best, they went into RFK last week and pulled off a win against the Redskins, mainly thanks to a gimpy-now blown out- knee by Robert Griffin III.

This will make two long plane rides in two weeks for Seattle, and Atlanta is way overdue to win a playoff game under Matt Ryan. Plus the dome will be rockin’ after having the extra bye week. In a battle of the birds, I will take Atlanta mainly because of my huge dislike for Seattle Head Coach Cheater Pete Carroll. Falcons – 24- Seahawks – 20

Green Bay vs. San Francisco – I think this is the best overall match-up this week with two teams that have been at the top of the NFC for the last couple of years. This one is purely strength against strength with the volatile Packer offense against the stout 49er defense.

Both teams feature mobile quarterbacks and this IS a quarterback league. That is the difference in this one. Kaepernick is more mobile, is good throwing on the run, but this is his first time at a rodeo featuring this big of a stage. Rodgers, on the other hand, has been there, done that. The Packers offense is the most potent in the league if it is clicking on all cylinders, but Kaepernick will give them problems. Go Pack Go – 35 – Niners – 27

Until Next Time – Stay Classy Wheat Ridge, Colorado!

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Johnny Goodman writes a weekly sports column for The Soap Boxers. His articles can be found in The Goodman File.

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