SO MUCH for home cooking. Only one of the four home teams in the wild card round managed to win last weekend, and the Indianapolis Colts needed a near-record comeback to avoid the sweep.
This weekend, things should get back to normal, with the four home teams sharp after a week of rest. On Saturday, look for the Seattle Seahawks to outlast the New Orleans Saints and the New England Patriots to oust the Indianapolis Colts.
Then on Sunday, the old crystal ball sees the Denver Broncos thumping the San Diego Chargers, and the San Francisco 49ers slipping past the Carolina Panthers.
CONGRATULATIONS to new Baseball Hall of Famers Greg Maddux, Tom Glavine and Frank Thomas. Do have to wonder why 16 writers failed to choose Maddux.
HOME teams are capitalized. Teams chosen to win the game are listed first, with the predicted margin of victory next. The official Las Vegas odds are in parentheses:
SEATTLE +6 over New Orleans (+8)
NEW ENGLAND +10 over Indianapolis (+7.5)
San Francisco +3 over CAROLINA (off)
DENVER +13 over San Diego (+10)
WEEK: 1-3 (.250). Vs. line 1-3 (.250)
YEAR: 154-90-1 (.635) vs. line 120-125 (.490)
WEEK: 2-2 (.500) vs. line 3-1(.750)
YEAR: 214-54 (.799) vs. line 125-143 (.466)