Revenge is the optimum word for this weekend’s games. Three of the four contests are rematches of 2012 games. First up are the Ravens and Broncos.
These two teams met in Week 15 with Manning and the Broncos beating down the Ravens 34-17 in Baltimore. The Broncos led 10-0 before taking an interception 98 yards for a touchdown and cementing a 17-0 halftime lead.
They would go up 31-3 after three quarters. Manning is 9-2 all-time against the Ravens, winning nine straight games.
In the late afternoon game on Sunday the Houston Texans will travel to Foxborough to face the New England Patriots. The Texans went into Gillette Stadium in Week 14 winners of six straight and 11 of 12.
The Texans put on their worst performance of the season—and in turn my fantasy team—losing to the Pats 42-14 in a game that was even more lopsided than the score would indicate.
The loss touched off a span of three losses in four games and cost the Texans the No. 1 seed in the AFC playoffs. Patriots quarterback Tom Brady will be going for his record 16th playoff victory.
In the prime-time game on Saturday the Green Bay Packers will renew an old rivalry in Candlestick Park against the San Francisco 49ers. The 49ers kicked off the 2012 season with a 30-22 road win against the Packers.
Frank Gore rushed for 112 yards and a touchdown while Alex Smith completed 20 of 26 passes for 211 yards and two touchdowns. The Niners defense held the Packers to just 45 rushing yards and sacked quarterback Aaron Rodgers three times.
This time around, Colin Kaepernick will be leading the charge for the 49ers and looking to prove that coach Jim Harbaugh made the right call in giving him starting job.
The 49ers are 6-1-1 at home in 2012 and are 14-3-1 at home in the Harbaugh era, including playoffs. The Packers and Niners will be meeting in the playoffs for the first time since 2001 which leads me to…