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NEW ORLEANS - JANUARY 16:  Reggie Bush #25 of the New Orleans Saints carries a bat with him as he leads his teammates onto the field against the Arizona Cardinals during the NFC Divisional Playoff Game at Louisana Superdome on January 16, 2010 in New Orleans, Louisiana. The Saints won 45-14.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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Steve ChottCorrespondent IJanuary 23, 2010

I hate to say it, but these playoffs have been a disappointment to this point. The games have mostly been blowouts, and we have seen just a few good games.

With that being said, I think this week's games are going to be a lot better.

 

New York Jets @ Indianapolis Colts 

Well, I'm not the only person who is shocked that the Jets have made it this far. They have benefited from missed field goals and having the best defense in the league.

In a lot of ways, this Jets team is like the 2008 Ravens. They have the Ravens D-coordinator as head coach, they have a rookie quarterback, a rookie head coach, and a top ranked defense.

And just like last years Baltimore Ravens, I see the Jets falling in the AFC Championship game to the eventual Super Bowl champ.

As I said already, the Jets have benefited off missed field goals. And even though it seemed Nate Kaeding was very reliable, I don't see how you can go wrong with Matt Stover and Adam Vinatieri kicking the ball if needed.

As for Reggie Wayne's trip to Revis island, I don't think he will have a good game, but Peyton has more weapons. Peyton Manning isn't Carson Palmer or Phillip Rivers. He is the MVP for a reason.

And even though Reggie Wayne will get shut down, Manning still has Garcon, Collie, and Dallas Clark. And Peyton will make sure that they get the ball.

Winner: Colts

 

Minnesota Vikings @ New Orleans Saints 

This is a tough decision. The Superdome is going to be deafening, and it's going to be a big factor in this game.

The Vikings were undefeated at home, but let's look at the Vikings on the road this year.

Week 1 @ Cleveland: 34-20 win
Week 2 @ Detroit: 27-13 win
Week 5 @ St Louis: 38-10 win
Week 7 @ Pittsburgh: 27-17 loss
Week 8 @ Green Bay: 38-26 win
Week 13@ Arizona: 30-17 loss
Week 15@ Carolina: 26-7 loss
Week 16@ Chicago: 36-30 loss

As you can see, the Vikings were 4-4 on the road compared to being 8-0 at home.

I think Reggie Bush could be coming into what he was expected to do, and if he and the running game show up, it could be a long day for the Vikings defense.

While the Vikings defense will be a major step up from the Cardinals last week, I think the Saints are just going to put up too many points for the Vikings to be able to equal.

Winner: Saints

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