Ready for Takeoff: Predicting Jets vs. Colts and NFL's Wild Card Weekend Games

Eli ChesnerCorrespondent IJanuary 3, 2011

INDIANAPOLIS - JANUARY 24:  Quarterback Peyton Manning #18 of the Indianapolis Colts under center during the second half against the New York Jets during the AFC Championship Game at Lucas Oil Stadium on January 24, 2010 in Indianapolis, Indiana. The Colts defeated the Jets 30-17.  (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
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Ah, the weekend we have all been waiting for, the first weekend of the NFL playoffs. The Patriots, Steelers, Falcons and Bears all have bye weeks, so that means we have four games this weekend. Here is a look at my predictions for the Wild Card round of the NFL playoffs.


Saints @ Seahawks: 4:30 p.m. Saturday, NBC

Well, this should be interesting. The defending Super Bowl champion Saints, who look like the best defending champs since the Pats, play against a team that got into the playoffs on the final day, were in the worst division in the NFL and had a 7-9 record. This game is over before it started.

Prediction: Saints 34, Seahawks 17


Jets @ Colts: 8 p.m. Saturday, NBC

The AFC Championship rematch should be a fantastic game. Both of these teams have struggled the last five weeks of the regular season. The Jets are much better then last season, but the Colts are much worse from last season. The Colts defense is horrible, especially the run defense. The Jets have the best offensive line in the NFL, a huge reason for their fantastic running game. The Jets will dominate on the ground, and if they can handle Peyton Manning, this game will belong to the Jets.

Prediction: Jets 28, Colts 21


Ravens @ Chiefs: 1 p.m. Sunday, CBS

This should also be a fantastic game. The Ravens were expected to make the playoffs, while the Chiefs were expected to finish last in the AFC West. But the Chiefs have had their best season since 2006, and are playing at home in the hardest stadium to play in the NFL. This is going to be a better game then people think. 

Prediction: Ravens 21, Chiefs 20


Packers @ Eagles: 4 p.m. Sunday, FOX

This is the best game of the week. The Pack made the playoffs on the final day with a win over Chicago, while Mike Vick has led the Eagles this year. Vick is hurt right now, so more rest is better for him. This will be a very low scoring game.

Prediction: Eagles 17, Packers 14