Welcome to the NFL Divisional Playoff round. There will be many great games played, and only half of the teams will advance to the AFC and NFC Championship games.
The games being played this week are Baltimore Ravens at Pittsburgh Steelers, Green Bay Packers at Atlanta Falcons, Seattle Seahawks at Chicago Bears and New York Jets at New England Patriots.
Although I cannot predict which team will win each game, I can predict ten things that are guaranteed to happen this weekend...
Devin Hester running back a kick for a touchdown.
Devin Hester has to be one of the most electrifying players in NFL history. Hester has four career kickoff returns for a touchdown and fourteen punt returns for a touchdown. Long story short, if you kick it, he will score.
Tom Brady psyched up.
Let's face it. Tom Brady is a top five quarterback of all time. The man is a winner and he shows up for big games, especially home games. The Jets' secondary has been mediocre all season, with the exception of Revis Island. Antonio Cromartie, Eric Smith, Kyle Wilson and company will have a tough time stopping the likes of Wes Welker, Deion Branch, Danny Woodhead, Rob Gronkowski and Aaron Hernandez. Even if the Jets defense plays perfectly, Brady will still throw at least three touchdown passes.
Nick Folk clinched last week's game for the Jets against Peyton Manning and the Indianapolis Colts. Even though the kick was less than 35 yards long, Folk still managed to make everyone nervous. The kick wasn't exactly linear.
I'm nervous that next week, us Jet fans won't be so lucky. Folk will miss at least one big, easy kick.
Ravens and Steelers in December 2010.
Pittsburgh in January can be a brutal place. The forecast for this Sunday's match-up between the Ravens and Steelers: 32 degrees with a 30% chance of rain. Both Joe Flacco and Ben Roethlisberger have been known to throw a decent amount of picks, so if it's snowing out look for short passes and plenty of runs by Rashard Mendenhall and Ray Rice. Also watch out for hard hits for Troy Polamalu, Ray Lewis, James Harrison and Terrell Suggs.
Matt Ryan on the run.
Don't get me wrong, Green Bay is a great team. However, the team is beat up big time. Will the emergence of running back sensation James Starks (a fellow alum of SUNY Buffalo) be enough to overcome Matt Ryan and company? I don't think so.
Atlanta is 7-1 at home this season. Checkmate Atlanta.
Jay Cutler ashamed after throwing a pick.
Jay Cutler has an amazing arm. Unfortunately for him, his mind sometimes falls asleep and causes him to throw brainless and reckless interceptions, often in the middle of the field. He gets caught throwing across his body a lot and also gets knocked down quite often (hence his concussions). Watch out for Cutler and his interceptions.
Matt Hasselbeck hurt.
Matt Hasselbeck has always been a talented quarterback. Unfortunately for him, he is also extremely fragile. The man always is hurt. Look for the Bears' defense to hurt him once again.
Marshawn Lynch making it rain...
Marshawn Lynch is an extremely talented, yet troubled, running back. In his first playoff appearance ever, he almost single-handedly allowed his team to advance to the Divisional round of the NFL playoffs. I had the chance to watch Marshawn often when I lived in Buffalo and, let me tell you, you haven't seen anything yet. Watch for another Sportscenter highlight reel caliber run this weekend.
Joe McKnight breaking away.
Joe McKnight is another example of an extremely talented yet often injured player. At one time, he was the number one high school player in the country, landing him a scholarship to USC. McKnight hasn't had a ton of carries this year due to the decent play of Ladainian Tomlinson and Shonn Greene. However, LT's heavy workload last week and Greene's lack of production will probably lead to an increase in carries for the well-rested and versatile McKnight.
NFL referees are not known to be the most consistent officials in professional sports. Even with instant replay, these refs frequently make incorrect calls. Look out for at least one major blown call this weekend that may cost a team a game.
Ian is a contributor on Bleacher Report. Ian also is the cofounder of What's Good Blog and writes for the site daily.