The playoffs are finally here, and even though the Jaguars didn’t make it, this is the best time of the football season. We have very interesting playoff picture, particularly in the NFC, but the AFC looks intriguing as well. The NFC will feature Philadelphia, Green Bay, Arizona, Dallas, Minnesota, and New Orleans. On the other side, the AFC includes New York (J), Baltimore, Cincinnati, New England, San Diego, and Indianapolis.
The AFC picture looks a little more clear. The favorite for the AFC champions has to be Indianapolis, because of their record. I would probably agree with this, except that Indy’s postseason record over the last 10 years hasn’t exactly been stellar. That said, I can’t trust them in the post season.
After Indy, San Diego and New England look to me like the likely AFC champs. San Diego’s offense is clicking, but I think they have some holes on defense. New England is always very good in the playoffs, especially with Brady, but they look slightly off this year. I wouldn’t be surprised to see Cincinnati either, but although they’ve been very good this year, they haven’t been great. You have to be great to win championships - my pick is San Diego.
The overwhelming favorites in the NFC appear to be Dallas and Green Bay. I agree that Dallas is extremely dangerous. I could see Green Bay getting there as well, but I don’t know if I trust them just yet.
Minnesota looks like they are fading away on offense. Favre can’t get the 8th man out of the box and their offensive line isn’t playing very well right now. The Cardinals have played some great games, but they’ve also played mediocre games. I think you have to give them respect because of what they did in last year’s post season.
The team that everyone keeps forgetting about is the Saints. I like the Saints, but they need to start playing defense again. I see them going one and done. All that said, I think Dallas is the best football team in the NFC right now.
If it is San Diego and Dallas in the Superbowl, I think Dallas has the advantage. Dallas has a very good pass defense. They have a power running game and Romo has looked really good the second half of the season.