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This weekend's NFL playoff slate will not include the Bears. That's OK. I still can bring you great insight into pro football games not involving the hometown team. Here are my predictions and analysis for all 11 games this postseason.
Kansas City at Indianapolis
The Chiefs rested virtually all of their starters in Week 17 yet still almost won in San Diego. Indy beat KC in their own house 23-7 just two weeks ago. It seems like an easy Colts pick, but sometimes things are tougher than they seem. Like keeping a team from throwing a game-winning touchdown on a fourth-and-8. Colts 29, Chiefs 20.
New Orleans at Philadelphia
Philadelphia won back-to-back Sunday Night Football games to clinch the NFC East and a home playoff game. That's a key advantage against an 11-5 Saints team that's only 3-5 outside of the Superdome. I don't think Philly will win 54-11 or anything crazy like that. I mean, that'd be crazy, right? For a playoff-caliber or -hopeful team to lose by that kind of score? Eagles 34, Saints 27.
San Diego at Cincinnati
The Chargers sneaked into the AFC No. 6 seed thanks to multiple referee gaffes. Man, that must feel awesome. To have referees make mistakes in your team's favor?! Holy crap, that is an alien concept. Referees who actually call delay-of-game penalties when the play clock hits double-zeroes? Or refs who understand how 300-pound men can't freeze their bodies in midair to avoid a just-tackled Aaron Rodgers? Bengals don't care, Chargers I hate everything.
San Francisco at Green Bay
Niners 105, Packers HAHAHAHA NOPE.
Cincinnati at New England
And HOW IN THE [BLEEP] did the Bears leave that ball on the ground like that? I've seen defensive backs run back false starts for fake touchdowns. No one? ANYONE? [BLEEPING BLEEP.] Patriots 43, Bengals DAMMIT.
Indianapolis at Denver
And y'know, Jay Cutler played well but the team lost. A perfect storm of [bleep]. Now we get to talk about re-signing or cutting him for three months. Awesome. Denver by all of the points.
San Francisco at Seattle
My only saving grace is knowing that the Bears would've been completely destroyed by either one of these teams. Seahawks 56, Niners 56, Bears 0.
Philadelphia at Carolina
Neither of these teams matters.
New England at Denver
This'll be a great game. Both teams can actually stop other teams' running backs from gaining eight yards without being touched. Broncos 44, Patriots 33.
Whoever at Seattle
Super Bowl XLVIII
The Broncos are a machine this year, and there won't be a team that can stop that offense. Denver wins, Peyton Manning will win his second Super Bowl MVP trophy, and maybe by then I'll be over Sunday's loss to the Packers. Hopefully by 2015. Happy dumb stupid New Year.
RedEye special contributor Alex Quigley can be heard on WGN Radio 720.
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