Green Bay at Chicago: Both of these teams looked rather spectacular last week. Green Bay just demolished the #1 seed Falcons, while the Bears showed that Seattle really had no place in the playoffs. This is another rematch of division foes where the teams split the season series, each winning at home. That bodes well for the Bears. However, Solider Field is notoriously bad in January, so how will that affect the Green Bay passing game? This could turn into a defensive battle and may come down to which team can pound it out. Both quarterbacks in this game are playing great. It is easy to say that Aaron Rogers might be the best QB left in the playoffs, that is how good he is playing right now. But Jay Cutler can also make plays, as long as he makes plays for the Bears and doesn’t serve it up to the Packers opportunistic defense. This game is tough to call. The Packers have a ton of momentum right now, but it is tought to tell if the extra game will catch up to them this week. We think the Bears will play this one tough, but in the end look for Green Bay to end up in the Super Bowl for the NFC this year.
New York Jets at Pittsburgh: For a half Pittsburgh played a great game. Good enough to come back and advance. And in the end, that is all that really matters. The Jets backed up a lot of their talk by beating the favored Patriots. It has been very silent this week from New York. Probably a good thing because Pittsburgh’s defense is light years better than New England’s was. These teams also meet this season, with the Jets picking up the win in Pittsburgh. That game hinged on a great special teams play by the Jets with a 97 yard kick-off return. Mark Sanchez could be in for a long day against the Steelers front 7, and with Troy Polamalu back in the starting line up for this game, it makes the Steelers that much tougher to beat. The Jets defense is no slouch either, but Big Ben is used to playing in AFC championship games, so we doubt the bigness of the game will not affect him. If the Steelers offensive line can hold up against the Jets pass rush, it is hard not to pick the Steelers here. We’ve said it all year that the Steelers are probably the best team in the league. We are sticking by that statement. Steelers win this one, but it is going to be a tough fought victory.