Elite 8 NFL weekend LOCKS!

Time to get this damn playoff party ratcheted up. The pretenders have gone home and now the cream should rise, right? Let's start off with the Saturday late afternoon/evening selections

at 4:35, the temp and wind chill in Foxboro will feel like Green Bay, but no one will call it the "frozen tundra", not even the snow plow driver who helps the Pats oh so many years ago by cleaning the bad rug at the old Schafer stadium.

Will Joe Flacco remain this generations best road warrior QB on the road? He's paid as an elite, has a SB ring and despite ups and downs in regular season, no one has stepped up like Flacco in the post-season - especially on the road. the Line opened Pats -7 1/2, but Ravens money has dropped it to an even 6 where it has remained. Brady has been magical this year, but he's not playing the Jets, Bills and Dolphins anymore. While some expect a New England romp, I'll take the 7 pts and think the Ravens will keep it close enough to cover and possibly escape with a win.

Tonight at 8:15 in Seattle, the high priced spread is the question and the money has been on Seahawks all week. Carolina's defense has been amazing down the stretch, but if the Panthers want to be in this game, Cam Newton is going to have to run wild.  The number is up to 11 1/2. Will Beast Mode be angry and unleashed after losing his 100-thousand dollar fine appeal for not talking to the media the last 2 years? If he runs, the Panthers are done! Will Seattle cover? My heart and head say YES!

Sunday and you're probably wondering why the Dallas Cowboys are on a 1 o clock game and not prime time? That's because playing at night at Lambeau in January is almost tantamount to torture; not for the legit hearty Wisconsin fans, but for the front runner Cowboy fans, Jerry Jones, Gov Christie and the other honks in the Dallas box. Aaron Rodgers partially torn calf muscle is the big story, so much so the line has gone from Pack - 6 1/2 to GB by 5 1/2.  Said on my podcast Thursday night, I have a feeling Dallas is going to find a way to win this. Pressure is on Pack. Since the SB win vs Steelers, GB has won 4 straight NFC North titles, but has won only 1 playoff game. That's Cowboy-esque!  My heart says Packers win the game, my head says Dallas covers the 5 1/2 and could win outright.

Finally, 4:40 Sunday afternoon in Denver. Weather, nice for mid-January. 41 degrees, no snow, no rain, clouds, but no huge advantage for Broncos versus an indoor Indy team. Andrew Luck may be the best NFL QB at willing his team to win with no legit running game, but the ability to rally his whole team by showing them the way. Peyton Mannings arm strength has been slowly slipping away, but Denver needs it's fortified defense to step up and win this game. I'm taking Indy with the 7, because I believe they have a chance to steal a win, so a cover isn't out of the question.

For amusement only and I won't be amused if I don't go 4 and 0!