By Dennis Fithian/Follow Dennis on Twitter @dennisfithian
What can the Detroit Lions learn this weekend by watching the four divisional games? Don’t turn the ball over, get strong quarterback play and have the ability to run the football.
It must have been like looking in the mirror last week seeing the Bengals turn the ball over four times in their loss to the Chargers. Matthew Stafford should look at the quarterbacks this weekend and analyze their technique.
How many times are these guys in the playoffs, on the big stage, forcing the ball into coverage, throwing sidearm or off their back foot? Also, Detroit fans should take notice of the success that San Diego has had over the last month running the ball. See how quickly Phillip Rivers gets rid of the ball too.
Seahawks -8 vs. Saints: Seattle did smash both San Fran & New Orleans this year at home. Sean Payton & Drew Brees won’t go down like they did in the regular season Saturday.
Prediction: Seahawks 23 Saints 20
Pats -7 vs. Colts: Tom Brady just doesn’t have enough around him to beat Andrew Luck by more than seven points.
Prediction: Pats 31 Colts 28
Panthers +1 vs. 49ers: Home team needs a couple big plays from Cam Newton.
Prediction: Panthers 20 49ers 17
Broncos -9.5 Chargers: Doesn’t seem possible that the Broncos could lose this game but Bolts can keep it within single digits by continuing to run the ball.
Prediction: Broncos 27 Chargers 20