Game one -
The Cowboys visit Green Bay in a match-up of gun-slinging QBs that both have tough RBs in the backfield. Murray and Lacy both figure to loom large in this match-up and the back that has the better day will go a long way towards determining the winner today.
I do think the Cowboys will be able to run the ball effectively - however, so will Green Bay. I anticipate a high scoring game that will come down to the final minutes.
One unknowable is the true health of Aaron Rodgers leg. If he has limited mobility, it could dramatically alter this game. He must be able to scramble for yards to keep this offense moving at peak efficiency. If he is not at 100%, look out.
That said - I like Green Bay to win a close one. However, this pick hinges on Aaron Rodgers health. If he is gimpy, Dallas is poised to take it.
In the second game - we see two QBs tied for eternity - The once and present QBs of the Colts duel it out for the right to visit Tom Brady and the Patriots at Gillette Stadium for the AFC Conference Championship game.
The Broncos has morphed into a running team the last several weeks since the brutal loss to the St. Louis Rams. The big question is - can the Broncos win this way in the playoffs? Can the team run first and have Manning throwing more balls into the dirt than as completions? It has worked for the last quarter of the season.
Today I expect a high scoring affair. Andrew Luck will find success against the Denver secondary at times and get the ball into the endzone. I also expect Denver to be able to run the ball effectively, keeping pace with the Colts offense.
In the end, I just think the home advantage will lead the Broncos to a close win over the Colts. Would I be surprised to see Indy taking it? No, but I think home cooking will be served.