Just a very few musings before a weekend of conference semifinal (I refuse to call it the divisional round) football.
* Brett Favre and Adrian Peterson are going to slice up Dallas tomorrow.
* Don't pencil in New Orleans for the championship game yet. The way Kurt Warner and his receivers played last week, and the way New Orleans finished the season, the Cardinals have just as good a chance as anyone to knock them off. Besides, I always like to see legends continue.
* The Jets won their playoff game. Nice story. Good launching point for next season. Now it's time for them to go home.
* Ray Rice has a special place in my heart because he's a Westchester kid, but Peyton Manning, Dallas Clark, and Reggie Wayne will take care of Balitmore.
As for that Dallas-Minnesota game tomorrow, I should probably hedge my bets here. I was in the Metrodome in 1998 when Dan Reeves' Falcons beat the Vikings, who had set the record for the most points in a season, in overtime of the NFC Championship game. Gary Anderson, who had been perfect in field goals that year, had a chance to win it with 2:07 left in regulation -- AND MISSED! And then Morten Andersen, won it with an overtime field goal. Eeriest feeling I ever had, hearing that deafeningly loud crowd screaming their heads off as Andersen lined up for the game-winning 38-yarder, and then falling dead silent as the ball sailed between the uprights.
Point here is that Minnesota has not exactly been invincible at home in the playoffs. The 8-0 home record this year guarantees nothing. But I still think the Vikes win.