The Steelers-less NFL Playoffs begin Saturday with the Chiefs at Colts, followed by the Saints at Eagles.
Without the likelihood of repeating last year's 10-1 against the spread performance, we're going to give the whole predictions thing a try again.
Colts (-2.5) over Chiefs
Kansas City didn't really look too interested in tipping its hand to a likely playoff foe three weeks ago, when the Colts topped the Chiefs 23-7. When invested early, the Chiefs looked like the dynamic, powerful running team they are when Jamaal Charles is getting frequent touches.
The Colts, for as mediocre a defensive team as it is, win close games. It's as simple as that - 15-2 in the Andrew Luck Era. The Chiefs aren't a strong close-game team, and in what could be one of the lowest scoring games that isn't featuring a -35 wind chill this weekend, the Colts will pull out another close win.
Eagles (-2.5) over Saints
Many don't like betting on Drew Brees on the road, and while that seems to be hit-or-miss, particularly against an Eagles defense that's been porous all season.
But with the way the league works nowadays, finding the "right" offensive-heavy team with only minor adjustments needed to shore up a defense to average levels seems more in line with finding a darkhorse Super Bowl contender. We're picking the Eagles in this game because their offense is built a bit better to play in the elements than New Orleans', and matching those up against defenses that are hit-and-miss, the Eagles have an advantage.