Deja vu all over again in wild-card games

TREVOR BUNKE -- Ottawa Sun

, Last Updated: 7:48 AM ET

The only true intrigue of the NFL's wild-card weekend is that all four games are rematches of regular-season tilts.

In the AFC, the Jets beat the Chargers in San Diego 34-28 all the way back in Week 2, while the Broncos got into the playoffs last weekend by beating the Colts' backups 33-14.

In the NFC, the Rams swept the season series from the Seahawks, as did the Packers against the Vikings.

Other than the Chargers-Jets game, the other three matchups do very little for me on the excitement gauge.

But at this time of the season, everyone gets a clean slate, including me.

So here's to my perfect 0-0 record after finishing the regular season a mind-numbing 17 games under .500.

St. Louis (+4) at Seattle: The Seahawks, who many pre-season publications predicted were bound for next month's Super Bowl, saw their march to a dream season come to a crashing end in their fourth game of the year when they blew a 17-point lead at home to the Rams with less than six minutes to go, and then lost 33-27 in overtime. Five weeks later, they dropped a 23-12 game in St. Louis. Now, with RB Shaun Alexander whining (although rightly so) about losing out on the rushing title by a yard to the Jets' Curtis Martin, the dissension that seemed to be disappearing is back. On the Rams' side, things look good as long as QB Marc Bulger is healthy. Both teams won the games they had to down the stretch to make the playoffs, but ultimately I'll stick with the team that is getting points and owns a 2-0 record vs. its opponent. RAMS

NY Jets (+6.5) at San Diego: The Jets were, to be honest, just brutal to finish the season. They didn't show up for their home game two weeks ago vs. the Patriots, and couldn't put away a mediocre Rams team last weekend, ultimately losing in overtime 32-29. The Chargers, on the other hand, were consistent for the entire season, and if it weren't for some late-game heroics by the Colts' Peyton Manning two weeks ago, they would have finished the year with 10 straight wins. Jets QB Chad Pennington, at this point, is no Manning. CHARGERS

Denver (+10) at Indianapolis: The Broncos have to feel lucky even being in the playoffs. All they got last week from the Colts was the 'B' side. The 'A' side, led by MVP QB Peyton Manning, is back in the saddle in this rematch of a playoff game played last season. And like last year's 41-10 pasting by Indy, history should repeat itself. COLTS

Minnesota (+6) at Green Bay: The Packers won both meetings this season by identical 34-31 scores. Neither team impressed me much this season, but the el-foldo the Vikings pulled in the last half of the season was par for the course in their recent history. Plus, they haven't won a game played outside in December or January since 1998. So while the Packers should pick up their third win of the season over Minny, the previous two matchups would indicate it will be close. VIKINGS

Last Week: 7-9.

Season: 116-133-7.

Best Bet: San Diego.

Best Bets: 9-8 after 9.5-point favourite Houston lost 22-14 to Cleveland.

Suicide Pick: Indianapolis.

Suicide Picks: 14-3 after New England beat San Fran 21-7.


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