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TREVOR BUNKE -- Ottawa Sun

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Like wild-card weekend of the NFL playoffs, Round 2 also sees four rematches between teams who faced each other in the regular season.

And if the results from earlier this year hold true, all four home teams will win this weekend. As a matter of fact, all four winners were on their home turf for those victories, too.

So after three upsets in the first round, it's time to see if those byes -- and previously mentioned victories -- did the league's top four teams any good.

NY Jets (+8.5) at Pittsburgh: It's hard not to like what Steelers rookie QB Ben Roethlisberger has managed to do this season: Rookie of the year honours, 13 straight wins and have the keen ability to show off an unflappable sense on the field. But this is still his first NFL playoff game. In their matchup last month, Pittsburgh beat the Jets 17-6, but the rookie QB was only 9-of-19 passing for 144 yards with two interceptions. On the other side of the field, Jets QB Chad Pennington was in his second back from a shoulder injury and had a bad game -- tossing three picks. Pennington looked like his old self in last week's 20-17 OT win in San Diego, in which he tossed a 47-yard TD pass. I can't see the Steelers, who have won 14 straight, losing tomorrow. But I can see their rookie QB making a mistake or two, and Pennington stepping up to keep this game closer than it probably should be. JETS

St. Louis (+6.5) at Atlanta: If the Michael Vick who scorched the Rams for 109 yards rushing earlier this season in a 31-17 win shows up, the Falcons should win in a cakewalk. Therein lies the problem, however. Trying to figure which Vick will be on his indoor track is never easy. The Rams, meanwhile, handled the Seahawks with relative ease last week, but it has to be pointed out that the Rams' three road wins this year were over San Fran and Seattle (twice). So to be honest, it comes down to whether you think the best of Vick will show up or if St. Louis can stay close one more time on the road. I choose the latter. RAMS

Minnesota (+8.5) at Philadelphia: The difference here could be that the Vikings will at least have a gimpy Randy Moss, whereas the Eagles won't have Terrell Owens. That's not to say Minnesota will win, but rather that it should be able to stay close. By game time Sunday, it will have been nearly a month since the Eagles played in a meaningful game. Whether tanking their last two games comes back to haunt Philadelphia remains to be seen. But giving Vikings QB Daunte Culpepper -- coming off last week's four TD performance vs. the Packers -- nine points to play with against the spread is too much. This season is Philly's best chance to make it to the Super Bowl after losing the last three NFC championship games. It just won't be easy. VIKINGS

Indianapolis (+2) at New England: Not to take anything away from Colts QB Peyton Manning's incredible stats this season, but the most important number to look at when Indy faces the Patriots in New England is 0-5. That's Manning's record vs. Pats QB Tom Brady in head-to-head matchups -- including last year's AFC championship game and this year's season opener. Manning is also 0-6 all time in New England. And with a puny two-point spread to cover, it's hard not to like New England's chances. The Pats, don't forget, are the defending Super Bowl champions; have a QB in Brady (6-0) who has never lost a playoff game; and have won 19 straight games at home. This is easily the best matchup of the weekend. Manning and Co. are getting all the hype because of the Pats' depleted secondary. But again, New England was second best in the NFL in points allowed (251). And you know Pats coach Bill Belichick, who is deep inside Manning's head, will have a new twist or two for the record-setting QB. PATRIOTS

Last Week: 3-1.

Playoff Record: 3-1.

Regular Season: 116-133-7.

Best Bet: Minnesota.

Best Bets: 9-9 after 6.5-point favourite San Diego lost 20-17 in OT to the NY Jets.

Suicide Pick: Pittsburgh.

Suicide Picks: 15-3 after Indy beat Denver 49-24.


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