I am a huge M*A*S*H fan. Probably seen every show at least three times.
Because of that, I can now watch an entire episode in about five minutes. All I have to do is see the start, recognize that this is the show in which Hawkeye and B.J. pull a prank on Frank and almost instantly recall everything that happens in the show.
Having already “watched” that episode, I can then spend the next 25 minutes flipping around the channels and lamenting the fact that there just aren't enough good television shows these days.
That being said, we have four “reruns,” if you will, in the NFL Divisional round this weekend. All matchups also took place during the regular season. One – Eagles-Giants – will be the teams’ third meeting.
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I have a coach friend who insists that if I went back and did the research, I would see that when two equally matched teams meet for the second time in a season, the team that lost the first meeting has a significant advantage in the rematch.
For the record, the Titans, Panthers and Steelers were the regular-season winners in these reruns, and the Eagles and Giants split their two games. Don't tell my coach friend, but I'm going with the Titans, Panthers and Steelers to win again this weekend.
A week after all four road teams were favored (and two won), all four home teams are favored. I think home-field advantage is a big deal.
Regardless, unlike with M*A*S*H, I'll be watching this weekend’s games from start to finish. Unless one turns into a rout, of course.
Arizona Cardinals at Carolina Panthers (-10): The Cardinals are 3-20 in the Eastern time zone over the past seven seasons. This is attributable to the fact that for the past seven seasons, they have been the Cardinals. Pick: Panthers 31-20.
Baltimore Ravens at Tennessee Titans (-3): Ravens safety Ed Reed has intercepted two passes in each of his past three games and returned one pick for the touchdown that gave Baltimore the lead for good last week against Miami. In an effort to keep Reed in check, Titans coach Jeff Fisher has been putting his offense through tackling drills this week. Pick: Titans 16-10.
Philadelphia Eagles at New York Giants (-4): The Philadelphia media is starting to say nice things about Eagles coach Andy Reid again. It's just like a roller-coaster – when you're looking up, that means you'll see be looking down. Pick: Giants 20-17.
San Diego Chargers at Pittsburgh Steelers (-6): Steelers coach Mike Tomlin tersely replied “No” when asked whether he would be extra cautious with quarterback Ben Roethlisberger after he suffered a concussion in Pittsburgh’s final regular-season game, saying any lingering effects are all in Roethlisberger's head. Pick: Steelers 27-16.
Last week: 3-1 (.750) overall, 3-1 (.750) vs. the spread. Season: 160-99-1 (.617) overall, 124-119-4 (.510) vs. the spread.