Baltimore Ravens at New England Patriots (-3.5, 43)
Tom Brady vs. Visiting teams
While the Indianapolis Colts gained plenty of notice for their NFL record 23-game regular season winning streak over the last two years, there is another 23-game streak that is still alive and well. New England quarterback Tom Brady has won 23 (12-11 ATS) consecutive regular and postseason starts at home dating back to the 2006 season. In the postseason, Brady is a perfect 8-0 (4-3-1 ATS) in Foxboro going back to his playoff debut in 2001 in the memorable "tuck rule" game against the Oakland Raiders.
Green Bay Packers at Arizona Cardinals (+1, 47)
Green Bay's pass offense vs. Arizona's pass defense
After recording preseason and regular season wins in Arizona this year, the Packers will go for the trifecta in the postseason. Green Bay (seventh in the NFL in passing offense) will look to build from last week's 33-7 victory. Aaron Rodgers completed 21-of-26 passes in the regular season finale.
Arizona is 23rd in the NFL in passing defense. The club's secondary is banged up heading into Sunday's matchup. All-Pro cornerback Dominque Rodgers-Cromartie (knee) and safety Antrel Rolle (thigh) are both questionable for the contest.
New York Jets at Cincinnati Bengals (-2.5, 34)
New York's pass defense vs. Cincinnati's pass offense
The NFL's leading pass defense will seek to repeat last week's performance against Carson Palmer and the Bengals air game. Palmer completed only 1-of-11 passes in the first half of a 37-0 defeat. All-Pro cornerback Darrelle Revis will try to disrupt Chad Ochocinco in a key individual battle.
After being a pass-oriented offense in prior seasons, Cincinnati has been a more balanced offense in 2009. The Bengals are 26th in the league in passing offense. Palmer passed for more than 4,000 yards in 2006 and 2007. After missing most of last season, he has thrown for just over 3,000 yards this year. With temperatures expected to be in the high teens in Cincinnati Saturday, the Bengals passing attack will face an additional obstacle due to the elements.
Philadelphia Eagles at Dallas Cowboys (-4, 45)
Andy Reid vs. Wade Phillips
Philadelphia's head coach is a perfect 7-0 (5-2 ATS) in opening round playoff games. Whether as a wild card or division champ, Reid's clubs have been ready to go when the postseason has begun. Defense has been the key to Philly's success. In the seven games, the Eagles have allowed an average of just 12 points per game. None of the seven opponents scored more than 20 points. However, Reid will not have longtime defensive coordinator Jim Johnson to rely on for the first time in a playoff game Saturday night.
Despite a pair of NFC East titles in his three-year tenure with the Cowboys, head coach Wade Phillips will face plenty of heat with a loss to the Eagles. He is 0-4 in his postseason career with three different teams. This record is amplified when the Cowboys recent history of postseason failure is factored in. Dallas hasn't won a playoff game in 13 years.