While Packer fans would prefer to relive last winter's playoff run, this weekend they're free agents, able to root for other teams. But on what criteria should they base their decision? Here's how I'm handicapping the field.
Baltimore Ravens at Tennessee Titans, Saturday, 3:30 pm (CBS): This one's easy. Former Badger walk-on and Wisconsin native Jim Leonhard plays safety for the Ravens. He's had 69 tackles this season and two interceptions, including one last week in Miami, making 2008 his most productive season, by far, in a four-year NFL career.
Arizona Cardinals at Carolina Panthers, Saturday, 7:15 pm (FOX): Much harder to pick, as I couldn't care less about either one of these teams. I'm going with Arizona for one reason: 37-year-old quarterback Kurt Warner has been the catalyst for the Cards' revival, not USC pretty boy Matt Leinart. Since being drafted 10th in 2006, Leinart has been a non-factor, playing in only four games this year. Go old guy!
Philadelphia Eagles at New York Giants, Sunday, noon (FOX): The Giants have suspended star receiver Plaxico Burress, who shot himself in the leg last month with an unregistered handgun at a Manhattan nightclub. Linebacker Antonio Pierce is under investigation for his involvement in the incident. Pierce, United Way Man of the Year in 2007, is the spokesman for Giants Academy, a program for inner-city youth. But the Eagles' fans are notorious jerks, so go Giants!
San Diego Chargers at Pittsburgh Steelers, Sunday, 3:45 pm (CBS): Former Badger Michael Bennett will suit up as San Diego's third-string running back, but he's being sued over a violent incident in October at a Tampa, Fla. International House of Pancakes. Serves him right for choosing IHOP when there's a Waffle House in the area. I'll take the Steelers, who have a defensive end named Orpheus Roye.