Wild Card Weekend Picks
|Carolina (11-5) at NY Giants (11-5)
The Giant's hugs have been as diverse and as prolific as their offense this season,
with mid-air hugs, head hugs, and standard-issue squeezes greeting every successful
score. The Panthers, who have relied on the butt-pat all season, will be unpleasantly
suprised to find that in the playoffs, a butt-pat just doesn't cut it.
SU Pick: NY Giants
|Pittsburgh (11-5) at Cincinnati(11-5)
Cincinnati's season has played out a lot like its hugs: almost, but not quite.
Masters of the half-hug (inward-facing shoulder squeeze) on the field, the Bengals
threw away what would have been a record for franchise victories with
disappointing end-of-season defeats to Kansas City and Buffalo. Still, Cincinnati made
it to the playoffs, and against the Steelers, who occupy the league's bottom hug spot,
even a half-hug could be a game-winner.
SU Pick: Cincinnati
|Washington (10-6) at Tampa Bay(11-5)
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have something to hug about this weekend: they have revived a
flagging season and are entering the playoffs with the league's number one defense.
The Bucs have also been consistent huggers, and their jump-and-hug combination will
play well against Washington's lackluster displays of affection.
SU Pick: Tampa Bay
|Jacksonville(12-4) at New England(10-6)
How the mighty have fallen. After consecutive, embrace-filled Super Bowl wins, the
Patriots played a relatively hugless season and lost the opportunity for a bye.
They'll face the injury-plagued Jaguars on Saturday in a do-or-die Wild Card Weekend matchup. Though
the experts say a team can't "turn it on" for the playoffs, the Patriots' playoff
experience will help find their hugs when they need them this weekend.
SU Pick: New England
Hug Ranks for January 6, 2006
|12||Pittsburgh||3||Scores range from 10, "Hugs All Around," to 1, "No
Most Huggable Player
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