INDIANAPOLIS – With the NFL playoffs starting Saturday, Colts.com has targeted six public figures, insiders who cover the league and former quarterbacks to predict the course of post-season play.
Ted Bishop, the 38th president in the 97-year history of the PGA of America is well-known in golf circles well beyond the state of Indiana. Bishop was inducted into the Indiana Golf Hall of Fame in October and was named the #12 Newsmaker of the Year in Golf 2013 by GolfWorld Magazine.
Here are Bishop’s predictions:
Colts 20, Kansas City 16: Two teams headed in different directions at season’s end. Colts win two weeks ago in Kansas City was not a fluke. Chiefs are reeling after an easy schedule set up 9-0 start.
Cincinnati 23, San Diego 13: Bengals finally get a playoff win against a Chargers team that will not travel well to the cold of Cincinnati. Chargers were pitifully fortunate to get in the playoffs.
Philadelphia 27, New Orleans 21: Eagles offensive line has started 16 straight games and we all know what happens to dome teams when they go outside in January.
San Francisco 24, Green Bay 14: Forget the mystique of Lambeau Field, this 49ers defense is not your momma’s Chicago Bears defense. Aaron Rodgers will be in for a long day and the Packers can’t stop anyone.
Denver 31, Colts 17: Peyton has been waiting for this since October. The Colts’ run ends in Denver. Hopefully, Indy keeps it within a couple of touchdowns. This could get ugly early!
New England 27, Cincinnati 24: Foxboro proves too much for the Bengals who have not won a road playoff game forever. Tom Brady and Bill Belichick are too much.
Seattle 20, San Francisco 17: This will be a hard-hitting game between two teams that really don’t like each other. The Seahawks earned home-field advantage and ride it to the Super Bowl.
Carolina 24, Philadelphia 23: The Panthers and their crowd will be amped up for this rare playoff game in Carolina. Cam Newton will be the difference-maker.
Denver 45, New England 17: Another big revenge game for Manning and the Broncos. Peyton takes years of frustration out on this Patriots squad. No let up here, the Broncos just keep pouring it on.
Seattle 24, Carolina 10: Panthers will look lost on this stage. Seattle is primed to go to the Super Bowl, and this will be a total mismatch.
Super Bowl XLVIII
Denver 24, Seattle 17: Despite freezing rain and a field that looks more suited for the NY Rangers and the NHL than a Super Bowl, Manning proves that he can play outside. A nimble Russell Wilson makes it interesting for three quarters but in the end, Peyton engineers a game-winning 89-yard drive by completing nine-of-nine passes. Manning solidifies his legacy as the greatest modern day QB in the history of the NFL and announces his retirement during the MVP ceremony. Rumors immediately have him returning to Indianapolis to be the Colts’ offensive coordinator.
Check back in 60 minutes for another playoff prediction from a celebrity, insider or former star quarterback.