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.
Bert Jones is one of the most beloved Colts of all-time, playing quarterback from 1973-81 and standing as one of six franchise rookie signal-callers to start on opening day. Jones's game combined superior arm strength and a running style that helped lead the Colts to three division titles.
Jones is a successful businessman in his native Ruston, Louisiana area, and here are his predictions:
Colts over Kansas City: I pick the Colts. We have been on a roll all through December and will continue through the Chiefs.
Cincinnati over San Diego: I pick the Bengals. Cincinnati is just too tough at home.
Philadelphia over New Orleans: I pick the Eagles. It will be cold and probably raining in Philly, and the Saints just don't play well on the road.
Green Bay over San Francisco: I pick Green Bay. Green Bay is getting healthy again and they are good.
Denver over Colts: I pick Denver. It will be a great learning experience for Andrew Luck, but my friend Peyton will rule the day.
Cincinnati over New England: I pick Cincinnati. I know everyone wants to see a rematch of the Broncos and Patriots, but I think the Bengals will win. I'm pulling for the Patriots, but think the Bengals will win.
Green Bay over Seattle: I pick the Packers. Aaron Rodgers and the Packers are coming together at the right time again.
Carolina over Philadelphia: I pick the Panthers. Carolina has been hot since November and Cam Newton is coming into his own.
Denver over Cincinnati: I pick the Broncos.
Green Bay over Carolina: I pick the Packers. They have been here before and will go to the Super Bowl again.
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Denver over Green Bay: Peyton will bring home the Lombardi Trophy and the MVP Trophy again.