Weekend tough to predict, but thrills are certain

Alas, it's our last weekend for a long, long time with football games on more than one day. Brings a tear to the eye, does it not?

But man, will this be fun.

Coming into this season, most observers identified the Green Bay Packers, New Orleans Saints, Baltimore Ravens and New England Patriots as truly elite teams, and all are still playing. Who, though, would have picked the Denver Broncos and San Francisco 49ers to be right there with them?

Yeah, that's the beauty of football. Fresh blood can chase after glory shoulder-to-shoulder with established powerhouses; of the remaining eight teams, all but the Houston Texans have hoisted the Lombardi Trophy in the past. There is also a rookie head coach in the mix (Jim Harbaugh) and a bevy of record-setting passers still in play (Tom Brady, Aaron Rodgers, Drew Brees and Eli Manning).

It will all make for another entertaining, and, I bet, unpredictable weekend of football.

Follow Jason La Canfora on Twitter @jasonlacanfora.

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