Saturday, January 5, 2013

NFL Playoffs: Wild Card Round Picks

Cincinnati at Houston

The Texans went from best team in the AFC to losing three of their final four games and playing in the Wild Card round. The Bengals have won three in a row to end the season. This is a rematch from last season and the Texans took care of business last year. It won’t be easy this time around but Houston has been more dangerous on offense this season, thanks to running back Arian Foster.  A lot of talk all year has had the Texans looking Super Bowl-bound. This should be the first step to getting back on track.

Texans win.

Indianapolis at Baltimore

Ray Lewis has announced this will be his final go at the Lombardi Trophy. He’s been a very motivational player for the team over the years and one has to imagine that his teammates will be extra motivated to get the linebacker another ring.

Ravens win.

Seattle at Washington

The Seahawks only won three games on the road this season but now when I think “Seahawks” and “playoffs” I think of Marshawn Lynch’s 67yard run against the Saints in the playoffs two years ago. Both teams are good at running the ball and both are good at stopping the run on defense but Seattle’s pass defense and secondary has played much better than Washington’s. They’ll put a good amount of pressure on RG3 and will be the difference maker in this game.

Seahawks win.

Minnesota at Green Bay

Adrian Peterson has torched the Packers this season, running for 409 yards and two touchdowns in two games this season. But Aaron Rodgers has also done extremely well against the Vikings, going 55-75 for 651 yards and  five touchdowns while only throwing one interception. The packers won the meeting between the two teams at home in the regular season and are in good position to win at home again.

Packers win.