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NFL Wild Card Weekend Picks
by Pietro DiSante Jr,posted Jan 3 2013 2:20PM
The NFL Playoffs are finally here and we have some good games on the schedule this weekend. The Broncos, Falcons, Patriots and 49ers will be watching this weekend's games at home, waiting to see who their opponents will be in the divisional round. Each team playing on Wild Card Weekend has had a great season and all are fully capable of reaching the Super Bowl, however, the road there will not be easy. Surprise teams like the Redskins, Vikings, Seahawks and Colts have shocked many, it will be interesting to see how they do in the playoffs. They are not just happy to be there either. They want to win.
Wild Card Saturday:
6. Cincinnati Bengals at 3. Houston Texans
The Texans having to play in the Wild Card round is shocking, considering they were the #1 seed in the AFC for most of the season, but that is what has happened. This is a re-match of last year's Wild Card game, also in Houston. I feel both teams are better now than they were in 2011, but Houston is coming in cold. The Bengals impressed me this year, as I thought Andy Dalton and AJ Green would have sophomore slumps, but instead had great seasons. The Bengals are playing better right now, so it is tough for me to pick against them, but I feel Houston just has to win. I mean, could Gary Kubiak be fired if they lose? I think it is possible. I say the Texans hang on 24-23.
6. Minnesota Vikings at 3. Green Bay Packers
Adrian Peterson and the Vikings had a great last month of the season, including Peterson rushing for over 2,000 yards and his team making the playoffs, but going to Green Bay will not be easy. The Vikings also just defeated the Packers in Week 17, preventing the Packers from getting a first round bye. Christian Ponder vs. Aaron Rodgers is the key match-up here though, and that is a huge edge for the Packers. I think they take care of business 38-17, but it has been a great year for the Vikings.
Wild Card Sunday:
5. Indianapolis Colts at 4. Baltimore Ravens
This has been a great season for the Colts. Who would ever have guessed that they would win 11 games after losing Peyton Manning in the offseason? It happened though, thanks to Andrew Luck and the inspiration the team got from their Head Coach Chuck Pagano. Interim Coach Bruce Arians also deserves a lot of credit. He has done a great job. As for John Harbaugh and the Ravens, they have had an up and down season. They are a good team and the news of Ray Lewis retiring should fire them up. I think this game will be closer than people assume, with the Ravens squeaking by 23-16. Andrew Luck will be forced into a few turnovers, but the Colts future is bright.
5. Seattle Seahawks at 4. Washington Redskins
This is my true toss-up game. I could see it going either way. Both are great teams with great stories and they match up well against each other. Seattle was (8-0) at home and only (3-5) on the road, which could play a key role this Sunday at FedEx Field. I like Seattle's defense in this match-up against RGIII and Alfred Morris. I could see them being shut down. I also like Russell Wilson against an average, at best, Redskins defense. Seattle likes to take shots down the field, and I think that could be a huge issue with Washington's secondary. Still, this is the first playoff game for many players on both teams, which I think gives RGIII and the Redskins the edge. He plays like a veteran with years of experience under his belt, despite being a rookie. Like I said, it is a toss-up for me, but I am going to take the Seahawks 20-17. A key play is going to be made on defense to seal the deal.
Should be an exciting weekend of football, then we move on to the Divisional Round. Hard to believe we are only a few weeks from Super Bowl XLVII.