Time for the second season and I am going nuts waiting for the Packers-Vikings kick-off at 7! To help calm myself a bit here are my Wild Card predictions.
1. Cincinnati Bengals at Houston:
- This is a rematch from last year’s Wild Card round with Houston coming out on top in a big way, winning 31-10. TJ Yates led that Texans team who relied heavily on Arian Foster and a dominating defense. Cincy was led by rookie QB Andy Dalton who has another year under his belt and a good run game with BenJarvus Green-Ellis. Houston has been struggling of late and need to pull their heads out of you know where. They are at home and should rely on Foster to get them to the next round. The Bengals will be a much bigger hurdle this year though.
- Texans- 27-23
2. Minnesota at Green Bay:
- The Pack better feel the need to wrap up Adrian Peterson at the line otherwise it will be another 200 plus day for All Day. Christian Ponder looked flawless last week inside the Metrodome but things are going to be much different in the 20 degree climate of Lambeau Field. Also there are reports of his elbow giving him problems so look for Joe Webb to get some action tonight. Aaron Rodgers has been untouchable the last three games, throwing for almost a thousand yards and 10 touchdown and zero picks. He also has a rushing touchdown. Look for little known back DuJuan Harris to get the tough yards and Rodgers gets it done through the air.
- Packers 31-27
3. Indianapolis at Baltimore:
- The Colts have been one of the most impressive teams because of what they have accomplished with so many rookies and young players. Andrew Luck has turned the ball over too much but has still found ways to win close games. They will have their hands full today with Ray squared. Ray Rice should get as many touches as he pleases and Ray Lewis announced he will be retiring once this season is done. Look for an extremely motivated Baltimore team to give their star one last hurrah.
- Baltimore- 30-20
4. Seattle at Washington:
- It’s a battle between two rookie QB’s who have phenomenal running games to help them along. Seattle might have the upper hand with a dominant defense who isn’t afraid to hit and can get after the quarterback. Russell Wilson is going up against one of the worst pass defenses in the league and Marshawn Lynch will be looking for his next playoff highlight run. Washington was one of the surprises of the season and might have a running back for years to come in Alfred Morris. A sixth round pick, Morris did nothing but run for 200 yards and three touchdowns in the regular season finale to cap a phenomenal regular season. However Seattle’s defense proves to be too much.
- Seahawks- 23-17