NFL Playoff Predictions
Here are my predictions for Wild Card weekend
Bengals 23 Texans 17: I believe the Texans have a roster capable of winning Super Bowl. However, the tape don’t lie! After starting the year 11-1, Houston has looked terrible their last 4 games (1-3). Matt Schaub has looked lost as of late, managing only 1 TD the Texans last 4 games. Their defense hasn’t been much much better either giving up over 27 ppg during this 1-3 slump. Cincinnati has been playing some of their best football of late. If it wasn’t for a 1 pt loss to the Cowboys, the Bengals would be heading into Saturday on an 8 game winning streak. RB BenJarvus Green-Ellis’ ailing hamstring will be a concern but I have faith that QB Andy Dalton can win on the road. It also helps AJ Green is a monster, and the Bengals have the best defensive line in the AFC. Geno Atkins and Michael Johnson have combined for 24 sacks this season and have terrorized opposing QBs all year. The window of oppourtunity for a Super Bowl title for these Texans squad is getting smaller. HC Gary Kubiak will definately be on the hot seat, after the Texans have slowly unraveled down the stretch this season.
Vikings 13 Packers 35: As much as I’m rooting for Adrian Peterson run all over the Packers in Lambeau Field, I can’t see him having another 200 yard game like he did last week in a 37-34 victory over Green Bay. Despite losing to the Vikings last week, the Packers have too much firepower. Aaron Rodgers has played like a man possessed against Minnesota lately. In his last 5 games against the Vikings Rodgers has 16 TDs, 1 interception, and completed 74.7% of passes with a 132.5 passer rating. While Green Bay’s defense has been suspect ever since they won the Super Bowl in 2010, I think they will show up tomorrow on their home turf. At the end of the day, the Vikings are too dependent on AP and don’t have enough on offense to keep up with Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers.
Colts 21 Ravens 24: Baltimore came into these season with high expectations. This year however, the team has been plagued with injuries and inconsistency on both sides of the ball. The Ravens have lost 4 of their last 5, and just haven’t been playing football. The Colts on the other hand are surging. Rookie phenom Andrew Luck as been great this year, breaking Cam Newton’s record for rookie passing yards with 4,374. A few days ago, 17 year vet Ray Lewis announced he is retiring after this year. I can’t fathom the Ravens laying an egg at home in what would be Lewis’ final playoff game. Ray Rice will have a big game and the defense will cause some turnovers (Luck is one of the league leaders in turnovers) to squeak out a win.
Seahawks 21 Redskins 28: Standout rookies Russell Wilson and RGIII will square off in a battle between 2 Rookie of the Year candidates. This will mark the 2nd time in NFL playoff history that 2 Rookie QB’s will start. Both teams have been playing well as of late. Seattle has won their last 5 and Washington has won their last 7. This game will surely be must see TV, as both teams have explosive offenses and hard hitting defenses. This game was by far the hardest one to decide on because these teams are so evenly matched. I will give RGIII and the Redskins the nod because it will be at home, and the Seahawks have only won 3 games on the road this year.