Saturday, January 5, 2013

NFL Wild Card Picks

NFL Wild Card Picks

Arian Foster - Houston Texans v Tennessee Titans

Cincinnati Bengals (10-6) at Houston Texans (12-4)
Houston 24, Cincinnati 21

I switched back and forth between those two teams. You have the reeling Houston Texans, who is as one-sided as a team can be despite having a great running back and a thousand yard and some receiver. Geno Atkins and that Cincinnati Bengals front is one of the best in the league and they will contain Arian Foster and it might come down to which passing combo makes a play; Dalton to Green or Schaub to Johnson and I'm trusting the vets in this one and pull out the 24-21 win.

Minnesota Vikings (10-6) at Green Bay Packers (11-5)
Green Bay 35, Minnesota 24

I would really love to pick Minnesota and I think they have a puncher's chance to do so but I don't see this team beating Rodgers twice in two weeks. He will get his full arsenal of receivers, Randall Cobb will be back, and he'll be pretty upset. It'll be a closer game then most expected but at the end of the day, Aaron Rodgers will make one too many plays then Peterson/Ponder can answer and Green Bay walks out of Lambeau with a 35-24 win.

Indianapolis Colts (10-6) at Baltimore Ravens (10-6)
Baltimore 24, Indianapolis 21

The Ravens back pedaled into the playoffs and I don't expect much from them in the playoffs but if there is a game they're going to win its this one. Yes, Chuck Pagano will have his men fired up and ready to go but think about this if you're a Raven; this could be Ray Lewis' last NFL game. You know they are going all out for that man and hoping to send him off right. I expect the Ravens to be on an emotional high and ride it out to a 24-21 win over Indy.

Seattle Seahawks (11-5) at Washington Redskins (10-6)
Washington 28, Seattle 24N

This pick came down to two things; RG3's knee and the record 3-5. Seattle is 3-5 on the road and those loses are to Arizona, St. Louis, St. Francisco, Detroit and Miami. Not impressive at all. I'm also making my pick based on Robert Griffin III's health. If he is above eighty percent, I believe Washington will sneak out with a 28-24 win.