NFL WILD CARD

NFLWildCard

Yes I know it is Friday and according to my blog schedule I was supposed to write a Rock Chain post today. However, I just returned home from New Orleans (more about that later in the month) yesterday and I promised a look ahead to the NFL Wild Card games this weekend. And as this is MY blog and I can change my schedule whatever the hell I want. LOL!

So, let’s try to predict what may happen in this first weekend of four decisive NFL games. Oh, and one more thing: this year I’ll try to guess the scores as well.

AFC

Houston Texans vs. Kansas City Chiefs: Okay I get it. The Texans are playing at home, they have J.J. Watt on their defense, Brian Hoyer is playing ok and DeAndre Hopkins had a good regular season. However, let’s not forget that the AFC South was pitiful this year (Colts, Jaguars and the horrible Titans) and Kansas City has an amazing winning streak. Alex Smith can release the ball quickly to avoid JJ getting to him and can also scramble. Besides he has a good target in Jeremy Maclin and is a better passer than Hoyer. Even so, I imagine this one will be close. Kansas City 23-20.

Cincinnati Bengals vs. Pittsburgh Steelers: I’m so sorry for all Bengals fans, but I don’t think they’ll have that elusive first playoff victory in God knows how many years this time, even playing at home. A.J. McCarron might have a future in the league but he won’t be able to handle the pressure of a playoff game. Not yet. Besides, Pittsburgh is an experienced team, with an experienced and tough quarterback and an experienced coach. Even if DeAngelo Williams can’t play, they still have Le’ Veon Bell to run and two outstanding receivers in Antonio Brown and Heath Miller. Pittsburgh 35-17

NFC

Minnesota Vikings vs. Seattle Seahawks: In my humble opinion this is the most interesting of all Wild Card games. Before the season, everybody would say it would be a Seahawks rout, but now I think it will be a tough game. First, playing at 1ºF will be a factor. I mean, Seattle is not Miami, but it’s not that cold either. However, Marshall Lynch will be back and he’s probably ready to get into “Beast Mode” after missing so many games. And they are more experienced and seemed to have found their mojo again. The Vikings are good and if Adrian Peterson is in a good day, he might cause trouble for Seattle defense. Bridgewater is playing fine as is Diggs and they are excited about their NFC North title. But I think Seattle is better and at this moment they are reminding me of their teams from the last two years. It should be interesting and rather close. Seattle 22-19.

Washington Redskins vs. Green Bay Packers: Much like the Texans in the AFC, the Redskins were fortunate to play in a pitiful NFC East this year. Yes, Kirk Cousins is playing well, Jordan Reed is playing outstanding, Alfred Morris is a great running back and they have home field advantage. But would that be enough to beat Aaron Rodgers and the Packers? I know, Green Bay had the most unstable season possible, but they are still a good team and the Redskins defense is something you can’t rely on. When the push comes to shove I think Aaron Rodgers is totally dependable and I have very hard time betting against a team with him, Eddie Lacy, James Jones and Randall Cobb, especially a team that didn’t totally convince playing against rivals outside their division. Green Bay 35-10

That’s it for now. Next Tuesday I’ll be back trying to predict the Conference Semifinals.

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