Here are the days, times, and matchups for this weekends NFL Playoffs.
1) Cincinnati was drubbed last year in Houston 31-10, in this same spot, and I don't believe anything changes this go-around other than, instead of third-string quarterback T.J. Yates under Center, it will be starter Matt Schaub. Not as easy as last year but the Texans will get it done 24-20.
2) Minnesota just beat Green Bay last week 37-34 in Minneapolis, behind the incredible performance of Adrian Peterson. He carried the ball 34 times for 199 yards and two touchdowns, and eclipsed the 2,000 yard rushing mark on the season and only fell nine yards short of breaking the all-time single season mark held by Eric Dickerson.
The last time these two teams met in the playoffs was in 2004, when the Vikings beat the Packers 31-17. While the game is at Lambeau Field, ironically Green Bay has dropped four of their last six playoff contests there but I see no way Minnesota beats them two weeks in a row.
PACKERS win 33-17.
3) How about the storyline for this one? Chuck Pagano, who has missed most of the season as the head coach of Indianapolis while battling Leukemia, used to be the secondary and defensive coordinator for the Ravens before leaving to take the job in Indy. Baltimore fired their offensive coordinator Cam Cameron, in the middle of the season, and promoted Jim Caldwell to that position.
Does that name sound familiar? He was the head coach of the Colts last season. He, not too long ago, led them to a Super Bowl loss versus the Saints but finished 2-14 last year. Which gave the franchise the No.1 pick in the draft and led to the selection of Andrew Luck.
Also this week, 17-year veteran and future Hall of Famer Ray Lewis, announced he will retire at seasons end.
While it has been a great story with a rookie quarterback, this is the lambs getting led to the lions den. RAVENS easy 35-10
4) The National Football League has definitely saved the best for last. I can't wait for this game. If you would have said that out loud six weeks ago, people would still be laughing. The Redskins after nine weeks, were 3-6 and now they have won seven straight and are hosting a postseason game for the first time in 13 years. Washington is the first team to accomplish this feat since the Jacksonville Jaguars did it back in 1996, starting 3-6 and making the playoffs.
This game will feature two rookie quarterbacks in Robert Griffin III, heisman trophy winner last year, and Russell Wilson. This is now back-to-back years that we've had two rookies facing each other in postseason play. Andy Dalton versus T.J. Yates was the first time that had ever happened.
The Redskins last two playoff appearances have ended at the hands of the Seahawks, out in Seattle, following the 2005 & 2007 seasons. I think that changes on Sunday. WASHINGTON wins a nailbiter 20-16.
Should be a great wildcard weekend.....enjoy!
Who do you think wins?
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