Wild Card Round NFL Picks

Posted: January 3, 2013 in Uncategorized

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Cincinnati Bengals (10-6) AT Houston Texans (12-4)

The Scene: Saturday, January 5th. 4:30 PM on NBC.
The Spread: Houston by 4.5
The Pick: Cincinnati
The Score: Houston, 23-20
The Rationale: This game is a rematch of last year’s Wild Card matchup that Houston won with T.J. Yates at QB. I picked Houston to win the AFC before the season. But, it’s tough to pick a team that has lost 3 of 4 when facing a team that has won 7 of 8. Houston’s secondary is much maligned, and AJ Green has had a spectacular season. I’ll go with the Bengals to cover but Houston to win a close matchup.

Minnesota Vikings (10-6) AT Green Bay Packers (11-5)

The Scene: Saturday, January 5th. 8:00 PM on NBC.
The Spread: Green Bay by 7.5
The Pick: Green Bay
The Score: Green Bay, 28-14
The Rationale: Adrian Peterson has had one of the finest seasons in history. His team has risen from the depths to challenge the Packers for division supremacy. However, winning on the road in Lambeau Field in January is never easy. The Vikings did just this 8 years ago in the same round. But, it really comes down to Christian Ponder or Aaron Rodgers in the snow in January. Which one would you trust?

Indianapolis Colts (11-5) AT Baltimore Ravens (10-6)

The Scene: Sunday, January 6th. 1:00 PM on CBS.
The Spread: Baltimore by 6.5
The Pick: Baltimore
The Score: Baltimore, 24-17
The Rationale: Indianapolis has had quite a year. Their fall from grace was swift in 2011. But, their rise from the depths has been just as abrupt. Unfortunately, I don’t think their run will go any further. The Colts somehow managed to go 11-5 despite being outscored by 30 points this season. Baltimore, meanwhile, has swooned since a 9-2 start. Still, in Ray Lewis’ last hurrah, I’ll take the veteran team over the youth and inexperience of Indy.

Seattle Seahawks (11-5) AT Washington Redskins (10-6)

The Scene: Sunday, January 6th. 4:30 PM on Fox.
The Spread: Seattle by 3.5
The Pick: Washington
The Score: Washington, 26-24
The Rationale: There’s a big difference between the Seattle Seahawks at home and on the road. One needs to only look at their home/road splits the past few years. The Redskins are riding high and looking for their first playoff win since 2005. If RG3 and Alfred Morris can continue their torrid regular season pace, I don’t see why they can’t.

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