Twelve teams, all vying to get their hands on the Lombardi Trophy. So begins the month long trek to Super Bowl 50. This weekend it’s the wildcard round. With four division winners playing why is it called the wild card round? As Mr. Hand told Jeff Spicoli, “I don’t know.” Here is what I think I know in my playoff predictions.
Redskins over the Packers
I just like the way the Redskins have played over the past month. Kirk Cousins is playing some of the best quarterback in the NFL right now. Jordan Reed is match-up nightmare for opposing linebackers and DeSean Jackson is capable of being on the receiving end of a big play at any given time. The Packers do have the sixth best defense against the pass and when he is not doing that double check thing, Aaron Rodgers is still an elite quarterback. Home field and the hot team are reasons why I going with the burgundy and gold.
Chiefs over Texans
I see this being a close game. What makes me lean to Kansas City is that Andy Reid wins playoff games. He many not win conference championship games, but with a 10-10 overall record in the post season Reid knows what it takes to win at this time of the year. As much as I respect what Brian Hoyer has done in his career, I think the stage might be too big for him in his first playoff start.
Steelers over Bengals
No need for in depth analysis for this one. Two things: A.J. McCarron is the Bengals quarterback and the Bengals have not won a playoff game in 25 years.
Seahawks over the Vikings
The Seahawks have the NFL’s best defense and a top five offense. The corp is not that far removed from a Super Bowl title. I see the Seahawks doing enough to limit Adrian Peterson’s effectiveness to the point that Teddy Bridgewater will be in a position to throw more than Vikings would like. That’s when the Legion of Boom will make a game changing play.