Thursday, January 05, 2012

NFL Wild Card Playoff Picks

Cincinnati Bengals at Houston Texans (Saturday 4:30pm)
The Bengals haven't beaten a playoff team all season. The Texans are down to their third string QB with TJ Yates, who leads Houston in this game, the first ever playoff match-up of rookie QB's in the Super Bowl era. Can the banged up Texans beat up on the Bengals? RB Arian Foster will hold the key to that answer.
Winner: Bengals

Detroit Lions at New Orleans Saints (Saturday 8pm)
The Saints overwhelmed the Lions back on December 4th, 31-17.  This one's the first ever battle of 5,000 yard passers in Matthew Stafford (5,038) and Drew Brees (5,476).  The key will be who turns the ball over less.
Winner: Saints

Atlanta Falcons at NY Giants (Sunday 1pm)
Both teams won three of our to make the playoffs. Would it surprise you to see that the Falcons outscored the Giants (402-394) while giving up less points (350-400) this regular season?
Winner: Giants

Pittsburgh Steelers at Denver Broncos (Sunday 4:30pm)
The Steelers, with QB Ben Roethlisberger already dealing with a high ankle sprain, will be without RB Rashard Mendenhall (torn ACL) and CB Ryan Clark (sickle cell trait).  Denver comes in losers of three in a row by a combined score of 88-40.  First one to ten might win this thing and it's tough to think that Tim Tebow can do that.
Winner: Steelers

Last week: 11-5
Season: 168-88

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