NFL Playoffs – Wild Card Predictions

Posted: January 4, 2011 in Opinions

The playoffs begin this weekend with four wild card games split up over Saturday and Sunday.

For those who know me personally, you can attest to the fact I reserve Sundays for one thing and one thing only – the NFL. These next two weekends I feel spoiled every year. Two days, two double headers, two weekends straight. And all the games are far more important than regular season matchups against bad teams.

I’m going to break down this weekend’s action and tell you who I think will face the top two seeds in each conference next weekend in the Divisional Round.

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#5 NEW ORLEANS SAINTS (11-5) @ #4 SEATTLE SEAHAWKS (7-9)

New Orleans Saints

Marques Colston (12) and Reggie Bush (25) are just a few of the weapons the Seahawks have to worry about containing (NFL.com).

Saturday, Jan. 8 at 3:30 CT (NBC)

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Spread: NO (-10.5)

Analysis: I don’t care what team has to do it, but no one wants the dreaded flight to Seattle. The travel will affect the Saints. The reason I don’t think the Seahawks have a chance though is because they only beat the Rams by 10 points last Sunday night. The Rams offense was hideous. Chris Ivory being placed on IR Tuesday does hurt the Saints offense, which will more than likely become one-dimensional. that one dimension is pretty good though. The champs will do what they have to do on the road. I don’t think it will be a blowout, but give me the Saints to win.

Prediction: Saints 24, Seahawks 13.

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#6 NEW YORK JETS (11-5) @ #3 INDIANAPOLIS COLTS (10-6)

Joseph Addai

Joseph Addai is finally healthy. How well he runs the ball will keep the Colts from getting too "pass happy" (NFL.com).

Saturday, Jan. 8 at 7:00 CT (NBC)

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Spread: IND (-2.5)

Analysis: This is a rematch of last year’s AFC Championship game. Just like then, I think the game will produce the same winner. Mark Sanchez has been shaky as of late. The Colts are not one of the elite teams this year in the NFL, but they are riding a nice four game winning streak into the playoffs. Peyton Manning has settled down with his touchdown-to-interception ratio. For the first time all year, the Colts might have a healthy running game too. The matchup to watch will be Pierre Garcon on Antonio Cromartie. If Peyton can get enough time in the pocket, he will get work done.

Prediction: Colts 20, Jets 14.

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#5 BALTIMORE RAVENS (12-4) @ #4 KANSAS CITY CHIEFS (10-6)

Ray Lewis

The ageless Ray Lewis looks to lead his tenacious defense to a deep playoff run (NFL.com).

Sunday, Jan. 9 at 12:00 CT (CBS)

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Spread: BAL (-3)

Analysis: The Chiefs were a nice surprise story in the 2010 NFL season. Jamaal Charles was an absolute monster with nearly 1500 rushing yards and 500 receiving yards. He faces a tough task with the Baltimore defense. I don’t believe Matt Cassel will be much of a threat, so expect Charles to run the ball until the Ravens front seven finally breaks. The opposing running back, Ray Rice, is the key for this Ravens offense. Joe Flacco has gotten it done thru the air this season, but it will be Baltimore’s running game which will get them deep into the postseason. I love this battle of the running backs. The Ravens secondary will be the difference if the Chiefs can’t get it done on the ground. I’m calling it – there will be an Ed Reed pick-six in this one.

Prediction: Ravens 33, Chiefs 23.

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#6 GREEN BAY PACKERS (10-6) @ #3 PHILADELPHIA EAGLES (10-6)

Michael Vick

Michael Vick may not be celebrating if Packer pass rushers have anything to say about it (NFL.com).

Sunday, Jan. 9 at 3:30 CT (FOX)

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Spread: PHI (-3)

Analysis: Michael Vick, where art thou? Vick has really cooled off in December for the Philly offense. Dating back to the game at Chicago, Vick has six interceptions and seven fumbles. That kind of ball control is exactly what does a team in come the playoffs. With no Vick, the Eagles will need to rely on their defense to contain a top five quarterback in Aaron Rodgers. You have to give the Pack credit – they’re still scoring with all the injuries they’ve withstood. Something tells me the Packers will shock the league with a win, but I have to believe a week 17 bye for Vick and Co. will provide enough rest and relaxation to get Philly banging on all cylinders.

Prediction: Eagles 24, Packers 17.

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NEXT WEEKEND’S GAMES WITH MY PREDICTIONS:

#5 New Orleans Saints @ #1 Atlanta Falcons

#3 Philadelphia Eagles @ #2 Chicago Bears

#5 Baltimore Ravens @ #1 New England Patriots

#3 Indianapolis Colts @ #2 Pittsburgh Steelers

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Comments
  1. ByesLine says:

    Dude the NFL is a drug, and the playoffs are like a hot needle pumping sweetness through my veins. I can’t get enough. By weeks 14, 15, 16, I get bored of watching irrelevant games and I can’t wait till saturday for the wild card games to get it choppin. I’m glad I checked out the site, solid. If you get the chance check mine.

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