The Wild Card round of the 2012 Playoffs features 3 rookie quarterbacks, the most prolific running back of my generation, and some wonderful storylines. Let’s take a deeper look:
Cincinnati Bengals @ Houston Texans– This is a rematch of last years wild card game, when the Texans won with TJ Yates running the show. This year, the Texans have been one of the most dominate teams in the early part of the season, but faltering a bit down the stretch. The Bengals have been impressive, but have also given up some easy games. I’m going to take the Houston Texans in this game, because I think their impressive defense will be the turning point in the game.
Minnesota Vikings @ Green Bay Packers- Last week, the Vikings had to play a near-perfect game to get into the playoffs. While I love what AP has done for the team, I just don’t think the Packers (or any other playoff team) will be beat by Christian Ponder. For this reason, I’m taking the Packers in this game.
Indianapolis Colts @ Baltimore Ravens- There are many wonderful stories to choose from in this game: Ray Lewis’ impending retirement, Andrew Lucks impressive season, Chuck Pagano’s battle with cancer, and for the older fans, the fact that the Colts used to be in Baltimore. The Ravens got into the playoffs, but haven’t looked great doing so, while the Colts have pulled off some great wins to get in. I’m going to take the Colts in this game, but I’m not super confident in that choice.
Seattle Seahawks @ Washington Redskins- These are two of the hottest teams in the NFL right now. While the Seahawks have been dominant over the last 6 or so weeks of the season, they haven’t been as much so on the road. The Redskins have come in winning their last 7 games. Did I mention that both teams are starting rookie QBs who have had very good (maybe even surprising) seasons. The defense may be the key, and the Seahawks have had one of the more dominant ones in the league. But, even considering that, I’m going to take the Redskins in this game. I just can’t bet against RGIII.
Who are your playoff picks for the Wild Card Rounds?