NFL Wild Card Weekend Predictions 2012-2013!
The NFL playoffs are finally here. A rugged 16 game gridiron schedule has taken its tool on many teams, but those with heart and soul have reached the promised land in reward for the blood and sweat left on the field. On Saturday, January 5, 2013 the NFL Wild Card Weekend begins. Here are my picks for the Wild Card Weekend in the AFC and NFC.
Saturday, January 5, 2013 at 4:30pm (AFC Wild Card)
The Cincinnati Bengals at the Houston Texans
The Cincinnati Bengals finished the 2012 NFL season with a 10-6 record finishing 2nd in the AFC North. They defeated the Baltimore Ravens in their final game of the season last week 23-17. The Bengal QB is Andy Dalton and he is looking to roar like a tiger this Wild Card Weekend. The Bengals averaged 24.4 points per game offensively this season, while allowing 20. The Houston Texans are the AFC South Champions and finished the season with a 12-4 record. The Texans lost to their division rival Colts last weekend 28-16. The Texans are led by QB Matt Schaub who has been less than consistent as of late. The offense did manage 26 points per game and the defense allowed 20.7. The Texans are favored at home by 4.5. I like the Texans here by 5.
Saturday, January 5, 2013 8:00pm (NFC Wild Card)
The Minnesota Vikings at the Green Bay Packers
The Vikings finished this season with a 10-6 record in the NFC North. They beat the Packers last week in the final game of the season 37-34. The Vikings managed 23.7 points per game with QB Christian Ponder and RB A. Peterson who rushed for nearly 2100 yards this season. Their defense allowed 21.8. The Vikings averaged 164.6 rushing yards per game, which ranked them 2nd in the NFL. The Packers finished the year 11-5. Offensively QB Aaron Rogers helped to put up 27.1 points per game, while the defense gave away 21. The Packers are favored by 9 at home, but I think the Packers will only win by 7.
Sunday, January 6, 2013 at 1:00pm (AFC Wild Card)
The Indianapolis Colts at the Baltimore Ravens
The Colts ended up with a 11-5 record this season in the AFC South, which is pretty remarkable since they started rookie QB Andrew Luck this year. Luck was very effective and his offense managed to put up 22.3 points per game. The defense though allowed 24.2 points per game. The Ravens finished 10-6 and won the AFC North Division for the 2nd straight year. The Ravens have really struggled the last half of the season. Their offense behind QB Joe Flacco has been unsteady even though they did average 24.9 points per game. Their once rock steady defense allowed 21.5 points per game. The Ravens are favored at home by 6.5. I predict an upset here. I like the Colts by 7.
Sunday, January 6, 2013 at 4:30pm (NFC Wild Card)
The Seattle Seahawks at the Washington Redskins (NFC Wild Card)
Seattle defeated the Rams in the last game of the season 20-13 and they finished 11-5 on the year under first year Head Coach Pete Carrol. Their offense has been steady scoring 25.8 per game. Their defense was ranked #1 in points allowed at 15.3. Seattle has been tough all year long. The Redskins finished the year 10-6 beating thier NFC East Division rivals 28-18 behind rookie QB Robert Griffin III. The Skins offense scored 27.3 points per game and their defense allowed 24.3. They were the 31 ranked rushing offense in the league with 169.3 yards per game. The Seahawks are favored by 3. I like the Seahawks to win this one by 7.
These are Wild Card Picks you can rely on. Until we meet again may your betting be better and remember to always be a good sport.