The Wild Card round has come and gone and four undeserving teams were written off in embarrassing contests. There should be some good games this time around though as the final eight teams give it a go over the weekend. Who will be moving on to the championship game? Find out with my picks!
Playoff Record: 4-0
Saturday, January 14th, 4:35 e.t.
#3 Seattle Seahawks (11-5-1) @ #2 Atlanta Falcons (11-5)
This could be a good game. The last time these two teams met was Week 6 in a contest that went down to the wire. The last time these two teams met in the playoffs was in the divisional round of the 2012 season. There is an excellent chance that this one will end in thrilling fashion. I am not very high on Seattle’s offense right now, so they will have to rely on their good defense. Unfortunately there is a big difference between playing at home against an inconsistent Lions’ offense and on the road against the best attack in football. I see the Falcons doing enough with the ball in their hands to win the game.
Atlanta 32, Seattle 27
Saturday, January 14th, 8:15 e.t.
#4 Houston Texans (10-7) @ #1 New England Patriots (14-2)
The Texans lucked out by facing a depleted Raiders team at home last week, but let’s face it… they are one of the five teams that made it into the playoffs that were not deserving. The defense may play well here, but I don’t think they will be able to hold the New England offense down to the point where their own can keep up. This was a 27-0 drubbing in Week 3 with Jacoby Brissett in at QB. Tom Brady > Jacoby Brissett.
New England 38, Houston 14
Sunday, January 15th, 4:40 e.t.
#4 Green Bay Packers (11-6) @ #1 Dallas Cowboys (13-3)
The Packers looked darn good from the middle of the second quarter on last week against the Giants and were able to slaughter the G-Men at home. This week they will hit the road against a Cowboy team that beat them in Lambeau 30-16 earlier this season. However, this time the Pack will have playoff experienced veterans and coaches to rely on versus a team filled with youngsters who have never been there before. Also, I’m not sure that having (essentially) two weeks off for Dallas is a good thing against a hot Green Bay team. I like the Packers to continue rolling with their offense in Big D.
Green Bay 31, Dallas 21
Sunday, January 15th, 8:20 e.t.
#3 Pittsburgh Steelers (12-5) @ #2 Kansas City Chiefs (12-4)
This game was pushed back to 8:20 due to inclement weather conditions, which is good news for the Chiefs because the Steelers are more accustomed to playing in the snow/elements than they would be. The last time these two teams faced off this year it didn’t end so well for Kansas City. This go-round, however, sees them as the hosting team and that makes this contest that much tougher to choose. I really want to go with the Steelers here because they are such a hot team, but the Kansas City offense is starting to become a force. Their defense might have what it takes to slow the Pittsburgh offense and keep them in the game. Could be one of the best playoff games this season.
Kansas City 23, Pittsburgh 20
Enjoy the games! I will hop back on next week with my Championship Round predictions.