NFL Wild Card Predictions for Sunday's Games

By Chris Ransom
Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Matt Cassel gives direction during the fourth quarter against the St. Louis Rams at the Edward Jones Dome in St. Louis on December 18, 2010. Kansas City won the game 27-13. UPI/Bill Greenblatt

Will I pick the Ravens my Super Bowl pick or Matt Cassel and the former Patriots quarterback now starting for the Chiefs to move on and play the New England Patriots.

5 seed Baltimore Ravens 12-4 VS 4 seed Kansas City Chiefs 10-6

Quarterback Edge: Push Joe Flacco is a franchise quarterback, but Matt Cassel has committed fewer turnovers in the regular season.

Running Back Edge: Push Both teams have rushing attacks that run the football effectively. The game is scoreless after one quarter.

Wide Receiver Edge: Push Both teams have wide receiving cores that can make big plays.

Offensive Line Edge: Push Both teams have elite offensive lines. The game remains scoreless at halftime as the score is 0 to 0.

Defensive Line Edge: Push Both teams defensive lines are evenly matched.

Linebacker Edge: Ravens Ray Lewis makes a big play that gives the Ravens a 7 point lead.

Defensive Backs Edge: Push Both secondaries will get picked apart by the opposing quarterback. The score is 7 to 0 Ravens after 3 quarters.

Coaching Edge: Push I’m not sure which head coach deserves the edge.

Homefield Edge: Chiefs Kansas City’s home crowd at Aarowhead Stadium is great. The Kansas City Chiefs were 8-0 at home during the regular season this year. Chiefs tie the game at 7.

Special Teams Edge: Chiefs Kansas City gets a field goal near the 2 minute warning to give the Chiefs the lead. 10 to 7.

Owner/Front Office Edge: Ravens Baltimore has the better ownership and something tells me Joe Flacco will perform a 2 minute drill 4th quarter comeback in this game taking his first step toward becoming a hall of fame quarterback. Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco is 2-0 on wild card weekend. Baltimore moves on and goes to New England.

Green Bay Packers 10-6 VS Philadelphia Eagles 10-6

Quarterback Edge: Push Aaron Rodgers and Michael Vick have both played well this season.

Runningback Edge: Eagles LeSean McCoy will find a way to have a big game against the Green Bay Packers run defense. Philadelphia leads 7 to 0 after one quarter.

Wide Receiver Edge: Push Both teams have receiving targets to throw to. Green Bay has 4 wide receivers while Philadelphia has DeSean Jackson, Jeremy Maclin, and Brent Celek at tight ends.

Offensive Line Edge: Packers Green Bay is better than Philadelphia at pass blocking. And pass blocking is far more important than run blocking and opening up the running lanes. The game is tied at 7 at the end of 2 quarters.

Defensive Line Edge: Eagles Philadelphia’s defensive line recovers a fumble and the Eagles score once Philadelphia gets the football back. Eagles lead 14 to 7.

Linebacker Edge: Push Both linebacking cores are evenly matched.

Defensive Backs Edge: Packers Green Bay’s secondary has Charles Woodson, Tramon Williams, Atari Bigby, and Nick Collins. Green Bay returns a Michael Vick pick for 6 points Green Bay gets the extra point and this game is tied at 14 at the end of 3 quarters.

Coaching Edge: Packers Mike McCarthy finds a way to get the job done. Aaron Rodgers and the Packers score off a play called by Mike McCarthy. Green Bay leads 21 to 14.

Homefield Edge: Eagles Philadelphia will find a way to score as the fans will cheer when Michael Vick makes a big play with his feet. The game is tied at 21.

Special Teams Edge: Push Both Mason Crosby and David Akers make field goals. The game is tied at 24 late in the fourth.

Owner/Front Office Edge: Eagles I’m giving the Eagles the edge. I believe Asante Samuel intercepts Aaron Rodgers late in the game and the Eagles score a game winning field goal by David Akers gets the Eagles into the divisional round. Philadelphia plays Chicago and New Orleans plays Atlanta.

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