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Playoffs: NFL Wild Card Round Predictions

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Predicting the Playoffs

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After battling it out for 17 weeks, 12 teams have made the show. The playoffs are finally here. Eight teams will take the field this weekend to keep their season alive. Three rookie quarterbacks will be playing on Sunday, all of whom have a legitimate chance to win rookie of the year. Two teams will go into this weekend as cold as ice. The Baltimore Ravens and Houston Texans both seem to be headed for an early round exit, but I think they can surprise some people this weekend.

The Minnesota Vikings squeaked their way into the playoffs on the back of RB Adrian Peterson. They will travel to take on the Green Bay Packers. Their luck may run out this weekend against Aaron Rodgers. Peterson has rushed for over 400 yards against the team this year. It will take a huge effort by the Vikings offensive line for him to have another monster game.

The Seattle Seahawks will come into this weekend as one of the hottest teams in football. They have won five straight games including two on the road against the Chicago Bears and Buffalo Bills. They will take on Robert Griffin III and the Washington Redskins. Griffin is the front runner for Rookie of the Year, but Russell Wilson has been one of the hottest quarterback in the league since week eight.

This season has had it's ups and downs, from the backup officials to bounty gate and of course one of the best rookie quarterback classes off all time, well it's too soon too tell, but they sure started off right. Each team this weekend has something special to offer and it will be a Wild Card weekend to remember. It's the playoffs and every team has earned the right to be here. There will be no upsets, blowouts don't come around often and every game is the game of the week. Here are my predictions for the NFL Wild Card weekend, enjoy.

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Seattle Seahawks at Washington Redskins

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The last time the Seahawks made the playoffs they were a 7-9 team with a home playoff game. This year, the Seahawks will go against the Redskins on the road with an 11-5 record. History tells us the Seahawks will win this game. The Redskins have lost their last two playoff games to the Seahawks. However, history will not win this game. These are two totally different football teams. The Seahawks are one of the most bruising teams in the NFL. A lot different than the finesse teams of the Mike Holmgren era. The Redskins have RGIII and RB Alfred Morris. This is going to be a game to remember for Seahawks' fans.

Prediction: The Redskins will have very little answers for the beating they are about to take. Seahawks 27, Redskins 10

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Cincinnati Bengals at Houston Texans

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The Cincinnati Bengals were able to make their way into the playoffs with a young team with a consistency that is impressive how young they are. The Texans lost three out of their last four games. They lost their home field advantage and bye in their last week of the season. QB Andy Dalton is in his second year and this is his second playoff appearance. You can't ask for much more than that. The Texans defense started the year tough, but in the last seven games they gave up more than 25 points five times. They will need to tighten up if they want to make a deep playoff run.

Prediction: The Texans put it together at home. Bengals 17, Texans 24

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Indianapolis Colts at Baltimore Ravens

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The Indianapolis Colts and Ravens are two teams going in the opposite direction. The Ravens lost four out of their past five games. The Colts have won seven out of their past nine games. QB Andrew Luck surprised us this year by setting an NFL record for passing yards by a rookie. The Ravens have been hurt on defense this year, but still managed to win a division title. RB Ray Rice is going to have a huge game at home and the Colts are going to be headed for the off-season early. The Ravens will not announce whether or not RB Ray Lewis will play on Sunday until they absolutely have to, but considering his retirement announcement, I'm guessing he will move heaven and earth to play in this game.

Prediction: The Ravens get pumped up and win the game so Lewis can play another day. Colts 20, Ravens 30

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Minnesota Vikings at Green Bay Packers

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If there was ever a time for the Packers to stop RB Adrian Peterson it's probably this weekend. The Packers missed a first round bye by losing to the Vikings on the final game of the season. The Packers will have CB Charles Woodson back on Saturday. This will give them a much needed boost on their defensive side of the ball. Woodson will really put the pressure on Vikings QB Christian Ponder. This is the biggest game of his short career and we will see if he has what it takes to lead the Vikings to success in the future.

Prediction: The Packers win their first game of the New Year. Vikings 13, Packers 27