Here’s a preview of the AFC and NFC Wild Card matchups for the 2013 NFL Playoffs:
For a team that was the No. 1 seed in the AFC a couple of weeks ago, the Texans should be concerned for Saturday’s Wild Card matchup against the Bengals–who have won seven of their last eight games. Houston’s defense has been on the decline in the second half of the season and with a dynamic duo of Andy Dalton and A.J. Green–this game has upset written all over it.
Adrian Peterson single-handedly carried the way for the Vikings into the postseason after a historical 2012 in which he fell just short of setting the single-season rushing record. If Green Bay ends up losing this game on Saturday night, they’ll have nobody to blame but themselves considering they were the ones who lost to Minnesota in Week 17–which allowed them to clinch the final playoff spot in Week 17.
With the type of rookie season he displayed in 2012, Andrew Luck is going to be the difference maker in this matchup against the Ravens–who enter the postseason losing four of their last five games. Baltimore certainly has one of the most talented teams in football on paper–it’s just a matter of whether or not they’ll be able to play like it against one of the biggest surprise teams this past season.
Who would have thought a first-round matchup between two star rookie quarterbacks? Russell Wilson and Robert Griffin III have been absolutely phenomenal this season, but Seattle may have the edge in this one thanks to their steller defense.