The quest for the Lombardi Trophy is about to begin. Here are your NFC/AFC 2016 Wildcard Playoff Predictions. When it is all said and done I expect to go 4-0 with these picks.
Kansas City Chiefs vs. Houston Texans
4:35 p.m. E.T. ESPN/ABC (Saturday, Jan 9th)
The Kansas City Chiefs have not won a playoff game since 1994. They will have a perfect opportunity to remove that blemish from their playoff record when they take on the Houston Texans on Saturday. In the first meeting between these two teams, the Chiefs won 27-20. The Chiefs had dominated the majority of the first meeting between the two and I don’t expect that to change in the rematch.
Chiefs win 24-20
Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Cincinnati Bengals
8:15 p.m. E.T. CBS (Saturday, Jan 9th)
The regular season series between the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Cincinnati Bengals was tied at 1-1. They will face each other for the third time this season in the Wildcard Round of the playoffs. A.J. McCarron has done a great job stepping in for Andy Dalton in the final games of the season, but I do not see him outperforming Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger in a game of this magnitude.
Steelers win 28-23
Seattle Seahawks vs. Minnesota Vikings
1:05 p.m. E.T. NBC (Sunday, Jan 10th)
The last time the Seattle Seahawks faced the Minnesota Vikings, they got “outplayed and out coached” as running back Adrian Peterson said in the regular season matchup. The final score was 38-7 with the Seahawks leaving out of Minneapolis as the winners. I understand that the Vikings were missing a few crucial players on defense in the first game against the Seahawks, but I do not think it would have made a difference.
Seahawks win 38-24
Green Bay Packers vs. Washington Redskins
4:40 p.m. E.T. Fox (Sunday, Jan 10th)
The Green Bay Packers are in an unfamiliar spot in this year’s playoffs. They will not have the confines of Lambeau Field at their expense as they will have to travel three consecutive times to make it to Santa Clara, California. The first team that will be standing in their way will be the Washington Redskins, who have come out of nowhere to win the NFC East Title.
The Green Bay Packers will have their first early exit from the playoffs since 2014 when the San Francisco 49ers defeated them. Wide receivers Randall Cobb and Devante Adams have been total disappointments in the Packers offense this season.
Redskins win 42-34
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