So it’s that time of year again. The postseason. 11 teams have worked real hard to get to this point, and the Seahawks are playing as well. (Sorry Seattle, small joke) It’s time for the National Football League’s postseason. The round of 12 that leads to the biggest event of the year. The Superbowl which will be played in Dallas this year. The first step for the teams that did not earn a bye, is the wild card round. And there are 4 match ups, a couple of whom can be nail biters that come down to the last play. So here are whitewhit00d’s official wild card round predictions.
New York Jets vs. Indianapolis Colts: Saturday, January 8th, 2011: 8 PM
In a rematch of last year’s AFC Championship game, the Colts once again host Rex Ryan’s New York Jets. And I believe it is once again going to be a close match up. However, I believe the outcome will be different this year. The Jets were more of a Cinderella story last year, surprising many by beating the San Diego Chargers and advancing to the semi-finals. This year, they in some people’s eyes actually under-achieved grabbing the #6 seed with an 11-5 record. The Colts are the opposite. After almost going undefeated last year, and losing in the Super Bowl, Peyton and company just made the playoffs after a slow start, and Manning even had a 3 game stretch where he threw 11 interceptions. The Colts have been slowed down by a slew of injuries including Dallas Clark, Joseph Addai, and Austin Collie. Rex believes his team is the best in the league, and Antonio Cromartie has been very successful against Manning in his career. I think that will be enough for the Jets to get the road win and advance to the next round.
Final Score: Jets- 23 Colts- 19
Green Bay Packers vs. Philadelphia Eagles: Sunday, January 9th, 2011: 4:30 PM
The Packers clinched playoff berth last week by defeating the Bears 10-3, and eliminated the Giants in the process. The Eagles clinched a couple weeks ago following up ‘The New Miracle at the Meadowlands,’ and arguably have the greatest story of the year riding alongside them with the re-emergence of Mike Vick. However, the past 2 weeks have been rough for Philadelphia losing to the two under-achievers of the NFL Season, the Favre-less Minnesota Vikings, and the lowly Dallas Cowboys. Aaron Rodgers has suffered two concussions this year and the Packers haven’t been as good as people expected them to be. It’s gonna be hard for Clay Matthews and company to tame the beast that is Vick but I think they will do a good job. However, the Eagles are too well coached and explosive for Green Bay, and have home field advantage. I like the Cheesesteaks to beat the Cheeseheads.
Final Score: Packers 20 Eagles 28
Baltimore Ravens vs. Kansas City Chiefs: Sunday, January 9th, 2011: 1:00 PM
The Chiefs were another surprise story of the season going 10-6 and winning their division outdueling a good Raiders team, and the Chargers who were supposed to win the division. Matt Cassell has been stellar, and Dwayne Bowe has been even better. Their rushing attack has been led by both Jamaal Charles and Thomas Jones, and their D has been solid. The Ravens have been flying under the radar, and have quietly posted a 12-4 record just missing a division crown at the hands of Pittsburgh. Their defense is back to where it was supposed to be. Old dogs doing old tricks as Ray Lewis continues to intimidate the other team, and Ed Reed has a whopping 8 interceptions in just 10 games. The Chiefs are likable and have been very solid this year, but I think the Ravens will be too much for them. I like Baltimore to go into Arrowhead and take the W.
Final Score: Ravens 23 Chiefs 10
New Orleans Saints vs. Seattle Seahawks: Saturday, January 8th, 2011: 4:30 PM
Finally, we have the defending champs, the Saints, heading to Seattle to take on Pete Carroll and the Seahawks. The Seahawks are the first team to ever win their division, and host a playoff game after posting a losing record during the regular season. They went 7-9, and barely made the tournament by edging out the St. Louis Rams in the finale of the season led by the amazing… Charlie Whitehurst. No disrespect to them. They won their division and have a right to be here, but Drew Brees is going to pick them apart. The Seahawks have been crushed this year by good teams with good offenses, and this game should be no different. Even with Christopher Ivory and Pierre Thomas being placed on Injured Reserve, I don’t see the Saints O having any problems with Seattle’s D. I expect this one to be a laugher.
Final Score: Saints 34 Seahawks 7
Let’s see if I’m right….