It’s time for the playoffs! With that said, here are my quick predictions on today’s games.
CINCINNATI (6) VS HOUSTON (3)
This is a very unique matchup because we have the Bengals coming in hot (7-1 in last 8 games) and the Texans not so hot (1-3 in last 4 games). What I like when it comes to playoff games are the underdog teams that are coming in on a hot streak.
With that said, I like the Bengals and what they bring to the table. They have one of the best wideouts in the game along with an up and coming quarterback that is starting to find his own niche in the league. They provide a tough attitude and a strong approach to the game.
However, the Texans are a very good team despite stumbling into the playoffs. Their defense is very solid with a pass rushing monster in J.J. Watt leading the charge. Offensively, if Matt Schaub can get hot early, especially with play actions, that should open up the running game for Arian Foster.
I think in the end, the Bengals defense (which has been solid) will lead the way and continue on the Bengals’ hot streak.
BENGALS WIN 20-13
MINNESOTA (6) VS GREEN BAY (3)
Everything is set up for the Packers to win. They’re at home in the playoffs (18-4 all time) against an opponent they are familiar with. The passing attack has flourished with the emergence of Randall Cobb and James Jones. Despite a lackluster running attack, the offense has been able to keep up with a defense that has been OK all season long.
What concerns me about this game is that despite their efforts, the Packers have not been able to contain Adrian Peterson. In the two regular season matchups, Peterson has totaled 409 rushing yards. Peterson says he feels great and despite an abdomen injury, should be at full strength when the game begins. Can the man with the miraculous healed knee dominate?
I think this may come down to Christian Ponder. He has been the wild card factor in the Vikings’ offense. If he can manage the game and not make mistakes, I see that there is a chance for the Vikings. But it seems unlikely that he can overcome all the elements and the pressure of winning on the road.
PACKERS WIN 31-20