As Knile Davis has just run back the opening kickoff all the way, here are my wild card week NFL playoff predictions:
#4 Houston vs #5 Kansas City
I'm not much of a fan of either team. KC has been hot lately and comes into the game with the #2 rushing offense in the AFC. But they also have the worst passing offense in the AFC. Meanwhile, Houston comes in with the AFC's #2 pass defense and #7 rushing defense. And Houston is at home. It could go either way, but I think Houston's defense overpowers the KC offense to advance.
#3 Cincinnatti vs #6 Pittsburgh
The only game I care about from a fantasy football standpoint this weekend.The Bengals #4 rushing offense against the Steelers #3 rushing defense. The Steelers #1 passing offense against the Bengals #10 passing defense. If Cincy QB AJ McCarren can keep his composure, I think the difference will be his #8 passing offense against the Steelers AFC worst passing defense. That and the absence of Deangelo Williams in the Steelers backfield gives the Bengals a chance to shake off that playoff curse and gain some confidence. I'm betting on the Bengals making it to the Super Bowl this year.
#3 Minnesota vs #6 Seattle
Everybody, I mean everybody is picking the Seahawks over the home team Vikings. Seattle leads the NFC in both pass and rush defense. The Vikings in the meantime, have the #3 rushing offense, but rank second to last in passing offense. Seattle's passing game is middling, even with the dangerous Doug Baldwin, but they do have the NFC's#2 rushing game. That was with Marshawn Lynch, however, who has been declared out for the game, and Thomas Rawls, who is done for the year. The Seahawks will rely on Christine Michael against the hard-hitting Vikings in the brutal cold at TCF Bank Stadium. This game will boil down to which team can hold onto the ball and move the sticks with the running game. It will be the legs of Michael/Wilson vs. Peterson/Bridgewater. I'm going with my home team in a surprise win.
#4 Washington vs #5 Green Bay
Washington brings the NFC's #6 passing offense while Green Bay comes in with the #4 passing defense. Beyond that the team stats are a sea of mediocrity. I give Green Bay the edge in this game based solely on the experience of Mike McCarthy and Aaron Rodgers and their ability to take advantage of the vulnerable Washington defense.
For the record, at this point I see Cincinnati and Carolina meeting in the Super Bowl.