07 January 2016

2015 NFL Predictions: Wild Card Playoffs

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The 2015 NFL regular season has concluded and now this Saturday the NFL Playoffs will commence. We all love playoff football and we have got some very interesting matchups this weekend.

Who will advance to the Divisonal Playoffs? Here are my picks.

Saturday, January 9th
Chiefs (11-5) vs. Texans (9-7) - ESPN/ABC, 4:30
Kansas City Chiefs (1972 - Pres)Houston Texans (2002 - Pres)
No team enters the playoffs hotter than the Chiefs as they concluded the regular season on a ten game winning streak. Meanwhile, the Texans have won three games in a row of their own and have won their last two by a combined score of 64-12. Houston's defense looks very good right now but the Chiefs are pretty good in their own right on defense and I have more confidence in Alex Smith than I do in Brian Hoyer.
Chiefs 16 Texans 13

Steelers (10-6) vs. Bengals (12-4) - CBS, 8:00
Pittsburgh Steelers (1969 - 2001)Cincinnati Bengals (1997 - Pres)
In this contest, you get both the Playoff fears of Bengals fans as well as the fears of playing in primetime as both are venues that the team has struggled in in recent seasons. Then you have to factor in that it looks like Andy Dalton will be sitting out this game, leaving AJ McCarron as the starter. That said, I don't exactly have a lot of confidence in the Steelers and their mediocre defense (and especially their atrocious pass defense) so I think that Cincinnati will reverse their playoff woes this Saturday night.
Bengals 24 Steelers 20

Sunday, January 10th
Seahawks (10-6) vs. Vikings (11-5) - NBC, 1:00
Seattle Seahawks (1976 - 2001)Minnesota Vikings (1966 - 2012)
The Vikings may have come out on top on Sunday night to win the NFC North but is taking on the Seahawks a reward over taking on Washington? I'm certainly not so sure of that considering how good the Seahawks have looked of late, having won eight of their last ten games. Seattle will be able to keep Adrian Peterson in check and I'm not sure that Teddy Bridgewater will be able to hit on enough plays over the top to get the win.
Seahawks 30 Vikings 22

Green Bay (10-6) vs. Washington (9-7) - Fox, 4:30
Green Bay Packers (1968 - 1979)Washington Redskins (2004 - 2008)
I don't think that many folks would have expected Washington to be a favorite in a playoff game against the Packers before the season but alas, the world we live in. Ultimately, I find this Packer team to be a tough one to bet on as the offense has been very inconsistent this season and they have only won four times since October. Washington closed their season pretty well and they have looked good at home all season long.
Washington 21 Green Bay 17


  1. Hi Ben
    As you said both the Texans and Chiefs are good on defense so there shouldn't be many points racked up in this game. The Chiefs are more trustworthy on offense so if Watt doesn't murder Alex Smith the Chiefs should win. IF Pit-Cincy is a shootout the Steelers will win. Seahawks' QB Wilson will keep himself warm in Minneapolis by rushing all over the place and stealing yards out of nowhere as Seattle wins there. Like you stated Green Bay has been strange of late. Perhaps Aaron Rodgers has been nursing some sort of hand or finger problem which causes his inaccurate passing. This one may go to OT but I pick Washington.
    By the way Ben how did you finish up in your season forecast? I averaged a mediocre 9 of 16.