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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
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
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
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
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