NFL playoffs: Wild Card Weekend

The regular season is now officially over and boy was it an exciting finish it is time for Playoffs here are some predictions for the Wild Card games next weekend.

AFC: We have Peyton Manning and the Broncos leading the way with Tom Brady’s Patriots as the two seed. This is followed by the Bengals who won the AFC North and Houston who took the South  mostly due to the absence of Andrew Luck in Indy. As for wild cards we have Kansas City and Pittsburgh. This will be an Interesting Wild Card weekend since Pittsburgh will be facing their AFC North rival Cincinnati Bengals and Kansas City will be traveling to Houston to play the Texans. This both are rematches for games earlier this season The Steelers and Bengals split the two games with the home team losing.  The Texans and Chiefs met way back in week 1, with Kansas City winning, but both teams are so different since the first week. The AFC games are on Saturday and It seems like any team could win these Wild Card games. As for the next round with the Broncos and Patriots joining in there will still be a chance for a final installment of Manning Brady rivalry match up but who knows who the Broncos will have playing Quarterback and who can tell if the Patriots will be able to really do anything this post season as they sort of limped into the playoffs and this could only happen if they both made it to the Championship game.

It would be nice to see Marvin Lewis finally win a post season game so pulling to the Bengals to beat the Steelers for be ideal. As for the other game it would be interesting to see the Texans win so they could go up against their former coach Gary Kubiak, but even if they played the Patriots it still would be an interesting story since Bill O’Brien, the Texans coach was an assistant for the Patriots.

NFC: We have the Panthers who were almost perfect followed closely by the Cardinals who managed to win the West. They are followed by the Vikings who took the NFC North and Washington who won the East for the first time since 2012.  As for the wild cards we have Green Bay and Seattle. This leads to some unique match ups Green Bay will be traveling to face the Redskins and the Seahawks will go to visit the Vikings. This second game is a rematch from earlier in the season when Seattle came to Minnesota and dismantled the Vikings. Most people are saying that Seattle will likely get through and that they have a chance to go to a third Super Bowl in a row. The Packers haven’t been looking like the Packers lately, sacks have been a problem, but who know how it will end up Kirk Cousins and the Redskins have been hard to beat at home this season. As for the Divisional Round I don’t have a clue as to what will happen when the Panthers and Cardinals join in the mess.

I would be nice to see the Redskins make it past the Wild Card game, thankfully they will not be playing the Seahawks who they’ve lost to the past three times they made it in the postseason. However the Redskins and Seahawks  could face each other yet again in the Championship game, but that is wishful thinking.

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