Friday, January 8, 2016
NFL PLAYOFFS - Wild Card Round Preview
The Kansas City Chiefs, winners of ten games in a row to finish the regular season, will be at the Houston Texans, who finished 9-7 and won the AFC South division.
The night game will be an AFC North battle as the Pittsburgh Steelers travel to face the Cincinnati Bengals (12-4), who will be relying on backup quarterback A.J. McCarron (starter Andy Dalton still is not fully healed from a broken thumb on his throwing hand) in this post-season match.
Pittsburgh is scrambling to put it's running game back together as DeAngelo Williams is out for this one after filling in admirably all season long for starter Le'Veon Bell.
The NFC games will have the Seattle Seahawks, looking to make it a third consecutive Super Bowl appearance, playing at Minnesota, where the game time temperature is expected to be near zero with blustery winds making for wind chill factors well below zero.
The Vikings haven't played an OUTDOOR playoff game since the 1976 NFC Championship Game at old Metropolitan Stadium.
The Green Bay Packers and their struggling offense will be in Washington facing the Redskins (9-7) who have been one of the hotter teams in the NFL down the stretch as QB Kirk Cousins has played as well as any other quarterback in the league in the final four games.
It should be an exciting weekend of playoff football as these teams look to advance to the Divisional Round next weekend.
The Heftyinfo predictions for the Wild Card Round (Home teams are listed in BOLD)
Kansas City over Houston
Pittsburgh over Cincinnati
Seattle over Minnesota
Washington over Green Bay
Last Week's Record: 11-5
FINAL REGULAR SEASON RECORD: 173-83
Lock of the Week Record: 13-4