January 2nd, 2014
Now that it is 2014, the 2013 NFL season is having its playoffs. This week the wild card round will be played, with 4 games that will be on during Saturday and Sunday. It already looks wild, as all of the visiting teams are in cities that are two words. Here are my picks, in order of how they will be played.
1. Kansas City Chiefs and Indianapolis Colts
The Colts have beaten 4 of the best teams in the NFL this season, including the Chiefs a few weeks ago. After starting 9-0, Kansas City has slumped a little bit and the defense hasn't played well. Quarterback Andrew Luck has very few dangerous weapons, but Alex Smith could have less.
My Prediction: Andrew Luck gets his first career victory in a 27-20 win over the slumping Chiefs.
2. New Orleans Saints at Philadelphia Eagles
Both of these two high-powered teams are built around their offenses, and it looks like the first NFC playoff game will be very high-scoring. One of the biggest headlines is the road woes of New Orleans, who are 8-0 at home and 3-5 on the road.
My Prediction: The offense of Chip Kelly is too much for the Rob Ryan-led defense and the Eagles win a thriller, 48-40.
3. San Francisco 49ers at Green Bay Packers
Now that the Packers have Aaron Rodgers back, they could get on a roll and win the Super Bowl! Not so fast- they are against the 49ers, winners of 6 straight games. The difference could be the defense- San Francisco has a good one and Green Bay, well, does not.
My Prediction: Like they did in last year's playoff matchup, Colin Kaepernick and the Niners run off with a playoff victory.
4. San Diego Chargers at Cincinnati Bengals
On paper, this game looks like a blowout. The Bengals have averaged over 40 points in their last 5 home games and have Giovani Bernard, AJ Green, Tyler Eifert, Jermaine Gresham, Andy Dalton, Marvin Jones, BenJarvus Green-Ellis, and Alex Smith (not that Alex Smith). But the Chargers are on a roll and have a good running back duo in Ryan Mathews and Danny Woodhead and great players in the passing game including Philip Rivers, Keenan Allen, and Antonio Gates. Cincinnati hasn't won a playoff game in 23 years, and quarterback Andy Dalton has performed poorly in his two playoff games.
My Prediction: Andy Dalton continues his late season struggles and a good performance by Eric Weddle helps the Chargers upset Cincy, 24-20.
NFLRUSH Kid Reporter