(KMOX, St. Louis) The NFL’s second season is upon us and I’m going to try my hand and picking this weekends wildcard matchups.
Cincinnati v. Houston: The Texans have not won a game since they clinched their first divisional title. With TJ Yates getting the nod again this weekend as the starting Quarterback it looks as though it could be a long day for Houston despite their stingy defense. I look for Marvin Lewis’ squad to continue their success on the road and go 6-3 away from Cincy this year and move on to the next round.
Detroit v. New Orleans: This has the makings to be an offensive classic in the opening round of the playoffs. Drew Brees has put up some gaudy numbers again this year. And the Stafford – Johnson combo has not disappointed either. I look for a high scoring affair, but the Saints should prevail at home.
Atlanta v. NY Giants: The Giants are coming off their big win against Dallas last week and Tom Coughlin’s squad has put some serious heat on the quarterbacks in the last couple of games as they’ve collected 11 sacks. However, I picked Atlanta to go to the Super Bowl before the season started so I’m going to stick with the Falcons and look for a big day from Matt Ryan.
Pittsburgh v. Denver: This game will be the polar opposite of the Saints/Lions game. The Steelers are hurting on offense with injuries to key people. Denver struggles offensively until the 4th quarter most times out under the leadership of Tim Tebow. I look for the Steelers to move on because this veteran group knows how to win even on the road.
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