Here Are Our Official Picks For Who Wins Every Playoff Game This Weekend

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Welcome to our first ever Wild-Card weekend playoff picks!If this goes well, we’ll publish our picks for next weekend’s playoff games. If it’s an abysmal failure, we’ll all agree to never do this again, and, more importantly, never talk about it again.

So let’s dive in!

Cincinnati Bengals on the road against the Houston Texans, who are 4.5 point favourites.
At first blush, this is an easy pick: Texans in a rout, right?

After all, the Texans clobbered the Bengals last year when they had a backup QB starting the game. And the Bengals just barely eeked out a win against the Ravens last week when the Ravens didn’t even play their starters.

But, the Texans have stumbled in the second half of the year. Their offence is significantly weaker both through the air, and on the ground. Meanwhile, Bill Barnwell at Grantland says the Bengals’ pass defence is the best in the league over the last eight games of the season.

Still, the Texans defence remains strong enough to stifle Andy Dalton and A.J. Green, giving Matt Schaub and the Texans offence enough space to cover the spread.

The lead pipe lock: Texans -4.5

Minnesota Vikings on the road against the Green Bay Packers, who are 9.5 point favourites.
After Minnesota won against Green Bay, it’s pretty stunning to see the Packers as such heavy favourites. But if you watched that game, you saw Green Bay pick apart the Vikings defence after the first quarter.

Still, these are division rivals. It’s hard to see Green Bay totally blowing out Minnesota. In the first game between these two in early December, Green Bay won by 9 thanks to two interceptions. Ponder is playing better, and the Vikings seem to be smart enough to just run the ball with Adrian Peterson.

While I’m very tempted to say the Packers throw all over the Vikings, run up the score and win this one in a route, I think the Vikings keep it close enough to make them the pick.

The stone cold lock: Vikings +9.5

Indianapolis Colts on the road against the Baltimore Ravens, who are 7 point favourites.
Upset alert! The Colts lose this game but manage to eek out enough points to cover the 7-point spread. The Colts’ defence is really terrible, but guess what? The Ravens offence is pretty bad. The Ravens defence is wildly over rated and the Colts offence is actually rather decent. Look for Andrew Luck to step up. And in match of intangibles, I’ll take #chuckstrong over Ray Lewis’ last ride any day of the week.

The Matlock: Colts +7

Seattle Seahawks are 3 point favourites on the road against the Washington Redskins.
This is clearly the best game of the weekend. And therefore, the toughest to pick.

In Seattle, this is a no-brainer. The Seahawks win easily. In Washington, it’s a much tougher game. RG III, despite his busted leg, still has enough magic to give the Redskins a really good chance to win.

Ultimately, I believe the offenses are evenly matched, but Seattle’s defence is significantly stronger than Washington’s and therefore, Seattle wins and covers. But it’s going to be a very close game.

The pad-lock: Seahawks -3

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