NFL Wild Card Round: Predicting the Outcome of Each Matchup This Weekend

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NFL Wild Card Round: Predicting the Outcome of Each Matchup This Weekend
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Wild Card weekend is shaping up to be a good one this year with some solid matchups. In the AFC we've got the Cincinnati Bengals going up against the Houston Texans, as well as the Denver Broncos going up against the Pittsburgh Steelers. Meanwhile, in the NFC we've got the New Orleans Saints matching up against the Detroit Lions while the Atlanta Falcons battle the New York Giants. 

To me, every one of those matchups is a must-watch game. You want to know if Andy Dalton has what it takes to lead his young squad past Arian Foster's Houston Texans. Whether or not "Tebowmania" can run wild in the playoffs should definitely have you tuning in to the Steelers-Broncos game. Stafford vs. Brees and Manning vs. Ryan should have you at the edge of your seat as well.

I am going to try to determine a winner in each of these matchups by comparing both teams' offense and defense (with special teams included in defense). I'm also throwing in an X-factor that could change the whole ball game.

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