NFL Wild Card Predictions 2012: Bold Predictions for Wild Card Weekend

Tony SantorsaSenior Writer IIJanuary 6, 2012

DENVER, CO - JANUARY 01:  Quarterback Tim Tebow #15 of the Denver Broncos rushes witht the ball against the Kansas City Chiefs at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on January 1, 2012 in Denver, Colorado. The Chiefs defeated the Broncos 7-3 as the Broncos advanced to the AFC playoffs.  (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
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The NFL's much anticipated Wild Card Weekend is finally here. 

The Wild Card is truly an entertaining aspect that the NFL has brought to us as teams like the Denver Broncos, who backed into the playoffs as they won the AFC West, still have to prove themselves against the Pittsburgh Steelers despite being a division winner. 

While on the other hand, a team like the New York Giants had recently played their hearts out in Week 17 against the Dallas Cowboys just to win the division and qualify for the postseason.

Taking that all into consideration, let's dive right into my 10 bold predictions for the NFL's Wild Card Weekend. 


The Denver Broncos Will Upset the Pittsburgh Steelers

I have been saying this all season—Tim Tebow and the Denver Broncos are going to win at least one playoff game. Why? Because I believe in the so-called "Tebow Magic." 

I do realize that Denver is currently riding a three-game skid, but playing at home against a very, very banged-up Pittsburgh Steelers team, I see Tebow and the Broncos escaping with an epic victory.

What's my prediction? Denver 14, Pittsburgh 10. 


Tim Tebow Will Throw For 200 Yards and Rush For 100

As Tim Tebow will be leading his Denver Broncos to a victory this Sunday, he will have an extremely productive day.

If the Broncos are going to want to win this game, they're going to have to play perfect football—which means running the ball down Pittsburgh's throat, which will ultimately open up the play action against a very aggressive defense. 


The New Orleans Saints Will Knock Off the Detroit Lions in a Shootout

As a football fan, I cannot wait for Saturday night's game with two of the NFL's premiere offenses: the Detroit Lions and the New Orleans Saints.

I do believe that Drew Brees and the Saints will come out on top in this one, but this game is going to be action-packed as Matthew Stafford and the Lions will do whatever it takes to keep it close.

So what's my prediction? New Orleans 45, Detroit 38.


Calvin Johnson Will Score Three Touchdowns

Like I previously said, this game is going to be a shootout with a lot of points being scored.

So who's the most dangerous weapon that Matthew Stafford can throw to? Calvin Johnson.

Megatron is going to have an insane night in New Orleans this Saturday. 


The Cincinnati Bengals Will Edge the Houston Texans

This may not be that bold, as I do not believe in the Houston Texans one bit.

I do however believe that Texans rookie quarterback T.J. Yates can have a successful career in the NFL, but that does not guarantee success right off the bat.

With that being said, I do however guarantee success right off the bat with Bengals rookie quarterback Andy Dalton.

My prediction: Cincinnati 24, Houston 17.


Victor Cruz Will Shred the Atlanta Falcons Secondary

Watch out for Eli Manning and the New York Giants—their wide receiver corps is electric. 

Hakeem Nicks and Victor Cruz are two of the NFL's top playmaking wide receivers and I am sure that they'll be creating some plays this Sunday against the Atlanta Falcons.

Coming into this one, the Falcons are the 20th ranked pass defense in the league—I have a funny feeling that Cruz is going to absolutely demolish Atlanta's secondary and run wild. 

My prediction: New York 31, Atlanta 21.


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