NFL Playoffs 2012: Both AFC Wild Card Games Will Result in Blowouts

Michael MillSenior Analyst IIIJanuary 6, 2012

DENVER, CO - DECEMBER 18: Tim Tebow #15 of the Denver Broncos walks off the field with his head down in the closing moments against the New England Patriots on December 18, 2011 during the first half at Sports Authority Field at Mile High in Denver, Colorado. The New England Patriots won the game 41-23. (Photo by Marc Piscotty/Getty Images)
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The first round in this year's NFL Playoffs aren't nearly as spectacular and eye-catching as the NFL may have hoped for.

The two AFC games in particular are nothing to get really excited about.

That is, of course, unless you are a fan of one of the teams competing.

At 4:15 p.m. ET on Saturday, the Cincinnati Bengals head to Houston to take on the Texans.

At the same time on Sunday, the Pittsburgh Steelers travel to Mile High to take on the Denver Broncos.

A few months ago, I would have been glued to the television for both of these matchups.

The underdog Bengals would have been taking on a Houston Texans team that had a real shot of going all the way to the Super Bowl.

Injuries in Houston have changed that.

This Bengals' defense is extremely underrated. If they were taking on Matt Schaub, this would still be a fantastic game.

However, they have T.J. Yates under center while Arian Foster and Andre Johnson have both battled injuries all season.

This game is going to be an ugly defensive battle.

Although it will be defensive, it still won't even be close. The Bengals' defense will be fantastic, while the offense manages enough to put the game out of reach. 

Bengals take it 27-9.

Then, on Sunday, we will get to see the most lopsided matchup the Playoffs have to offer.

I wouldn't have counted the Broncos out a month ago.

The defense was playing like one of the top five in the league. Tim Tebow was making miracles happen.

This defense was exposed in back to back weeks against the Patriots and Bills.

Teams have figured out the formula to stop Tebow.

This game won't even be close. The Steelers' defense will smother the Broncos' offense and Roethlisberger will light it up on Sunday.

The Steelers win with a convincing 35-6 blowout.

Hopefully the NFC matchups will give us some better games this weekend.