NFL Playoff Picks: Preview and Predictions for All of Today's Wild Card Games
We had some great NFL playoff action today but thankfully the football gods are being generous this weekend and are rewarding us with two more Wild Card Games.
When Sunday concludes we will have a much more defined playoff picture and will look onwards to the divisional round. Next weekend the Green Bay Packers, San Francisco 49ers, New England Patriots and Baltimore Ravens will all come into play.
But we still have two more games to play. Here are the preview and predictions for all of Sunday's Wild Card Games. Enjoy!
Atlanta at NY Giants
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Time: 1:00 PM EST
Radio: Westwood One
Location: MetLife Stadium
Preview and Prediction
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This game has all the makings of a shootout and if it does go to the air expect the G-Men to have the advantage. Victor Cruz has broken out this year, catching 82 balls for 1,536 yards and nine touchdowns. He will be a hot read for New York and his big play ability. Stopping Cruz from lighting up the Meadowlands will be the first priory for Atlanta.
Matty Ice and his team is 4-4 away from home and have never won in the playoffs. Manning is having a great year and is miles more clutch than Ryan. Along with Cruz, Manning will be able to throw to Hakeem Nicks and a healthy Mario Manningham. Brent Grimes and Dunta Robinson have their work cut out for them in stopping these receivers.
In the trenches the Nasty Birds will have to take care of a stout Giants pass rush. Jason Pierre-Paul, Justin Tuck and Osi Umenyiora will aim to cause problems in the backfield the whole day. The Giants will have to get to the quarterback in order to win. Atlanta's offensive line has only allowed 26 sacks this season—the fourth lowest total in the NFL. What happens at the line of scrimmage will define this game.
It will be close but the Giants will win, 24-21.
Pittsburgh at Denver
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Time: 4:30 PM EST
Radio: 850 KOA
Location: Sports Authority Field at Mile High
Preview and Prediction
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Has the clock struck 12 on Tebow time? Or will the 15 minutes of glory extend for one more win? Tebow and the Broncos have found themselves in a favorable situation with Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger still dealing with a high ankle sprain and Maurkice Pouncey not playing with an ankle injury. Running back Rashard Mendenhall has already been ruled out with a torn ACL and safety Ryan Clark is also out with a rare blood condition.
This leaves the Broncos with a chance to win, but I still don't think that they can get it done. Over this week, backup quarterback Brady Quinn was getting reps in the Mile High City. This just further proves that Denver does not have faith in the Tebow magic. And rightfully so.
Even with the loss of Clark, this is a Steelers defense that ranks first in the NFL at defending the pass and eighth in the league at defending the run game. So anything that the Broncos will try to do Pitt will have an answer.
Willis McGahee will have to fight for every yard and find the end zone often if the Broncos have any shot of staying in this. The Denver defense will also have to step up and play like they have done before in order to keep this one close.
This is a Broncos team that is riding a three-game win streak and will need a whole lot of magic to win this Wild Card Showdown. Expect Pittsburgh to escape Denver with a 27-10 win.