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Nagler's Never Right: Wild Card Weekend NFL Matchup Predictions

HOUSTON, TX - JANUARY 07:  Geno Atkins #97 of the Cincinnati Bengals celebrates after he sacked T.J. Yates #13 of the Houston Texans in the first half during their 2012 AFC Wild Card Playoff game at Reliant Stadium on January 7, 2012 in Houston, Texas.  (Photo by Thomas B. Shea/Getty Images)
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Aaron NaglerNFL National Lead WriterJanuary 5, 2013

This is what it's all about. 

Win or go home. The NFL playoffs are the greatest time of the year—better than Christmas, New Year's and every other holiday combined. The intensity. The finality. 

The last two Super Bowl champions played on Wild Card weekend. Will this year's champ be on the field this Saturday or Sunday? Or is this the year things get back to normal and one of the higher seeds from either conference takes home the Lombardi Trophy?

In my best Bart Scott voice..."Can't wait!"

Picks are in BOLD.

Last Week: 12-4

Season: 159-96-1

 

Cincinnati vs. Houston

Bulls on Parade? More like Cows to the Slaughter. The Texans come into the playoffs playing their worst football at the worst possible time. The Bengals flip the script on last year's playoff game between these two teams.



Minnesota vs. Green Bay

The easiest way to take Adrian Peterson out of the game is to get a big lead early. The Packers sure can't tackle him, so this seems to be their best option for victory. Aaron Rodgers and company get it done.

 

Indianapolis vs. Baltimore

The Colts have been a wonderful story, both on and off the field. The Ravens help write the final chapter behind a dynamic performance from Ray Rice.


Seattle vs. Washington 

The Seahawks aren't the same team on the road as they are at home, but it won't matter much this week. Seattle's defense will punch the Redskins' read-option in the mouth as Russell Wilson piles on the points against a suspect Redskins secondary.


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