2010 NFL Playoffs: Who Will Win the Wild Card Games?
The NFL regular season has come to a close. Now it is time for the playoffs.
All of the blood, sweat and tears the 12 playoff teams have put into the past 16 games will now reap the reward of a chance to win the coveted prize: the Lombardi Trophy.
In this slideshow, I will give my predictions on who will win this weekend's wild card games.
Wild Card Game 1: Saints @ Seahawks
The Seahawks are the first team in the NFL history to win their division and go to the playoffs with a losing record (7-9).
The Saints are returning champs and finished with an 11-5 record.
While the Saints do have to travel to a very difficult stadium to play in, they are definitely the better team. The Seahawks got into the playoffs by beating a mediocre Rams team in the final game of the season at home. This game is going to be completely different.
Saints 31, Seahawks 13
Wild Card Game 2: Jets @ Colts
This game is much harder to predict than the previous one. The Colts were left for dead about four weeks ago, only to come back to life and win their division in the final week of the season. The Jets talked big before the season started and haven't entirely backed it up. They did have to contend with the Patriots, though.
The Colts' run game is gearing up at just the right time. Unfortunately, the Jets will have their running backs rested, since they sat in Week 17 and the Colts have a porous run defense.
This game will come down to two things: If the Jets can contain Peyton Manning and make him make mistakes, they should win, but if the Colts can make Sanchez win the game with his arm, they get the nod.
Colts 27, Jets 21
Wild Card Game 3: Ravens @ Chiefs
The Ravens were one Steelers loss away from winning their division and getting a first-round bye. Instead, they have to travel to Kansas City, where the Chiefs sport a 7-1 record this season. One positive note is that the Chiefs had something to play for in Week 17, yet got hammered at home by the Raiders. If you factor in that the Ravens have two more wins than the Chiefs, things don't look as bad.
The Ravens have experience on their side, while the Chiefs are in unfamiliar territory. Despite their 7-1 home record, I think the experience the Ravens have the edge. The Chiefs do have the best running attack in football, so the Ravens are going to have to contain that.
Ravens 20, Chiefs 13
Wild Card Game 4: Packers @ Eagles
In what is possibly the most anticipated matchup of the weekend (and a rematch from Week 1 in which the Packers won), the Packers, who had to beat the Bears in Week 17 to get the final playoff spot, travel to Philadelphia to play MVP candidate Mike Vick and the Eagles, losers of their last two (to sub .500 teams).
The Eagles had something to play for two weeks ago and lost to a rookie QB in Minnesota. They rested their starters last week and lost in the final minute to the Cowboys. Are the Eagles going to be ready for the Packers, who have had to give it their all the past two weeks?
Aaron Rodgers played lights on two weeks ago in his first game back from a concussion. While the offense didn't provide the same sparks against the Bears two days ago, they still managed to win. This is going to be a battle of two hot QBs.
Packers 31, Eagles 24