2010 NFL Playoff Picks: Wild Card Round Breakdown

Kevin Roberts@BreakingKevinSenior Writer IJanuary 5, 2011

Will these two gun-slingers meet again?
Will these two gun-slingers meet again?Matthew Stockman/Getty Images

The 2010 NFL regular season is done and gone, while NFL Soup's Keet Bailey took home the crown as the top expert writer for NFL Picks.

The only question is, will he do the same with the NFL Playoffs rolling around? The Wild Card round is here, creating several enticing match-ups, while also having many experts scratching their heads over who to pick.

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Read on for our consensus picks and analysis for the first round of the 2010 NFL Playoffs:


New Orleans Saints at Seattle Seahawks

It's absolutely disgusting that the lowly 7-9 Seahawks are even in the playoffs, much less that they get to host a playoff game against a much better team in the Saints.

Hosting a playoff game is about all the Seahawks will be able to boast about when it's all said and done.

Seattle is simply no match for Drew Brees and the Saints on either side of the ball.

NFL Soup Verdict: Saints (4-0)


New York Jets at Indianapolis Colts

Both of these teams could have easily missed the post-season, as the Jets arguably backed into the playoffs, while the Colts won a surprisingly weak (when it was all over) division at 10-6.

This is still a Peyton Manning-led offense at home, and they're facing a severely over-rated Jets defense.

Can Mark Sanchez hang in there while the Jets' rushing attack exposes the Colts' inconsistent defense?

NFL Soup Verdict: Push (2-2)


Baltimore Ravens at Kansas City Chiefs

It's extremely possible that all four home teams lose in the first round this year, and with the Baltimore Ravens widely expected to make a strong run at the Super Bowl, the Chiefs can expect a "one and done" approach to this year's playoffs.

Both teams have a good offensive balance and can stop the run, but would you seriously take Matt Cassel over Joe Flacco with the season on the line?

We asked our lone writer who picked the Chiefs to win why he thinks they'll knock off the Ravens.

Taylor Smith: The Chiefs have one of the best home field advantages in the NFL, and they'll be ready to surprise some people.

NFL Soup Verdict: Ravens (3-1)


Green Bay Packers at Philadelphia Eagles

We keep hearing about Michael Vick not being 100 percent, the Eagles' defense being depleted, and how good the Aaron Rodgers-led Packers are. All of those points are more than enough to have us thinking Green Bay gets out of the first round alive.

We asked our lone writer who picked the Eagles to win why he thinks they'll knock off the Packers.

Taylor Smith: If Michael Vick is healthy and ready to go, I don't think the Packers will be able to keep up with the Eagles' offense.


NFL Soup Verdict: Packers (3-1)

Come back for the Divisional round for a whole new set of story-lines as our writers battle it out through another series of NFL picks.