2011 NFL Playoffs: Predicting The Outcomes For Each Wildcard Game This Weekend

Chris FaigCorrespondent IJanuary 8, 2011

2011 NFL Playoffs: Predicting The Outcomes For Each Wildcard Game This Weekend

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    The beginning of the 2011 NFL playoffs is just hours away, with four exciting matchups to enjoy this weekend in the Wild Card round.  

    The New England Patriots, Pittsburgh Steelers, Atlanta Falcons and Chicago Bears have earned first round bye s for being the top two teams in their respective conferences.  

    In the AFC Wild Card round the New York Jets will travel to Indianapolis to take on Peyton Manning and the Colts, while the Kansas City Chiefs will play host to the Baltimore Ravens.  In the NFC Wild Card round the New Orleans Saints will be battling the 7-9 Seattle Seahawks on the road, and the Green Bay Packers will be going head to head against the Philadelphia Eagles.

    The following slides exhibit previews for the four Wild Card games this weekend, as well as predictions for the outcomes of each.

No. 6 New York Jets(11-5) Vs. No. 3 Indianapolis Colts(10-6)

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    Quarterback Duel

    Mark Sanchez, NYJ: Completed 278 of 507 attempted passes for 3291 yards, a 54.8 CMP percentage, 17 touchdowns, 13 interceptions, 75.3 QB rating

    Peyton Manning, IND: Completed 450 of 679 attempted passes for 4700 yards, a 66.3 CMP percentage, 33 touchdowns, 17 interceptions, 91.9 QB rating

     

    Running Back Comparison

    LaDainian Tomlinson, NYJ: 219 carries for 914 yards and six touchdowns; 52 receptions for 368 yards

    Shonn Greene, NYJ: 185 rushing attempts for 766 yards and two touchdowns; 16 receptions for 120 yards

    Donald Brown, IND: 129 rushing attempts for 497 yards and two touchdowns; 20 receptions for 205 yards

    Joseph Addai, IND: 116 carries for 495 yards and four touchdowns; 19 receptions for 124 yards

     

    Receivers

    Dallas Clark, IND: 37 receptions for 347 yards and three touchdowns

    Reggie Wayne, IND: 111 receptions for 1355 yards and six touchdowns

    Pierre Garcon, IND: 67 receptions for 784 yards and six touchdowns

    Santonio Holmes, NYJ: 52 receptions for 746 yards and six touchdowns

    Dustin Keller, NYJ: 55 receptions for 687 yards and five touchdowns

    Braylon Edwards, NYJ: 53 receptions for 904 yards and seven touchdowns

     

    Overall Defense

    Indianapolis Colts Rushing Defense: 25th overall ranked in NFL, allowing 127.0 YPG

    Colts' Passing Defense: 13th overall ranked in the NFL, allowing 214.6 YPG

    New York Jets Rushing Defense: third overall ranked in the NFL, allowing 90.9 YPG

    New York Jets Passing Defense: sixth overall ranked in the NFL, allowing 200.6 YPG


New York Jets-Indianapolis Colts Prediction

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    Predicted Outcome: New York Jets 27 - Indianapolis Colts 24

    In what will be the most anticipated game of this weekend, the Jets will run away with a last-second thriller.  Rex Ryan seems more determined than ever to win this game against the Indianapolis Colts, and I don't think Peyton Manning will be able to overcome what Ryan will be sending at him.  Ryan is very creative in his defensive schemes and will prevail in this contest.

No. 5 Baltimore Ravens(12-4) Vs. No. 4 Kansas City Chiefs(10-6)

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    Quarterback Duel

    Joe Flacco, BAL: Completed 306 of 489 attempted passes for 3622 yards, a 62.6 CMP percentage, 25 touchdowns, 10 interceptions, 93.6 QB rating

    Matt Cassel, KC: Completed 262 of 450 attempted passes for 3116 yards, a 58.2 CMP percentage, 27 touchdowns, seven interceptions, 93.0 QB rating

     

    Running Back Comparison

    Ray Rice, BAL: 307 carries for 1220 yards and five touchdowns; 63 receptions for 556 yards and one touchdown

    Willis McGahee, BAL: 100 rushing attempts for 380 yards and five touchdowns; 14 receptions for 55 yards and one touchdown

    Jamaal Charles, KC: 230 carries for 1467 yards and five touchdowns; 45 receptions for 468 yards and three touchdowns

    Thomas Jones, KC: 245 rushing attempts for 896 yards and six touchdowns; 14 receptions for 122 yards

     

    Receivers

    Anquan Boldin, BAL: 64 receptions for 837 yards and seven touchdowns

    Derrick Mason, BAL: 61 receptions for 802 yards and seven touchdowns

    Todd Heap, BAL: 40 receptions for 599 yards and five touchdowns

    Dwayne Bowe, KC: 72 receptions for 1162 yards and 15 touchdowns

    Tony Moeaki, KC: 47 receptions for 556 yards and three touchdowns

    Chris Chambers, KC: 22 receptions for 213 yards and one touchdown

     

    Overall Defense

    Baltimore Ravens Rushing Defense: fifth overall ranked in the NFL, allowing 93.9 YPG

    Ravens' Passing Defense: 21st overall ranked in the NFL, allowing 224.9 YPG

    Kansas City Chiefs Rushing Defense: 14th overall ranked in the NFL, allowing 110.3 YPG

    Chiefs' Passing Defense: 17th overall ranked in the NFL, allowing 219.9 YPG

Baltimore Ravens-Kansas City Chiefs Prediction

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    Predicted Outcome: Baltimore Ravens 24 - Kansas City Chiefs 20

    In what is guaranteed to be an exciting game between two of the top 10 quarterbacks in the National Football League, Joe Flacco will out throw Matt Cassel in a close one.  Sure the Kansas City Chiefs have the best rushing attack in the league, but the Ravens should be just fine with their fifth overall ranked rushing defense led by Ray Lewis, Ed Reed and Terrell Suggs.  After only throwing seven interceptions the whole season, expect Cassel to get picked off multiple times by the Baltimore Ravens defense that has made 19 interceptions this season.

No. 5 New Orleans Saints(11-5) Vs. No. 4 Seattle Seahawks(7-9)

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    Quarterback Duel

    Drew Brees, NO: Completed 448 of 658 attempted passes for 4620 yards, 33 touchdowns, 22 interceptions, 90.9 QB rating

    Matt Hasselbeck, SEA: Completed 266 of 444 attempted passes for 3001 yards, 59.9 CMP percentage, 12 touchdowns, 17 interceptions, 73.2 QB rating

     

    Running Back Comparison

    Chris Ivory, NO: 137 carries for 716 yards and five touchdowns; one reception for 17 yards

    Pierre Thomas, NO: 83 rushing attempts for 269 yards and two touchdowns; 29 receptions for 201 yards

    Reggie Bush, NO: 36 rushing attempts for 150 yards; 34 receptions for 208 yards and one touchdown

    Marshawn Lynch, SEA: 202 carries for 737 yards and six touchdowns; 22 receptions for 145 yards

    Justin Forsett, SEA: 118 rushing attempts for 523 yards and two touchdowns; 33 receptions for 252 yards

     

    Receivers

    Marques Colston, NO: 84 receptions for 1023 yards and seven touchdowns

    Lance Moore, NO: 66 receptions for 763 yards and eight touchdowns

    Robert Meachem, NO: 44 receptions for 638 yards and five touchdowns

    Mike Williams, SEA: 65 receptions for 751 yards and two touchdowns

    Ben Obomanu, SEA: 30 receptions for 494 yards and four touchdowns

    Deon Butler, SEA: 36 receptions for 385 yards and four touchdowns

     

    Overall Defense

    New Orleans Saints Rushing Defense: 16th overall ranked in NFL, allowing 112.3 YPG

    Saints' Passing Defense: fourth overall ranked in NFL, allowing 193.9 YPG

    Seattle Seahawks Rushing Defense: 21st overall ranked in NFL, allowing 118.9 YPG

    Seahawks' Passing Defense: 27th overall ranked in NFL, allowing 249.6 YPG

New Orleans Saints-Seattle Seahawks Prediction

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    Predicted Outcome: New Orleans Saints 31 - Seattle Seahawks 17

    Not many people are giving the Seahawks a chance and for good reason.  The New Orleans Saints are a much better team than Seattle, and they have already proven that earlier this season when they defeated the Seahawks by a score of 34-19.  Seattle's defense isn't strong enough to keep up with the New Orleans offense.

No. 6 Green Bay Packers(10-6) Vs. No. 3 Philadelphia Eagles(10-6)

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    Quarterback Duel

    Aaron Rodgers, GB: Completed 312 of 475 attempted passes for 3922 yards, 65.7 CMP percentage, 28 touchdowns, 11 interceptions, 101.2 QB rating

    Michael Vick, PHI: Completed 233 of 372 attempted passes for 3018 yards, 62.6 CMP percentage, 21 touchdowns, six interceptions, 100.2 QB rating

     

    Running Back Comparison

    Brandon Jackson, GB: 190 carries for 703 yards and three touchdowns; 43 receptions for 342 yards and one touchdown

    John Kuhn, GB: 84 rushing attempts for 281 yards and four touchdowns; 15 receptions for 97 yards and two touchdowns

    LeSean McCoy, PHI: 207 rushing attempts for 1080 yards and seven touchdowns; 78 receptions for 592 yards and two touchdowns

    Jerome Harrison, PHI: 71 carries for 330 yards and one touchdown; 12 receptions for 85 yards

     

    Receivers

    Greg Jennings, GB: 76 receptions for 1265 yards and 12 touchdowns

    James Jones, GB: 50 receptions for 679 yards and five touchdowns

    Jordy Nelson, GB: 45 receptions for 582 yards and two touchdowns

    DeSean Jackson, PHI: 47 receptions for 1056 yards and six touchdowns

    Jeremy Maclin, PHI: 70 receptions for 964 yards and 10 touchdowns

    Jason Avant, PHI: 51 receptions for 573 yards and one touchdown

     

    Overall Defense

    Green Bay Packers Rushing Defense: 18th overall ranked in NFL, allowing 114.9 YPG

    Packers' Passing Defense: fifth overall ranked in NFL, allowing 194.2 YPG

    Philadelphia Eagles Rushing Defense: 15th overall ranked in NFL, allowing 110.4 YPG

    Eagles' Passing Defense: 15th overall ranked in NFL, allowing 216.8 YPG

Green Bay Packers-Philadelphia Eagles Prediction

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    Predicted Outcome: Green Bay Packers 24 - Philadelphia Eagles 30

    In the most compelling quarterback matchup of this weekend, Michael Vick will put on yet another thrilling performance with a multiple touchdown game.  Aaron Rodgers finished off the season in good fashion, leading the Packers to a pair of wins in their final two games while throwing for a total of five touchdowns and only one interception.  This will not matter because of the many offensive threats that the Eagles possess, and the fact that the Packers are 3-5 on the road this year.  

Predicted Matchups Of Divisional Round

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    AFC

    New York Jets @ New England Patriots

    Baltimore Ravens @ Pittsburgh Steelers

    NFC

    Philadelphia Eagles @ Atlanta Falcons

    New Orleans Saints @ Chicago Bears