Wild Card Weekend: Which Teams Should Win—and Who Will Win

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Wild Card Weekend: Which Teams Should Win—and Who Will Win

"Winning isn’t everything, it’s the only thing." - Vince Lombardi

It’s win-or-go-home time! Taking a look at this weekend's games on paper leaves little room for discussion as to who SHOULD win—but fortunately for fans and teams alike, football isn’t played on paper.

That said, I’ve taken a look at the matchups and provided a who SHOULD WIN, accompanied with a who WILL WIN; often times with different outcomes.

Washington at Seattle

Who Should Win:

Seattle—With the recent return of Seattle’s running game, and Matt Hasselbeck behind center, Seattle certainly should have the offense to put up points this weekend. Playing at home should provide enough of an edge to send Washington home for the year.

Who Will Win:

It’s been a great run for the Redskins, and the emotional boost from Taylor’s passing has rejuvenated this entire franchise. Sports are about emotion and passion, and this team seems poised to make the most of their dedication to their fallen teammate.

I look for them this emotional high to push them past a Seattle team that at times looked absolutely horrific this year.

Jacksonville at Pittsburgh

Who Should Win:

This is probably the closest game on paper of the bunch, but I think Pittsburgh at home should escape with the win. Ben Roethlisberger had his best year as a pro and looks like the leader everyone thought he was prior to his motorcycle mishap.

Heinz Field is a hard place to win at in the playoffs, and I think the 12th man should provide the Steelers with just enough to overcome an impressive Jacksonville team.

Who Will Win:

Jacksonville—The Jaguars look like the Steelers of past years, with a great running game, solid mistake-free QB play, and a big chip on their shoulder. How they had no Pro Bowl players is simply disgusting (Taylor has since made it as a substitute, but it was definitely a slap in the face).

The poor playing field will most likely help Jacksonville and actually hurt the home team. With Big Ben playing so well, and the injury of Willie Parker, the Steelers will have to rely more on the passing game. This plays right into Jacksonville’s favor.

Giants at Tampa Bay

Who Should Win:

With the way they played last week against the Patriots, the Giants should win a close one in Tampa. They have all the right skill players in all the right positions to win in the playoffs.

Their powerful running attack should keep Tampa's defense busy all game.

Who Will Win:

Sorry New York, but Eli is no Peyton, and I think last week was the best he’s ever going to play. Until he proves otherwise, I think he buckles under the pressure in big games. Tampa’s defense should throw enough at Eli to bring him back down to an average QB at best.  With Eli playing like Eli, Tampa need only focus on the Giants' running attack to keep them out of the end zone.

Garcia has once again proven he’s a winner, and should have enough with Galloway stretching the field to put up enough to win.

Tennessee at San Diego

Who Should Win:

Is there any doubt that on paper San Diego has the best talent in the league? There shouldn’t be! This time the Chargers are playing at home, have the best running back in the NFL, and are looking to show everyone that they are indeed an elite team.

With last year's early exit, the Chargers are playing with something to prove and should come away with this win.

Who Will Win:

San Diego definitely has a lot to prove, and I just don’t see Tennessee having enough offense to win this game. Defensively they will provide fits for Rivers, but LT is the great equalizer. I’m of course merely stating the obvious, but the Chargers go as far as Rivers is capable of taking them. Lucky for the Chargers, this won’t be the week where his performance will really make or break the game.

DISCLAIMER:

Michael Caissie is not a Gridiron God, nor a homer (the Pats aren’t even playing this weekend—so, Ha!). There was no skill involved in writing this piece, or in picking the winners. He did no research and has nothing more than a fourth grade education and a black and white television without cable to watch the games each week.

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