NFL Wild Card: Odds and Predictions for Each Game This Weekend

Casey SchermickContributor IIIJanuary 7, 2011

NFL Wild Card: Odds and Predictions for Each Game This Weekend

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    MIAMI GARDENS, FL - FEBRUARY 07:  Drew Brees #9 of the New Orleans Saints celebrates after defeating the Indianapolis Colts during Super Bowl XLIV on February 7, 2010 at Sun Life Stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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    That time of the year is finally here.  The NFL Playoffs begin Saturday with the Wild Card Round. 

    New Orleans is looking to repeat, while other teams are looking for that chance to prove themselves once again this season. 

    Here are the Vegas odds, and my personal predictions for each matchup this weekend. 

New Orleans at Seattle

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    NEW ORLEANS, LA - JANUARY 02:  Quarterback Drew Brees #9 of the New Orleans Saints avoids a tackle by Adam Hayward #57 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at the Louisiana Superdome on January 2, 2011 in New Orleans, Louisiana.  (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Ima
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    Time: Saturday, 4:30

    TV:  NBC

    Over / Under:  45

    Favorite: New Orleans -11

    Seattle even making the playoffs is a miracle.  Even with Chris Ivory and Pierre Thomas out for the year, Drew Brees and the passing attack will pick apart Seattle's defense.  With Reggie Bush in the starting lineup watch for the Saints to run a more spread offense rather than busting the ball up the gut.

    Prediction:  Saints 38, Seahawks 10

New York at Indianapolis

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    EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - JANUARY 02:  Braylon Edwards #17 and Santonio Holmes #10 of the New York Jets celebrate Edwards' third quarter touchdown against the Buffalo Bills at New Meadowlands Stadium on January 2, 2011 in East Rutherford, New Jersey.  (Photo
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    Time:  Saturday, 8:00

    TV:  NBC

    Over / Under:  44.5

    Favorite:  Indianapolis -3

    In one of the more exciting matchups this weekend, the Jets will travel to Indy to take on Peyton Manning and the Colts.  Indy is the overall favorite in this game, and Peyton Manning has always been impressive at home over his career. 

    However, this season he has thrown more interceptions (17) than usual and when he does, they have come in bunches.  If Manning is on top of his game, the Colts could run away with this one. Expect the Jets to come out with an extremely high intensity and attempt to get to Manning early.

    Bold prediction:  Jets 31, Colts 24

Baltimore at Kansas City

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    BALTIMORE, MD - JANUARY 2:  Ray Rice #27 of the Baltimore Ravens celebrates his team's only touchdown against the Cincinnati Bengals  at M&T Bank Stadium on January 2, 2011 in Baltimore, Maryland. The Ravens defeated the Bengals 13-6. (Photo by Larry Fren
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    Time:  Sunday, 1:00

    TV:  CBS

    Over / Under:  40.5

    Favorite:  Baltimore -3

    The Ravens are coming in hot.  Having won their fourth straight game, they look to be at the peak of their season so far.  Expect a good mix of run and pass to get by the Chiefs defense.  Joe Flacco should have a big game through the air and the Ravens should be able to get past the Chiefs fairly easily.

    Prediction:  Ravens 28, Chiefs 14

Green Bay at Philadelphia

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    PHILADELPHIA, PA - DECEMBER 28: Michael Vick #7 of the Philadelphia Eagles celebrates after a touchdown against the Minnesota Vikings at Lincoln Financial Field on December 28, 2010 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
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    Time:  Sunday, 4:30

    TV:  FOX

    Over / Under:  46.5

    Favorite:  Philadelphia -2.5

    Mike Vick is back.  This means bad news for Green Bay.  Vick said he expects to be at 100 percent Sunday when he takes the field, which could be a first for the Pro Bowl starter in a few weeks.  Vick has taken many shots when he drops back to pass and he has since felt the effects of these hits. 

    If the offensive line can give Vick protection and time to go through his progressions, Vick has the ability to spread out the Packers defense and hurt them with both his arm and his legs.  Coming off of two weeks rest, the big play contributors of the offense and defense should be well rested and ready to go. 

    Green Bay will need a very strong offensive attack to keep up with the explosive offense of Philadelphia. 

    Prediction:  Eagles 35, Green Bay 24