NFL Picks. Wild Card Round, 2015.
Well. All things considered, it was a decent regular season.
I started out red hot, and while things were rough at points, I ended off in a pretty good spot, picking at around 64%. Not terrible, not great, but not terrible either.
Kansas City at Houston- Kansas City.
These two teams are very similar. Both teams are missing a star runningback, have incredible defenses, and are limited on offense. The biggest difference is at the quarterback position. The Texans have been a revolving door at the position, switching between Ryan Mallett, Brian Hoyer, Brandon Weeden, and T.J. Yates without much success. Meanwhile Kansas City has only started 1 QB all year, and that's Alex Smith.
Honestly, that's why you've gotta take Kansas City in this game. Their offense, while limited, is significantly more dynamic and consistent.
Pittsburgh at Cincinnati- Pittsburgh.
There's not much to say here, we all know what the biggest problem is.
The Bengals are loaded on defense, and when healthy, they're extremely dynamic on offense.
That's just it... They're not healthy.
Eifert still isn't at 100%, who knows when Andy Dalton is coming back, and I feel like the Steelers are just too good on offense to be contained.
The Steelers win a rough game full of turnovers.
Seattle at Minnesota- Seattle.
Oh wow, Ryan's picking the Seahawks. What a shock.
But I'm sure I'm far from the only one.
Especially after they just destroyed the Cardinals last week.
The only thing the Hawks will really have to deal with is playing such an early game.
It's been exactly a week since I got back from the west coast and I'm still struggling to wake up on time.
Green Bay at Washington- Green Bay.
On paper, this game isn't even close.
"Oh Aaron Rodgers gets the Redskins in the playoffs? Easy."
But... as anyone who reads my blog knows, I've been critical of Rodgers and the Packers on the road in the past. Let's be honest, it wouldn't surprise anyone if the Skins pulled this game off.
I'm still picking the Pack because... Well...
Fleegle's Picks: Best In The World Challenge.
It's postseason time! Here we go....
Kansas City @ Houston: Yes, the Texans have been playing good football lately, but the Chiefs have been playing good football for 2+ months. I like the Chiefs to win this one, in a close matchup.
Pittsburgh @ Cincinnati: Easiest pick of the 4 games this weekend. The Steelers, save the Ravens hiccup, have been rolling into the postseason, while the Bengals have had no playoff success since before Ryan and I were born (fact) and they don't know whether their QB will be AJ the backup or Andy the one handed ninja (or something like that). Steelers win this one, and keep sending the Bengals into playoff agony.
Seattle @ Minnesota: Congrats to the Vikings for going to Lambeau and winning that game last week. Seriously, that was impressive. But everyone does remember what happened the last time the Seahawks and Vikings hooked up, right? Seattle, in Minnesota, cleaned the Vikings' clocks to the tune of 38-7. While I don't see this week being quite that lopsided, I still think Seattle moves on with a relatively comfortable win.
Green Bay @ Washington: This is by far the pick I struggled with the most this week, for two simple reasons: the Packers offense is a complete stagnant joke right now, but the Redskins haven't beaten a team with a winning record all year (how is that possible??). BUT, DC does have one important thing: momentum. They've won their last 4 games in a row, 3 of which were road games, after they lost every road game up until that point. We kept waiting for someone to step up and grab the NFC Least title, and give credit to Washington, because they did just that. Anyhow, for this game.....it's tough. You keep waiting for the Packers to have that big game on offense again, but you keep thinking this is the perfect time for Washington to win a playoff game.......you know what, I can't pick against them this week......Packers get this win. They have more playoff experience and I can't forget the fact that DC hasn't beat a winning team all year (and they've gotten relatively waxed when they did play good teams). So yes, the Packers win.
You know what I just noticed? I picked all 4 road teams this week. So much for that homefield advantage, eh?
@McFleegle (29-33) vs @RyanSmithLWOS (33-29)
The obnoxious thing is that we didn't pick any different games this week, but honestly... I'm not too surprised.
Because the playoff system is broken.
The wildcard teams are all better than the division teams!
Okay, Pittsburgh is the exception here, because when healthy, the Bengals are better.
But because Seattle and Kansas City play in tough divisions, they have to travel. That just doesn't seem to make sense...
I'm sure we'll disagree as the playoffs move forward.