The Second Season Begins in the NFL

Well, the NFL playoffs kick off tomorrow. I finished the regular season 123-127-6 against the spread. A rough last two weeks kept me from finishing in the black. However, it is time to wipe the slate clean for the playoffs. Here’s a look at Wildcard Weekend. My picks are in bold.

Kansas City (-3) at Houston- This will be a pretty low scoring game. Both teams have great defenses. However, I trust KC’s offense a bit more. KC 20 Hou 14

Pittsburgh (-3) at Cincinnati- As a Cincinnati native and a Bronco fan who wants nothing to do with the Steelers next week, I hope I am wrong here. However, a future HOF QB going against a backup QB is a tough matchup to ignore. I expect AJ McCarron to handle himself well against a below average Steelers defense, but Pittsburgh falls out of bed and scores 30. I don’t think the Bengals can keep up for the entire game. Pit 30 Cin 20

Seattle (-5) at Minnesota- This is going to be one of the coldest playoff games ever. Seattle has finally played up to their capability over the last month and a half. They have destroyed everyone in their path, including a 38-7 drubbing of this same Vikings team. Both teams are built for the cold. The Vikings and young QB Teddy Bridgewater are ahead of schedule, but Seattle is just better right now… Much Better. Sea 24 Min 9

Green Bay at Washington (-1)- Despite being the beneficiary of a terrible division and kind of a punchline all year, Washington is playing as well as anyone right now, particularly on offense. Head coach Jay Gruden has done a great job of playing to the strengths of QB Kurt Cousins. I think the Packers are the much better team on paper, but they just cannot get out of their own way on offense right now. The Packers are 4-6 in the last 10 weeks, 3-7 without a miracle Hail Mary against Detroit. Thus, Green Bay may be better on paper, but Washington is better right now. All the favorites win and cover this weekend. Was 30 GB 24