We’ve got a couple of intriguing matchups in the NFC Wildcard round this weekend:
A third meeting between NFC North division rivals in a little more than a month will have the Packers looking to slow down RB Adrian Peterson. Peterson’s ran all over the Packers with 409 yards on 55 carries in the first two games.
The Vikings haven’t won an outdoor game this season and have lost five of the last six meetings with the rival Packers. Last week QB Christian Ponder played the game of his life with three TD passes in helping Peterson get the Vikings into the playoffs. But can he do it again this week?
The Packers will go only as far as QB Aaron Rodgers can take them because they don’t have much of a running game to fall back on. Rodgers is more than capable of leading the Pack to another Super Bowl and will have all of his WR’s back for this game. WR Greg Jennings looked healthy last week and the explosive Randall Cobb will be back in action after sitting out last week’s game in Minnesota to rest his ankle.
A big area of concern for the Packers will be protecting Rodgers who was sacked five times in last week’s loss and 51 times during the regular season. That must improve if the Packers are going to advance deep into the NFC Playoffs.
My Pick: Packers 31-20
This is going to be a good hard-fought game, but I’m puzzled about why so many people act like this Seahawks team is invincible. What am I missing here?
Both teams will look to establish the running game and they both have dynamic rookie QB’s that can hurt a defense in multiple ways. Both RG3 and Russell Wilson do a great job at protecting the football and limiting turnovers.
The Seahawks have a tough, physical defense, but can have trouble against the run and will be put to the test against the NFL’s #1 ranked rushing attack in this game.
The Redskins have made huge defensive strides as the season went on after being downright dreadful at times during the team’s 3-6 start. Their stats are misleading because of just how bad they played, but this group played a big part in the Redskins seven game winning streak to end the regular season.
My Pick: Redskins 17-13