Christopher’s Picks – Wild Card

I’m going to make this quick:

Houston over Cincinnati

Houston and Cincinnati open the postseason against one another for the second consecutive year. Last year, Houston won their playoff debut 31-10, but they look anything but impressive this season.

But lost in all of this is the fact that the Bengals don’t look much better. I’m taking Houston in what should be a hard-fought game for both teams.

Green Bay over Minnesota

What a difference a week and a venue makes. In their win last week, Minnesota showed just how well they can stack up against Green Bay, but had the game been at Lambeau, the result would have been different.

This morning, ESPN’s stat department has been making a big deal about Christian Ponder never playing in an NFL game in which the temperature was under 40 degrees. I don’t see the big deal about that, but it will be loud and hostile. Minnesota will need a mistake-free game from him in order to have a chance, but I like Aaron Rodgers and the Packers.

Baltimore over Indianapolis

No, Ray Lewis’s return doesn’t play any role in this pick. Whether he’s there or not, I see Baltimore winning a close one.

Seattle over Washington

No home team sweep this week. With Robert Griffin III’s injury and Seattle’s dominance in all three phases, the Redskins could be in for a rough one.

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