NFL Wildcard Weekend Sunday Picks & Analysis – FootballSunday, January 5, 2014 9:27
Picks and analysis for the 2013 NFL season Wildcard Weekend Sunday games.
NFL WILDCARD WEEKEND
Remember, our playoff game picks and Total picks count as Specials. So, if we’re going to improve on our lousy Specials percentage, we better start now…
San Diego Chargers @ Cincinnati Bengals -7 ·(47.5) [O]
Only die-hard Bengals fans and their AFC North rivals fans know what a historic game this is for the Striped Cats—2013 denotes the third year in a row Cincy has made the NFL postseason.
My readers know we respect Marvin Lewis for the defenses he’s put together as a Pittsburgh staffer, a Baltimore DC, and, in the last three or so years, as the Head Honcho in Ohio’s Queen City.
We’ve also wondered how he has kept his head-coaching job with a dismal playoff record and suspect drafting.
Once again, as a Steelers fan, it pains me to type the following: could it be Bengals owner Mike Brown has become the NFL’s version of Lewis Skolnick, the lingually gifted head nerd in “Revenge of the Nerds?”
When idiots like me were screaming for Lewis’s coaching demise, Brown extended his contract—twice. When we derided Cincy’s management and drafting acumen, the Bengals flat robbed the Raiders in the Carson Palmer deal and matched that with a third top-shelf drafting effort in 2013.
If Phillip Rivers had a defense and the receivers Andy Dalton has, San Diego would be enjoying a bye week.
Rivers has some weapons to match the Bengals, but the difference in this one will be the Bengals defense.
The Bengals will win a playoff game for the first time in 23 years.
It won’t take that long to win another.
BENGALS 33, CHARGERS 24
San Francisco 49ers @ Green Bay Packers +3 (46) [O]
This one has me sitting on the fence—with the pickets making the experience quite uncomfortable.
Aaron Rodgers is healthy and is still in the league’s top three QBs. The Niner’s defense, while formidable hasn’t been as stout as it was last year—and Colin Kaepernick not nearly as effective.
-6 degrees is the forecast for tonight’s game…at Lambeau Field.
How do you take the visitor, in a playoff game at Lambeau Field?
The “frozen tundra” mystique created in the packer’s 93-year history has pretty much melted of late for Green Bay. The Pack is 4-3-1 at home and the warm/cold weather team advantage has recently been exposed as a joke.
Bottom line: The Niners defense will score, Rodgers will fight the good fight, but the Packers have been run over against San Fran.
Unless the Ghost of Curly Lambeau bites San Fran on the rump, the Pack just doesn‘t have the defensive horses to pull out the upset.
We’ll split this baby in two: Packers cover, Niners win—just over the number.
NINERS 26, PACKERS 24
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