Vikes, Pack, Steelers, Chiefs Should Take Wildcard Round

Jace Gross and Eddy Tabakovic
Staff Writers

The NFL regular season is over, the playoffs are set, and teams are ready to begin the Wild Card round of the postseason.

Minnesota Vikings vs Seattle Seahawks

The Vikings finished the season 11-5, winning the NFC North after defeating the Green Bay Packers in week 17. Minnesota’s offense has improved with Teddy Bridgewater’s increased production and Adrian Peterson’s fantastic comeback season. The Seahawks ended the season at 10-6 with an impressive win over the Arizona Cardinals in their final game. Russell Wilson has been on fire lately and Seattle’s defense is back to its old self.  The Vikings defense has also come together and the Seahawks have shown some major problems within the team throughout the season. I’m going with Vikings at home.

Score: Vikings 20 Seahawks 17

Washington Redskins vs. Green Bay Packers

The Redskins made it into the playoffs with a 9-7 record and have been hot as of late. Kirk Cousins has the highest quarterback completion rating since week eight! Bye-bye RG3! Washington also has a good run game with Alfred Morris. The Packers have been sort of a mess this season. At times they look good and at times they just look plain horrible. One advantage Green Bay has is their experience in the playoffs and talent overall. The Packers have Aaron Rodgers who has shown before he can carry this team when they need it. That’s why I’m going with the Cheeseheads.

Score: Packers 27 Redskins 20

Houston Texans vs Kansas City Chiefs

With a horrible season by the Colts, the Texans were able to win the AFC South and squeeze into the playoffs. With Brian Hoyer leading Houston’s offense, I just can’t see the Texans being able to put up enough points against a Kansas City team that is red hot on a ten game winning streak.

Score: Chiefs 24 Texans 10

Cincinnati Bengals vs Pittsburgh Steelers 

Thanks to a Jets loss, the Steelers were able to make it in as the sixth seed. Pittsburgh is going to have a tough time running the ball now that they have not one, but two starting running backs injured. As for the Bengals, Andy Dalton isn’t expected to start this week either, so AJ McCarron will give it another go. Even with a one dimensional offense and a horrible secondary, I still expect Big Ben and the Steelers to go into Cincinnati and escape with the win.

Score: Steelers 31 Bengals 21

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