Ron Glover’s NFL Wild Card Picks: Vikings out to bounce Packers in rubber match; L.O.N.S. meet in DC

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The Ravens get the fire-breathing Ray Lewis back in time for the playoffs.

We could be in for one of the great wild card weekends in recent memory. In the AFC, the Cincinnati Bengals and Houston Texans meet in rematch of last year’s wild card round. The Bengals are looking to take advantage of a Texans squad — who have three of four games in December. The inspired Indianapolis Colts go on the road to face a Baltimore Ravens team motivated to send Ray Lewis out on top. Earlier this week, Lewis indicated that he will be retiring when the Ravens exit the playoffs

The Green Bay Packers and Minnesota Vikings meet for the third time this season, their second in as many weeks. Minnesota punched their playoff ticket with a victory over their division foes last week. Adrian Peterson remains the key to the Vikings success. Peterson has averaged over 200 yards rushing against the Packers this season. The meeting between the Washington Redskins and the Seattle Seahawks matches up two of the top rookie quarterbacks this season. Robert Griffin III and Russell Wilson have captivated the NFL with the poise of seasoned veterans, mixed with youthful energy.

Saturday January 5, 2013, 4:30 pm:

Cincinnati Bengals 10-6 at Houston Texans 12-4 - The Texans failed miserably in December and it cost them home field advantage throughout the playoffs. The Texans have been outscored 27-16 during their December slumber. The Bengals on the other hand, won three consecutive games to close out December. A one-point loss to the Cowboys at home was their lone defeat.

Prediction: The Texans need to put December and the regular season behind them. The Bengals need the services of running back Benjarvus Green-Ellis in the worst way. Andy Dalton, A.J. Green and the offensive line have to be in sync and J.J. Watt to disrupt their rhythm. Andre Johnson has only four touchdowns this season, which means Matt Schaub is spreading the ball around effectively. Arian Foster needs to hold onto the rock, he could be in for a big workload.

Texans 24 – Bengals 22

Saturday January 5, 2013, 8:00, pm:

Minnesota Vikings (10-6) at Green Bay Packers (11-5) – Teams in the NFC North beat on one another to the point where the 10-6 Chicago Bears missed the playoffs. These two teams are more evenly matched than most would think. The Packers rely on the pass and the Vikings lean on Adrian Peterson — who as shredded the Packers defense this season to the tune of 409 yards over two games. This game will come down to what Packers defense shows up.

Prediction: Christian Ponder threw three touchdown passes in the season finale. If he can throw for two scores and protect the ball, Minnesota’s chances become better than good. As long as Adrian Peterson has guys blocking in front of him for a nanosecond, anything is possible. The Packers will have their full complement of receivers available for Aaron Rodgers to pick his spots.

Packers 31 – Vikings 20

Sunday January 6, 2013, 1:00 pm:

Indianapolis Colts (11-5) at Baltimore Ravens (10-6) – This game used to be a chess match between Ray Lewis and Peyton Manning. Now Manning is in Denver and Lewis is beginning his final playoff run. The attention shifts to rookie Andrew Luck and veteran Joe Flacco. Both teams have their inspirational leaders return just in time for the post season. Indianapolis head coach Chuck Pagano returned last week after undergoing chemotherapy treatments for twelve weeks. Ray Lewis returns to the Ravens after tearing his triceps in Week 6 against the Cowboys.

Prediction: Ray Lewis’ words to Joe Flacco after last year’s AFC Championship loss have been played repeatedly in his head. Flacco doesn’t want to be the man responsible for sending Lewis into retirement. Baltimore would never forgive him. Unfortunately, the Ravens hopes do rest on Flacco. The offense must lean on Ray Rice when things get fuzzy. This contest will come down to a battle of wills. The Ravens will make it ugly and survive another week.

Ravens 20 – Colts 16

Sunday January 6, 2013, 4:30 pm:

Seattle Seahawks (11-5) at Washington Redskins (10-6) – This game has all the makings of a classic. Two young star quarterbacks, two power running games and two coaches seasoned in their craft. Robert Griffin III and Russell Wilson have the same number of passing attempts (393). Griffin has completed six more passes (258 to 252). Offensively, both teams have power backs and decent receivers. Seattle’s secondary could be the key here, but the Skins D rises to the occasion when it has to.

Prediction: The Redskins may be better suited for a potential shootout. Seattle is looking to take away Washington’s receivers and hope for some success containing running back Alfred Morris. If they hope to contain Griffin. Washington’s defense needs to take Marshawn Lynch out of Seattle’s game plan early. Washington has to be wary of Pete Carroll’s college trickery.

Redskins 27 – Seahawks 24

 

 

 

14 Responses to “Ron Glover’s NFL Wild Card Picks: Vikings out to bounce Packers in rubber match; L.O.N.S. meet in DC”

  1. Temple3 says:

    I can roll with those picks. They all make good sense. I’d like to see Seattle advance to the Super Bowl though because of their defensive backs. Still, I’d also like to see RGIII go on a roll as well. I could see Houston and Baltimore losing. I could see Houston getting blown out – actually. If I’m Cincinnati, I’m getting wide splits, stacking the box against Arian Foster, putting Leon Hall and a free safety on Andre Johnson, and forcing Schaub to beat me with Owen Daniels. Houston’s run defense just isn’t as stout as it used to be.

    Indy’s best chance to win is a 30-35 pass game from Flacco, but having Jim Caldwell calling plays will negate whatever advantage Pagano and Arians have in knowing the Ravens. These guys couldn’t possibly know their opponents any better than they do. Should be epic.

  2. Ron Glover says:

    I can see things going that way too. I’m not completely sold on the Texans. Should be an interesting weekend.

  3. mapoui says:

    a betting man, wild card week end is a favourite weekend of mine. nailed the games as usual…every aspect, over/under, point spreads, straight win/lose

    I knew Andy Dalton would not deliver…could not deliver. pure flash that kid..and its gone. he has had very little to offer for many games now?

    Marv Lewis needs at least someone to push Dalton next season…if not to replace him.

    the Packers at home were a no-brainer. it wasn’t hard preparing for Webb. it took all of 1 hour. simple: Ponder nor Webb can throw. play the run and let them beat you in the air. not possible!

    it will likely be different next year with these 2 teams….but not this year despite… Frazers competence.

    Today Jim Caldwell will likely be the difference in the Ravens favour. Caldwell had an immediate positive impact on Flacco. that will likely continue into this game and be enough to send the Colts home.

    and Washington appears to have an edge over Seattle and are playing at home.

    the coaching carousel is interesting. Rex Ryan keeps his job. I guess that is by the miracle of private ownership of football franchises and all its quirks.

    another such quirk is Andy Reid getting a job quickly when it appears that he is now ‘known’ goods and has little more to offer as a head coach.

    Lovie Smith more unjustly than not loses his job. Smith had offensive problems and could not settle on an offensive approach and coordinator for any length of time.

    but Smith had Jerry Angelo as his boss, who gave him Rex Grossman, Kyle Orton, Jay Cutler and Caleb Hanie. I could see a head coach having great difficulty finding a coordinator to get something positive out of those players.

    Buffalo hires Marrone. never heard of him but that’s no big thing. Smith interviewed!

    a few vacant jobs remain, but the talk I hear and read, does not favour Smith getting any of the available head coaching jobs. I suppose at the end of the day, there will be ‘shock’ that Smith wasn’t hired for one of the vacant jobs… but I don’t see that he will be hired for any.

  4. mapoui says:

    anyhow it is probably best that Smith did not end up in Buffalo. in explaining the Marrone hire NFL today cites the Bills intent to solve their offensive woes with an offensive-minded head coach.

    I thought the Bills woes began with its defence..followed by its offence which is impossible to solve with Ryan Fitzpatrick as franchise quarterback.

    but the Bills does things like that..the most quirky franchise in the NFL, with a very old man in charge.

    Lou Saban and Marv Levy did great work for the Bills. but Chan Gailey and Fitzpatrick are more the Bills style now, as opposed to Perry fewell, who made all the sense in the world for that Franchise at the time.

    the Buffalo defence appears to have great parts with which Smith would likely have worked wonders. Buffalo’s offense has C J Spiller, an excellent starting point.

    but Fitzpatrick would be Rex Grossman, impossible to get rid of and the cause of serious offensive woes. to see Smith so saddled again would be tough.

    smith in Arizona would be nice for more than the weather…

    smith would need a quarterback there and he would likely be free to go after one of his own choosing. but I don’t think the Cards are looking in Smiths direction at this time

  5. mapoui says:

    I have never been able to understand this aspect of football.

    I watched a badly hobbled Roetlisbergher lead the Steelers to an unnecessary loss last year with a fit and ready Charlie Batch on the sidelines.

    I am watching a hugely hobbled RG3 likely lose this game for Washington.

    why wont Shanahan take him out. Cousins can do no worse….even if they lose?

    It makes no sense to keep Griffin in the game. if Washington has any chance of winning they must sit Griffin

  6. mapoui says:

    Mike Shanahan is a psycopath..a sick man. Imagine I was hailing him for the job he has done this year.

    I turned my damm TV off. a friend just text me that Griffin fell down and had to come out.

    is he fully destroyed now..his career over?

    prolly not but why risk that with such a player?

    this is an aspect of football I find absolutely nuts. I am seriously pissed about all this. I will lose my bet but I don’t care. Cousins should have been in the game since the half or before.

    Seattle deserves to win. I am..was..watching a perfectly fine coaching performance by Carroll. the better team should win.

    to hell with Shanahan

  7. DeShawn says:

    And lo and behold, it turns out that RG3 was cleared by the team doctor, who happens to be the most famous (for good reasons) orthopedist working in sports today. This exonerates Shanahan, who was merely following the team doctor’s advice and the wishes of his star QB to play. This also makes a great many people like mapoui look like total fools, for it is a fool who seizes upon scant circumstantial evidence to draw vicious conclusions about somebody he doesn’t like in the first place. And what do you know, Shanahan just happens to be caucasian. Typical TSF lynch mob mentality at work here.

  8. mapoui says:

    the word still is DeShawn, the the team doctor did not clear RG3 to play after his first injury. that was all Shanahan. as far as I know the team doctor is still pissed off over Shanahan’s decisions on his star player.

    Shanahan isnt looking good..nor is RG3’s knee.

    and there is no lynch mob here..only me. but

  9. mapoui says:

    the word still is DeShawn, that the team doctor did not clear RG3 to play after his first injury. that was all Shanahan.

    as far as I know the team doctor is still pissed off over Shanahan’s decisions on his star player.

    Shanahan isnt looking good..nor is RG3’s knee.

    and there is no lynch mob here..only me. so far. just wait until the others arrive!

  10. mapoui says:

    please excuse the double post. I dont know how…

  11. ch555x says:

    The weekend’s outcomes were what I expected, though the Seattle/DC match was a toss-up. Basically, RGIII has been hurt for quite some time and I suppose didn’t want the ire Cutler got a few years back.

  12. Miranda says:

    Get well RG3 – dont rush it, take all the time you need!

  13. DeShawn says:

    mapoui, the “others” have not arrived because they all realize that the team doctor did in fact clear RG3 to play. James Andrews himself confirmed this. So you’re wrong, and because you’re wrong nobody else of right mind is going to bother defending your position.

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