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Prediction for NFL Wildcard Playoff Round 2016

As with most of my posts, I’ll start off with a confession: I’m not happy about the teams that made the playoffs. This is a personal irritation, nothing to do with the quality of the teams that landed in the playoffs in the 2015-2016 season.

That being said, here are my predictions for the first week (wildcard week) of the 2016 playoff season:

Chiefs at Texans:

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Chiefs 24, Texans 13

Yes, the Texans are on a roll, winning 7 of their last 9 games. It’s unfortunate that they ended up paired with the Chiefs in the Wildcard round, who have won 10 straight. The Chiefs are all around a better club. They have the better QB in Alex Smith (San Diego native), and have a better turnover margin. Even if the game is close, all of the pieces fall on the side of the Chiefs. I don’t think this one will be too close for the Chiefs to handle though.

 

Steelers at Bengals:

i-3i-4Steelers 24, Bengals 20

This is my upset of the week. I keep reading over and over about the Bengals being one of the most likely Super Bowl 50 contenders, but I have trouble buying it. The Bengals are 0-6 since 2005 in the postseason, riding on an untested backup, and are feeling a little too loose this week. Some analysts love this. I don’t. Steelers have faced some setbacks this week, including the loss of DeAngelo Williams, but I think this squad has what it takes to come into Cincinnati and take the game.

 

Seahawks at Vikings:

i-5i-6Seahawks 29, Vikings 17

I love to hate the Seahawks. Perhaps it’s because I actually love the city, or always admired Pete Carroll’s attitude and ability to coach the game. Maybe I hate them because of personal stories from my wife about Marshawn Lynch from Buffalo (not even going into that!). But the Seahawks will win this game. Even with a temperature of about 0 degrees fahrenheit , I think Seattle will be able to win this battle. On top, I think this game will be higher scoring than traditional cold-weather battles.

 

Packers at Redskins:

i-7i-8Packers 24, Redskins 17

I’m scared for the Packers. They have looked outright bad in the last several weeks of the regular season. That being said, I still think they are a better team than the “lucky to make it in” Redskins. Although Green Bay is far from being on a “hot streak,” they still have number 12 on the field, and that’s enough for me to go with the ‘Pack. You like that? You like that!

Born and raised in Southern California, Tyler has been designing professionally for over 10 years. A self-proclaimed "jack of all trades", he has spent his twenties traveling the world, producing award-winning photos and videos, starting various companies, meeting and marrying his beautiful wife, and raising their first son.

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