2014 NFL Wildcard Weekend Preview

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San Diego Chargers at Cincinnati Bengals.  Many people think that the Chargers lucked out thanks to everyone else losing (Dolphins and Ravens) and some suspect officiating (that kept my Steelers out).  Nonetheless, San Diego played their way in by winning, and shouldn’t apologize for circumstances the team cannot control.  Having said that, I do not think the Chargers can win in frigid – and perhaps snowy – Cincinnati.  The Bengals are on a mission and should win this game handily (they better be because they were my preseason Super Bowl pick from the AFC).  Face it Bengals fans – no matter what y’all say, y’all were happy not to see the Steelers in this game.  Since that is the case, Bengals 27, Chargers 13.

Kansas City Chiefs at Indianapolis Colts.  This one of the “revenge games” this weekend.  I like the Chiefs’ chances better now that they are getting their stud defensive players back (Tamba Hali among others), which should help their pass rush on the fast indoor track in Indy.  Speaking of which, even though the Colts beat the Chiefs down in KC two weeks back, I think being indoors will help KC’s Jamaal Charles run wild and its pass rush.  Those factors will help the Chiefs win a close one on the road.  Chiefs 20, Colts 17.

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New Orleans Saints at Philadelphia Eagles.  This should be a high-scoring game – if it doesn’t snow.  Then again, when the Eagles and Detroit Lions played in a blizzard a few weeks ago, 54 points were scored in that game (34-20 Philly).  At any rate, Philly might not have that good of a defense, but man can it score some points.  I will say this: as bad as the Saints have been on the road, I do give them a shot in Philly because of that bad Philly defense.  Not to mention, the Saints defense has drastically improved from last season.  In fact, bump it – I’m taking the Saints.  Saints 28, Eagles 24.

San Francisco 49ers at Green Bay Packers.  This is the game of the weekend.  It will be tough for the Niners because they have to go into frigid Green Bay and play against Aaron Rodgers.  However, not only are the Niners built for bad weather, they also have the Packers’ number.  Plus, Green Bay’s defense is horrid at best.  That alleged defense still does not have an answer for Colin Kaepernick, and I think Kaep and San Fran’s offense will run wild on Green Bay.  And as much as I love Rodgers, there is no way in hell he will overcome the Niners’ defense.  And by the way, the Niners were my preseason Super Bowl champ, so I gotta go with them.  49ers 27, Packers 17. 

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