If for some reason you want to listen to us talk about all these games, Spence, Matt and I talked about these games on our show at RabbleTV. Heres the link.
Chiefs(-3) @ Texans
Pete: With Houston somehow managing to get home field through the NFL's screwed up system (they are 9-7, KC is 11-5), this game should be relatively decent, at least for the first half. However, I see the Chiefs running away with this one in the second half led by the sudden emergence of QB Alex Smith. Both teams have extremely underrated defenses, but the Chiefs' offense is just a tad better.
Matt: I had originally picked the Chiefs because of the 10 game win streak, and lack of QBs for Houston. However, there always seems to be an upset in the playoffs and this seems the only viable option. I'm taking the risk and going with the Texans upset at home.
Jordan: The Chiefs are the hottest team in football right now, riding a ten game winning streak in which they've been firing on all cylinders. So with that, I'll take Kansas City on the road against the Texans in what I see as a really good defensive matchup.
Steelers(-3) @ Bengals
Pete: This line shows you just how highly people feel about Pittsburgh. On the road, against the #3 seed team in the AFC and the Steelers still manage a field goal spread. I will go with the Steelers in a runaway game.
Matt: Unless people are severely underrating AJ McCarron, I can't see a backup QB getting the best of this Pittsburgh team, even with the bad secondary. Big Ben just has too many weapons and Cincinnati won't be able to keep up. I'm taking the Steelers and I don't think it will be close.
Jordan: With Andy Dalton being ruled out, it's hard to go with Cincy. However, the injury bug has struck Pittsburgh's running backs again as DeAngelo Williams has been ruled out with an ankle injury. So it looks like we've got a backup QB leading a pretty healthy offense against a banged up QB and a questionable RB position. So I'll take Cincinnati.
Seahawks(-5) @ Vikings
Pete: This should be a great game. Experience vs. Youth. The Seahawks have gotten hot at the right moment and could threaten the juggernauts (Arizona and Carolina) for a spot in Santa Clara. In a year or two, the Vikings could win this game but not yet. I will take the Seahawks winning this one with relative ease.
Matt: The Seahawks are arguably the hottest team in the NFL right now and I dont see Minnesota as anything more than a speedbump in their way. The only thing that could derail this team is the frigid temperatures they'll face up north. I'm going with the Seahawks in this one.
Jordan: There is just something about the playoffs that turns Seattle into a juggernaut. However, this year's juggernaut is pretty hurt. Lynch is questionable and while he struggled when healthy, he's just something else in the playoffs. Minnesota is pretty healthy, especially offensively. So I'll take Minnesota in a shoot out.
Packers @ Redskins(-1)
Pete: I have no idea why so many people are on Washington's Hype Train. Yes, they are getting hot at the right time, but they are playing the Packers. They have a certain man named Aaron Rodgers, who is arguably the best quarterback in the NFL. The Packers should win this one, but I don't see them doing much in the playoffs. Another disappointing year from Green Bay.
Matt: The day Kirk Cousins gets the best of Aaron Rodgers is the day I'll admit that I like the idea of Tessie the Green Monster. It's never gonna happen. Neither of these teams are great, and I think it will come down to which QB will take control, and that's going to be Rodgers. I'm taking the Packers, but it will be closer than people expect.
Jordan: The Packers seemed to do a lot worse this year than their record says. They had numerous sloppy wins as well as some pretty upsetting wins if you're a cheesehead. But they're facing the Redskins, and Washington has very minimal playoff experience and Kirk Cousins, while he was cooking in the home stretch of the season, has never started a playoff game. I see him struggling mightily. Washington will get their points but I ultimately see the Pack taking this one.