NFL WILD CARD 2013

NFL WILDCARD

It’s that time of year again, the NFL Playoffs. The First round, the Wild Card, which features 8 teams, 4 Division winners and 4 Wild Cards.

TEAM-BY-TEAM BREAKDOWN

Chiefs-Colts

Saturday, January 4th, 435 PM NBC (Dan Hicks, Mike Mayock, Alex Flanagan)

Kansas City Chiefs

Head Coach: Andy Reid, 1st season (11-5) (2nd AFC West)

2012 Record: 2-14

The Kansas City Chiefs improved vastly with a new coach and quarterback in Alex Smith. The Chiefs improved with 9 wins. The Chiefs started off the season 9-0 before finishing 2-5.  The Chiefs are 1-5 against Playoff teams (Eagles, Broncos, Chargers, Colts).

GOOD WINS: Dallas Cowboys, Philadelphia Eagles

BAD LOSSES: San Diego Chargers (2x), Indianapolis Colts

The Chiefs have 8 players in the Pro Bowl

Indianapolis Colts

Head Coach: Chuck Pagano, 2nd Season (11-5) (1st Place AFC South)

2012 Record: 11-5

The Indianapolis Colts are in the second season with the Pagano-Luck system. The Colts have faced opponents with a .525 winning percentage and winning the South by 4 games. The Colts are 4-2 against playoff teams (Denver Broncos, San Diego Chargers, Kansas City Chiefs, Cincinnati Bengals, San Francisco 49ers, Seattle Seahawks)

GOOD WINS: San Francisco 49ers, Seattle Seahawks, Denver Broncos, Kansas City Chiefs

BAD LOSSES: Miami Dolphins, San Diego Chargers, St. Louis Rams, Arizona Cardinals, Cincinnati Bengals

The Colts have 1 player (Robert Mathis) in the Pro Bowl

PREDICTION: CHIEFS 31-COLTS 24

Saints-Eagles

 Saturday, January 4th, 8 PM NBC (Al Michaels, Cris Collinsworth, Michele Tafoya)

New Orleans Saints

Head coach: Sean Payton, 8th season (11-5) (2nd in NFC South)

 2012 Record: 7-9

The Saints and Sean Payton return to the playoffs after the 2012 Bounty Scandal. The Saints started off 5-0 and ended up 6-5, but did go undefeated at home this year. In the NFC South, the Saints and Carolina Panthers were in contention for division and 1st round bye. In the month of December, the Saints went 2-3 while the Panthers went 4-1 to take the Panthers out of division and bye. Saints were 9-2 and Panthers were 8-3 by the end of Week 13. The Saints went 2-3 against Playoff teams (Patriots, Panthers 2x, Seahawks, 49ers).

GOOD WINS: San Francisco 49ers, Carolina Panthers

BAD LOSSES: New York Jets, St. Louis Rams

The Saints have 5 players in the Pro Bowl

Philadelphia Eagles

Head Coach: Chip Kelly (1st Season, 10-6) (1st NFC East)

2012 Record: 4-12

The Eagles are under new leadership of High-Offense Power coach, Chip Kelly. The Eagles started off slow at 3-5, but ended up finishing 7-1 in the 2nd half of the season, only losing at Minnesota. The Eagles and their hot 2nd half leads them another play in to the playoffs, which the East had to be claimed once again, the Dallas Cowboys can’t win that Week 17 game. The Eagles went 1-3 against Playoff teams (San Diego Chargers, Kansas City Chiefs, Denver Broncos, Green Bay Packers)

GOOD WINS: Green Bay Packers

BAD LOSSES: San Diego Chargers, Dallas Cowboys, New York Giants, Minnesota Vikings

The Eagles have 2 players in the Pro Bowl

PREDICTION: EAGLES 24-17

 Chargers-Bengals

Sunday, January 5th, 105 CBS (Jim Nantz, Phil Simms)

San Diego Chargers

Head Coach: Mike McCoy, 1st Season (9-7) (3rd Place AFC West)

2012 Record: 7-9

The Chargers were led by rookie head coach Mike McCoy, who inherits Quarterback Philip Rivers and Tight End Antonio Gates. The Chargers managed to reach the playoffs by winning 4 out of 5 in December, their last loss was against the Cincinnati Bengals. In Week 11, the Chargers were on a 3 game losing streak and playoff hopes were out of reach, they were 4-6 and were fighting for the 6 seed with many others. After Week 11, the Chargers went 5-1 to grab the last spot. The Chargers in Week 17 got help from the Bengals, eliminating the Ravens from the 6 seed and the Jets were in support of the Chargers run by beating the Dolphins on the road. As for the Chargers, they were nearly eliminated in Week 17, but Ryan Succop kick went wide right for the game winning field goal. The game went into overtime and beat the 2nd string Chiefs, who were resting starters because they had already locked the 5 seed. Overtime, Chargers took the lead by a field goal and had a defensive stop to win and claim the 6 seed. The Steelers were also paying attention to this game because a Chiefs win would of put them in. The Chargers went  5-2 against playoff teams (Philadelphia Eagles, Cincinnati Bengals, Indianapolis Colts, Denver Broncos, Kansas City Chiefs)

GOOD WINS: Philadelphia Eagles, Indianapolis Colts, Kansas City Chiefs (2x), Denver Broncos

BAD LOSSES: Houston Texans, Tennessee Titans, Oakland Raiders, Washington Redskins, Miami Dolphins

The Chargers have 2 players in the Pro Bowl

Cincinnati Bengals

Head Coach: Marvin Lewis, 11th Season (11-5) (1st Place AFC North)

2012 Record: 10-6

The Bengals are led by Marvin Lewis, who is 2nd longest tenured coach and only behind New England’s Bill Belichick. The Bengals come in with lots of depth and drafted well in the 2013 Draft. The Draft included key players of: Tyler Eifert, Giovani Bernard and Margus Hunt. The depth of Bengals was so good, they lossed key stars in Geno Atkins, Taylor Mays and Leon Hall and still won the division. The Bengals were starting off hot in the 1st half of the season, going 6-2 with a perfect October (Week 9 game played on October 31, but stretches to November 4). The Bengals only had a 2 game losing streak and ended on 5-1 run to end the season and claim the division. The Bengals went 4-0 against Playoff teams (Green Bay Packers, New England Patriots, San Diego Chargers, Indianapolis Colts)

GOOD WINS: New England Patriots, Indianapolis Colts

BAD LOSSES: Chicago Bears, Cleveland Browns, Miami Dolphins, Baltimore Ravens, Pittsburgh Steelers

The Bengals have 2 players in the Pro Bowl

PREDICTION: BENGALS 34-24

49ers-Packers

Sunday, January 5th, 440 PM (Joe Buck, Troy Aikman, Pam Oliver)

San Francisco 49ers

Head Coach: Jim Harbaugh, 3rd Season (12-4) (2nd Place NFC West)

2012 Record: 11-4-1

After losing Super Bowl XLVII, Jim Harbaugh returns to the playoffs. Harbaugh could return to Super Bowl XLVII and won’t have to face his brother-John-and the Baltimore Ravens. The 49ers had a balanced season, 6-2 1st half and 6-2 2nd half, but did end the season on a 6 game win streak.  The 49ers went 2-4 against Playoff teams (Green Bay Packers, Seattle Seahawks (2x), Carolina Panthers, Indianapolis Colts, New Orleans Saints).

GOOD WINS: Seattle Seahawks

BAD LOSSES: Indianapolis Colts, Carolina Panthers, New Orleans Saints

The 49ers have 8 players in the Pro Bowl

Green Bay Packers

Head Coach: Mike McCarthy, 8th season (8-7-1) (1st Place NFC North)

2012 Record: 11-5

Mike McCarthy and the Packers return to another playoffs. The Packers were starting off hot and had to contend with the Detroit Lions and Chicago Bears for the NFC North. The Packers started off 5-2, but went 3-5-1 to finish the season. The 3-5-1 stretch included a 3 game losing streak, a tie and a loss. The losing stretch all occured in the month of November. To put in a run for the playoffs, they won 4 of 5 games in December and won the NFC North in Week 17 by beating the Chicago Bears. The Packers had luck and it will be hard to find that in the playoffs, they went 0-3 against playoff teams (San Francisco 49ers, Cincinnati Bengals, Philadelphia Eagles.

GOOD WINS: …

BAD LOSSES: Chicago Bears, New York Giants, Detroit Lions, Pittsburgh Steelers

The Packers have no players in the Pro Bowl

PREDICTION: 49ers 27-PACKERS 24

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TEAM: Kansas City Chiefs, Philadelphia Eagles, Cincinnati Bengals, San Francisco 49ers

OVER/UNDER: 55 (KC), 41 (PHI), 58 (CIN), 51 (SF)

Next Post: January 11th, Division Round

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