Saturday, January 5, 2013

NFL Wild Card Saturday Picks: CIN @ HOU, MIN @ GB

The playoffs are upon us, with a Wild Card Saturday composed of two rematches, one from last year's playoffs and one from a week ago. Below are some quick thoughts and predictions for today's contests.

Cincinnati Bengals @ Houston Texans, 4:30pm ET, NBC

The Texans are probably the better all-around team, but the Bengals are riding a hot streak while Houston has stumbled down the stretch. After holding the top seed in the AFC almost all year long, the Texans fell from No. 1 to No. 3 in Week 17.

Pick: The Bengals avenge last year's playoff loss to the Texans, winning 24-13

Minnesota Vikings @ Green Bay Packers, 8:00pm ET, NBC

Even though the Vikings were able to stave off the Packers last week in Minnesota and make the playoffs thanks to a victory against the Packers, this week is a whole different animal. It's unlikely that Adrian Peterson rushes for nearly 200 yards again and even more unlikely that the Packers lose to the same team two weeks in a row.

Pick: The Packers avenge last week's loss to the Vikings, defeating Minnesota 37-31

(Image courtesy NBC)

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