Sunday, January 6, 2013

NFL Wild Card Sunday Picks: IND @ BAL, SEA @ WSH

After a mediocre 1-for-2 day predicting yesterday's Wild Card games, let's take a stab at it again, with today's contests featuring three rookie quarterbacks.

Indianapolis Colts @ Baltimore Ravens, 1pm ET, CBS

Did you know the Colts used to be in Baltimore? I wasn't sure if you noticed that the 1,000 or so times it's been mentioned, and undoubtedly will continued to be mentioned today. Also, the winner will head to Denver to face Peyton Manning and the Broncos, so get ready to have the Luck v. Manning chatter slammed into your head for three hours as well. Finally, the "Ray Lewis is the greatest player and man in the history of the universe" theme should dominate all pregame coverage and the game broadcast.

Just so you know what you're in for.

As for the on-the-field battle, the Ravens offense has looked both anemic and explosive at times this season, but unfortunately for Baltimore it's been the former more often that the latter. If the "bad Ravens" show up today, look for Andrew Luck to continue his impressive rookie season, leading the Colts out of Baltimore and on to Denver.

Pick: Colts defeat Ravens, 24-17

Seattle Seahawks @ Washington Redskins, 4:30pm ET, FOX

The Redskins are on a tear, with rookies Alfred Morris and RG3 playing great football. Playing in Washington - well, Landover, MD, actually - will surely help the Skins but Seattle's defense might just be able to contain Griffin. If that happens, and Seattle can control the tempo of the game, Russell Wilson and company should take care of business.

Pick: Seahawks win, 28-24

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