Cincinatti vs. Houston, Saturday 4:30 p.m.
Houston was a sexy pick for the 2013 Super Bowl champion (and my personal pick) before the season began.
Arian Foster ran for 1424 yards this season and Matt Schaub continues to be efficient. This offense isn't dazzling anyone this season. It is their defense that anchors this team. J.J. Watt has been phenomenal, but the loss of Brian Cushing still plagues me when considering a deep playoff run. Houston has loss three of its last four, which is not a brilliant way to lead into wild card weekend.
Cincinatti has snuck into the playoffs for a second year in a row edging out division opponent the Pittsburgh Steelers. The Bengals offense led by second year QB, Andy Dalton, has some talent around it that has gotten seemingly overlooked. AJ Green, Benjarvus Green-Ellis, and Ben Tate are all top ten guys at their positions. Sneakily, the Bengals defense outranks Houston in many defensive categories including points allowed.
This game is going to be a drudge fest. I anticipate a low scoring game with some defensive turnovers. Foster will break a great run and AJ Green will have a highlight reel catch.
Houston 20, Cincinnati 17
Indianapolis vs. Baltimore, Sunday 1:00 p.m.
This will be Ray Lewis' last game. It will be emotional for the Ravens, but the Colts have been playing that game all season because of Coach Pagano's cancer diagnosis. I suspect these will cancel out.
After a terrible season that landed the Colts Andrew Luck, they seem to have bounced back. The Ravens have
Flacco Ray Rice leading the offense. In both team statistics (i.e. offense and defense) Baltimore is a better team. Despite this, I can't help but think there is a changing of the guard this year.
Indianapolis 28, Baltimore 21