Just kidding; I've always been this good.
HOUSTON over Cincinnati
What I'm watching: How the Texans' secondary assign their coverage. It's well noted how much of an A.J. Green fan I am, so it's no surprise that I believe he could win this game by himself against the likes of Jonathan Joseph and Kareem Jackson. They tend to each stick to their side of the field, so expect a safety to give help to whichever side Green lines up on a play to play basis. Joseph was a shutdown corner in his first year in Houston, but injuries have slowed him down this season. Jackson has been merely solid as a former first round pick out of Alabama while Brandon Harris, a 2011 second round pick, might be over matched in the slot against the slippery Andrew Hawkins. Thus, the soon-to-be Defensive Player of the Year, J.J. Watt, will have to consistently generate pressure in order to help his team win this key matchup.
Prediction: Texans 24, Bengals 20
|Houston's secondary will need help from Watt like last year's playoff game.|
|These two have become quite the dynamic duo.|
Prediction: Packers 31, Vikings 20
BALTIMORE over Indianapolis
What I'm watching: How Andrew Luck performs on the road in his first career playoff game. It's a tight race, with different stats pointing different directions, but I believe that Luck deserves to be the Offensive Rookie of the Year because not only has he improved his team from 2-14 to an unbelievable 11-5, but he has done it with a much worse defense, running game, and offensive line than Robert Griffin III or Russell Wilson, whose teams have improved from 5-11 and 7-9 to 10-6 and 11-5, respectively. However, I will say that Luck was less consistent on the road, where he had an 11-13 TD-Int ratio as the Colts went just 4-4. Conversely, the Ravens were 6-2 at home, and Joe Flacco is considerably better at home, exemplified by a 97.6 quarterback rating compared to just 69.8 on the road. #ChuckStrong was a great run, but this game is in Baltimore, and the Ravens will have a little more giddy up in their step with the return of Ray Lewis after he announced he is retiring after the playoffs.
Prediction: Ravens 34, Colts 27
|Could this be Ray Lewis' last game?|
|Maybe he'll learn some tips.|
Prediction: Seahawks 24, Redskins 14