When will this diva learn some responsibility??
Unlike the comfortable Metrodome, this game will be played in brutal cold weather that may go below zero degrees. Is he hiding his appearance after another wild night?? If the Bengals win, they will be assured a trip to Foxboro to face the New England Patriots. However, Peyton Manning has been announced as the Denver starter this time aroBREAKING: Johnny Manziel has been cited for expired plates (seriously, that’s an AP story!)! With all that said I’ve settled on Eddie Lacy on being my favorite running back of the week as far as value. Hopkins made a pair of TD catches against the Chiefs in Week 1, although Peters got an INT and the 27-20 victory. Still, Kansas City enters the playoffs as the NFL’s hottest team, ripping off 10 straight following a 1-5 start, and the one early win was a season-opening 27-20 victory at Houston. Pittsburgh has no reliable options behind him, so that will force Ben Roethlisberger to win the game through the air, and it’s hard to be one-dimensional and win playoff games.
The Steelers and Bengals play at 8:15 p.m. Saturday. Each team has a major injury to deal with- the Bengals will be without quarterback Andy Dalton and the Steelers will be without DeAngelo Williams.
Steelers-Bengals: Give me the Steelers. Quarterback Alex Smith does have postseason experience with San Francisco and Jeremy Maclin had a 1,000-yard receiving campaign with eight touchdowns. The inexperienced AJ Mccarran will start for the injured Andy Dalton.
The NFL playoffs begin today in the wild card round. McCutiepie should be able to toss it around against the Steel D (30th against the pass), but his running backs may have a tougher time (fifth against the run). How much of an advantage, if any, do these factors play historically? Humidity was 95 percent, and there were 8 miles per hour winds. This time, the Patriots won’t need a late-game hero.
In the NFC, the Minnesota Vikings (11-5) host the Seattle Seahawks (10-6), who are aiming for their third straight Super Bowl and are, arguably, the form team coming into the play-offs. I think the Colts not being in the playoffs will help me be as impartial as possible when making these picks.
With the wind chill getting into the negative teens, the ball should feel like a amusing shaped cannonball when thrown. Minnesota counters with Adrian Peterson, still running strong after all these years, and ever-improving quarterback Teddy Bridgewater. This will be a very low scoring affair.
DraftKings offers many different one-week fantasy games for Wild Card Weekend, giving players plenty more chances to win prizes. He averages 23.4 DK points per game at home and over his last three full games he has put up 25, 38, and 35 DK points. On the other side, the Bengals have one of the most complete rosters in the league with basically no huge weaknesses except for the most important position; quarterback. They actually did not beat any playoff teams this year. They very almost took AFC West as well.
Key Matchups: Green Bay’s sputtering offense against a mediocre, but improving defense; Cousins versus the Packers’ so-so secondary. When it lines up for this AFC wild card game on Saturday, Cincinnati will try to avoid an eighth straight playoff loss.
For most of the season, the NFC East and AFC South battled for the dubious distinction of being labeled the worst division in the NFL. Old shoe-type funk, not the George Clinton type. “We approach them like a new team, we’re going to study them, do what we can, find our indicators, find our adjustments, then go out there and play a ballgame”.
Luketic: The Cincinnati Bengals haven’t won a playoff game since 1991, the longest active winless playoff streak. Rodgers has trended the opposite direction – three TDs to three INTs in the last three games.