NFL Wildcard Weekend Preview & Maybe A Few Predictions

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Now let’s get down to business.

The Bears are once again out of the NFL playoffs and will pick 11th in the 2016 Draft after finishing 6-10. I would like to say I am surprised, but I am not. Head coach John Fox said this season wouldn’t be pretty and it wasn’t, I do feel that the Bears will get better and after looking at their schedule (pretty easy) my early prediction is that they will improve to 9-7 and get a wild card spot. Enough on the Bears, I am sure you have read all too many articles on their disaster season.

This weekend is Wildcard Weekend, one of my favorites in sports! Anything can happen. As Carolina Panthers linebacker Luke Kuechly said “The playoffs are a different animal, you have to keep winning. You lose and you go home.” None of the teams kicking off Saturday or Sunday want to only extend their season one lousy week.

Here are some easy talking points when you are at the bar this weekend faking your “Dry January” and that cute guy starts talking to you.

Game 1: Kansas City Chiefs at Houston Texans (Saturday 4:35pm ET) – When the Texans started the season 2-5, none of us thought they would be here. The Texans have gone through more QBs than the dreaded Browns, but they do have one thing and his name is JJ Watt and a defense that in my opinion is just getting started. The loss of left tackle Duane Brown will be tough on them though. What can you say about the Chiefs?! They have won 10 straight games and are just HOT HOT HOT… Even though the Texans have home field and we all know how I feel about JJ Watt the Chiefs are just that HOT. Chiefs 17 – Texans 10

Game 2: Pittsburgh Steelers at Cincinnati Bengals (Saturday 8:15pm ET) – This game is going to be hard to call. These two teams are evenly matched expect for the QB  position, the Steelers have massive Ben Roethlisberger who already has two Super Bowl Championships and shows up in the big games. Cincinnati lost their star QB Andy Dalton on Dec 13th vs. the Steelers when he broke his thumb. He just had his cast removed, but is listed as the back up to AJ McCarron and I just think that even though McCarron has done well for the Bengals, I am just not sure he is ready for this, even though one of my best friends Audra is going to kill me (please don’t send Nance after me). Steelers 23 – Bengals 17

Game 3: Seattle Seahawks at Minnesota Vikings (Sunday 1:05pm ET) – This could be the most lopsided game of the weekend. The Vikings won the NFC North and what do they get for winning?! They get to host the other hottest team in the NFL the Seattle Seahawks.  The Seahawks started out the season an awful 2-4 and have gone 8-2 the last 10 weeks. Their defense, I hate to say it Panther fans is the best in the NFL. If you look at the stats, Russell Wilson is having his best season… say what?! He already won one Super Bowl and lost barley last year to the Pats. Watch out for Wilson, he is going to be the QB to watch in the playoffs. Yes. The Vikings have the league’s best running back with Adrian Peterson and an emerging franchise quarterback with Teddy Bridgewater. However the Seattle defense will have Teddy running faster than my favorite Seahawks fan Jay to an Air Jordan convention. Seahawks 31 – Vikings 10

Game 4: Green Bay Packers at Washington Redskins (Sunday 4:40pm ET) –   I am a Bears fan. I will ALWAYS ROOT AGAINST THE PACKERS, it’s in my DNA. With that said. The Packers look awful heading into the postseason. Aaron Rodgers has been so inconsistent this season; grant it his offensive line has been heinous. The Redskins on the other hand are flying high into the postseason, but they don’t have much experience on the postseason stage. Redskins QB Kirk Cousins is the new savior in DC, and he may just be what the team needs to turn this franchise around. Their defense is good but not great, and Aaron Rodgers just knows how to score points in the playoffs.  Packers 23 – Redskins 17

Buckle up friends it is going to be a one heck of a wildcard weekend!

About the author: Victoria L. Olszowy. Co-Founder/Editor-in-Chief. Victoria is a Chicago native who is obsessed with Chicago sports; she bleeds the Maize & Michigan Blue and is an avid fan of the Blackhawks, Cubs, Bears and Bulls. She is excited to be leading SDI into the next iteration and all feedback is welcome! Victoria is a seasoned technology/sports public relations executive at Golin. A lover of the outdoors, Victoria is a competitive runner and just finished her Master’s Degree this past spring. You can contact Victoria at v.kendzierski@sportsdivasinc.com or on Twitter @chisportsdivas or Instagram @victoriakendzie

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