2012 NFL Playoffs: Wildcard Sunday

January 8, 2012 at 12:37 pm Leave a comment

Falcons @ Giants

This game will be determined by which team can minimize their weaknesses and exploit matchups.  Eli Manning and the Giants should be able to pass on the Falcons zone, especially without Grimes.  Meanwhile, the Falcons should be able to run the ball, particularly up the middle against the Giants.  The Giants’ secondary has been leaving a lot of open space and given time Ryan can deliver the football.  But that’s where the biggest matchup takes center stage: the Giants pass rush versus the Falcons’ offensive line.  I favor the Giants, especially on the edge where ATL has stuggled.  I see a close game that the Giants find a way to win.

  • 24 Giants, 20 Falcons

Steelers @ Broncos

This is a very interesting matchup, even when you put Tebow aside, that could turn or to be a slugfest or blowout.  The Broncos will have to rely on their pass rush of Von Elvis versus a less than spectacular Steelers front.  On the other side of the ball, the running games should key both teams.  With Mendenhall out, Issac Redman will show how much improved he is going against the weak run D of the Broncos.  For Denver, Willis McGahee needs to keep the ball moving forward and protect it.  Tebow will have to make a few plays, but Pittsburgh has a propensity for letting these types of teams hang this season (KC for one).  The question is: will it be a close game in the fourth or will the Steelers defense set the tone early and often.  I go with the latter.
  • Steelers 23, Broncos 13

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