Totally Biased NFL Picks: The Wildcard Round

Travis and Kris return to predict the outcomes of the opening round of the NFL playoffs

Remember when Kris used to know how to pick games?

Next thing you know an asteroid hits the planet and the dinosaurs are wiped out.

In all honesty though, how fitting is it that with five games different in week 17, the season standings would come down to the Giants game. Too bad Kris forgot that Tony Romo has lost almost every big game he’s ever taken part in.

All smack talk aside, Kris and I have decided to come back for the playoffs, and give the fans what they want. More predictions of course! Although there won’t be a lock of the week, we still promise to deliver the goods with our comical, entertaining, but also very thought out write ups. Of course, the real reason we’re covering the post season is to give Kris a chance to save face ;)

You think I meant it when I said smack talk aside? You should know me better than that.

Season Standings 

Travis: 104 – 61
Kris: 103 – 62
Lock of the Week: 10 – 1

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Trav: Houston Texans
Kris: Houston Texans

Kris: The 9-7 Bengals are headed to Houston to take on the #3 seed Texans. Both teams aren’t used to being in the playoffs year in and year out. This is Houston first year in the postseason as a franchise and the Bengals haven’t won a playoff game since 1990! Both teams have excellent defenses and rookie quarterbacks at the helm. T.J Yates hasn’t put up very good numbers at all after taking over for Matt Leinhart, Yates has thrown for just 949 yards, 3 touchdowns and 3 interceptions, but his stats are still better than Peyton Manning’s. HA! 

In a season that was thought to be a rebuilding year for the Bengals, Andy Dalton has taken Cinncinati beyond their every expectation. The red-headed, rocket slinging, young-gunner has put up numbers that are good but still very sub-par with the rest of the field. With 20 touchdowns and only 13 interceptions as a rookie, Dalton has promise to be the Bengals starter for a long time.

If the Bengals want to have any shot at winning their wild-card match-up they must slow down Arian Foster and make rookie quarterback T.J. Yates beat them with his arm. With Andre Johnson returning to the field last week in a loss against the Titans, expect Yates to find Johnson often in this game. The Bengals on the other hand, but limit their mistakes against a very opportunistic Houston defense and play smart football in order to come out with the win.

I’m going to take the Houston Texans in this match-up because of their stout defense and ability to run the ball with Arian Foster and Ben Tate. With Andre Johnson returning TJ Yates will have one of the league’s best wide-outs to toss the ball to and keep the chains moving. Although, I would much rather have the Bengals come out with the win so the Patriots host them instead of the Steelers!

Trav: Pittsburgh Steelers
Kris: Pittsburgh Steelers

Kris: The 12-4 Steelers are headed to Denver to go skiing. Oh, and to take on the #4 seed Broncos in the Wild Card round of the playoffs. This game has more story lines then one can count. The number one storyline being Tim Tebow at the helm for Broncos. After racking up seven-straight wins, Mr. Tebow ended the last 3 games of the regular season ice cold. Last week the Broncos put up 3 whole points against the Kansas City Chiefs in a barn-burner of a game that ended 7-3. Has Tebow’s magic warn off? Is Tebow good enough to beat the mighty Steelers defense? Well, we’ll find out.

Pittsburgh has had it’s fair share of injuries, it just so happens they occured as the playoffs start. Ben Roethlisberger has been hobbled the past few weeks with an ankle injury. Reshard Mendenhall will be sitting out this week after tearing his ACL. Markice Pouncey also has a foot injury which took him out of last week’s game against the Browns. Ryan Clark, one of Pitt’s starting safeties, is out of Sunday’s game due to a sickle-cell triat which becomes aggrevated at higher altitudes.  The Broncos has plenty of injuries as well with starting safety Brian Dawkins being ruled out with a neck injury and right guard Chris Kuper out after breaking his leg in last week’s game against the Chiefs.

Denver wants to knock out the Steelers from the playoffs, they’ll need a heroic effort from their magical quarterback, Tim Tebow. With much speculation on Tebow on his throwing ability, he’ll have to let the balls fly if they want to win. They’ll have to generate a lot more than 3 points against a Steelers team that has only allowed 6 touchdowns since week 12.

I see this being a defensive contest for much of the game but I think Pittsburgh will just be too much for the Denver offense. With Troy Polumalu flying around in the secondary, James Harrison looking to remove heads and Lamar Woodley returning to the line-up, this may be a dark day for Tim Tebow and the Broncos. But not all hope is lost for the Broncos. Remember, they do have Tim Tebow.

Trav: Detroit Lions
Kris: New Orleans Saints

Trav: I can confidently say that I feel like New Orleans is the team to beat in the NFC. Drew Brees in the safety and comfort of the dome is a scary thought. That being said, I think Detroit is going to take down the mighty Saints.

I know, you think I’m crazy. Matthew Stafford has had the season of a lifetime, tossing for 41 TD’s and over 5,000 yards. The thing that will separate these two teams is the defense of the Detroit Lions. The Saints have a prolific offense, and Brees has had perhaps the best season of any QB in league history. Unfortunately for Brees and Company, the Lions have been on a tear. I know they lost to Matt Flynn and the Packers, but something is really telling me that they can dethrone New Orleans.

The key to victory for the team from the motor city might be the pass rush they can bring on the Saints offensive line. Suh, Avril, and Vanden Bosch are going to have to play the games of their lives. Call me crazy, but I think they can do it.

Trav: New York Giants
Kris: Atlanta Falcons

Trav: Injuries decimated what could have been a dream season for Big Blue in 2011. Fortunately, everyone’s record now stands at zippo and zippo, and they are blessed with a fresh start. Kind of.

For those who only follow their team, and wondered how the Giants finished 9-7, yet had an offensive season for the ages, look no further but the injuries on the defensive side of the ball. Jonathan Goff, the signal caller for the G-Men tore his ACL in the preseason, as did Terrell Thomas, the Giants leading interceptor from 2010. Throw in some injuries to Michael Boley, Osi Umenyiora, Hakeem Nicks, Ahmad Bradshaw and Justin Tuck, and our injury report was longer than a Harry Potter novel.

Thankfully, the G-Men have everyone healthy. Victor Cruz, Mario Manningham, Hakeem Nicks and Jake Ballard will all be playing on Sunday afternoon, as will Tuck, Umenyiora, and NFC Defensive Player of the Month, Jason Pierre-Paul, and Big Blue is ready to roll.

Even with everyone back, stopping Julio Jones, Roddy White, and Michael Turner will prove difficult. What can I say, I’m biased. And you know what… You love it.

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Thanks again for reading our this week’s NFL picks for the wildcard round of the playoffs! You better like us on facebook and follow us on Twitter @T0tallyBiased…or else. Tune in next week as we break down the divsional round of the playoffs! Be sure to check out our many other articles and be sure to tune in every day as we release many different articles throughout the week. – Kris Kauffman

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One Response to “Totally Biased NFL Picks: The Wildcard Round”
  1. Justin W. Grover says:

    I hate you both.

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