After 17 weeks of watching regular season football, it is finally time for the playoffs and the Wild Card weekend is always an entertaining weekend. We have the greatest comeback of all time when the Bills came back to defeat the Houston Oilers, and then lost to the Tennessee Titans many seasons later on the Music City Miracle. Remember when the Cardinals put up 51 against the Packers back in 2009 for the victory? What about just five years ago when Marshawn Lynch had one of the greatest runs of all time. The playoffs are here! It’s time to check out Saturday’s AFC match ups.
#5 Kansas City Chiefs vs #4 Houston Texans – 4:15pm EST (ABC)
These two teams met the first Sunday of the regular season. You can throw that game out the window as both teams are drastically different. The Chiefs and Andy Reid are riding a 10 game winning streak while the Texans are 7-2 in their last 9 games. Texans quarterback Brian Hoyer is making is playoff debut and he has the pleasure of lining up against Justin Houston who is making his return after missing the last 5 game due to injury. The Houston defense has not allowed an offensive touchdown in five of their last 9 games. Alex Smith, the prototypical game manager, will have to take some chances but also be aware of the one and only JJ Watt.
The playoff game could either be really boring, or the best game of the weekend. Luckily for us, it is the first game of the weekend so we can get it out of the way. Alex Smith makes less mistakes than Brian Hoyer and the Chiefs advance to the Divisional round with a 27-17 victory.
#6 Pittsburgh Steelers vs #3 Cincinnati Bengals – 8:15pm EST (CBS)
The Bengals have lost 7 playoff games in a row, with 6 of those coming under head coach Marvin Lewis. Crazy to think he is still the coach after being mediocre. Lewis will be without the red rocket in starting quarterback Andy Dalton who broke his thumb trying to tackle a Steelers defender during the regular season. It will be up to Alabama legend AJ Mccarran to get the money off this franchises back. The young quarterback is fortunate enough to have the playmakers behind him in AJ Green and Tyler Eifert. That Bengals defense isn’t that bad at all.
For the Steelers, it was a week one match up against their divisional rivals where they lost their star running back Leveon Bell. Big Ben has missed a couple of games due to injury and they will also being without starting running back DeAngelo Williams. With the absence of Williams, that leave Michael Vick as the active leading rusher on the current roster. Uh oh! No worries though. Ben might have the best trio in wide outs in the league. Antonio Bryant does not drop passes, Martavis Bryant is becoming a red zone favorite, and Markus Wheaton is going to make a name for himself in the playoffs. The Steelers have lost their last 3 playoff games but that will change come Sunday morning. Big Ben will not let this team lose. Steelers win 34-24.
Both road teams come out victorious. Could this be a theme for Sundays action?Hmmmmm.