The Bears may be finished, but the real action is just beginning. I for one am excited to sit down and watch the NFL Playoffs unfold as the meatball-at-heart fan that I truly am. I’m ready to put away the notepad and enjoy the gluttony of beer, wings and intermittent Sunday naps.
For the second season in a row, the staff here at Chicago Bears Huddle will compete, picking each round of the Playoffs on the road to Super Bowl. Last year, Darren smoked us. This season, we have two new writers on board, Dominique and Rob. Even better this year, we’re competing against the readers. Place a vote and make your picks for the NFL’s Wild Card Round in each poll below!
In the AFC
Cincinnati Bengals (9-7) at Houston Texans (10-6)
Saturday 3:30pm Central
Houston lost Sunday due to a bad snap, and has nine giveaways in its last four games, including a minus-five turnover ratio. Gary Kubiak's group can't afford turnovers in what should be the weekend's tightest contest.
The biggest question mark is if the Bengals can beat a good team. Losses versus the 49ers, Ravens (twice), Steelers (twice), and Texans indicate they can't.
Pittsburgh Steelers (12-4) at Denver Broncos (8-8)
Sunday 3:30pm Central
These two teams last met in the playoffs in the 2005 AFC Championship. The Broncos were the two seed, but were bested by the sixth-seeded Steelers, 34-17.
In the NFC
Atlanta Falcons (10-6) at New York Giants (9-7)
Sunday Noon Central
The Falcons could also have trouble rushing the football. Turner is averaging just 56 yards running per game with a poor 3.3 yards per carry average.
The Giants' run defense has struggled this season, giving up 126.1 yards per game coming into Week 17. That said, they shut down the Dallas ground attack Sunday night (49 yards allowed).
These two teams have never met in the postseason. The Giants lost the NFL's first NFL Championship game in 1933. The Falcons started play in 1966.
Detroit Lions at (10-6) New Orleans Saints (13-3)
Saturday 7:00pm Central
... a trio that contributed to only allowing a sack for one out of Brees' every 26.9 dropbacks, the best rate in the league.
These two franchises have never met in the postseason. The Lions have been around since the playoffs were invented in 1933. The Saints initial season was 1967.
Chicago Bears Huddle Picks
|GAME||Adam (0-0)||Darren (0-0)||Rob (0-0)||Dominique (0-0)|
|CIN @ HOU||Texans||Texans||Bengals||Texans|
|PIT @ DEN||Steelers||Steelers||Steelers||Steelers|
|ATL @ NY||Falcons||Falcons||Falcons||Giants|
|DET @ NO||Saints||Saints||Saints||Saints|
Voting is completed for the week. Here are the reader's picks:
- Texans (63.16%)
- Steelers (90%)
- Giants (77.78%)
- Saints (73.68%)