NFL Wildcard Sunday open thread

posted at 11:01 am on January 6, 2013 by Ed Morrissey

Home field ruled yesterday, as the Houston Texans returned to their winning ways yesterday against the Cincinnati Bengals.  Houston dominated but let the Bengals stay in the game, eventually outlasting them 19-13.  The Minnesota Vikings didn’t do any better, only scoring a TD in trash time as the Packers cruised to the next round, 24-10. Neither game was all that exciting, although the last-minute start for Minnesota’s Joe Webb at QB produced one exciting drive at the beginning of the game.

Will home field do the trick today? I went 1-1 in yesterday’s picks, and I’m picking a road team today too …

  • Colts at Ravens (1 pm ET, CBS) - Oh, I know how I’d like to see this game go.  I’d love to see Andrew Luck lead Indianapolis to an upset victory over Pittsburgh rival Baltimore and chart a Cinderella course through the playoffs.  And when one looks at Baltimore’s track record, a few things pop out — like the fact that the Ravens have lost four of their last five games, and the last time they beat a playoff team this season was Week 3 against the Patriots.  On the other hand, Baltimore has listed Ray Lewis as probable for today, and after announcing his retirement, this will be his last home game.  Is that enough to stop Baltimore’s slide?  At home, I have to grudgingly say yes. Ravens 24-17 over the Colts, but I’ll be rooting for the other way around.
  • Seahawks at Redskins (4:30 pm, FOX) - This may be the game of the weekend.  It pits two young QBs with big futures against each other on a big stage.  RGIII has gotten most of the attention this year, but Russell Wilson has led his team to a better record and has six more TD passes than Griffin.  The Seahawks have won five games in a row, starting with a tough OT win in Chicago.  Still, Seattle isn’t a good road team, only going 3-5 away from home, and Washington has won seven games in a row to finish out the season.  This one’s coming down to the final possession.  I’m going to go for the upset here and pick Seattle by a field goal, 31-28, maybe in OT.

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