NFL Wildcard Weekend Open Thread ~ Update: Sunday Line-up Added
posted at 6:04 pm on January 7, 2012 by Rovin
Houston’s back into the lead 17-10. No predictions on who’s going to win this one.
Update:Final score Texans 31, Bengals 10
The Texans have earned a date in Baltimore against the Ravens after winning the franchise’s first playoff game at home against the Bengals 31-10.
Do the Lions have a chance against the Saints at home? Or, in the Tebow-eese sense, do the Saints get thrown to the Lions?
Update: Final score: Saints 45, Lions 28
The Saints move on to face the 49ers in the divisional round. For the Saints to advance to their third NFC championship game in six seasons, they’ll have to do something they’ve never done before — win a road playoff game.
Bottom line: You’re not going to win many games against a team that is #1 in team offense, (Saints), and your team, (Detroit), is ranked #23 in total team defense.
(note: The Saints are ranked #24 in total team defense for the season)
We’ll see what happens next week when this high powered offense meets a San Francisco team that ranks #4 in total defense, #2 in points allowed (14.3), and #1 in rushing yards allowed, (77.3)
Falcons @ Giants
Offensively, these two teams are not far apart with the Giants at #8 and the Falcons at #10. On defense the Falcons rank #12 overall in the league and #6 in rushing yards allowed, (97.0). Conversely, the Giants #27 in total team defense giving up an average of 121 yds on the ground, and 255 yds through the air. With the home field advantage going to the G-Men, this game should be fairly close when they reach the fourth quarter. It could come down to who has the fewest turnovers or special teams play.
Steelers @ Broncos
Ben vs. Tim. The Steelers visit the confines of Mile High Stadium ranked #1 in total defense in the league with Denver at #20. On offense, the Steelers are ranked #12 with the Broncos at #23, however they both rank towards the bottom of the league in average points scored, Steelers #21 at 20.3 and Broncos #25 at 19.3. If the Steelers play up to their defensive ranking, they should come out on top of this road game setting up a date with New England in Foxboro.