Here we are a day before Wild Card Weekend, and the Seattle Seahawks have the luxury of resting players, polishing their playbook, and scouting their possible opponents. Since before the preseason, Seahawks players have been vocal about their goal to win the Super Bowl this season. Their performance all season has backed up their talk. Now it’s time for them to go out and get it. Here are my predictions for what lies ahead.
Wild Card Round:
#6 San Diego @ #3 Cincinnati
San Diego played better against good teams this season. While Cincinnati may not be the best, they should be able to handle the Chargers. Final Score: 27-13 Bengals.
#5 Kansas City @ #4 Indianapolis
My heart says Kansas City, but my head says Indianapolis. I haven’t rated Indianapolis very highly, but they always seem to win when I least expect it. 24-17 Colts.
#6 New Orleans @ #3 Philadelphia
New Orleans is the better team and will walk away with their first road playoff win in the Sean Payton era. 31- 20 Saints.
#5 San Francisco vs. #4 Green Bay
Green Bay almost pulled off the win against San Francisco earlier in the season. Aaron Rodgers and the weather will be the difference in this upset win for the Packers. Final Score: 21-17 Packers.
#4 Indianapolis @ #1 Denver
The Broncos are the more polished team and it will show. Final Score: 38-17 Broncos.
#3 Cincinnati @ #2 New England
New England is beat up and Cincinnati is hungry. This game could get ugly as both teams have major flaws. Cincinnati will prevail. Final Score: 16-10 Bengals.
#4 Green Bay vs. #2 Carolina
Carolina will end the late season surge of the Packers. Final Score: 24-17 Panthers.
#6 New Orleans @ #1 Seattle
Not another blow out, but still a win for the Seahawks in the most anticipated game Seattle has seen in a long time. Final Score: 23-21 Seahawks.
#3 Cincinnati @ #1 Denver
No late game melt downs for the Broncos. They should take care of business against an inferior opponent when it matters most. Final Score: 24-10 Broncos.
#2 Carolina @ #1 Seattle
Seattle barely won on the road in week one. This time shouldn’t be that close, and will probably be a little more high scoring. Final Score: 17-9 Seattle.
Denver vs. Seattle
Denver gets a big dose of reality now that they finally face a secondary that can handle their passing game. Since before the preseason, Seattle players have been publicly predicting a Super Bowl victory. This win will be big. Final Score: 23-13 Seahawks.