Wild Card Round Matchup Predictions
I've been hard on the Ravens this season, but one thing I can't take away from them is that they know how to play at home (despite losing two of their last three in Baltimore). They were 6-2 at home this season with dominating wins over the Giants and Bengals. In addition, this team is loaded with playoff experience. Keep in mind, it was less than a year ago that this team was a dropped pass away from a trip to the Super Bowl. These boys know how to get the job done in the playoffs, especially at home.
The return of Ray Lewis - and his recent comments of this being his "final ride" - will have this Ravens team fired up and ready to pound Andrew Luck and the Colts into submission. I won't go as far as to say that Luck will struggle, but he will have a hard time putting enough points on the board, and I think that three game interception-less streak comes to an end on Sunday.
Ravens win 24-20.
Seahawks (11-5) @ Redskins (10-6): I'll start off by saying that if this game were played in Seattle, I'd pick the Seahawks with no hesitation. However, road losses to the Dolphins, Lions, Rams, and Cardinals have me a little wary of trusting Seattle on the road.
Robert Griffin III has proved to be worth every ounce of hype he received during the offseason, and has electrified the league while giving DC a long awaited savior at the quarterback position. RG3 has done an exceptional job of making big time plays while minimizing turnovers - a rare feat for a rookie. Paired with rookie Alfred Morris in the backfield, head coach Mike Shanahan has gotten creative with his offense and designed one of the top rushing attacks in the NFL.
However, this Seahawks defense is absolutely vicious. It's safe to say that Griffin has never seen anything like it in his life. The secondary is loaded with playmakers - Pro Bowler Earl Thomas, vicious hitting Kam Chancellor, Pro Bowl snub Richard Sherman, and Brandon Browner (returning from suspension). RG3 will face his toughest match of his career when throwing downfield on Sunday, and his incredibly low interception rate may be in danger.
While the Seahawks going on the road does concern me, their most recent road games have been a 50-17 win cross-country in Buffalo, and an overtime win over the Bears.
Seahawks win 23-20.