As they saying goes: “This is what we play for.”
Eight teams will kick off wild card weekend in four intriguing match-ups and we’ve got the winning point spread picks for the first two, which take place today. Check them out below.
Cincinnati Bengals +4.5 at Houston Texans -4.5
Getting things started on Saturday will be the Bengals and Texans in the AFC. The game will be a rematch of last year, a game which the Texans won with backup quarterback T.J. Yates under center, subbing in for the injured Matt Schaub. This time around the Texans will have Schaub, so they should an even bigger edge, right?
They are getting 4.5 points at home, but they ended the season with three losses in their last four games and have recently seen their offensive production fall off, while struggling to stop opponents. Basically, the Texans are playing their worst ball at the worst time and the Bengals will look to take advantage.
With all the talent Cincy has on both sides of the ball, I like the Bengals to not only cover +4.5 today, but win outright. Look for the league’s top ranked pass rush to really get after Schaub and disrupt Houston’s scheme.
Minnesota Vikings +8 at Green Bay Packers -7.5
These two NFC North division rivals have already clashed twice this season with their annual series resulting in a 1-1 split. The most recent meeting was won by the Vikings at home 37-34 just last week. Adrian Peterson put in another spectacular performance rushing for 199 yards, so can the Packers put a stop to him and the Vikes this time around?
Peterson will likely get his yards. No team has slowed down this year’s rushing king, who has amassed more than 2,000 yards on the ground this season. However, the Packers will bring their own high-powered offensive attack led by quarterback Aaron Rodgers, who threw nearly 4,300 yards and 39 touchdowns this season.
Also, a third match-up with the Vikes will likely prove fruitful for the Packers who will have the home field advantage in this contest as well. I do think the Packers will get the job done at home like they did against the Packers earlier this season, but the margin here should be within one touchdown. So, take the Vikings to cover +8, but ultimately lose to the Packers, who will advance to the divisional round.