Wild Card Predictions for Ravens-Chiefs, Packers-Eagles

After going one for two yesterday, I try my hand at picking Sunday’s Wild Card games:

Baltimore Ravens @ Kansas City Chiefs

The Ravens head into Kansas City as three point favorites. The Ravens are continuing their evolution from a defensive team with a caretaker offense to a more dynamic offense and a less dominating defense. Joe Flacco continues to be a solid young QB who has led the Ravens to the playoffs in each of his three seasons.

The Chiefs have turned around the fortunes of their franchise mostly behind their new defense. Charlie Weis has helped Matt Cassel to have a very good year, and Jamaal Charles has averaged over 6 yards per carry. However, Tamba Hali and the defense is the real strength of this team.

I think that the Ravens defense still has enough to be able to give Matt Cassel trouble. The Ravens can force teams to turn the ball over and the Chiefs will need to win the turnover battle in a big way to be able to overcome the Ravens. I don’t see that happening as the Ravens offense will put up enough points to make the Chiefs be more aggressive than they’d like to on offense.

Prediction: Ravens beat the Chiefs on the road 23-13.

Green Bay Packers @ Philadelphia Eagles

In my opinion, this is the most intriguing matchup of the weekend. The Packers and Eagles game could very well determine which team will represent the NFC in the Super Bowl.

The Packers have Aaron Rodgers, who is a very effective passer against the blitz. As we saw yesterday, in a surprise to yours truly, Matt Hasselbeck showed that some QBs are just better against that type of defense. Despite not having Ryan Grant, the Packers have made it into the playoffs behind Aaron Rodgers, their talented receivers, and a hard nosed defense.

The Eagles have to hope Michael Vick can return to form against Green Bay. For the Eagles to revenge their 27-20 home loss earlier in the season, they will need to force a couple of turnovers and be able to have Michael Vick beat the pressure that the Packers can bring.

I actually think that the Packers have the QB and the defense to take them all the way to the Super Bowl, and that the Eagles will fall short.

Prediction: Packers win, 31-27.

Next Bills Game View full schedule »
Sunday, Sep 77 Sep1:00at Chicago BearsBuy Tickets
Dick's Sporting Goods presents "Hell Week":

  • Matt Cooper

    It’s too late for me to make my call on the Ravens-Chiefs (though I’ve never liked Flacco), but I think the Eagles win tonight. The Packers inability to stay balanced and run the football I think should cost them tonight.

    I will say that the Eagles need their offensive line and secondary to really step up their games tonight. The line looked overwhelmed at times against the Vikings rush and Packers D-coordinator Dom Capers loves confusing blitz packages. I think Charles Woodson will be blitzing all night. However, the Eagles were preoccupied with getting gashed against the run and I don’t feel the same will happen this time. The injury ravaged D will probably give up a lot of points, but I expect Vick and Co. to outscore them. Capers’ aggressive playcalling will leave one-on-one matchups with some big-time speed receivers in Maclin and D-Jax. With Tramon Williams and Charles Woodson manning it up on the outside, I look for Jason Avant and Brent Celek to be targeted a lot tonight over the middle.

  • Pingback: Wild Card Predictions for Ravens-Chiefs, Packers-Eagles :Buffalo Billsnews and gossip

  • Brennan Cooper

    Even though you also doubted Joe Flacco, you should know better than to doubt Buffalo’s own James Starks.