Cincinnati Bengals at Houston Texans
The Houston Texans have redefined the “backing into the playoffs” cliché. This should be a very close game, but Houston has home-field advantage, and they’re the better team on both sides of the ball. Cincinnati is weak at stuffing the run, so expect the Texans to have a big day on the ground that proves the difference.
Prediction: Texans 23, Bengals 21
Minnesota Vikings at Green Bay Packers
Sure, the Vikings beat the Packers in Minnesota last weekend in one of the better games of the season. But, again, the Packers are the better team, they’re playing at home, and their biggest strength (Aaron Rodgers) matches up against Minnesota’s biggest weakness (Minnesota’s pass defense). Oh, you say Ponder is their biggest weakness? You’ve got an argument. He won’t have two phenomenal games in a row.
Prediction: Packers 31, Vikings 16
Indianapolis Colts at Baltimore Ravens
Last week, I mentioned the 2010 Seattle Seahawks and the 2011 Denver Broncos. This week, I…oh, you already know what’s coming? Yeah. I’m defying logic this week. I’ve just got a feeling this charade will continue for another week.
Prediction: Colts 23, Ravens 20
Seattle Seahawks at Washington Redskins
Seattle is 3-5 on the road this season. They’re also destroying teams this past month. The Redskins have been extremely lucky this season, as pointed out in a recent Grantland article by Bill Barnwell. The Seahawks are better than the Redskins in every major facet of the game (if only slightly), and should exploit the mismatch between their rushing offense and the Redskins’s run stuffing unit.