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The regular season is over. MDS won the picks contest. He gets the prize that goes along with it.

The prize package consists of satisfaction and continued employment. (The consolation prize was simply continued employment.)

But the slate is now clean, with the 256-game marathon replaced by an 11-game sprint. For the first four playoff games, we disagree on two of them. All picks and analysis for the wild-card round appear below.

Chiefs at Texans

MDS’s take: The Texans’ season started with a loss to the Chiefs in which coach Bill O’Brien botched the quarterback situation by pulling Brian Hoyer for Ryan Mallett. That set the team back, but O’Brien deserves a lot of credit for the way his team held it together late in the year after Hoyer was hurt and they had to play T.J. Yates and Brandon Weeden. But I think Andy Reid deserves even more credit for the way he kept his team going after the injury to Jamaal Charles. In fact, the Chiefs have arguably the NFL’s best running attack, which is incredible given how important Charles was thought to be to the offense. I think it’s going to be that running game, led by Charcandrick West and Spencer Ware, that controls the game and gives the Chiefs a hard-fought win.

MDS’s pick: Chiefs 23, Texans 20.

Florio’s take: The Chiefs have won 10 in a row. The only win not in that streak came in Week One, when Kansas City plastered the Texans in Houston. And so the reasonable conclusion is that it will happen again. But that was 17 weeks ago, and long regular-season winning streaks only add pressure at this point. The Texans have the home-field advantage and a chip on their shoulder. The Chiefs vividly recall the collapse in Indy from two years ago, and they carry the burden of being expected to win. It all adds up to the supposedly inferior team, sparking by a pregame frenzy that looks like a KISS concert, advancing to the next round. They may not get any farther, but that’s a matter to be addressed next week.

Florio’s pick: Texans 23, Chiefs 20.

Steelers at Bengals

MDS’s take: If Andy Dalton were healthy for this game, I’d pick the Bengals and I wouldn’t think twice about it: Yes, Dalton has struggled in the postseason, but he was off to an excellent start this season before suffering a thumb injury. Unfortunately for the Bengals, it looks like Dalton will sit and AJ McCarron will start. That’s a rough break, as McCarron did not play well in the Bengals’ loss to the Steelers in December. I expect McCarron to struggle and Ben Roethlisberger to play well, as the Bengals lose yet another wild card game.

MDS’s pick: Steelers 28, Bengals 20.

Florio’s take: It’s Round Three between the Steelers and the Bengals, just like 10 years ago. That time, the Steelers knocked out quarterback Carson Palmer on the home team’s first play from scrimmage, paving the way for a win. This time, the Steelers already have dispensed with Andy Dalton, who broke a thumb while making a tackle after an interception. While the “nothing to lose” mentality could help the Bengals and backup A.J. McCarron, the Steelers already have spent a week staring into the abyss of having their season end after not going all out in Baltimore. On Saturday night, Pittsburgh throws Cincinnati into the pit.

Florio’s pick: Steelers 27, Bengals 20.

Seahawks at Vikings

MDS’s take: With the way the Seahawks are playing lately, the Vikings may come to regret beating the Packers to win the NFC North. Russell Wilson has been the best quarterback in football over the second half of the season, and Seattle’s defense was ferocious in shutting down the Cardinals’ offense in Week 17. The Vikings, meanwhile, aren’t getting much out of their passing game, as Teddy Bridgewater threw just 14 touchdowns, by far the fewest of any quarterback who started all 16 games this season. Adrian Peterson is the league’s leading rusher, but I think the Seahawks’ front can hold him in check and the Seahawks’ secondary can shut down the Vikings’ receivers. This game won’t be close.

MDS’s pick: Seahawks 30, Vikings 17.

Florio’s take: The Seahawks destroyed the Vikings when the two teams last got together, with a 38-7 trouncing. But for a late-game kickoff return (featuring 50 yards of high stepping from Cordarrelle Patterson), it would have been a shutout. So why would it be any different now? Intensely cold weather could flatten out the talent gap. So maybe the Seahawks only win by 16 this time.

Florio’s pick: Seahawks 30, Vikings 14.

Packers at Washington

MDS’s take: Washington is on a roll heading into the playoffs, with Kirk Cousins playing his best football, while Green Bay is stumbling with Aaron Rodgers struggling as much as he has in years. And yet I’m going to pick the Packers. I think Rodgers is ready for a big game against a suspect Washington secondary, and I’m betting on the Packers’ strong pass defense to give Cousins a rough outing.

MDS’s pick: Packers 24, Washington 20.

Florio’s take: Washington is much better than anyone expected them to be. The Packers are worse. Much, much worse. Despite winning 10 games, the Packers have gone 4-6 since starting 6-0. So should it be a surprise if Washington finds a way to beat Green Bay? And would it be a surprise if up-and-coming quarterback Kirk Cousins outplays Aaron Rodgers, who for whatever reason isn’t the guy he has been for most of his career? Not for me.

Florio’s pick: Washington 26, Packers 24.

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150 Responses to “PFT’s wild-card picks”
  1. thefootballgodssay says: Jan 7, 2016 10:10 AM

    WASHINGTON one and done 24 years and counting

  2. logicalvoicepft says: Jan 7, 2016 10:12 AM

    Noooooooooooo Florio we have been undefeated when you picked against the REDSKINS!!

    It won’t matter though. I don’t fear a Green Bay team with no threat around Rodgers and who couldn’t beat a mediocre Vikings team. We play football in the NFC East. The North was and is a joke always. The Redskins win by 2 TDs. #HTTR

  3. minson15 says: Jan 7, 2016 10:12 AM

    I think the Minnesota vs Seattle game is going to be a lot closer than many believe. The first time we played them. It’s always a different type of game the second time around. Overall though its going to be the same result.

  4. mikermiker says: Jan 7, 2016 10:13 AM

    Will be nice to see the cheating pats lose in the next round and go one and done. Forever tainted.

  5. amaf21 says: Jan 7, 2016 10:13 AM

    Uh oh Florio finally picked the REDSKINS. Now they’re going to lose as he tries to hop on the bandwagon.

  6. logicalvoicepft says: Jan 7, 2016 10:14 AM

    NFC will play out like this :
    WSH d. GB
    SEA d. MIN
    WSH d. ARI
    CAR d. SEA
    WSH SMUSHS Panthers in NFC Championship and advances to the Superbowl!

  7. baddegg says: Jan 7, 2016 10:14 AM

    I’m sorry there is a misprint in the article. It looks like Mike Florio picked the Redskins to win. 😀

  8. ninjapleazee says: Jan 7, 2016 10:14 AM

    Redskins over packers… Lol that’s funny.

  9. Rdog says: Jan 7, 2016 10:14 AM

    Teams I don’t trust to win a playoff game: Texans, Chiefs, Redskins, Packers

  10. jmd1959 says: Jan 7, 2016 10:15 AM

    Florio hates Green Bay….

  11. lifeasm says: Jan 7, 2016 10:15 AM

    Patriots losing to the Dolphins was the best thing because the Steelers are the biggest threat. Let Cinci or Denver take care of them.

  12. bleck5 says: Jan 7, 2016 10:15 AM

    Chiefs, Bengals, Seahawks, Redskins.

  13. joetoronto says: Jan 7, 2016 10:16 AM

    For the 11th year in a row the Rams are not part of this.

    For the 13th year in a row the Raiders & Browns are not part of this.

    For the 16th year in a row the Bills are not part of this.

  14. vikingforlife says: Jan 7, 2016 10:17 AM

    Wow!! I’m sooooooooooooooo shocked PFT has picked the Seahawks over the Vikings. Not quite sure why we are even playing this game since every media outlet has the Seahawks winning???? Let’s just hand over the “W” right now, right?? Well, as a TRUE Vikings fan, I know I cannot guarantee anything other than I KNOW our guys learn from every game they play, and they are fighters, and CAN WIN this game. So, don’t be so sure of yourselves all of you doubters out there, the Vikings are for REAL!!! SKOL!!!

  15. therealcoltmccoy says: Jan 7, 2016 10:17 AM

    Bengals by 10. Book it. Steelers overrated.

  16. tommykramer9 says: Jan 7, 2016 10:18 AM

    I wonder what “God” told Russey Wilson to do in this game? CooCoo CooCoo

  17. hallaudermilsmithsteen says: Jan 7, 2016 10:18 AM

    I have had my fingers crossed that MF continued to pick against the Bengals. Best indicator yet (other than having a better team) that the streak ends on Saturday and Roethlisberger’s continues. Sweet!

  18. lifeasm says: Jan 7, 2016 10:18 AM

    Vikings, Packers, Chiefs, Bengals- all winners this week.

  19. metalman5150 says: Jan 7, 2016 10:19 AM

    I thought college football was over but i guess Washington is still playing?

  20. beastmode5150 says: Jan 7, 2016 10:19 AM

    Closer game, but admit it Vikings fans. You will be completely shocked if Minnesota beats Seattle. It’s Teddy vs Russell. Come on.

  21. jerrykill4pres says: Jan 7, 2016 10:19 AM

    Gosh, I almost forgot about Patterson and his “high stepping” he did on that kick off return. Thanks for bringing that up Florio.

    Now, as for that… I hope someone on seattles special teams knocks Patterson out of the game for his stupid, childish act. Sorry buddy, but we are getting embarrassed on tv, and you think your kick off return is worthy of a high step? lol. I hope someone knocks you out for that last time.

    But I also hope AP runs wild on seattle, and we win. But I don’t know if that’s possible. Seattle has the best D in the league.

    Gonna be cold, and fun! Seattle fans… Layers! lots of them.. And some butterscotch, or peppermint schnapps! Bring em! Or find me, i’ll share!

  22. tjacks7 says: Jan 7, 2016 10:19 AM

    jmd1959 says:

    Florio hates Green Bay….

    —-

    No way, he had them ranked as the fourth best team in the NFL about 2 weeks ago…

  23. packergator says: Jan 7, 2016 10:20 AM

    Rdog says:
    Jan 7, 2016 10:14 AM

    Teams I don’t trust to win a playoff game: Texans, Chiefs, Redskins, Packers
    __________________________________

    Well, between the Redskins and Packers, one of them WILL win a playoff game – in the WC round. So, there’s that.

  24. msarcher1 says: Jan 7, 2016 10:20 AM

    I like Texans, Steelers, Seahawks and Packers.
    Should all be great games unless the Seahawks blow them out again.

  25. packergator says: Jan 7, 2016 10:21 AM

    Rdog says:
    Jan 7, 2016 10:14 AM

    Teams I don’t trust to win a playoff game: Texans, Chiefs, Redskins, Packers
    __________________________________

    Same with Texans or Chiefs.

  26. docsmith54 says: Jan 7, 2016 10:22 AM

    At least Florio was funny about MDS’s consolation prize!

  27. packergator says: Jan 7, 2016 10:24 AM

    minson15 says:
    Jan 7, 2016 10:12 AM

    I think the Minnesota vs Seattle game is going to be a lot closer than many believe. The first time we played them. It’s always a different type of game the second time around. Overall though its going to be the same result.
    __________________________________

    I don’t. Teddy B isn’t ready to throw deep and/or accurately the way you need to in playoff games. AD running won’t be enough.

  28. nhpats says: Jan 7, 2016 10:25 AM

    mikermiker says:
    Jan 7, 2016 10:13 AM
    Will be nice to see the cheating pats lose in the next round and go one and done. Forever tainted.

    —————-

    I just re-watched last year’s SB last night. What a great game. Brady torching the legion twice in the 4th quarter to take the lead…. Malcom Butler making Richard Sherman cry…. Can’t wait until they do it again this year!

  29. In Teddy We Trust says: Jan 7, 2016 10:26 AM

    With the way the Seahawks are playing lately, the Vikings may come to regret beating the Packers to win the NFC North.
    _______

    That sentence completely invalidates everything else that follows. Packer fans are happy they have the easiest first round matchup because they have a loser mentality, and that’s why they’re going to lose this weekend. Zimmer’s team doesn’t think that way. Yes, Seattle is red hot and are the toughest possible first round opponent, but I wouldn’t want my team to ever regret winning a game and a division championship. You play to win the game, and that’s the way the Vikings will play on Sunday.

  30. Rdog says: Jan 7, 2016 10:27 AM

    ————————————
    packergator says:
    Jan 7, 2016 10:20 AM

    Well, between the Redskins and Packers, one of them WILL win a playoff game – in the WC round. So, there’s that.

    ————————————

    That was kind of the point of my post. It’s funny because they’re playing each other. Kind of hard to pick – I think the Chiefs might beat the Texans, but then I think, “but wait – they’re the Chiefs… But wait, it’s the Texans”

  31. bhinrichs9 says: Jan 7, 2016 10:28 AM

    Vikings were missing Lindval Joseph, Anthony Barr, and Harrison Smith, their 3 best players on 3 different levels of the defense. That should help, I don’t know if it will be enough, but should help.

    I also remember from the first game that there was some dicey calls with a holding call on third town and a roughing the passer that was pretty ridiculous. These penalties led to the score being 14-0. The Vikings cannot play from a deficit and if this game goes down 2 scores early, the Seahawks will trounce the Vikes again. If not, it should be a close game.

  32. jrterrier5 says: Jan 7, 2016 10:30 AM

    The only thing that can beat the Seahawks this weekend is the weather. And I’m a Patriots fan.

    All the other games could go either way. . . on a given Sunday, any team can win in the NFL.

  33. tylereifertisunstoppable says: Jan 7, 2016 10:31 AM

    MDS – don’t act like McCarron was the starter going into the last game with Pittsburgh. He was getting zero reps with the starters, and was thrown into action.

    Florio – it was the second play from scrimmage.

    Bengals 20
    Steelers 16

  34. captainwhodat says: Jan 7, 2016 10:32 AM

    Bengals won’t need the points, completely dominate both lines of scrimmage…below freezing at game time…

  35. In Teddy We Trust says: Jan 7, 2016 10:33 AM

    The last time everyone (including me) picked the Vikings to get blown out was the Arizona game. That game was played four days after the Seattle debacle. The Vikings had a bad record in prime time; they were missing four starters, including their three best defensive players; Teddy was coming off his worst game of the season; and Arizona was considered one of the best teams in the NFL. You all remember what happened: Teddy and the Vikings played really well and would have lined up for a game-tying field goal on the last play if not for a strip sack (copyright Aaron Rodgers).

    I expect a similar result on Sunday. The Vikings will play much better than expected and it will be a close game. I don’t know if they’ll pull out the victory, but this game will look nothing like the first one.

  36. 12444uggg says: Jan 7, 2016 10:33 AM

    Brain Hoyer isn’t winning a playoff game.

  37. vikingforlife says: Jan 7, 2016 10:33 AM

    Not cool, dude. Not cool at all. Kirk Cousins has been playing lights out and should be applauded for what he has done! Now, The team they will be playing, looks more like a peewee football team lately!!!

  38. Norseman says: Jan 7, 2016 10:33 AM

    The Vikings-Seahawks game will be played in extreme cold (sub-zero windchill) weather.

    In the 5 extreme cold weather playoff games played previously:

    – 4 of the 5 were very close- 4 points or less margin or victory

    – 3 of the 5 were decided on the last play or overtime

    – Cold weather climate teams won 4 of the 5 games

    – Pre-game favorites won only 2 of the 5 games. The heaviest favorites both lost

    – The team with the fewest turnovers won every game, with one game (the Ice Bowl) both teams had the same number of turnovers.

    People predicting a Seattle blow-out would do well to consider these facts.

  39. conormacleod says: Jan 7, 2016 10:34 AM

    I totally understand picking Seattle. What I don’t understand is thinking they will score 30 points with -10 degree weather and the Vikings having four defensive players back that they didn’t have last go around.

    Of course, I also don’t understand why they think Rodgers and GB will suddenly put together a good offensive game plan. Merely typing “this is the week they put it together”, every single week, doesn’t make it so.

  40. weepingjebus says: Jan 7, 2016 10:37 AM

    How are the Patriots even in this, let alone with a bye? I was extensively advised by our resident commentariat and even ESPN that the Patriots would constantly fumble, that Brady can’t throw a “proper” football, and the distraction would destroy them anyway. Yet the Patriots had less fumbles than last year, Brady led the league in passing TDs, and the team won the division yet again and now have a bye. What happened?

    #ForeverSainted

  41. jobotjones says: Jan 7, 2016 10:37 AM

    “Yes, Dalton has struggled in the postseason, but he was off to an excellent start this season before suffering a thumb injury.”

    That happened just a few weeks ago….

    _____

    “This time, the Steelers already have dispensed with Andy Dalton, who broke a thumb while making a tackle after an interception.”

    That will happen when you try to dive tackle a 300lb DL…you make it sound like they walked up to him and snapped his thumb in half.

  42. TeeHeeLOLatPatsHaters says: Jan 7, 2016 10:40 AM

    Bengals by double digits.

    Steelers simply can’t win without Dr Rydze’s help. I mean if they’re not good enough to hang with Tebow when they’re not cheating why should I expect them to beat the Bengals?
    🙂

  43. t8ertot says: Jan 7, 2016 10:44 AM

    Steelers backed in and are WAY overrated. Big Ben only has 1 TD and 4 INT against the Bengals this year. Pitt also lost to the 5-11 Ravens twice with Ryan Freakin Mallet. McCarron will be fine. Bengals win a close one. 24-21

  44. tjacks7 says: Jan 7, 2016 10:44 AM

    packergator says:

    minson15 says:

    I think the Minnesota vs Seattle game is going to be a lot closer than many believe. The first time we played them. It’s always a different type of game the second time around. Overall though its going to be the same result.
    __________________________________

    I don’t. Teddy B isn’t ready to throw deep and/or accurately the way you need to in playoff games. AD running won’t be enough.

    —-

    The Vikings biggest chance of getting a better result against Seattle this time around starts and ends with Barr and Smith. Both went out on the first series last time. Those are the two with the best chance of controlling Wilson and allowing Zimmer to run his defense.

    Teddy just has to be able to get the ball out of his hands quickly and into the hands of the playmakers. I still don’t trust Norvs inconsistent play calling or the offensive line enough to be able to win this game. But if they prove me wrong, I expect it to at least be close throughout.

  45. dualprime says: Jan 7, 2016 10:47 AM

    Hoyer will win a playoff game, even if it takes Weeden to finish the job. Good pick Florio!

  46. TeeHeeLOLatPatsHaters says: Jan 7, 2016 10:50 AM

    As for the Steelers facing AJ as a starter… they did get beat by Ryan Mallet and the lowly Ravens.🙂

  47. jjackwagon says: Jan 7, 2016 10:52 AM

    Rdog has it right,

    Chiefs @ Texans
    Packers @ Redskins

    Some team has to win each of those games but I am not willing to put money on any of them.

  48. citizenstrange says: Jan 7, 2016 10:53 AM

    I expect to see Small Ben in Big Games come out against the Bengals just like he did last year against the Ravens. That’s why it was comical for him to call out Martavis Bryant to step up in the playoffs. Look in the mirror buddy. You get paid hundred of millions of dollars with zero playoff wins in 4 years to show for it.

    As for the Steelers much ballyhooed offense scoring over 30 points in six straight games ….. well, that never happened. In the second game against the Bengals William Gay started the second half with a 23 yard pick six. Without that the Steeler offense only scored 26 points.

    And that was against an injury riddled Bengal secondary and a backup quarterback pulled off the bench after the Bengals first possession.

    And of course in the first game against the Bengals Big Ben hung a sweet, sweet, 10 points while firing 3 picks. The Steeler defense was trying DESPERATELY to hand Big Bum a 10-6 win but he was having none of that throwing back to back 4th quarter interceptions to lose to the Bengals.

    Roethlisberger has thrown 7 picks in his last 3 games against the Broncos, Ravens and Browns. In what universe is that “good?”

    I would LOVE to see the Steelers win 55-0 but I have seen too many big games where Big Bum scores like 3 points in the first 50 minutes.

  49. billswillnevermove says: Jan 7, 2016 10:55 AM

    For the remainder of eternity………Toronto will not be part of this.

  50. rhamrhoddy says: Jan 7, 2016 10:59 AM

    That JJ Watt picture of him breaking wind makes him looks like a BEAST!

  51. 81megatron81 says: Jan 7, 2016 11:00 AM

    What or who is this “Washington” team you’re referring to?

  52. wrlegrand says: Jan 7, 2016 11:03 AM

    This might be wishful thinking, but I think people are really sleeping on Minnesota at home in that weather. Seattle is the better team no doubt, but everyone is just assuming it is going to be a severe beatdown. I think Minn. might be able to get up for this one and take it down to the wire.

  53. holeinone09 says: Jan 7, 2016 11:05 AM

    Steelers / Bengals should be a great game. If Ben throws less than 2 picks and Bryant gets his head in the game, Steelers should win by more than 14 points. Bengals can’t keep the Steelers offense down if the Steelers are in sync, even without a decent running game. And I think the Steelers defense is good enough to hold the Bengals under 20 points.

  54. I'm not a football punk says: Jan 7, 2016 11:06 AM

    Wow.
    Look at all these Viking fans pounding their chests, because they barely beat a GB team that’s a shell of themselves over the last 2 months, and made the playoffs for just the 5 time in 15 years. Since 2002, when the division’s where re-aligned, the Vikings have won it 3 times. Just 3 TIMES.
    There should be a rule that states, that when a team hasn’t been relevant for at least 5 years, their fans shouldn’t make fools of themselves by commenting on other teams that have been relevant.

    Seattle-23
    Minn-9

  55. sdnative1904 says: Jan 7, 2016 11:07 AM

    NFL fraud media picks favorites. Standard.

  56. PegulaBucks says: Jan 7, 2016 11:08 AM

    Chefs Defense is going to crush the Texans….that game is 27-6

  57. coltcountrysteelerfan says: Jan 7, 2016 11:08 AM

    “s :
    WSH d. GB
    SEA d. MIN
    WSH d. ARI
    CAR d. SEA
    WSH SMUSHS Panthers in NFC Championship and advances to the Superbowl!”

    NFL needs to administer a random drug test.

  58. NRG Stadium's Wonky Grass says: Jan 7, 2016 11:10 AM

    The “it’s the Texans, har har” line is misplaced. The Texans have won a game in each of the previous playoffs for which they’ve qualified. To suggest they automatically fold when the pressure is on suggests a misinformed opinion.

  59. PurpleRaid18 says: Jan 7, 2016 11:13 AM

    I’m not going to sit here and say the Vikings are “definitely going to win!” – But to assume that just because the Seahawks “plastered” them during the regular season, doesn’t mean that it will happen again this week.

    And here’s why it could be different, Florio. The last time they played, the Vikings were down three of their best defenders. Best defenders at every level, I might add. NT Linval Joseph (inactive), LB Anthony Barr (10 snaps) and DB Harrison Smith (7 snaps).

    If you took Brandon Mebane, K.J. Wright and Earl Thomas off the Seahawks defense, I guarantee you the score would have been different. Maybe it wouldn’t have been a Vikings win, but it wouldn’t have been as embarrassing. Which I think was much needed, because from then on the Vikings played the way they needed to.

    This is playoff time, and the pressure is on the Seahawks (since they ‘plastered’ us last time.) But the Vikings are healthy and their defense is pretty feisty. The frigid cold plays into exactly what they do well… Run the ball and play opportunistic defense.

    Vikings 23, Seahawks 17.

  60. steelcurtainn says: Jan 7, 2016 11:14 AM

    Steelers 27 Bungles 17. Big Ben huge day. Vikings, Redskins and Chiefs all win.

  61. tangysizzl says: Jan 7, 2016 11:15 AM

    Apparently Viking fans dont understand strategy and have never played chess before. Sometimes you have to sacrifice a pawn (The division) to win the endgame (the SB) but I guess when your team has never won anything of consequence, you always have that losers mentality.

  62. In Teddy We Trust says: Jan 7, 2016 11:18 AM

    I’m not a football punk says:
    Jan 7, 2016 11:06 AM

    Wow.
    Look at all these Viking fans pounding their chests, because they barely beat a GB team that’s a shell of themselves over the last 2 months, and made the playoffs for just the 5 time in 15 years. Since 2002, when the division’s where re-aligned, the Vikings have won it 3 times. Just 3 TIMES.
    There should be a rule that states, that when a team hasn’t been relevant for at least 5 years, their fans shouldn’t make fools of themselves by commenting on other teams that have been relevant.

    Seattle-23
    Minn-9
    ____________

    By all means, freedom of speech should be limited to only fans of certain football teams. Nevertheless, your suggested Constitutional Amendment doesn’t apply to the Vikings. They finished 11-5 and won their division this year. I’d say that’s at least as relevant as a team that finished 10-6 and made the playoffs as the last wildcard team.

  63. jrossizzle says: Jan 7, 2016 11:18 AM

    How are the Patriots even in this, let alone with a bye? I was extensively advised by our resident commentariat and even ESPN that the Patriots would constantly fumble, that Brady can’t throw a “proper” football, and the distraction would destroy them anyway. Yet the Patriots had less fumbles than last year, Brady led the league in passing TDs, and the team won the division yet again and now have a bye. What happened?

    #ForeverSainted

    —————————————————————–
    I do believe they are 2-4 once it got cold and Brady has looked poor once it got cold as well.

  64. rcali says: Jan 7, 2016 11:19 AM

    Keep track of the late money coming in on the Cincinnati Football Team. It’s likely to be the right side.

  65. eaststsfb says: Jan 7, 2016 11:23 AM

    vikingforlife says:
    Jan 7, 2016 10:33 AM

    Not cool, dude. Not cool at all. Kirk Cousins has been playing lights out and should be applauded for what he has done! Now, The team they will be playing, looks more like a peewee football team lately!!!
    __________________________________

    While I realize the only stat that really matters is the final score, I am so amused by how some Viking fans think their team is that good. Listen bro, as a Packer fan I know we aren’t very good right now and will probably lose this Sunday but that “peewee” team held your awesome offense to about 250 yards (GB gained about 100 more) and to 13 points. That might be good enough to beat GB but it won’t be to beat Seattle. Ease up on being so puffy chested.

  66. GenXJay says: Jan 7, 2016 11:23 AM

    MDS picking the packers?
    No surprise here.

  67. packer4life4ever says: Jan 7, 2016 11:25 AM

    Walt Coleman, purveyor of league order, all but guarantees a Seattle Victory – he will impose his will toward a 27-17 victory over the Vikings.

  68. casualmalexlfan says: Jan 7, 2016 11:25 AM

    Woah, does Chris Petersen know his team is playing Green Bay in DC on Sunday?

  69. usedjock says: Jan 7, 2016 11:28 AM

    ninjapleazee says:
    Jan 7, 2016 10:14 AM

    Redskins over packers… Lol that’s funny.

    I a lifelong Packer fan and if anyone had said this at the half way point of this season I would have thought that was funny as well. It isn’t funny right now because the Packers right now are a terrible football team.

  70. lionswinsuperbowl says: Jan 7, 2016 11:29 AM

    You like that!

  71. sudz28 says: Jan 7, 2016 11:31 AM

    “I just re-watched last year’s SB last night. What a great game. Brady torching the legion twice in the 4th quarter to take the lead…. Malcom Butler making Richard Sherman cry…. Can’t wait until they do it again this year!”

    Any sighting of The Deflator, or was his still in the bathroom doctoring the balls?

  72. Norseman says: Jan 7, 2016 11:33 AM

    MDS & Florio:

    Re: Vikings-Seahawks pick

    Did you know:

    1) No team has ever scored 30 points in a sub-zero playoff game?

    2) 4 of the 5 sub-zero games played were decided by 4 points or less? 3 of the 5 came down to the last play of the game or overtime?

    3) Cold weather climate teams won 4 of those 5 games?

    4) The pre-game favorites won only 2 of those 5 games, and the two heaviest favorites both lost?

    I didn’t think so.

  73. bleck5 says: Jan 7, 2016 11:35 AM

    Cincy is blessed that the Chiefs will handily eliminate Houston, so they dont have to deal with them in divisionals. We all know the Texans are Bengal killers.

  74. packercpa says: Jan 7, 2016 11:35 AM

    I like all the cold weather talk. Why do so many people think it is an advantage to the Vikings. When is the last time any of these current Vikings played in cold weather? Wasn’t the last time when they got beat by the Bears in Favre’s last game? I think the cold weather isn’t much of an advantage for either team.

  75. bobnelsonjr says: Jan 7, 2016 11:38 AM

    One certain thing with the Packers playing Sunday, as usual their season will last longer than the vikings.

  76. stevent92 says: Jan 7, 2016 11:39 AM

    Viking fan here. Would like to disagree on SEA-MIN, but I cannot.

    Seahawks are 1) experienced, and 2) peaking at the right time. Not to mention the earlier win this season.

    Maybe we will be surprised, but I doubt it. I think Seattle wins.

    Hope not, but they probably will.

  77. roadtrip3500 says: Jan 7, 2016 11:42 AM

    The current National Weather Service forecast for Minneapolis-St. Paul area on Sunday:

    Sunday: Mostly sunny and cold, with a high near 3. Northwest wind 5 to 10 mph.

    That’s a calculated wind chill of approximately -12°F. Vikings can run the ball with AP, Seattle isn’t sure what they’ll have with BeastMode. I’m leaning Vikes on this one.

  78. keepingitlogical says: Jan 7, 2016 11:42 AM

    Two things are certain with the Pack/Vikes games:

    1. If the Packers win, it will be because the Packers had the refs on their side.

    2. If the Vikes lose, it will be because the Seahawks had the refs on their side.

    That is the ONLY reason the Vikings have ever lost a game. Ask any Heidi.

    Go Pack!

  79. 0puddiiing0 says: Jan 7, 2016 11:46 AM

    Even though I am a card carrying member of the Purple Faithful. I am trying to set my homer bias aside.

    However, the Vikings haven’t made the same mistake twice this season. And just like Seattle has their “12th MAN”, the Vikes have theirs also, in the form of the weather (predicted to drop to -10 degrees, which means like always there is a good chance it’ll be even colder.)

    Coach Zimmer has had the Vikes practicing outdoors for weeks now, and all parts of their practices that have been inside he’s turned any/all heat off and propped wide open every single door in the facility. I have a hard time believing the Seahawks have any way of replicating any of the weather conditions they will be playing in, consider also the fact that the way TCF BANK STADIUM is set up, the sun doesn’t hit over the visitor sideline much if at all so it’ll be even colder in the shadows.

    Also the Game Time. Seattle is essentially being made to play a playoff game in horrid weather and what will essentially be/feel like 10 in the morning to them with the time difference.

    Its also crazy to think Lynch will have much of an impact returning for this game playing in basically a whole new offensive scheme, I dunno though, maybe he’ll be able to adapt with less than a week to do it, (he’s definitely one of those players who can NEVER be overlooked).

    Again, the Vikings have not made any big game mistakes twice this season and I don’t see them doing it here. No way a blowout happens again, say what you want about Bridgewater, but Teddy is really smart and adjusts very well, quick and accordingly.

    I actually really believe the Vikings take this one by a TD and a FieldGoal.

    IF we lose, it’ll be close like down to a field goal.

  80. purplekoolaid1 says: Jan 7, 2016 11:48 AM

    It’s going to be a shock to all Vikings fans that Teddy’s constant check-downs won’t be nearly enough in a playoff game.

  81. I'm not a football punk says: Jan 7, 2016 11:49 AM

    In teddy we trust-
    I said, they SHOULD have a rule!!
    Let’s not get the constitution involved into football and foolish fans making comments. That’s just being ignorant.
    Let’s call it like it is.
    Besides the Brett Favre team of 2009, what have the Viking done over the last 15 years?
    I’d have to say non- relevant.
    It’s ok, you can agree with me or not, but everyone outside of Minneosta will agree with me.
    And after you go 1 and done this year, you’ll still be non-relevant.

  82. In Teddy We Trust says: Jan 7, 2016 11:50 AM

    tangysizzl says:
    Jan 7, 2016 11:15 AM

    Apparently Viking fans dont understand strategy and have never played chess before. Sometimes you have to sacrifice a pawn (The division) to win the endgame (the SB) but I guess when your team has never won anything of consequence, you always have that losers mentality.
    __________

    Please explain how it’s easier to win the Super Bowl by playing three road games than by having a game at home. How does an easier first-round matchup make it easier to win the Super Bowl? You know you eventually have to play a good team, don’t you?

    Just another sour grapes Packer fan who wishes the Vikings would have tanked the game so the Packers could have won the division. But it’s the Vikings with the loser mentality, right?

  83. packer4life4ever says: Jan 7, 2016 12:01 PM

    The Redskins take the early lead … but Green Bay and the 12th-man crew help them get back in for a 27-23 victory.

  84. htown1035 says: Jan 7, 2016 12:01 PM

    PegulaBucks says:
    Jan 7, 2016 11:08 AM

    Texans Defense is going to crush the Chiefs….that game is 27-6

    ——————————————————
    Fixed…

  85. tjacks7 says: Jan 7, 2016 12:02 PM

    tangysizzl says:
    Jan 7, 2016 11:15 AM

    Apparently Viking fans dont understand strategy and have never played chess before. Sometimes you have to sacrifice a pawn (The division) to win the endgame (the SB) but I guess when your team has never won anything of consequence, you always have that losers mentality.

    Apparently, not everyone who posts here has played competitive sports. It’s the playoffs, you’re going to play good teams. Whoever wins the NFC will have played and beaten good teams. If you’re scared to play or about your opponents than you’ve lost before you’ve even taken the field. That’s a true losers mentality.

    Winners don’t care who they play because they dictate the games and have the right mindset. Seattle was probably the worst case scenario for the Vikings. But, it’s playoff football and time to rise to the occasion. You can’t be the best, until you beat the best.

  86. htown1035 says: Jan 7, 2016 12:04 PM

    Alex Smith not only has to deal with Watt, but also the current AFC Defensive player of the month in Merciless.

    Texans win 17-10.

  87. stellarperformance says: Jan 7, 2016 12:05 PM

    I hope both the Vikings keep winning until they meet again. If not, I will support the Packers until they’re out of it, and I will support the Vikings if they are still in it and the Packers aren’t. North Division. All the way.

    Seriously, I think they will both win this weekend. It’s next week that’s a question mark.

  88. 0puddiiing0 says: Jan 7, 2016 12:08 PM

    “-purplekoolaid1 says:
    Jan 7, 2016 11:48 AM
    It’s going to be a shock to all Vikings fans that Teddy’s constant check-downs won’t be nearly enough in a playoff game -”
    ………………………………..

    ….hmm, but Brady’s constant check-downs are different and that’s why he wins most of his playoff games?….

    Its so easy for Pack fans to garbage talk a second year qb who is still learning and developing his game, who never got the chance to sit behind a HOF’er for 3 years!

    Whats really funny is Aaron Rodgers 2nd full season as a starter, his avg yrds per pass 7.5 after sitting behind a hof’er for 3yrs.

    Bridgewater FIRST full 16game season (never sitting behind learning from anyone before him at all) avg yards per pass?

    Go ahead take a guess……….
    Yep, 7.5!
    😉

  89. 6kings says: Jan 7, 2016 12:13 PM

    Seahawks should still be favored….but the last time these two teams me, half of the Vikings starting defense was on the shelf. 23-17.

  90. lambeauheap says: Jan 7, 2016 12:14 PM

    Chefs Defense is going to crush the Texans….that game is 27-6

    Chef and the South Park Cows are playing the Texans this week? I mean, he did devise a good defensive game plan against Middle Park, but they still lost by 71.

  91. lscottman3 says: Jan 7, 2016 12:14 PM

    every year, there are at least two upsets in the WC weekend.

    with 3 degrees forecast for the Seahawks game, i believe that Wilson will have a horrible game.

    when do they play in cold?

    they are doomed.

    the second upset, the Bengals, which will be great, because then Dalton can come back….

    and lose.

  92. jayhawk6 says: Jan 7, 2016 12:15 PM

    Florio—Texans over KC? Really? The Chiefs have been playing at post season level since game 7—there is more likelihood of a honest statement from Donald Trump than there is the existence of pressure on Andy Reid’s team to continue a winning streak.

    Frankly, from here it looks like 10 down, 3 to go.

  93. stevent92 says: Jan 7, 2016 12:20 PM

    tangysizzl says:
    Jan 7, 2016 11:15 AM
    Apparently Viking fans dont understand strategy and have never played chess before. Sometimes you have to sacrifice a pawn (The division) to win the endgame (the SB) but I guess when your team has never won anything of consequence, you always have that losers mentality.
    ____________________________

    Spoken like a true loser. “Sacrificng pawns” Lol

    How about, “Your squad has been perpetually owned the last 7-8 weeks against goood teams” and that will continue against a Redskins squad playing much better than Green Bay.

  94. mrkbuilders says: Jan 7, 2016 12:27 PM

    Redskins beat Packers
    Vikings beat SeaChickens
    Bengals/Steelers too close to call…could go either way
    Texans beat Chiefs

  95. 0puddiiing0 says: Jan 7, 2016 12:27 PM

    “- tangysizzl says:
    Jan 7, 2016 11:15 AM
    Apparently Viking fans dont understand strategy and have never played chess before. Sometimes you have to sacrifice a pawn (The division) to win the endgame (the SB) but I guess when your team has never won anything of consequence, you always have that losers mentality. -”
    ………………………………

    Wait…..you honestly believe that your Packers went into the game last Sunday with the intention to LOSE?, while playing all of their starters? And willingly give up a HOME playoff game!?

    See though, where your “logic” really falls apart though is……now you play a Redskins team that is peaking, with a QB that has been playing LIGHTS OUT football. In THEIR HOUSE.

    When if you had won last week, you’d have a chance of playing the VIKES again (you know, the team with a bunch of losers with loser mentality?) In YOUR HOUSE.

    Lol

  96. contra74 says: Jan 7, 2016 12:27 PM

    Regarding your picks….I too can throw darts at a bracket to pick winners.

  97. 0puddiiing0 says: Jan 7, 2016 12:32 PM

    And if you think the division is just a “pawn” then that negates so much that you cheese heads constantly “rah rah” on about!

  98. bonniebengal says: Jan 7, 2016 12:32 PM

    Chiefs, Bengals, Packers, Vikings.

  99. drex1976 says: Jan 7, 2016 12:33 PM

    MDS, Texans lost Foster is equal in the offense to Chiefs losing Charles. Both would have been feature.
    I got Texans by a nose, but the team that scores first has a huge advantage, and the turnover battle will decide this one.
    24-21

  100. dluxxx says: Jan 7, 2016 12:38 PM

    Seems to me that there’s some Packer angst going on here. I think they’re just upset that they got swept at home by the NFC Norse…

  101. skolpurp says: Jan 7, 2016 12:38 PM

    I like the Vikings because they are finally getting healthy right now. They have had to grind their way down the stretch in the regular season and found a way to win the North.

    I don’t think Seattle fans realize the injuries we had when we played them first time around. Seriously, if you took Bennett, Chancellor, and Thomas III off their D, they wouldn’t be nearly as good as they are. That’s what the Viking D was missing when we played them last night. No Barr. No Joseph. No Hitman. No Chance.

    I expect it to be close either way.

    Vikings 24-21

  102. Knute's Knuggets says: Jan 7, 2016 12:48 PM

    Joe, my pregame ritual is not complete without your laughing off your “doth protest too much” Bengals Bashing. Please, enlighten us!

  103. purpleguy says: Jan 7, 2016 12:48 PM

    Don’t see a lot of Vikings fans beating their chests and predicting a sure win — just saying that the game likely won’t be the blowout everyone predicts. Seattle should be favored, as they are more experienced, have had better QB play and are on a roll. Vikings fans just hope the Hawk’s roll stops Sunday.

    Even though I see bobnelsonjr has come out of his hole after a pre-season pick of the Vikings not even being above .500, I bet the Pack wins this weekend against a team with a lousy D that’s had a cake schedule.

  104. ktm300xcwe says: Jan 7, 2016 12:49 PM

    It won’t matter though. I don’t fear a Green Bay team with no threat around Rodgers and who couldn’t beat a mediocre Vikings team. We play football in the NFC East. The North was and is a joke always. The Redskins win by 2 TDs.
    ———————————————————————
    NFC North is a joke?

    2015:

    Vikings beat Giants 49-17
    Lions beat Eagles 45-14
    Packers beat Cowboys 28-7
    Redskins beat Bears 24-21

  105. ktm300xcwe says: Jan 7, 2016 12:56 PM

    Wow.
    Look at all these Viking fans pounding their chests, because they barely beat a GB team that’s a shell of themselves over the last 2 months, and made the playoffs for just the 5 time in 15 years. Since 2002, when the division’s where re-aligned, the Vikings have won it 3 times. Just 3 TIMES.
    There should be a rule that states, that when a team hasn’t been relevant for at least 5 years, their fans shouldn’t make fools of themselves by commenting on other teams that have been relevant.

    Seattle-23
    Minn-9
    ________________________________________
    You mean that shell of a Packer team who beat the Seahawks this year? That one?

  106. ktm300xcwe says: Jan 7, 2016 12:59 PM

    Apparently Viking fans dont understand strategy and have never played chess before. Sometimes you have to sacrifice a pawn (The division) to win the endgame (the SB) but I guess when your team has never won anything of consequence, you always have that losers mentality.
    _________________________________________

    Yep the 1969 NFL Championship, the 1973, 1974, 1976 NFC Titles are of no consequence. smh

  107. moondog7 says: Jan 7, 2016 1:06 PM

    Arizona had nothing to play for in week 17 as the panthers had a cupcake game. Seahawks lost at home to the rams in week 16. Packers Blew the vikings out the first time around too. Mike Wallace finally shows up on the deep ball this week. Vikes 27- Seahawks 17… I hope.

  108. ktm300xcwe says: Jan 7, 2016 1:07 PM

    Besides the Brett Favre team of 2009, what have the Viking done over the last 15 years?

    2000 – NFC North Champs advanced to NFC Title game
    2005 – 9-7 winning record
    2008 – 10-6 NFC North Champs
    2009 – Favre year you referenced
    2012 – 10-6 Playoffs with league MVP
    2015 – 11-5 NFC North Champs and playoffs

    There are a lot of teams who have done worse.

  109. jacqvoncc says: Jan 7, 2016 1:12 PM

    I keep seeing Vikes fans using the old ‘we had 3 defensive starters out’ as the reason they got completely DEMOLISHED the first time around…but what they fail to mention anything about is HOW and WHY their offense managed to score a whole WHOPPING zero points??? Yes, you getting your guys back on D might help lessen the blows from Wilson and Co, but what’s your excuse going to be when AP is shutdown yet again and Bridgewater manages barely 100 total yards passing?? I respect the Vikings, along with most Seahawks fans, who BTW are not expecting a blowout win, but trust me…no one is afraid of that virtually non-existent passing attack.

  110. Marshawn Lunch says: Jan 7, 2016 1:20 PM

    Vikings fans would do well to remember that they have played in a dome for the better part of 3 decades. You played outdoor football at home for the last two years. But the Vikes are not used to playing football in January at any rate.. The weather is going to be a factor for both teams. Nobody can claim they are “used to” playing in -20 degree windchill temperatures.

  111. bluenose1965 says: Jan 7, 2016 1:24 PM

    Hate to see Florio picking the Texans. Kiss of death.

    The loss of Duane Brown at LT is huge for the Texans. Line was having issues protecting the QB before losing their best lineman.

    Only way I see Texans winning this one is if defense scores.

  112. billh1947 says: Jan 7, 2016 1:25 PM

    The Packers are playing poorly because of their offensive line,esp left tackle with a poor second stringer filling in but they will be good enough to keep Rodgers upright in this game.Washingtons defense is even more pathetic than the Packers offensive line is.Packers 37 Skins 10.

  113. taintedsaints2009 says: Jan 7, 2016 1:26 PM

    the AFC teams better hope somebody in the NFC knocks off Seattle. There is not ONE team in the AFC that is even close to their talent level.

  114. kissbillsrings says: Jan 7, 2016 1:27 PM

    Steelers
    KC
    Seattle
    Redskins

  115. jwcarlson says: Jan 7, 2016 1:45 PM

    About the only thing GB has going for it is that their pass rush isn’t terrible. You know how Cousins can get when pressured. That said, he could easily throw three interceptions and still win the game against the feeble offense the Packers have fielded this season.

  116. chasezdad16 says: Jan 7, 2016 1:52 PM

    Truthfully out of all the AFC teams in the playoffs, watch out for the Bengals. If they can beat the steelers and get Dalton back, watch out!’

    Who Dey

  117. jimmysee says: Jan 7, 2016 1:54 PM

    The Packers have earned the right to be disrespected.

  118. djvh2 says: Jan 7, 2016 2:03 PM

    Vikings and Packers both are not that good and will both lose; this year will be over for both of them after the weekend. Somebody had to win the division. Vikings arrow is up. Packers is down, but way up if they move on from McCarthy.

  119. sindiegosage says: Jan 7, 2016 2:27 PM

    KC over HOU
    CIN over PIT
    SEA over MIN
    WAS over GB

    ***

    KC over NE
    AZ over WAS
    SEA over CAR
    DEN over CIN

    ***

    DEN over KC
    AZ over SEA

    ***

    AZ over DEN

  120. icebowler says: Jan 7, 2016 2:32 PM

    If my Packers get David Bahktiari, their starting LT back, they have a good chance to win. If not…curtains.

  121. itguy76 says: Jan 7, 2016 2:50 PM

    You’re putting too much on on the wrong QB to pick as the reason the Bengals will lose to the Steelers. McCarron actually played pretty good against the Steelers, he threw 2 picks trying to come from behind in his first real NFL game action ever. He didn’t have 1st team reps to prepare as he was just the backup forced to come off the bench. He’ll have this week to prepare and 4 games under his belt coming into this one. He hasn’t thrown an INT yet as a starter. Meanwhile, the Steelers QB has thrown 16 this season with the Bengals picking him off 4 times. McCarron’s QB Rating of 90.6 against the Steelers was better than Roethlisbergers 57.8 and 85.6. It’s also fair to point out McCarron put up 2 TDs against the Steelers in 1 game while Roethlisberger has only scored 1 TD in 2 games and it’s looking like the Steelers running game is going to resort to practice squad players. Honestly, it’s not looking very good for the Steelers.

  122. kingpel says: Jan 7, 2016 2:51 PM

    3 degrees in Minnesota? Seattle 16 Minnesota 3

  123. matt5mn says: Jan 7, 2016 2:55 PM

    If Minnesota’s offense can stay on the field, they will have a fighting chance. They need to be able to keep their offense tight – meaning don’t spread the receivers out too wide, keep them close and run them deep. They should also have McKinnon in there on more downs, especially alongside AP. You send McKinnon outside and you force the LB/CB’s to play McKinnon with his speed and you run trap with AP. If the OL does their job right, you create openings in the LB’s giving AP room to run. Should be fun.

  124. jh82208 says: Jan 7, 2016 3:09 PM

    Come on guys lets be real here. There’s a reason why the Seahawks are the 6th seed. Yes they kicked the Vikings butt a month ago but they also lost to St. Louis for the 2nd time a few weeks later. A team Minnesota dominated in November. Before we hand the hypothetical Lombardi trophy to the Seahawks before the playoffs start, let’s just remember that the playoffs are a whole new ball game and there’s a ton of parity in this league.

  125. realfootballfan says: Jan 7, 2016 3:11 PM

    I know the Bengals losing in the first round is the running joke, but I just think this is exactly the kind of game the Steelers have lost all year. This team was struggling all last week with Austin Davis at QB annd lost a game to Traffic Mallet to put them outside the playoffs at the time. I love Roethlisberger’s game, but he’s come up small in a number of big games recently and I think it happens again this weekend. Also, I think the Viking/Seattle game is way closer than a month ago. As far as Green Bay and Washington, I think anybody picking Kirk Cousins to beat an Aaron Rodgers team when the rosters aren’t disproportionately different as in the game with Minnesota is having some good drugs. Green Bay doesn’t lose games like that one and won’t this weekend. They’ll go on to get thumped by Arizona or Carolina next week, but they won’t lose to Washington.

  126. banky74 says: Jan 7, 2016 3:29 PM

    You always play to win your division crown. You always play to get as many playoff games in your home stadium as possible.

    You never “regret” beating the rest of your division to win that crown just because you get a tougher game.

    Everything in this league is earned.

  127. theblowtorchreview says: Jan 7, 2016 3:50 PM

    Redskins pass D is very suspect. They have totally blown many coverages against horrible teams. Jesus, that bum in Dallas passed for 450 yards against them.

    Packers- 24
    Redskins- 10

  128. joker65 says: Jan 7, 2016 3:56 PM

    I do believe they are 2-4 once it got cold and Brady has looked poor once it got cold as well.
    ____

    Uh, his last game was in Miami. Was it a cold 75 degree day?

  129. jimnsota says: Jan 7, 2016 3:58 PM

    From a real Minnesoooooootan….The weather isn’t going to be that much of a factor. The technology available in outerwear/athletic wear these days is extremely good at keeping heat in. When the players are on the field they’er running keeping the blood pumping. Yes, its cold but its not the same as standing around doing nothing. You dont get that cold. Once they hit the sidelines they have heaters, jackets etc.
    Winner of the Seattle game will control the clock and win in the turnover department. It wont be a blow out, field goals and extra pts will be vital.

  130. jimnsota says: Jan 7, 2016 3:58 PM

    That pic, Watt has some explosive gas.

  131. usdcoyotesfan says: Jan 7, 2016 4:11 PM

    Packers 38 Redskins 7

  132. pnwl4a says: Jan 7, 2016 4:14 PM

    SEA @ MINN

    Ok you Vike fans… it comes down to this…

    1: Teddy can’t throw worth beans…

    2: AP can’t run against the SEA D.

    3: Lynch return (HE’s a beast in the playoffs)

    4: Wilson is on Fire

    5: KAM is rejoining the secondary

    Tell me honestly how MINN even stands a chance? And yes I know about your returning players….

  133. 12444uggg says: Jan 7, 2016 4:19 PM

    “The Texans have won a game in each of the previous playoffs for which they’ve qualified.”

    What, the last 2 times being the only times in last 15 years of your franchise?

  134. bonesawisready says: Jan 7, 2016 4:21 PM

    The Vikings only real chance in this game is if Seattle does what Arizona did against them; which was just show up and go through the motions assuming they already had the game won before it even started. Arizona squeaked by the Vikings with their F game; if Seattle only brings their F game they will probably still come out ahead in the end like Arizona did anyway, but it would be close.

  135. matt4477 says: Jan 7, 2016 5:50 PM

    SKINS, SEATTLE, CHIEFS, STEELERS

  136. golforepar says: Jan 7, 2016 7:49 PM

    The Vikings fans are already using the weather as an excuse. smh

  137. notwhoyouthinkitis says: Jan 7, 2016 8:23 PM

    The weather alone will make the Vikings/Seattle game a great one.

  138. trozenfundra says: Jan 7, 2016 9:40 PM

    roadtrip3500 says:
    Jan 7, 2016 11:42 AM
    The current National Weather Service forecast for Minneapolis-St. Paul area on Sunday:

    Sunday: Mostly sunny and cold, with a high near 3. Northwest wind 5 to 10 mph.

    That’s a calculated wind chill of approximately -12°F. Vikings can run the ball with AP, Seattle isn’t sure what they’ll have with BeastMode. I’m leaning Vikes on this one.
    —————————————-
    First off there was some bonehead on here claiming that the Vikings would be acclimated to the cold due to turning off the heat and opening the doors in the practice facility. I live about 200 miles NW of Minneapolis and the lowest low we’ve in the past 14 days has been 11 degrees F and the average daytime high (when practice occurs) has been 28 degrees F. I haven’t even had to wear gloves the past two weeks and I work construction outside all day. This is one of the warmest Dec/Jan’s I’ve ever seen, so to imply this weather has prepared the Vikings for -14 F wind chill is really just wishfull thinking on the part of purple heads. It’s gonna be about a 25 degree swing-that’s a big difference, and I doubt the Vikings brought in massive fans to the practice facility to simulate wind chill. And the temps aren’t supposed to drop until Saturday night. The Vikings will be experiencing the same shrinkage as the Seakawks. Hopefully Teddy’s hands won’t get any smaller though. It’ll be like throwing with stumps.

  139. beerman4019 says: Jan 7, 2016 11:21 PM

    Lol….check down Teddy threw for 99 yards last week against the Packers defense, 99 people! Good luck against the Seahawks….skolololo!

  140. truthserum4u says: Jan 8, 2016 1:59 AM

    Marshawn Lunch says: Jan 7, 2016 1:20 PM

    Vikings fans would do well to remember that they have played in a dome for the better part of 3 decades. You played outdoor football at home for the last two years. But the Vikes are not used to playing football in January at any rate.. The weather is going to be a factor for both teams. Nobody can claim they are “used to” playing in -20 degree windchill temperatures.

    —————————————–

    Not saying the weather is going to help the Vikings win, but history shows it slows down offenses, and that’s where Seattle has the biggest advantage as compared to the Vikings’ O.

    As far as your playing indoors for 3 decades – that has nothing to do with the current make-up of the Minnesota squad. Only NINE players on the Viking roster have played more games indoors than outdoors. The Vikings players have also been practicing and living in the cold weather, while Seattle has not.

    I’m guessing a 7-10 point loss by Minnesota. They can win if the defense smacks the Seahawks in the mouth by being physical (like the Rams) beats Seattle’s O-line (which is beatable) helps win the turnover battle by a couple, the offense controls the clock and sustains drives and they get a big play or two from the special teams.

  141. vikingforlife says: Jan 8, 2016 7:13 AM

    How in the freakin’ world are Viking fans using the weather as an excuse??? Bring it on!! I am sure when the VIKINGS WIN, Seattle fans will come up with excuses. I don’t see Russell Wilson doing that though, I do think he is a class act. So don’t think any of us are making excuses for a game that hasn’t been played yet!! When we win, we can go warm up by the fire!!! SKOL!!!!

  142. blu4l1fe says: Jan 8, 2016 8:41 AM

    ktm300xcwe says:
    Jan 7, 2016 12:49 PM

    It won’t matter though. I don’t fear a Green Bay team with no threat around Rodgers and who couldn’t beat a mediocre Vikings team. We play football in the NFC East. The North was and is a joke always. The Redskins win by 2 TDs.
    ———————————————————————
    NFC North is a joke?

    2015:

    Vikings beat Giants 49-17
    Lions beat Eagles 45-14
    Packers beat Cowboys 28-7
    Redskins beat Bears 24-21

    ——————————————————-

    I thought I was the only one who saw that. I mean, let’s just deal with the facts in the hopes that it may make sense for someone, but I dunno, last I heard there’s still no cure for delusional.

    As a Giants fan, I know my team was terrible and did not deserve any inkling of making it to the playoffs. For 2015, of course, the NFC North had a total combined record of 34-30, with two teams at least 4 games over .500 making the playoffs. The NFC East was a combined 26-38, with one team only 2 games over .500 making it into the playoffs.

    I mean, whatever this dude is smoking, must really be some good stuff coz, just looking at the numbers, and I am no football, nor a sports expert, for that matter, the “(NFC) North was and is a joke always” comment just don’t make no sense.

    Oh, my fault, it’s (IL)logical…. never mind.

  143. shlort says: Jan 8, 2016 11:49 AM

    All I hope for the playoffs is that Seattle doesn’t get to the super bowl. If that happens, I will be happy with the season. The Seattle fans (not all, but most), are nozzles and their coach is annoying.

    My picks for this weekend:

    KC over Houston. There is no way Houston is better than KC right now. Houston is n the playoffs because someone had to win that division. 35-10 KC

    Cincinnati over Pittsburgh. It will be close, but Rothlisb-whatever will throw a pick of fumble late and end any chance of a comeback. McCarron has a few games under his belt now as well. 23-20 Bengal

    Minnesota over Seattle. Lots of people think Seattle is just too powerful for the Vikings. Well, 12 below wind chills will take some of that power away from Seattle and play not Minnesota’s playing style. Short passes and runs will win it. Minnesota 19 Seattle 13

    Green Bay over Washington. Even as bad as Green Bay is this year, they are better than the Redskins. It won’t be a pretty game. The Packers running game will prove to be better than Washington’s in the mud. A few key passes will decide it and Rodgers is better than Cousins. A pick 6 inside of 3 minutes will stop the Redskins come back attempt and propel the Packers into the divisional round, where they will get stomped by Carolina. Packers 23 Redskins 10

  144. mototax says: Jan 8, 2016 11:51 AM

    12444uggg says:
    Jan 7, 2016 4:19 PM
    “The Texans have won a game in each of the previous playoffs for which they’ve qualified.”

    What, the last 2 times being the only times in last 15 years of your franchise?
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    Easy Colts fan!

  145. lanski5 says: Jan 8, 2016 2:02 PM

    Go Pack Go

    Packers 27
    Skins 17

    The Panthers will end their (Packers) season next week, but it may be closer than people expect. Sometimes a week off isn’t a good thing especially if your team is clicking along as the Panthers have been doing.

    As much as I’d like to see the Vikes beat the Hawks, it won’t happen. Packers were sleep walking for 3/4 of the game and still were in it to the end.

    Look for the Pack to rebound in a big way in 2016 unless injuries decimate them again.

  146. thedom2424 says: Jan 8, 2016 5:38 PM

    Seahawks shut out Vikings 30-0.

  147. jsbrasha says: Jan 8, 2016 5:49 PM

    Love the progress my Skins have made this season and you’ll notice most of us are quiet on the message boards because we’re still in shock that the group of incompetents that started the year (with an ugly qb controversy, no less) are now in great position to win a playoff game.

    However, my glasses are not so rose-colored that I can ignore the frequent confusion among our CBs and safeties, the fact that key players (see KC) have zero playoff experience and the fragility of our running game.

    We’ve had some good luck and great effort over the last 8 games. If that continues, a win is possible on Sunday, but I hope we don’t lose sight of miraculous progress if our mediocre team is somewhat exposed by post-season veterans.

  148. ebdug says: Jan 8, 2016 7:02 PM

    MDS gets the prize for actually including some football capping into his Packer blurb when he spoke of the Pack’s fairly strong secondary and the Skins weak one.

  149. bigblacksteel says: Jan 8, 2016 7:45 PM

    Steelers will win this game hands down, bangles can’t stop those wide receivers or Heath in this game..tooo many weapons with or without Williams….sorry bungles maybe next year….. Pitt 42 – 23………bring on Chiefs/Texans

  150. zerotrophiessince1961 says: Jan 9, 2016 3:58 PM

    The smack talking from Minny fans is quite honestly embarrassing.

    Yeah. Kudos. You won the division. Against the worst Packer team since 2008. Barely.

    Won’t happen next year and you’re going to get bounced tomorrow. So enjoy it now.

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