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Wild Card Weekend could be Upset Weekend

Colts, Wild Card WeekendGoing into Wild Card Weekend there is a lot of room for upsets. First of all, the nature of the current seeding structure means that the seeds themselves don’t necessarily carry much meaning. Being a #4 seed that won in a crappy division does not make you better than a #5 or #6 seed that came from a strong division. That said, lets take a look at some potential upsets for this week.

#5 Indianapolis Colts over #4 Baltimore Ravens

Throughout 2012 the Colts didn’t seem like that good of a team, but they were able to turn it on when it mattered and kept finding ways to win. Coming into Wild Card Weekend they have won 5 of their last 6 games including last week’s big win against the Houston Texans. They are also still riding on the emotional motivator surrounding the return of their head coach, Chuck Pagano, after he has battled leukemia for the majority of the season. The CHUCKSTRONG motto has kept the team COLTSTRONG, they’ve rallied together and surprised everyone.

Indianapolis is probably the weakest team in the playoffs, but the Ravens are the team they wanted to play in the first round. Baltimore continues to have a banged up defense and their offense has struggled for much of the season. This is the kind of team and kind of game that the Colts could win. There is great potential for them to pull out the underdog victory and upset the #4 seed Ravens.

Seahawks D/ST#5 Seattle Seahawks over #4 Washington Redskins

This is going to be the battle of hot young athletic talent at the quarterback position. Both RGIII and Russell Wilson have had spectacular rookie seasons. However, at the end of the day everyone knows who the better team is here. Seattle has been as hot as you can be for the last two months, and their defense is terrifying. They are going to give a hobbled Griffin a rough time, and the Redskins’ questionable defense could be in trouble in this matchup.

Wilson and the Seahawks have scored 170 points in the last 4 games. That is unprecedented. Those points are coming on both sides of the ball as Seattle has one of the top scoring defenses plus they are allowing the least points in the league on defense. On the flip side, the Redskins’ defense is ranked 28th in terms of points allowed and they have shown considerable weakness in both run and pass defense. This one won’t really be an upset, but there’s a good chance the #5 seed will come out on top in this one.

#6 Cincinnati Bengals over #3 Houston Texans

Houston was the clear cut class of the AFC for three-fourths of the 2012 season. However, they’ve been on a clear skid in recent weeks. Their defense is badly depleted by injury and their overall performances have left much to be desired. They say the teams that are hot in December are the teams that are playoff ready. The Texans managed to lose in 3 of the last 4 weeks in which they needed to be playing strong to tie up the #1 seed. Now they sit shaky as the #3.

The Bengals, however, have won 7 of their last 8 and are coming off a hard fought few weeks that landed them in the playoffs. They are in a great position to hand Houston an upset in Wild Card Weekend. Sure, Houston “should” win this game, but that all depends on whether they can bounce back from their terrible trend of late. Don’t be surprised of Cincy steals this one.


K. Smelser About K. Smelser
Kelly Smelser is Owner/Senior Writer for Punch Drunk Wonderland and PDFantasy Sports. Architect of the PDW fantasy football world and general spinster of NFL and Fantasy Football news and analysis. Long walks on the beach, sunsets, and other such niceties are also fine...

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