Our Beloved Chicago Bears aren’t in the playoffs, but NFL life goes on and Wild Card Weekend is almost upon us. Let’s do a quick preview of each of the games on tap for this weekend.
Bengals at Texans
Saturday, 3:30 PM CST on NBC 5 Chicago
It’s a rematch of last season’s Wild Card matchup, but this time the Texans are disappointed to end up playing this weekend. For a big chunk of the season, the Texans were at or near the top of NFL Power Rankings, but a late season stumbled pushed them out of a first round bye into hosting the Bengals. Texans heading in the wrong direction, Bengals defense is surging and AJ Green is special.
Prediction: Bengals 19, Texans 17
Vikings at Packers
Saturday, 7PM CST on NBC 5 Chicago
In a rematch of last Sunday’s classic that kept the Bears out of the postseason and may have ultimately spelled the end to Lovie Smith’s run as Bears head coach, the Vikings head to Lambeau for the third matchup of the season. The biggest question is whether the Packers defense will be able to slow down Adrian Peterson enough for Aaron Rodgers and the offense to come out on top. My answer is yes. Peterson’s remarkable season comes to an end as the hated Packers advance.
Prediction: Packers 34, Vikings 20
Colts at Ravens
Sunday 12PM on CBS 2 Chicago
Ray Lewis is set to hang ‘em up after 17 seasons, paving his way to Canton. Even coming off an injury that caused him to miss a big chunk of the 2012 campaign, he’s motivating his team by putting his retirement out there “when this run is over.” Raven teammates won’t let that run end at home against rookie Andrew Luck and the overmatched Colts.
Prediction: Ravens 23, Colts 13
Seahawks at Redskins
Sunday 3:30 PM CST on Fox 32 Chicago
A battle of rookie of the year candidates Russell Wilson and Robert Griffin III has all the makings of a classic. The Seahawks are as hot as anyone heading into Wild Card Weekend. Russell Wilson has had this team surging since driving them 177 yards on the Bears in their final two drives. When you have rookie quarterbacks involved, I’ll go with the guy playing at home.
Prediction: Redskins 24, Seahawks 20
What are your predictions? Who are you rooting for this weekend?