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Playoffs Preview- NFC Wildcard Round

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Aaron Rodgers

The NFC Playoffs kick off tomorrow with the first of two wildcard games as the Minnesota Vikings travel to Lambeau Field to take on the Packers.

The second wildcard game takes place on Sunday with an exciting game in store as rookie sensation Robert Griffin III leads his Washington Redskins at home vs fellow rookie quarterback Russell Wilson and the travelling Seattle Seahawks.

Now without further ado, here are my previews and predictions for the games.

Minnesota Vikings at Green Bay Packers

Christian Ponder

Keys to the Game

When the Vikings have the ball…

Adrian Peterson

Adrian Peterson vs Packers Defense

  • Adrian Peterson is coming off the best statistical year of his career and this is all after coming back from an ACL and MCL injury. Peterson came up just nine yards short of setting a new NFL record for rushing yards in a season after he ran for 2,097 yards. Eric Dickerson kept his record from 1984 in tact.
  • The Packers defense ranked 17th best in the league in 2012 vs the run after giving up 118.5 yards per game. The odds are that #28 runs for more than that in this game as the Vikings look to ease the pressure on quarterback Christian Ponder.

When the Packers have the ball…

Greg Jennings

Aaron Rodgers and Packers Passing Attack vs Vikings Secondary

  • Aaron Rodgers may not have hit the same heights as he did in 2011 but 2012 was still a success for the Packers quarterback. Rodgers again threw for 4,000 yards whilst having a 67.2% completion percentage and a 108.0 quarterback rating.
  • The Vikings defense is better suited to stopping the run as they give up over 240 yards per game through the air. The Vikes will look to Jared Allen and the rest of their pass rushers to get after Aaron Rodgers and ease the pressure on the secondary.


Clay Matthews III

The Vikings have flown slightly under the radar this year and surprised many by reaching the postseason over teams like the New York Giants and Chicago Bears.

As for Aaron Rodgers and the Packers, they were my Super Bowl pick before the season began but they had a number of poor performances on the way to an 11-5 record.

In this battle between two division rivals, I see the Packers coming out on top.

Vikings 24 Packers 31

Seattle Seahawks at Washington Redskins

Russell Wilson

Keys to the Game

When the Seahawks have the ball…

Marshawn Lynch

Marshawn Lynch and Seahawks Running Game vs Redskins Front Seven

  • Marshawn Lynch has had a tremendous year for the Seahawks leading them to the third ranked rushing attack in the league. Lynch ran for 1,590 yards in 2012 and 11 touchdowns with rookies combining for an added 843 yards on the ground.
  • Luckily for the Redskins, their defense is one of the best in the league vs the run after allowing just over 95 per game in the regular season. This defense is led by their front seven including standout players like London Fletcher and Ryan Kerrigan.

When the Redskins have the ball…

Alfred Morris

Robert Griffin III vs Seahawks Defense

  • Robert Griffin III has been spectacular this season for the Redskins both passing and running the football. Griffin had over 4,000 total yards in the regular season along with 27 total touchdowns whilst his fellow rookie Alfred Morris helped out with over 1,600 yards in the backfield.
  • These two rookies helped the Redskins to the number 1 ranked rushing attack in football with almost 170 yards per game. RG3 is certainly one of the most exciting quarterbacks in the Playoffs and Seahawks defenders like Bobby Wagner and Chris Clemons will be keeping taps on the Baylor star throughout the game.


London Fletcher

The Seahawks have surpassed all expectations this season by reaching the Playoffs and much of the credit goes to quarterback Russell Wilson who had a solid rookie campaign.

Wilson’s fellow rookie quarterback Robert Griffin III had an amazing year with the Redskins and led them to their first division title since 1999.

In this battle of rookie quarterbacks, it’s RG3 and the Redskins who are my choice to win the game.

Seahawks 13 Redskins 20

Robert Griffin III

So those are your previews and predictions.

For all NFL fans it is now time to get ready for postseason football as the Playoffs are back.

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NFC Playoff Picture- Final Standings

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Matt Ryan

The Regular Season finished last night and the Playoff picture is now complete.

Some of the standout teams missing out on the Postseason from the NFC this year are the defending Super Bowl champions New York Giants who finished with a disappointing 9-7 record 8-8 and their division rivals the Philadelphia Eagles who underachieved yet again this season.

Looking on the other side at some of the top teams now and the Atlanta Falcons secured the top seed with the San Francisco 49ers getting the number 2 seed.

The Playoffs kick off on Saturday night with the first of the two wildcard games.

So here are the final standings from the NFC.


1. Redskins 10-6

2. Giants 9-7

3. Cowboys 8-8

4. Eagles 4-12


1. Packers 11-5

2. Vikings 10-6

3. Bears 10-6

4. Lions 4-12


1. Falcons 13-3

2. Panthers 7-9

3. Saints 7-9

4. Bucs 7-9


1. 49ers 11-4-1

2. Seahawks 11-5

3. Rams 7-8-1

4. Cardinals 5-11

Playoff Seeds

1. Atlanta Falcons First-Round Bye

2. San Francisco 49ers First-Round Bye

3. Green Bay Packers Division Winner

4. Washington Redskins Division Winner

5. Seattle Seahawks Wildcard

6. Minnesota Vikings Wildcard

The first two seeds get a first-round bye, and the wildcard games see the number 3 seed vs  the number 6 seed and the number 4 vs the number 5 seed.

Minnesotta Vikings at Green Bay Packers

Aaron Rodgers

Seattle Seahawks at Washington Redskins

Robert Griffin III

A full preview of both these games will be posted later this week.

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December 31, 2012 at 11:04 am

Week 14 Games- Live on Sky

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Joe Flacco

It’s now time to look ahead to this weeks exciting live action with some great games lined up on Sky.

Sky Sports 2 will be showing two live games tonight:

Baltimore Ravens at Washington Redskins

Robert Griffin III

Stadium- FedEx Field

Kickoff- 1:00 p.m. in Washington/6 p.m. Irish Time

Prediction: Ravens Win

New Orleans Saints at New York Giants

Drew Brees

Stadium- MetLife Stadium

Kickoff- 4:25 p.m. in New Jersey/9:25 p.m. Irish Time

Prediction: Saints Win

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Eli Manning

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December 8, 2012 at 9:41 am

Monday Night Football- Giants vs Redskins Preview

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Robert Griffin III

Robert Griffin III

After yesterday’s exciting action, Week 13 comes to a close tonight with a crucial NFC East clash as the New York Giants go on the road to Washington to take on RG3 and the Redskins.

The game will be live on ESPN in America and on the BBC Red Button in Ireland.

So without further ado, here is my preview of Monday Night Football Week 13.

New York Giants at Washington Redskins

Eli Manning

Eli Manning

Stadium- FedEx Field

Kickoff- 8:30 p.m. in Washington/1:30 p.m. Irish Time


Robert Griffin III

Robert Griffin III

Both teams need a victory in this one to keep their respective Playoff hopes alive in a highly competitive battle in the NFC.

Although the Giants are coming off an impressive win over the Green Bay Packers, something tells me that RG3 will put on a show in prime time and give the Redskins the edge at home.

Giants 13 Redskins 27

So that’s your preview and prediction, hope everyone enjoys the game.

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December 3, 2012 at 8:23 am

Week 13 Scores- Late Games

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Peyton Manning

Peyton Manning

Tonight’s late games have just finished and so here are the scores:

Tampa Bay Buccaneers 23 Denver Broncos 31

Pittsburgh Steelers 23 Baltimore Ravens 20

Cleveland Browns 20 Oakland Raiders 17

Cincinnati Bengals 20 San Diego Chargers 13

Philadelphia Eagles 33 Dallas Cowboys 38

Monday Night Football

Robert Griffin III

Robert Griffin III

Tomorrow’s Monday Night Football matchup sees the 7-4 New York Giants travel to Washington to take on the 5-6 Redskins.

A preview of that game will be posted tomorrow.

Highlights from all this week’s games are available here

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December 3, 2012 at 8:22 am

Week 13 Picks- Previews and Predictions

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John Fox

Week 13 kicked off last night with the Atlanta Falcons extending their lead atop of the NFC South with a 23-13 victory over Drew Brees and the New Orleans Saints.

Looking ahead to the rest of the action this week and there are some great games to watch on Sunday.

The Minnesota Vikings face another tough test in the NFC North with a trip to Lambeau Field to take on Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers. There is another exciting divisional matchup in the AFC North with the Pittsburgh Steelers on the road in Baltimore vs the Ravens.

Those are just two of the standout games to see this week with plenty more action on show.

Now without further ado, here are my picks for Week 13.

Extra Point

Preview: 3-8 Browns at 3-8 Raiders

Prediction: Both teams are struggling but it’s the Browns who come out on top

Pick: Browns Win

Preview: 3-8 Panthers at 1-10 Chiefs

Prediction: The Kansas City Chiefs may be the most disappointing team in the NFL this year but get a win here

Pick: Chiefs Win

Preview: 2-9 Jaguars at 4-7 Bills

Prediction: Ryan Fitzpatrick trumps Chad Henne in Buffalo in this battle of game managing quarterbacks.

Pick: Bills Win

Field Goal

Preview: 6-5 Seahawks at 8-3 Bears

Prediction: Jay Cutler and the Bears will continue their impressive home record in this one

Pick: Bears Win

Preview: 10-1 Texans at 4-7 Titans

Prediction: The Texans have a big advantage heading on the road to Tennessee

Pick: Texans Win

Preview: 7-4 Colts at 4-7 Lions

Prediction: Andrew Luck faces a tough test against the Lions defense but should pull off the victory

Pick: Colts Win

Preview: 8-2-1 49ers at 4-6-1 Rams

Prediction: There will be no tie this time as the 49ers get the win on the road

Pick: 49ers

Preview: 4-7 Cardinals at 4-7 Jets

Prediction: Sources close to the Jets claim a defeat could signal the end for Rex Ryan but that won’t be the case

Pick: Jets Win

Preview: 6-5 Buccaneers at 8-3 Broncos

Prediction: Peyton Manning and the Broncos continue their recent winning streak at home

Pick: Broncos Win

Preview: 6-5 Bengals at 4-7 Chargers

Prediction: The Chargers are surely due a win after last week’s overtime defeat to the Ravens

Pick: Chargers Win

Preview: 3-8 Eagles at 5-6 Cowboys

Prediction: The continuously underachieiving Cowboys get back to .500 with a win vs the Eagles

Pick: Eagles Win


Preview: 8-3 Patriots at 5-6 Dolphins

Prediction: The Patriots will clinch the division with a victory and that’s exactly what they’ll do in Miami

Pick: Patriots Win

Preview: 6-5 Steelers at 9-2 Ravens

Prediction: Even with a fully healthy Big Ben at quarterback for the Steelers I would still give the Ravens the edge

Pick: Ravens Win

Preview: 6-5 Vikings at 7-4 Packers

Prediction: The wheels look to have fallen of the Vikings Playoff push and their losing streak continues at Lambeau

Pick: Packers Win

Monday Night Football

Robert Griffin II (Redskins) and Eli Manning (Giants)

This week’s Monday night game sees Eli Manning and the New York Giants travel to Washington to take on RG3 and the Redskins.

I’ll be posting a full preview of that game on Monday.

For all your NFL picks/previews/predictions and more, follow me on twitter.

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November 30, 2012 at 10:10 am

Week 12 Games- Thanksgiving on Sky

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Tom Brady

It’s Thanksgiving in the NFL which means it is time for fans to rejoice and be thankful for three live great games lined up on Sky.

Sky Sports 2 will be having a Thanksgiving special today:

Houston Texans at Detroit Lions

Matthew Stafford

Stadium- Ford Field

Kickoff- 12:30 p.m. in Detroit/5:30 p.m. Irish Time

Washington Redskins at Dallas Cowboys 

Tony Romo

Stadium- Cowboys stadium

Kickoff- 3:25 p.m. in Dallas/9:25 p.m. Irish Time

New England Patriots at New York Jets

Mark Sanchez

Stadium- MetLife Stadium

Kickoff- 8:20 p.m. in New Jersey/1:20 p.m. Irish Time

Robert Griffin III

Happy Thanksgiving football fans!

Matt Schaub

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