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The Falcons and Matt Ryan have the worst match-up against Seattle if they want to get their first playoff win.
The Wildcard games disappointed for one reason, quarterback play. That will not be a problem this weekend. The marquee quarterbacks are off their bye weeks and are ready to lead their teams onto the field.
Here is a look at the games and my selection of the winners.
Baltimore vs Denver - To put it bluntly, the Ravens defense is old. They are experienced but they're old. Yes Ray Lewis is back and yes he's going to the HOF as soon as he's eligible but, that doesn't mean he's the same player now. The Ravens beat a rookie QB at home last week, they're not getting that match-up this week. The Ravens offense continues to struggle with Flacco at the helm. Yes he put up some yards last week but 12-23 is not impressive. Ray Rice was also a non factor last week which is an even bigger issue.
The Broncos offense is clicking right now and Manning is happy to have a solid running game, good offensive line and WR that can make plays. He'll have things under control from an offensive standpoint. I like where the Broncos defense is right now and I think if they can stop the Ravens running game and force Flacco to throw the ball they will have no problem winning this game.
Peyton Manning and Tom Brady are on a collision course for another AFC Championship, Broncos win.
Green Bay vs San Fran - This is a very interesting match-up. The Packers have an elite QB in Rodgers and the 49ers have one of the best defenses in the NFL. When these two units are on the field it's must see TV. However, this game will be won or lost on the Packers defenses ability to stop Colin Kaepernick. Kaepernick is a mobile QB that can run the ball and make the throws he needs to when he has the time. The Packers defense did not play well in the middle part of the season when they were dealing with injuries.
I think that the 49ers running game will wear down the Packers and Kaepernick will make just enough plays with his legs and arm to win this one.
Seattle vs Atlanta - The Falcons have been disrespected all season by everyone. They had a great start and finish to the season but no one will give them credit. All the talk has been about how well they will play in the postseason. Well, now's their chance to prove everyone wrong. The Falcons offense is going up against an elite defense in Seattle and will have their hands full on offense. The Seahawks offense is built on running the ball and making smart decisions in the passing game.
I think Matt Ryan will have all those previous bad playoffs games in his head and when he struggles early, he's going to start believe what we've all been saying. The Seahawks continue their ride and win this one.
Texans vs Patriots - If I told you mid season that these two teams were facing off in the playoffs most would have expected them to be playing in the AFC Championship game. Unfortunately for the Texans their season fell apart and they were blown out on national TV by the Patriots. The Texans are struggling on both sides of the ball and need to get back to what made them successful, running the ball with Foster. The Texans have to get Arian Foster going early and establish themselves against the Patriots defense. They need to be able to set-up play action but, more importantly, they need to keep Tom Brady off the field.
The Patriots game plan is to get their running game established enough to slow the Texans pass rush and then let Brady shred the Texans in the passing game. The Patriots have just enough defense to slow down Schaub and Foster.
Tom Brady will be facing off with Peyton Manning in Denver next week, Patriots win.
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Matt Ryan has to shoulder all of the pressure for the Falcons' franchise this weekend.
The Wildcard round brought us some pretty bad games. The marque quarterbacks were on a bye so this week should be a lot better.
Here are the quarterbacks and how they stack-up
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