It is time for one of the best periods of the sports year, the NFL playoffs. Wild Card weekend is the beginning of the road to Super Bowl 50.
In the early years of the NFL, the first weekend of the playoffs were a formality. However, over the last decade we’ve seen six champions that have emerged from Wild Card weekend. Will this year’s champion be playing this weekend? We’re about to find out starting on Saturday, and here are the NFC Wild Card games slated for this weekend.
#6 SEATTLE SEAHAWKS (10-6) at #3 MINNESOTA VIKINGS (11-5)
This is a great contrast between two teams who had completely different seasons. Mike Zimmer and the Minnesota Vikings had a great year.
Adrian Peterson rushed for more than 1,000 yards again and Teddy Bridgewater did pretty well in his second year. Pair that with Mike Zimmer’s defensive mind and you’ve got a team that surprisingly beat the Packers in week 17 to claim the NFC North crown.
They take on the Seattle Seahawks who everyone counted out early on in the season. What’s more impressive about this team is how Thomas Rawls was masterful while replacing Marshawn Lynch and Russell Wilson was great the second half of the season.
There were plenty of question marks surrounding the Seahawks defense but they rounded into form at just the right time.
The Seahawks and Vikings squared off in week 13 and Seattle dominated from start to finish by winning 38-7. They got off to such a great start that Adrian Peterson only had eight carries for 18 yards for the entire game.
That’s basically the key for the Vikings in this game, if AD and the Vkings can find a way to somehow run on this defense then they have a chance. If there’s anyone who can break off a run against anyone it’s Adrian Peterson.
The game favors the Vikings if they keep it close because he can chip away until the 4th quarter when he’s at his best. The Vikings are home underdogs and I would like to take them.
However, the Seahawks are just too hot on both sides of the ball right now and they’ve been here before. As long as Russell Wilson takes care of the ball they should be fine. The Seahawks should have no trouble covering the five point spread.
SEAHAWKS 31 VIKINGS 21
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