Here are some thoughts about what I’ll be watching as Wildcard weekend begins in just a couple of hours:
BENGALS AT TEXANS
In this first game, we have a Texans team that started out 2012 like gangbusters, winning their first 5 games right out of the gate, and entered week 14 with only 2 losses. They had every opportunity to end the season with the number one seed. But then, the ground fell out from under them, as the Texans lost 3 out of the final four games to finish 12-4, and force them to play this weekend. The Bengals, on the other hand, won their final three games to finish 10-6 and leave with the final AFC playoff position.
These are two teams that have exciting offenses to watch. We have gotten used to Matt Schaub and Andre Johnson, and it never grows old watching Arian Foster running the football. Here in the East, we don’t get a great deal of Bengals games, so it will be exciting to see Andy Dalton and AJ Green work together. The “Law Firm” had a big year on the ground as well, so, this will be a fun game to watch.
Houston is a team that many have felt are on the verge of making a big run, and the Bengals may be just coming into their own under the direction of second year quarterback Andy Dalton. Enjoy it.
VIKINGS AT PACKERS
It’s especially fun when 2 divisional opponents meet up during Wildcard week, because it means that the two teams faced each other recently. In this case, the two teams met just last week, as the Packers and Vikings hooked up in Minnesota in week 17. Minnesota won to earn their spot in this game, but the bigger story was Adrian Peterson finishing the game 9 yards short of the single season rushing record. After the game, he didn’t even realize it, just making him all the more humble and grounded sounding.
I can’t wait to watch him do battle against Aaron Rodgers and the downfield passing game of the Green Bay Packers. The key to this one will be whether or not Christian Ponder, AP, and the Vikings offense can control time of possession. If they get in a shooting match with Rodgers, it’s over. It will be a good one.
Enjoy the games!