By securing the number 2 seed in the playoffs, the Green Bay Packers are getting this weekend off so that Aaron Rodgers can rehabilitate that sore calf, and preparations can begin for whomever we will be playing next weekend in the Divisional round. The last time we had a bye, the 49ers came to Lambeau and beat us, so at least we know they aren’t in the playoffs. Before that it was the Giants, and they too aren’t in the post season. Right now, the potential matchups are Detroit, Arizona, Carolina or Dallas, but the most likely scenario is for Dallas to visit Lambeau, and that feels like a sure win situation. The only playoff team I’m scared of in the NFC is the Seahawks, just because they seem to be back to their championship form, and the only way for us to see them in the post season is for the NFC Championship game, in which we would have to travel to Seattle, and that didn’t end well back in week 1. However, we have a better team now, and I think it might be enough to change our fortunes when it comes to that matchup. I’m not really fearful of any of the AFC teams, because we’ve already beaten the Patriots, and they’re one of the most likely teams to end up in the Super Bowl. Regardless, this week is Wildcard weekend, and there will be a few good games sprinkled in there. Here are my picks for Wildcard weekend:
Steelers 27, Ravens 21
Colts 31, Bengals 24
Cowboys 28, Lions 20
Cards 24, Panthers 13
Were this to come true, the Cardinals would be heading to Seattle, and the Cowboys would come to Green Bay. I feel that any of the lower seeded teams would be an easy win for the Packers, but it’s likely that the Cowboys will put up the best fight, though I think Green Bay in January might skew things in our favor. The Cardinals might pull an upset on the Seahawks, as they have already played there once this season, but since they’re starting a third string QB, it’s likely that the Championship game will be Seattle vs. Green Bay in Seattle. We’ll see how things shake up and go over the scenarios again next week. Until then.
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