After a truly wild AFC wildcard weekend yesterday where the Chiefs and Steelers advanced to the next round, the second act of the 2016 NFL wildcard weekend kicks off today with the Seattle Seahawks facing the Minnesota Vikings in Minnesota and the Green Bay Packers heading to Washington to face Washington’s pro football team.
Today’s Seahawks vs. Vikings matchup could be the coldest game in NFL history. Temperatures will stay around minus 2 degrees for most of the game and that could be huge. All week long I’ve been considering picking the Vikings but as I write this and rethink the match ups, it seems Seattle should and will have the edge.
Russell Wilson is no stranger to chilly weather playing his college ball in Wisconsin and Wilson arm will be the key to a Seahawks victory. Without running back Marshawn Lynch today, look for the Seahawks to pass the ball over 60 percent of the time. Wilson will toss two touchdown passes for over 200 yards and will rush for over 60 yards. The Seahawks running game will take a fall but not enough to lose. The Vikings can win this game though. If Adrian Peterson gets more than 30 rushing attempts in this game and the Viks can control the clock, Minnesota will win, I just have slightly more faith in Seattle’s defense.
In the final game of the weekend, the NFC East Champs (Washington) host Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers. Washington is one of the hottest teams in the league to date and they will be looking to surprise the world and defeat the Packers. Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers has struggled in his past few games and I expect that to continue today.
Look for Kirk Cousins to toss for over 300 yards today with two touchdown passes. Washington’s offense will put up points this afternoon and the Packers will need to score to win. Aaron Rodgers will toss 2 touchdowns as well but the Packers season ends here tonight.
Seattle 24 Vikings 20
Packers 17 Washington 31
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