Cincinnnati Bengals (10-6) at Houston Texans (12-4)
Texans are -4 1/2 favorites
The Bengals are definitely an up and coming team, but I don’t think they will beat the Texans at home.
Houston is a well rounded team and if they play to their potential they should be able to handle to the Bengals.
Texans win by 7
Minnesota Vikings (10-6) at Green Bay Packers (11-5)
Packers are -7 1/2 favorites
I expect this game to be a very tough battle, but in the end I cannot pick against Aaron Rodgers and the Packers at Lambeau Field in January.
The Pack wins by 10.
Indianapolis Colts (11-5) at Baltimore Ravens (10-6)
Ravens are -6 1/2 favorites
The Colts have been extremely impressive under the leadership of star rookie QB Andrew Luck. I’m sure Luck and the Colts will win a lot of playoff games, but not this year. I think this veteran Ravens team will prove to be too strong for the upstart Colts in Baltimore.
Ravens by 10
Seattle Seahawks (11-5) at Washington Redskins (10-6)
Seahawks are -3 favorites
Wow, this game pitting star rookie QB’s Russell Wilson and Robert Griffin III against each other is the toughest game to call this weekend in my opinion. I think RG3 had the best season of all the rookie QB’s, but Wilson and Luck have both been nearly as good. Both defenses are very good, but Seattle appears to be the hottest team in the league right now.
Seahawks by 7.
POST 1st Round comments: My picks worked out well, 4 for 4, 3 out of 4 vs. the spread, although I would concede that the 1st round games were relatively easy to pick. It will get a bit more challenging in second round because I think at least 3 out the 4 “away” teams have a good chance to win, especially the Seattle Seahawks.