Sunday match up predictions and reviews

Monday, January 6, 2014

The Wild Card Round is unpredictable, which brings some of the most exciting games in the postseason of the National Football League. These are games where the stakes are the lowest, but the games here are fought as hard as Super Bowl itself.


The Kansas City Chiefs takes on the Indianapolis Colts to open up the post season Saturday, January 4. At night, the New Orleans Saints and the Philadelphia Eagles will battle it out after the Chiefs-Colts game.

Meanwhile, on Sunday, the San Diego Chargers will go against the Cincinnati Bengals 1:05 P.M. EST, while the San Francisco 49ers will face the Green Bay Packers later on that day.

Let us look at some predictions and reviews on how the match outs on Sunday will turn out:  

The Bengals have an advantage over the Chargers

For the Chargers-Bengals match up on Sunday, which will be aired on CBS, there are definitely a lot of things to be considered.

One is that the Chargers’ offense is very dangerous, especially that they have an average of just over 29 points every game in their present four-game consecutive victories. 

This is where things get exciting because, Bengals’ is the best in the American Football Conference, especially with possible Defensive Player of the Year Vontaze Burfict. Bengals is the team that allowed only the fewest yards for the AFC. No team has allowed fewer yards than the Bengals for this season. 

This game would be a clash of high powered offense from the Chargers against fearsome defense from the Bengals. 

Another factor to look at is the fact that the Chargers lost to Bengals in San Diego right before they pulled of that four-game winning streak. Despite Chargers’ legendary offense, the team looked defeated offensively in that game. They manage to have only 91 rushing yards and three turnovers. The Chargers-Bengal game will also be held in Cincinnati, where the Bengals have a 8-0 record for this year. 

Another point for the Bengals is its quarterback Andy Dalton who has been superb this year, despite his Week 17 performance. In Week 14-16, he was able to execute nine touchdown passes with no interception. Also, in the past four weeks, he manages to have 11 passing touchdowns and two rushing. 

If A.J. Green and Dalton heighten their team up, Bengals will be a very formidable opponent and it won’t be very surprising anymore if their make it to the Super Bowl XLVIII at MetLife Stadium East Rutherford, New Jersey on February 2, 2014. 

If there is one thing that can be said for this match up, is that the Bengals won’t easily lose at home. Still, the Chargers have a lot to offer and anything can happen in the gridiron, especially during the postseason Wild Card Round. 

49ers and Packers battle it out in epic game

The San Francisco 49ers and the Green Bay Packers will play after the Chargers and the Bengals later on Sunday 4;40 p.m., Which will be broadcasted on FOX. 

The 49ers have shown superb defense for this year, however, their offense will definitely be tested as they take on the Packers. 49ers’ Colin Kaepernick must pick up the slack to keep up with Packers’ Aaron Rodgers. 

There is truth to this somehow, because San Francisco lacks secondary. Carlos Rogers is supposed to be their big comebacks, but he hasn’t been in his optimum capability this year. He also has problems with his hamstring, which may jeopardize their game on Sunday.  

The 49ers allowed 755 passing yards in their last two games for 2013, which is their most in back-to-back ever for the regular-season since 2005. 

Despite all these issues, defense is still the 49ers’ most defining attribute, especially with Patrick Willis, Ahmad Brooks and NaVorro Bowman. These guys will definitely Aaron Rodgers’ biggest obstacles, especially in the middle of the field. With Justin Smith and Glenn Dorsey, 49ers should be able to bottle up the run, just like what they have done all year. 

49ers’ ferocious 3-4 defense should give one of NFL’s best quarterbacks a hard time. Rodgers may maneuver some sneaky deep plays at wide receiver, but the 49ers could defend the pass because they can stop the run, especially that they are NFL’s fourth when it comes to opponent rushing yards. 

Here is another fact that would bring more advantage to the 49ers: The team’s quarterback Colin Kaepernick had experience playing under sub-40 degree weather. This means, he could take on Lambeau Field’s cold weather conditions. The sub-40 degree game was against the Redskins, where Kaepernick was able to make three touchdowns with a passer rating of 134.6. The whole team actually played well in that frigid weather condition with 27-6 against the Redskin. 

Yes, the Packers are way better than the Redskins, but the fact remains that the 49ers are capable of playing in cold weathers and win. Lambeau is going to be colder, which only gives the 49ers an advantage against the Packers’ offense with the 49ers’ great rushing attacks and the absence of the Packers’ Clay Matthews.

This is the second time for so many years that the 49ers will play against the Packers for the playoffs. Last year battle was had Packers’ defensive coordinator Dom Capers playing cat and mouse against 49ers’ offensive coordinator Greg Roman, with the latter as the mouse. Roman and Kaepernick were able to outsmart as well as outrun the defensive plays of Caper in last year’s game. 

Caper hopes that the playoff game this year against the 49ers will be different. Kaepernick might exploit Packers’ defense, based on how he played during the regular-season this year.  

This time Michael Crabtree will be back and Anquan Boldin was able to carry the 49ers’ passing game the whole year. This is definitely going to be a hard-fought game between these teams. 

The Green Bay Packers and the San Fransisco 49ers are considered as some of the most successful teams in the history of NFL. This game is definitely another epic battle between these two great teams. The Packers and the 49ers have met six times in the postseason and their seventh match up will be this Sunday. 

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