Pickin’ With Pano: Wild Card Round

Can you believe the NFL’s regular season is already over?!? Now is when the fun really begins, as the 12 remaining teams square off in a single elimination tournament culminating in the Super Bowl. This is also the part of the season that bettors typically like best, with even the casual fan getting in on the action. If you have been following David “the Peoplez Picker” Panosian since he joined the site midway through the season, you will know he has over a 60% success rate in picking games. I will tell you know, just like for the players, the postseason will bring out the very best in Pano. Take this advice to the bank… literally. Here now are David’s picks for the NFL’s Wild Card Weekend. Good Luck!!

Week 17 Record: 3-2
Season To Date: 21-13

By David Panosian

Chiefs Colts WC

Kansas City Chiefs at Indianapolis Colts (-2.5), AFC Wild Card 4:35pm NBC:
The Kansas City Chiefs head to Indianapolis to take on the Colts in the opener to Wild Card weekend and it should be a good one. The Chiefs have lost 5 of their last 7 games after beginning the year 9-0, and will be looking to attain early momentum in this one to advance to the 2nd round. The Colts on the other hand are coming off of a thrashing of the Jacksonville Jaguars, and are hosting their first playoff game in the Andrew Luck era. The Colts will be looking to get their running game going early, and continue to utilize the talents of TY Hilton, who lit up the Jags to the tune of 11 catches and 155 yards on Sunday. All in all I like their chances to move the ball here. The Chiefs will likely continue to have Alex Smith manage the game, and look for Jamaal Charles to be the focal point of their offense. Charles is coming off of another superb year and should have the attention of the Colt defense at all times. I like this to be a very close, hard fought affair, with the Colts winning by 4-7 points. Take the Colts and lay the points.

Saints Eagles WC

New Orleans Saints at Philadelphia Eagles (-2.5), NFC Wild Card 8:10pm NBC:
The New Orleans Saints head to the city of Brotherly Love to face the Eagles in what should be a high scoring and entertaining game. The Eagles are coming off of a huge win in Dallas which won them the division, and have solid momentum heading into this game. The Saints on the other hand are one of the best six seeds I can remember in years. Considering some of the recent struggles the Saints have had on the road in recent times, I like the Eagles’ chances in this one. The offense is certainly potent, and scored at will in their past home tilt versus Chicago. Nick Foles is coming off of a marvelous season, and Lesean McCoy is playing at as high a level as he ever has. No question, the Saint offense is very strong as well, but I like the value here only giving up 2.5 points. Take the Eagles and sit back and relax and enjoy what should be a great one!

Chargers Bengals WC

San Diego Chargers at Cincinnati Bengals (-7), AFC Wild Card 1:05pm CBS:
The San Diego Chargers head to Cincinnati to face off with the Bengals in Sunday’s first game. The Bengals are undefeated at home and are hosting their first playoff game since January of 2006 when they lost versus the eventual Super Bowl champion Pittsburgh Steelers. I have a hunch the result turns out differently this time. The Bengals have a passing game that is firing on all cylinders, and the running game features the rapidly improving Gio Bernard. I believe this will simply be too much for a Chargers team that somehow managed to find its way into the 6th seed of the AFC. I like the Bengals to win this one by at least 10 points. The Chargers won’t lay down and figure to keep this one rather competitive, but this has the feel of a 27-17 or 30-20 type of game. Lay the points and take the Bengals.


San Francisco 49’ers (-2.5) at Green Bay Packers, NFC Wild Card 4:40pm FOX:
The San Francisco 49’ers head to Lambeau Field and take on the Packers in what figures to be most intriguing game of the Wild Card round. The temperatures for this one figure to be frigid, and it will be very interesting to see how the 49’ers adjust to this on the road. My hunch is they do fine. The 49’ers offense is virtually at full strength with Michael Crabtree in the fold, and figures to give the Packers problems, especially with Clay Matthews expected to miss the game. Even on the road, I can see the 49’ers winning this game by about 7. Aaron Rodgers is still working his way back, and in the Bears game it did not appear as if his timing was down with his receivers. I believe it is safe to say the 49’ers will pose a greater defensive challenge to Green Bay than Chicago did. Take the 49’ers and lay the 2.5 points.

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