The Prophet’s foot­ball picks

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - SPORTS -

One of the most ex­cit­ing week­ends in pro foot­ball is upon as the wild cards games go to­day and Sun­day.

Kansas City Chief (11-5) at Hous­ton Tex­ans (9-7) -

This should be a low-scor­ing game. Both teams got off to poor starts but both have been hot of late. Chiefs QB Alex Smith does not turn the ball over and in my view that’s the dif­fer­ence. Chiefs are three-point favourites and they’ll cover.

Pitts­burgh Steel­ers (10-6) at Cincin­nati Ben­gals (12-4) -

The teams split two con­tests this sea­son and it’s an even-money game, but the Steel­ers in the last two games lost to lowly Bal­ti­more and strug­gled in a mod­est win against Cleve­land. If the Ben­gals are ever to win a play­off game, this is it, es­pe­cially against the Steel­ers with­out DeAn­gelo Wil­liams. Be­sides Ben­gals QB Andy Dal­ton is back.

Seat­tle Sea­hawks (10-6) at Min­nesota Vik­ings (11-5) -

Seat­tle mauled Min­nesota 38-7 a month ago. The Sea­hawks get pow­er­ful run­ner Mar­shawn Lynch back and QB Rus­sell Wil­son is red-hot. Seat­tle wins in a rout and cov­ers the five-point spread.

Green Bay Pack­ers (10-6) at Wash­ing­ton Red­skins (9-7) -

In an­other even-money game, the Pack­ers are 4-6 in their last 10 games and QB Aaron Rodgers has been clob­bered. The Skins are not great but they’ve won four straight and their form sug­gests they’ll beat a sag­ging Green Bay club.

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