NFL Wild Card Weekend

The NFL playoffs begin with Wild Card weekend.  In the NFC; the NFC South champions Carolina Panthers host the Arizona Cardinals and the NFC East champions Dallas Cowboys face the Detroit Lions.  In the AFC; the AFC South champions Indianapolis Colts host the Cincinnati Bengals and the Baltimore Ravens travel to face division rival and the AFC North champions Pittsburgh Steelers for the third time this season.

It’s not ideal to win three consecutive road games to reach the Super Bowl.  It makes a grueling NFL season even more grueling.  This is the uphill climb facing the Lions, the Ravens, the Bengals and the Cardinals.  Though it’s a difficult mission, it is not an impossible mission.  Since the introduction of the wild card format, ten teams have made the trip to the Super Bowl and of these ten teams, six have won.  History shows that wild card teams are far from pushovers.

The Detroit Lions dodged a bullet with Ndamukong Suh’s suspension being overturned.  The Cincinnati Bengals enter the post season with the hottest running back in the league in Jeremy Hill and will need him revving to go if A.J Green is injured.  The Baltimore Ravens get Haloti Ngata back from suspension just in time for a hard-hitting and brutal game.  The Arizona Cardinals have maxed out all year long, placing their trust in a punishing, blitz happy defense.  There’s no reason that Arizona cannot push their way through this game.  The college bowl season is nice but the road to the Super Bowl begins now.