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NFL: Back Panthers, Steelers, Colts and Cowboys in wildcard acca

| 03.01.2015

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Arizona Cardinals at Carolina Panthers
The 2015 NFL playoffs kick off in Carolina as the Panthers play host to the Cardinals at Bank of America stadium.

Carolina come into this contest with great momentum, having finished the 2014 season with four straight wins to capture the NFC South division title. They outscored their opponents 111-43 over that four-game stretch.
Arizona, on the other hand, have stumbled recently having lost their last two games – costly defeats given that they will not have homefield advantage in the playoffs as a result.

All the Cardinals’ troubles are at quarterback. Arizona have been blighted by injuries in that position, with first-choice Carson Palmer going down in early November, only for backup Drew Stanton to pick up a problem of his own in December.

This means that third-choice Ryan Lindley will once again start at quarterback for Arizona on Saturday. The Cardinals have not won a single game since he took over from Stanton as quarterback.

Carolina’s pass-rush should give Lindley a hard time and that, coupled with the superior production that the Panthers can expect from their own star quarterback Cam Newton, should be enough to give them the win here.

Baltimore Ravens at Pittsburgh Steelers
Pittsburgh will look to put their division rivals Baltimore to the sword at Heinz Field on Saturday night.

The Steelers are another team in red-hot form, having won their last four games. They also have a psychological edge over their opponents after soundly beating Baltimore in November, 43-23.

Pittsburgh quarterback Ben Roethlisberger shredded the Ravens’ secondary with six touchdown-assisting passes in that triumph, and the Baltimore defense could be in for a tough time again in this matchup.

The Ravens’ passing defense ranked just 23rd out of 32 teams in the NFL this season, while the Pittsburgh passing attack was the second-best in the league – Pittsburgh’s passing offense would therefore appear to be key to deciding this contest in their favour. Steelers’ wide receiver Antonio Brown could profit, and is 4/6 to score anytime.

Cincinnati Bengals at Indianapolis Colts
No team had a better passing offense than Indianapolis this season, and that could be enough to win them the game at Lucas Oil Stadium on Sunday.

Colts’ quarterback Andrew Luck had a stellar 2014, passing for 4761 yards and assisting 40 touchdowns. Eight of those touchdown passes were caught by tight-end Coby Fleener, who is 11/8 to score anytime against the Bengals.

Cincinnati have doubts over their own quarterback Andy Dalton, who is gaining an unfortunate reputation for putting in his worst performances in his team’s most important games.

Dalton has led the Bengals to the playoffs three times, and on all those occasions they have fallen at the first hurdle. He has recorded just one touchdown against six costly interceptions in those three playoff appearances.

These two sides have already met this season in October, when Indianapolis thrashed Cincinnati 27-0 at home. That performance would indicate that it is unlikely to be fourth time lucky for Dalton and the Bengals in the playoffs this time around.

Detroit Lions at Dallas Cowboys
NFC East champions Dallas can win their first playoff game since 2010 against Detroit at AT&T stadium on Sunday night.

In the Lions, they face the league’s third-best defense. However, this is a Cowboys side that has already beaten the NFL’s number-one ranked defense (Seattle) this season, so they are certainly capable of breaking through tough defenses.

Behind the league’s best offensive line, Dallas quarterback Tony Romo has had a season to remember. Meanwhile, star running back DeMarco Murray rushed for a team-record 1845 yards in 2014. Murray is 1/2 to score anytime for the Cowboys.

Detroit come into this contest on the back of a disappointing away performance at Green Bay last time out, a defeat that cost them the chance to win the NFC North title.

For some observers, the loss serves as further evidence that the Lions are not equipped to beat the best teams, in particular when playing those teams on the road. Detroit quarterback Matt Stafford has, astonishingly, never won an away game against a team with a winning record in his six-year career.

Like Green Bay, Dallas are a tough opponent with a winning record, and the Cowboys should be capable of taming the Lions here.



Paul Chambers