Benigno’s Best: NFL Wild-Card Week Picks

Texans 20, Bengals 17: Houston has lost their last three games since clinching the AFC South. They are obviously a banged up team that starts third-string quarterback T.J. Yates. Wide receiver Andre Johnson has been slowed by injuries all season. Give the Bengals credit, Marvin Lewis is the coach of the year and rookies Andy Dalton and A.J. Green have been great but look for Arian Foster and Ben Tate to carry the Texans offense and Houston’s D to slow down the Dalton-Green combo. Texans win their first ever playoff game in a nail-biter.

Saints 42, Lions 30: Detroit has had a renaissance season and made the playoffs for the first time since 1999. But the Saints, with Drew Brees leading the way, may be the best offense we’ve ever seen, setting records all over the place. The Lions will score points, but not enough to beat the Saints offensive juggernaut.

Giants 28, Falcons 21: Atlanta is loaded with offensive weapons: Michael Turner, Roddy White, Julio Jones and Tony Gonzales, but Matt Ryan must prove he can win in the playoffs. The Giants are finally getting healthy on the defensive line and Eli Manning and company can match the Falcons offensively. The Big Blue pass rush is the difference here as the Giants should win their first home playoff game in 11 years.

Steelers 31, Broncos 3: The bloom has come off the Tim Tebow rose as the Broncos back into the AFC West title after losing their last three games. I really just can’t see the Broncos offense doing anything against the Steelers defense. Look for a host of Tebow turnovers in Pittsburgh blowout.

What do you think of Benigno’s picks? Leave a comment below.

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  • BIg Blue Fan

    Boomer is the only logocal speaker on the morning show. They need to fire that bantering, uneducated, bald cue ball, sidekick, Carton. He is suppose to be fair and open-minded but always has backhand comments about the BEST NFL TEAM IN THE NYC AREA AND THE COUNTRY…THE NY FOOTBALL GIANTS.

    I am sure Boomer’s sidekick is eating krogh now that his fat mouth jets lost!

  • rmasi

    In the playoffs, health is everything — which is why the Giants are going to do just fine. One unknown is, who’s the less-degradable cold-weather QB? Manning has had some very poor games in these venues, and it should **not** be any surprise that the Giants often seem to have home-field disadvantage. In the warm post-season of 2008, he was superb, to include Phoenix. And in Green Bay, where it WAS (extremely) cold, Burress pulled down 11 catches — many of them floaters. A year later against Phila, in January ’08 — remember McNabb’s sideline phone call? — the offense was a complete failure, after a 1st-round bye; same as against Carolina in January 2006 or Philadephia January 2007, though the latter was 23-20.

    2006 18 10 55.6% 113 0 3
    2007 27 16 59.3% 161 1 0

    I hope the staff is stressing “CATCH — the ball.” GIANTS could really do some damage in GB, too — after Rodgers’ three weeks off and, the worst defense in the NFL… and also, could very well get by SF in a 2nd look; Breese should lose, out there… :)

  • JoRodd

    Don’t sleep on the Lions. They are dangerous. They can rush Brees without blitzing and score on anyone. They have a real shot.

  • jadez

    very good picks joe and i agree with them.

    but take it easy on the callers that trash talk rex.
    thats their prerogative.
    and you look very unprofessional losing your cool against them.
    especially the mild Omar who wouldn’t hurt a fly.
    very sad the way u abused him.

  • Joseph

    I’m frustrated that Eli Manning doesn’t get more attention in the MVP conversation. He can be up and down at times, but he pretty much had a new offensive line, and most of his receivers this year have been backups while Nicks was banged up. He also doesn’t have any pro-bowlers to help him carry the load, although you can argue that Victor Cruz deserved to be chosen, but who expected that. The Giants were never considered to win the division.

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