NFL Wild Card: Colts vs. Ravens, Seahawks vs. Redskins

Frank Doyle | Updated Jan 05, 2013


Indianapolis Colts at Baltimore Ravens, Seattle Seahawks at Washington Redskins

Luck vs. Legacy

Andrew Luck has led the Indianapolis Colts on an incredible ride this season. He threw for 4374 yards with 23 touchdowns in his rookie season and has shown great poise in high-pressure situations. In short, he has been everything the Colts could have hoped for when they drafted him this year. Luck has some serious young offensive threats emerging and the future looks very bright for this team. However, they’re up against a Baltimore Ravens team here that will be more motivated than it has been all year.

If the Ravens lose, this will be the last time we’ll see Ray Lewis suit up and I can’t see Baltimore letting him down. “That’s when I think it’s going to hit the city of Baltimore the most, that it could possibly be the last time coming through that tunnel,” Ray Rice said of Lewis’ weekly pregame routine. “The emotions are going to be too rough to even think about, because Baltimore is Ray Lewis, and when he comes out of that tunnel, everybody is electrified.” The Colts are great, but they still have a lot to learn about what it takes to win in the playoffs – especially on the road. Final score: Baltimore 27, Indianapolis 24.

The Rookie Bowl

As much as everybody wants to make this game about Robert Griffin III and Russell Wilson, the two rookie quarterbacks probably won’t be the deciding factor Sunday night. That spotlight will likely fall on running backs Marshawn Lynch and Alfred Morris.

“He has been fantastic, and I think he just loves football so much,” Redskins assistant coach Tom Cable told reporters of Lynch. “He’s a brilliant football player. People don’t know that about him and people don’t get to find that out about him. But that’s who he is. His football IQ, I would challenge you, it’s as good if not better than anyone on this football team.”

If you haven’t noticed, the Seahawks are pretty hot right now. Seattle has won five straight games, scoring more than 40 points in three of those games. The Redskins are on a roll too, but the Seahawks are the more complete team at this point. Seattle’s defence will force a couple turnovers and use Lynch to pound the ball and control the clock. Final score: Seattle 24, Washington 19.