Wild card weekend quick takes

Posted Jan 7, 2016

It’s elimination football the rest of the way! Win and you move along the road to Super Bowl 50, lose and you lick your wounds and head home for a long off-season. With that in mind and with the stakes as high as they could possibly be, here are some of the notes and statistics I’ll be using this weekend as we bring you all four wild card round games on Sky Sports.

Wild Card Weekend news!

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

  • Chiefs QB Alex Smith has thrown 9 touchdowns and 0 interceptions in 3 playoff games.
  • Texans QB Brian Hoyer has never thrown a pass in an NFL playoff game.
  • Texans WR DeAndre Hopkins has posted 100 yards receiving with 4 different QBs this year.
  • The last time the Chiefs won a playoff game was when Joe Montana beat Warren Moon at the end of the 1993 season. The Chiefs have lost 8 post-season games in a row.
  • JJ Watt is the NFL sack champion with 17.5 and is chasing a 3rd Defensive Player of the Year award.
  • Chiefs rookie CB Marcus Peters has more interceptions (8) than the entire Kansas City defense in 2014 (6).
  • This game feature’s the top two third down defenses in the NFL. Houston rank 1st and Kansas City are ranked 2nd.

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

  • The Steelers averaged 31.9 points per game in the second half of the season compared to 21 points per game in their opening 8 contests.
  • Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis is 0-6 in the playoffs. The Bengals last won a playoff game at the end of the 1990 season – 25 years ago this week.
  • Bengals RB Jeremy Hill leads the league in rushing touchdowns (20) since he entered the NFL last year.
  • Steelers WR Antonio Brown has 265 catches over the past 2 seasons – that is the most in a 2-year span in NFL history.
  • This will be the 3rd meeting between these division rivals – Cincinnati won 16-10 in Week 8 and Pittsburgh won 33-20 in Week 14. Pittsburgh lost LeVeon Bell to injury in their loss and Cincinnati lost Andy Dalton during their defeat.
  • Bengals opened the year 8-0 and went 4-4 down the stretch.
  • Bengals averaged 27.2 points per game with Dalton at the helm and 21.7 points per game with A.J. McCarron at QB.

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

  • Vikings RB Adrian Peterson won the NFL rushing title with 1,485 yards this year but was held to 18 yards on 8 carries when facing Seattle in Week 13.
  • Seahawks QB Russell Wilson has enjoyed a career year, throwing 34 touchdowns and 8 interceptions while compiling a league-high passer rating of 110.1 in 2015.
  • Seattle have gone 8-2 in their last 10 games after starting the year 2-4.
  • During the Russell Wilson era, Seattle have never gone worse than 6-2 in the second half of the season.
  • Wilson took 109 QB hits this season – most in the NFL.
  • Vikings have won 3 in a row and have out-scored opponents 107-47 during those games.
  • Vikings lost to Seattle 38-7 in Week 13 but they are 3-0 in re-matches in 2015, beating Detroit, Chicago and Green Bay in their 2nd meetings of the year.

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

  • Redskins QB Kirk Cousins led the NFL in completion percentage and passer rating in the 2nd half of the season while Aaron Rodgers ranked 32nd and 27th in the same categories.
  • Packers lost back-to-back games to close out the regular season. Only 2 teams in NFL history have won the Super Bowl after losing their final 2 games – 1967 Green Bay Packers and 2009 New Orleans Saints.
  • This game features two of the most storied franchises in NFL history and is a re-match of the 1936 NFL Championship Game.
  • Packers have lost 6 of their last 10 games after a 6-0 start. Washington closed out the regular season with 4 wins in a row.
  • Aaron Rodgers was held under a 100 QB rating (92.7) for the 1st time since 2008 – his 1st season as an NFL starter.
  • Rodgers was sacked 46 times this season (2nd-most in the NFL) and has been hit a league-high 72 times since Week 9.
  • Redskins went 6-2 at home this year and 3-5 on the road. All 9 of their wins came against teams who finished .500 or worse.

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