WVUPros in the NFL Playoffs: Wildcard Weekend Preview
The seventeen weeks of the NFL Regular season has come to an end, and the dust has settled leaving twelve teams standing. Six WVUPros find themselves on the precipice of winning a Super Bowl Ring. Five of those Mountaineer favorites play this weekend. Bruce Irvin and the Seahawks get their turn next week. Here is a preview:
Saturday: Ravens at Steelers 8:15 ET NBC
The hard-hitting rivalry between Baltimore and Pittsburgh meets for the fourth time in the NFL Playoffs on Saturday evening. The first three games were held in Pittsburgh. All three times, the Steelers advanced. Will Johnson and Terence Garvin would love for that trend to continue.
On Nov. 2nd, the Ravens visited the Steelers and left Pittsburgh with their tail between their legs. Ben Roethlisberger and Company stomped Baltimore 43-23. Big Ben tied a career-high six touchdown passes.
The Steelers are a 3.5 point favorite, but could be without starting tailback Le’Veon Bell after hyperextending his knee in Week 17. Will Johnson may be opening holes for LeGarrette Blount instead. If the Steelers have to rely more on the passing game in Bell’s absence, Johnson is always a threat to catch a pass out of the backfield. He caught six passes this season for 41 yards.
Garvin finished with sixteen tackles during the regular season.
Sunday: Bengals at Colts 1:05 ET CBS
In the battle of opposing quarterbacks Andy Dalton and Andrew Luck, all money is on the Colts signal caller. These two teams meet again at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis where their last meeting didn’t go so well for Adam Pacman Jones, Will Clarke and the Bengals. The Colts defense shut out the Bengals offense to win 27-0.
In Dalton’s time in the NFL, he has a history of leading his team to the playoffs, but hasn’t managed a postseason win yet. The team could be without leading receiver A.J. Green.
The Colts are also a 3.5 point favorite to win.
Jones enjoyed the one of the best seasons of his career, tallying 63 tackles for the Bengals, tied for the most in his eight NFL seasons and had three interceptions. Rookie Will Clarke found more playing time as the season wore on for the Bengals and finished with three tackles and one sack.
Earlier this week, Colts punter Pat McAfee had some fun with fellow WVUPro Pacman Jones on Twitter, whom will be fielding the Pro Bowler’s punts.
“Me and Pat are really, really good friends, and every time we play against each other — he started the tweet this time, I’ve tweeted back,” Jones said. “Like I told him, they won the first game and it wouldn’t be right for me to not come show up the second time. You know, he’s a West Virginia guy, and like I told him, he got the first one and I’ll get the second one.”
Who will get the win? We’ll find out on Sunday.