By Amari Brown
Pittsburgh Steelers @ Cincinnati Bengals
Today at 8:15 on CBS
Amari’s Pick: Pittsburgh Steelers
Why I’m Right: Here we go again, the Steelers take on the Bengals for the third time this season. Last time these two teams played each other it made an appearance on my picks of the week and I picked Pittsburgh over Cincinnati. I picked them back then and I’m picking them now as well. They’re division rivals and know each other all too well, as lots and lots of bad blood and some questionable hits and injuries have occurred in this rivalry. These include Le’veon Bell’s season ending knee injury or the late hit on Ben Roethlisberger in the last meeting. Straight up these teams just don’t like each other and in a playoff atmosphere I’m going with the team that’s been there done that and that’s the Steelers. Led by big Ben Roethlisberger with a playoff record of 10-5 and Antonio Brown with over 1800 yards receiving, I don’t think Pittsburgh will be losing this one. The Bengals don’t have their starting Quarterback as he injured his thumb in the last game vs the Steelers and like I said before in the last matchup, Cincinnati just doesn’t win in these big playoff games while the Steelers are known for that.
Seattle Seahawks @ Minnesota Vikings
Tomorrow at 1:05 on NBC
Amari’s Pick: Seattle Seahawks
Why I'm Right: From the running back that brought you the 2015 rushing title in Adrian Peterson and the quarterback that brought you back-to-back NFC crowns in Russell Wilson expect a good game as it's win or go home from here on out. Now with that said expect a Seahawks win. It was just a few weeks back when Seattle went up to Minnesota and absolutely embarrassed them in front of their fans with a 38-7 walloping. In that game the almighty Adrian Peterson was shut down as he only had 18 yards rushing with his longest run the in the entire game being a measly 5 yard gain. Seattle’s Russell Wilson has honestly been the best qb in the league as of late throwing for 29 touchdowns and just 1 pick in the past 5 games. Not to mention that “Beast Mode” Marshawn Lynch is making his long awaited return this week to the gridiron this Sunday. Which will ultimately set up a second round matchup in Carolina next week for the Seahawks.