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Line moves: Packers opened at minus-8, currently minus-8
Books says: "Green Bay is getting healthy at the right time and a lot of people think, How can they lose to the Vikings in Lambeau in January? Somehow Aaron Rodgers is under the radar this year. He has more than 300 yards in both Minnesota games. Green Bay is the better team and Minnesota does not have a good quarterback, on the road in his first playoff game. Can Green Bay fix its Adrian Peterson problem in six days? Probably not. And the Vikes are 7-3 this year as an underdog. I think this is too many points."
It’s been a while
The Bengals’ last playoff win was a 41-14 victory over the Houston Oilers in the 1990 Wild Card Playoffs. They’ve lost 4 straight postseason games since then, each by at least 10 points. Every other current NFL franchise has won a playoff game since the Bengals last win.
Texans defensive end J.J. Watt led the NFL with 20.5 sacks this season and had 39 tackles for loss, 42 quarterback hits, 16 passes defensed and four forced fumbles. He was involved in 95 plays of zero or negative yardage. Watt announced his arrival to the NFL in last year’s playoffs against the Bengals, picking off Dalton at the line of scrimmage and returning it 29 yards for an interception in the second quarter to put the Texans ahead in a 10-10 game. He tied for the NFL postseason lead with 3.5 sacks in just two playoff games.
Bengals' offense: BenJarvus Green-Ellis topped 1,000 yards on the ground, and A.J. Green grabbed 97 passes for 1,350 yards through the air. While those two excelled, the rest of the Cincinnati playmakers were basically unproductive. Andy Dalton threw 27 scoring passes against 16 interceptions. Not counting last week's game when Dalton was removed after the first half, the Bengals' second-year QB has not topped a 100 passer rating since Nov. 25 and has not gone over 300 yards in the last 10 weeks. Both Dalton and the Bengals offense overall rank in the middle of the pack in the NFL, and Dalton is looking to rebound from an awful performance in last year's playoffs when Houston picked him off three times.
Texans' offense: Look for a ton of work out of the backfield from Arian Foster, who finished sixth in the NFL in rushing with 1,424 yards and led the NFL with 15 rushing touchdowns. A year ago Foster virtually split time with Ben Tate in the backfield in the regular season, but once the playoffs started Foster was used almost exclusively, and he thrived under the heavy workload. He ran for 285 yards and scored three times in the two playoff games, even though defenses continually stacked the box and dared the unproven Yates to throw the ball. Schaub is healthy now, and Andre Johnson has returned to elite status at wide receiver, using a big finish to wind up second to only Calvin Johnson in receiving yards on the season.