NFL Playoff Picks 2015: Forecasting Sunday’s Wild Card Round Games

January 4, 2015   ·     ·   Jump to comments

For the four teams in action, winning in the Wild Card Round of the NFL playoffs will go some way toward moving past earlier postseason disappointments.
The Cincinnati Bengals, Indianapolis Colts, Dallas Cowboys and Detroit Lions have all to varying degrees had their issues at this stage of the season. They've all enjoyed plenty of success in the regular season but have seen their playoff exits overshadow seemingly everything that had come before.
Winning in the opening round won't erase all of their respective question marks, but it would help validate their progress in 2014.
Cincinnati Bengals at Indianapolis Colts
The Bengals have lost in the Wild Card Round in each of the last three seasons. Andy Dalton's numbers in those three defeats are 70-of-123 for 718 yards, one touchdown and six interceptions. According to ESPN's Trey Wingo, the 27-year-old has the lowest QBR of the 22 quarterbacks to have started a playoff game since 2011:
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