Green Bay Packers cornerback Casey Hayward hits Detroit Lions running back Joique Bell during the second half of a NFL football game in Green Bay, Wisconsin (Photo : Reuters)
The two wild card games are set for Saturday on NBC.
For the AFC, the Cincinnati Bengals will be in Houston to play against the Texans at 4:30 p.m. EST.
The current standings have the Bengals with 10 wins and six losses, tied in the AFC North with the Baltimore Ravens, who have a separate wild card game on Sunday against the Indianapolis Colts on CBS. Meanwhile, the Texas lead the AFC South with 12 wins and four losses, ahead of the Colts' 11 wins and five losses.
Bengals quarterback (QB) Andy Dalton leads in the touchdown (TD) column over Texan QB Matt Schaub. Dalton has scored 27 TDs to Schaub's 22, but it's Schaub that has the most yards with 4,008 to Dalton's 3,669, according to stats on NFL.com.
The bookies current predict a close game but in favor of the Texans, however, their odds of winning has been decreasing with totesport, Betfred, BetVictor, and WBX.com, to name a few.
The fans are mixed as seen on NFL.com:
L Paul Belgarde: "Seahawks fan pulling for the BENGALS! Go Cinci!"
Anthony Dumond: "I hate that the Texans put themselves in this position. Love the team and still think they are going to grind out, but we need improvement in the O line and QB position to truly be a threat. Much respect to the Bengals, I can tell you guys have built a team in recent years that will last! Good luck to all and no injuries hopefully."
Steven Bromwell: "Bengals got this. Even though I can't stand the Bengal bandwagon fans (99% of them) that just started showing up the last few years the Bengals can make a big run. Playing hot right now, especially that D."
For the NFC, the Green Bay Packers are the favorites to win against the Minnesota Vikings during their primetime game at 8 p.m. on NBC.
The Packers currently lead the NFC North but just one win ahead of the Vikings. The Packers have 11 wins and five losses recorded while the Vikings are tied with the Chicago Bears at 10 wins and six losses.
In terms of the QBs stats, Packers QB Aaron Rodgers have proven to be a name with 39 TDs and totaled 4,295 yards. Vikings QB Christian Ponder has 18 TDs with 2,935 yards completed.
The bookies have the Packers to win by a comfortable margin over the Vikings from over 20 booking organizations.
The NFC fans haven't let the bookies change their minds:
Ryan Frank: "The odds are pretty low, but if the Vikings win the Superbowl I'm going to do something crazy. Like shave my head or buy a Ponder jersey and then run a marathon with it. SKOL!"
Kell Edwards: "Vikings had a good game but I look for Pack to win. Again I look for a close game. I knew it would not be a blow out game last week and though Pack lost I would say Packers are going to win. Neither team will get blown out. Again I look for Pack to win by 7. Vikings play hard I don't expect them to lay down if they fall behind. I give credit where credit is due both played well last week, but it's a new week. Can't wait until tomorrow. Go Pack Go."
Patrick Frison: "I think the winner of this game will represent the NFC in the superbowl. If GB can contain Peterson and put pressure on Ponder then they could win this but I only see one of the 2 happening which is probably putting pressure on Ponder. Too hard to contain Peterson. Too close for me to call but it's a good chance the Vikings could pull it off if Ponder makes some good decisions."
Do you agree with the books or the fans?