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The NFL playoffs are upon us. For those of you who don’t know here’s what we have this weekend:

Saturday

Cincinnati Bengals vs. Houston Texans – 4:30 PM
Detroit Lions vs. New Orleans Saints – 8:00 PM

Sunday

Atlanta Falcons vs. New York Giants – 1:oo PM
Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Denver Broncos – 4:30 PM

Unathletic is going to do a little previewing of our own. We’ve got one player from each game who we think is going to have the biggest impact this weekend. Take a look, and send us your picks….

The Bengals Defense

I know I said players, so I’ll only do this once. The Cincinnati Bengals defense is the key in this game. The Texans boast better statistical numbers offensively and defensively, and some of the most likely choices would be the QBs, Arian Foster, and AJ Green, but the game is on the Bengals D. If they can force turnovers and make a mess of the Texans game plan they should win this game. Houston turnovers are the key here.

The Saints Running Back Committee

Get your popcorn ready! Both defenses give up over 350 yards a game. We all know Stafford can throw all day to Megatron, and Brees can pick from a plethora of talented receivers, but who can control the ball and the clock. The Lions are weak against the run, which presents an opening for Pierre Thomas, Chris Ivory, and Darren Sproles. Look for the Saints to try and run, if they do… they win.

Julio Jones – WR – Atlanta Falcons

Cue the manbeast! Julio Jones is the big play guy for the Falcons. Roddy White is a stud and draws #1 attention, which gives Julio Jones the opportunity to run wild. The NY Giants D has been weak as hell this year, and their secondary isn’t good. If the Giants front line can’t get to Matty ‘Ice’ expect HUGE numbers from Julio. Victor Cruz was an obvious candidate as well. It’s pretty much the same story for Cruz and the Giants as it is Jones and the Falcons.

Ben Roethlisberger – QB – Pittsburgh Steelers

Forget about Tebow, it’s all on Big Ben’s ankle. The Steelers, without Mendenhall, have no other choice but to rely on Roethlisberger. The Broncos are going to run the ball 50-plus times, the Steelers don’t really have a choice. If they are to win this game, Ben has to be clutch as usual.





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