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2012 NFL Season Playoffs Report No. 1

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Updated January 04, 2013

2012 NFL Season Playoffs Report No. 1

The NFL's second season is upon with a pair of games Saturday and two more games on Sunday. None of the four match-ups are exactly earth shattering, but they're not bad either, which is a nice change of pace from some of the games we've been forced to endure lately.

The NFL Power Ratings have been updated for the final time this season. I went ahead and did the final week adjustments and listed them on that page. All of the games are within five points of the current lines, so we won't have any power rating plays.

As those of you who read the weekly reports during the regular season know, we tracked the Dudley Method and the Total Dudley Method all season long and here are the final results:
Dudley Sides: 31-26-1
Dudley Totals: 30-39
Total Dudley Sides: 19-17-1
Total Dudley Totals 17-24
YPP Power Ratings: 31-30

The Games

Cincinnati at Houston: The Texans are favored by 4.5 and the total is 43. The game is a rematch of last year's playoff game, which saw Houston win 31-10. The Bengals have been playing well of late, although they got a bit of a gift against the Steelers and then beat a somewhat disinterested Baltimore team a week ago.

The Texans have looked shaky against the pass at times this season and believe Dalton can take advantage a bit. Expecting a few more points than the oddsmakers in this one and will lean to the over 43.

Minnesota at Green Bay: A quick turnaround for these two foes, as Minnesota came away with a victory in a must-win situation, while Green Bay needed the win for a first-round bye. Obviously, the game meant a lot more to Minnesota. The Packers are favored by 7.5 and the total is 46.

The Vikings have rushed for more than 200 yards against the Packers in each of the first two meetings and once again, that will be the key to Minnesota's success. If the game comes down to passing, the Vikings are in deep trouble.

The Packers got away from the run last week and it cost them. In Green Bay's 23-14 the first time the two played, the Packers rushed 36 times for 152 yards. With Green Bay's receiving corps coming back for this one, the run may there, as the Vikings may be forced to play a little softer on defesnse, so will lean to the under 46.

Indianapolis at Baltimore: The Ravens have been up-and-down at times this season, but expect a veteran team to turn it up a notch when the post-season begins. With Ray Lewis announcing his retirement at the end of the year, have to believe Baltimore will be playing with plenty of emotion.

Baltimore is now favored by 7 after being 6.5 earlier in the week. Definitely hate laying so many points, but will lean to the Ravens.

Seattle at Washington: This could very well be the most exciting of the four games, as two of the young stars in the league are going to be featured in this one. Seattle is favored by three and the total is 46.5.

As good as Seattle has played this season, certainly wouldn't want to be backing them as a road favorite against a team playing well and has won seven games in a row. Seattle was just 3-5 on the road this season and 1-2 as a road favorite. Washington was 2-1 as a home dog and believe they are the right side.

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