The NFL Playoffs continue with two big Wild Card matchups Sunday. The Cincinnati Bengals host the San Diego Chargers in the AFC while the Green Bay Packers welcome the San Francisco 49ers in the NFC.
In order to get a better grip on these postseason matchups, we enlist the help of NFL expert bloggers, who give you one reason their team not only wins but covers the spread Saturday.
San Diego Chargers at Cincinnati Bengals (-7, 45.5)
WHY CHARGERS WILL COVER
Kevin Grauel is a contributor for Bolts From the Blue. You can follow them on Facebook and Twitter @BFTB_Chargers.
The Chargers will win because they are a different team in the last quarter of the season. They are running the ball better, stopping the run better with Ingram and Johnson back, and they will force Dalton to have to win the game. I do not believe he can do that.
WHY BENGALS WILL COVER
Mickey Mentzer (@WhoDeyFans) writes for Cincy Jungle. You can follow them on Facebook and on Twitter @CincyJungle.
The Bengals have been perfect against the spread at home this season where they are also undefeated. They are averaging 32.7 points per game while allowing 19.8 points per game. Andy Dalton and the Bengals offense has been able to put up bunches of points at home this season while the defense has been outstanding. The Bengals will cover the seven points and continue their domination at home with a strong defense and plenty of weapons on the offensive side of the ball.
San Francisco 49ers at Green Bay Packers (+2.5, 45.5)
WHY 49ERS WILL COVER
David Fucillo is an editor for Niners Nation. You can follow them on Facebook and Twitter @NinersNation.
The 49ers will be able to cover the spread because of Michael Crabtree. The wide receiver missed the first three months of the season with a torn Achilles, but his return has sparked improved performance from quarterback Colin Kaepernick. Since Crabtree's return, Kap's numbers have improved across the board, and it has opened up more opportunities for Anquan Boldin. Crabtree's return should help spread the field, meaning more running lanes for Frank Gore and Colin Kaepernick. That could prove to be the deciding factor.
WHY PACKERS WILL COVER
Jason Hirschhorn writes for Acme Packing Company, a Green Bay Packers blog for the SB Nation. You can follow him on Twitter @JBHirschhorn and check out his other blog, Hook'em Headlines.
It's always easier to cover when you're a home dog, but what'll assist the Packers more on Sunday are the historically cold conditions. As we move closer to kickoff, the projections for the weather dip lower and lower with the most recent forecasts predicting temperatures around -10 °F a wind chill of -30 °F. For comparison, the legendary "Ice Bowl" was played at around -15 °F with a wind chill of -48 °F. While it can get chilly in San Francisco, the 49ers are not accustomed to anything remotely as cold as what they'll experience Sunday. If the weather can keep a lid on their passing attack while not significantly limiting Green Bay's, the Packers could cover the 2.5-point spread.
Join the debate. Who covers in Sunday’s Wild Card Games?