First Games of the 2012 Season NFL Playoffs

The first game pitting The Cincinnati Bengals at the Houston Texans was for Cincinnati “deja vous all over again”

Two weeks ago the Bengals were in Pittsburgh. A win against the Steelers and they were in the playoffs. Their offense scored 6 points against Dick Lebeau’s defense. The only touchdown was an interception and runback. The exact same scenario happened today. The only difference was that Cincinnati won 13-10 at Heinz Field.

The Texans’ offense wasn’t impressive, but they managed 4 field goals and a touchdown after a Dalton interception. Final score 19-13. The Texans move on to round two, the Bengals go home.

Wade Philips’ defense was the difference in the game not allowing Cincinnati’s offense to get a rhythm, and confusing quarterback Andy Dalton.

The night game features the Minnesota Vikings in Green Bay to face the Packers. The Vikings’ starting quarterback Christian Ponder is inactive with a shoulder injury. Adrian Peterson will undoubtedly get many touches. This is the 3rd time in 5 weeks these teams have played each other. The Packers won 5 weeks ago, and the Vikings won last week in Minnesota to propel them into the post season.

The end of the first quarter saw the Packers leading 7-3. Joe Webb, the back up for the Vikings completed only one pass, but ran well. Minnesota’s defense is keeping them in the game, but it’s early. Having said that, the summation of the first half is that Webb can’t pass, and his team can’t defend against it.

The halftime score was 17-3. The Packers had 197 yards passing, the Vikings -2. I turned off the game to watch a rerun of “Two and a Half Men”. If the Vikings perform a miracle, I will apologize to them, but I don’t think I’ll have to. The final score should be about 31-6 if Minnesota is lucky.

James Turnage
Columnist-The Guardian Express

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