Daily Independent (Ashland, KY)

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January 12, 2013

AARON SNYDER: Don’t count teams out

ASHLAND — Let’s just get this out of the way first ...

    The Bengals shouldn’t have abandoned their run game. The offensive line was opening holes for BenJarvus Green-Ellis and his 5.7 yards per carry was evidence of that.

It was a close game throughout, so it wasn’t like they were forced to go through the air.

They ran 45 total offensive plays, and just 15 were on the ground. That’s putting entirely too much pressure on Andy Dalton, who is 2 for 2 in getting Cincinnati to the playoffs in his young career, by the way.

The Bengals will be back.

But not this week.

The Texans, however, are. And everybody and their mother are writing them off.

Not me. I must hop back on Houston’s side.

Two reasons: The Texans accounted for my only miss last weekend; and they were my preseason Super Bowl champion pick.

We’ll get to why I am leaping back onto the bandwagon soon.

As the divisional round of the playoffs kick off today, it seems like most are writing off the Falcons, Texans and Ravens. Well, that’s a mistake. I’m taking two of them.

SATURDAY

Ravens at Broncos, 4:30 p.m.

Peyton Manning vs. Ray Lewis.

One legend has already announced his retirement (Lewis) and the other may have a few good years left.

Manning unbelievably picked up where he left off even after having missed a year after having neck surgery.

His postseason record of 9-10 is a constant reminder that he is human.

Joe Flacco and Anquan Boldin hooked up for some huge catches in Baltimore’s blowout of the Colts last week.

That combo will be a big factor in why the Ravens will almost pull off an upset.

Lewis’ dance is over.

Snyder says: Broncos 28, Ravens 24.

Packers at 49ers,

8 p.m.

Maybe the 49ers should revert back to their former offensive selves tonight and put Alex Smith under center.

Current quarterback Colin Kaepernick recently admitted he grew up a Packers fan!

Maybe a Kaepernick pick to Charles Woodson will seal it.

Look for former Kentucky standout Randall Cobb to likely be a factor in his return.

Snyder says: Packers 31, 49ers 27.

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