We normally look at the entire league on Sunday Scramble, but not much else matters right now other than the head-coaching news and the upcoming playoffs. So here are three quick thoughts on next weekend's matchups:
Cincinnati Bengals @ Houston Texans
Minnesota Vikings @ Green Bay Packers
Indianapolis Colts @ Baltimore Ravens
- Colts coach Chuck Pagano faces the defense he worked with for four years. Pagano knows better than anyone where the weak spots are in Baltimore's defense, and there are plenty of them this season. Ravens offensive coordinator Jim Caldwell also will face his former team, but the 2012 Colts are so different than last year's squad that it doesn't really matter.
Seattle Seahawks @ Washington Redskins
- Three rookie quarterbacks will start in Sunday's wild-card game. Two will face off in this matchup. It's the battle of the read option. It's the most intriguing game of the weekend, and it comes last.
- The Seahawks struggled on the road for much of the season, but their victory in Chicago was the biggest win of their season. Seattle followed that up with a blowout win over Buffalo in Toronto. The Seahawks aren't the same team away from home, but they are good enough to be the favorites next week in Washington. The Redskins simply can't match the Seahawks' defensive talents.