The 2012 NFL Playoff Bracket is not looking good for the Denver Broncos, if the experts have anything to say about it. Over at ESPN, the 10 panelists choosing the game unanimously select the Pittsburgh Steelers to defeat the Broncos.
Despite being a Wild Card team, the Steelers are 12-4 and one of three teams from the AFC North to make the playoffs (the Baltimore Ravens as division winners and the Cincinnati Bengals as the other Wild Card being the other teams). The Steelers have the top defense in the league and will be out to bash a down Broncos team, one that has lost three straight games and has a quarterback who has yet to be in a playoff game.
As for how the rest of the bracket shakes out over the weekend, only Seth Wickersham predicts a Detroit Lions upset over the New Orleans Saints. The Houston Texans are favored, 6-4, over the Bengals while the New York Giants and the Atlanta Falcons are split at 5-5.
But we can't have a playoff weekend without an upset, right?
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