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TWIF Picks: NFL Wild Card Weekend

01/02/2013 1:24 PM ET
By YESNetwork.com Staff

Although they didn't reach the playoffs, Tom Coughlin's Giants did help Gary Myers win the TWIF picks race.(AP)
Want to test your football prognostication skills against the experts of This Week in Football? This season, you have the chance!

Each week, we will post the TWIF panel’s picks for every game on the NFL slate here on YESNetwork.com, so you can see how your thoughts compare to those of Ryan Ruocco, Howard Cross, Ross Tucker, and Gary Myers. In addition, we’ll also be keeping a tally of how Ryan and the gang do all season, so come Super Bowl XLVII you’ll see who has bragging rights as the big winner among the panel.

You can keep track of your record and see if you end up beating the experts...and of course, don't forget to watch This Week in Football every Tuesday during the NFL season on YES!

The NFL regular season ended last Sunday, and with playoff spots on the line all the way to the final gun, each daypart had some intrigue. In TWIF’s world, the panel went just 6-4 in their unanimous picks, but the real story was the battle for first place in the regular season between Gary Myers and Ryan Ruocco. Gary needed a Giants/Bengals/Bears sweep to win the “division title” and he got it, finishing the week 11-5 to tie with Ross Tucker for the weekly win and overtaking an 8-8 Ryan to win the regular-season derby by two games.

We now head into the playoffs, and the TWIF panel will continue to make their picks for the 11 post-season contests as they did for the 256 from September to December. We will keep a tally of said performance in addition to adding their totals to the season-long derby, so by the first weekend in February you’ll know if Gary Myers will take home both proverbial trophies.

In the Wild Card Round, the gang is unanimous on one pick, with two games getting a 3-1 split and one going right down the middle. No one has the same exact pick set, so it’s literally anyone’s week.

With that said, let’s take a look at standings following the end of the regular season…

WEEK 17 RECORD:
Gary Myers: 11-5 (.688)
Ross Tucker: 11-5 (.688)
Howard Cross: 8-8 (.500)
Ryan Ruocco: 8-8 (.500)

SEASON TO DATE RECORDS:
Gary Myers: 168-87-1 (.658)
Ryan Ruocco: 166-89-1 (.650)
Ross Tucker: 161-94-1 (.631)
Howard Cross: 160-95-1 (.627)

…and now, the panel’s picks for Wild Card Weekend:

GAME
RUOCCO
CROSS
TUCKER
MYERS
Cincinnati at Houston
Houston
Cincinnati
Cincinnati
Houston
Minnesota at Green Bay
Green Bay
Green Bay
Green Bay
Green Bay
Indianapolis at Baltimore
Baltimore
Baltimore
Baltimore
Indianapolis
Seattle at Washington
Seattle
Washington
Seattle
Seattle
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