After a very exciting season, it’s time for the playoffs to begin. The road to the Super Bowl begins with the Wild Card weekend with these eight teams vying for a shot at the championship. Last week I finished the regular season with a 5-1 record. I finished the season with a 65-50 record and my winning percentage jumps from 55% to 56.5%. For the Wild Card, we have two games scheduled for Saturday and Sunday. On Saturday we have the Houston hosting Oakland and Detroit traveling to Seattle. The Sunday games will see Miami traveling to Pittsburgh and Green Bay hosting the New York Giants. Let’s see how things will turn out this weekend.
The first game of Wild Card weekend features the Oakland Raiders traveling to Houston to face the Texans. Oakland is finally back in the postseason after a 14-year drought, but they’ll be without MVP-candidate Derek Carr. The Raiders could’ve avoided this match-up if they beat the Broncos last weekend, but it seemed like they didn’t show up. Oakland will turn to rookie QB, Connor Cook who’s making his 1st NFL start. Can Cook go on the road and lead Oakland to the victory? The Texans will be turning back to Brock Osweiler as Tom Savage is in concussion protocol. Osweiler will have help as Lamar Miller will be back from injury and he still have the top ranked defense behind him. Since the Raiders will be without Carr and they have a suspect defense, Houston should take care of home and win this one.
Houston Win 27-17
We head to the NFC for their first playoff game as the Detroit Lions face the Seattle Seahawks. The Lions had a great year, but they finished the season on a 3-game losing streak. One of the biggest issues is the injured finger on Matthew Stafford’s throwing hand. The defense of Detroit allowed over 30 points a game their final two games. Can the Lions head to the Seattle and pull off the upset? Seattle has been a very up-and-down team throughout the season. One week their offense can’t score a point and then the next, they’re lighting people up. One big issue will be their defense not having Earl Thomas, who’s arguably the leader of that defense. This should be a week the offense should put up some numbers and beat Detroit.
Seattle Win 31-17
This is the first game on Sunday will see Miami travel to Pittsburgh and face the Steelers. The Miami Dolphins will be starting Matt Moore at QB as Ryan Tannerhill is still nursing a knee injury. Miami beat down the Steelers in the regular season, but it was in Miami. Jay Ajayi shined against the Steelers and if the Dolphins have a shot at the upset, Miami will need to ride him as he rushed for over 200 yards against Pittsburgh. On the other hand, Pittsburgh will finally play a playoff game with LeVean Bell, Big Ben and Antonio Brown. The big question for the Steelers is their defense and if they can stop Miami this time around. Pittsburgh should take care of business this time around against Miami.
Pittsburgh Win 34-21
The final game of Wild Card weekend is the most intriguing match-up for me. The New York Giants will travel to Lambeau Field and face the Green Bay Packers. New York has been dealing with the Miami controversy, which I think is crazy that this is a story. The Giants may have found something in RB Paul Perkins, which is something they need because their run game has been awful. With the Green Bay Packers, they have won 6 games in a row and Aaron Rodgers is now being mentioned as a MVP candidate. It seems like Ty Montgomery has been the answer at RB and they’re getting healthier on both sides of the ball. This is probably the toughest game for me, but I think the Giants will pull off the upset in the end.
New York Win 26-24
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- New England Patriots vs. 4) Houston Texans
- Kansas City Chiefs vs. 3) Pittsburgh Steelers
- Dallas Cowboys vs. 5) New York Giants
- Atlanta Falcons vs. 3) Seattle Seahawks