Well, we all can agree that the final weekend of football was crazy. My picks for the playoffs in the NFC was on point, but the AFC side of things were totally different. My record for the final week of the regular season was 5-6. It capped a bag weekend, which included how I blew all my college picks. My final record for the regular season was 69-51, which made my winning percentage at 57.5. The road to Super Bowl LII begins this weekend with the Wild Card. Let’s get started with Wild Card weekend!
We kick things off in the AFC as the Tennessee Titans travel to Kansas City to meet the Chiefs. The Titans ended their season with a tough, hard-fought victory over the Jaguars to get in the playoffs. Tennessee will be without DeMarco Murray in this game, so that means they’ll count on Derrick Henry. If Tennessee is going to come out of Kansas City with a win, Marcus Mariota will have to eliminate his mistakes and play a great game. Can the Titans pull off the upset and advance to the Divisional Round? Kansas City had the craziest season out of any team in the playoffs this year. They were the last team to lose a game, loss six of the next seven and finished the season on a four-game winning streak. Can the Chiefs keep that momentum going? I’m rolling with the Chiefs to walk away with the win to advance in the playoffs.
Kansas City Win 31-20
We kick things off in the NFC as the Atlanta Falcons travel to Los Angeles to face the Rams. Atlanta comes into the playoffs by winning three out of their last four games. One of the reasons they managed to make the playoffs was the defense. Seeing what kind of season, they had last year, it’s hard to believe that their offense struggled most of the year. Matt Ryan has been awful all year when pressured and he can be expecting to be hit a lot by the Rams defense. The Rams clinched the division a couple weeks ago and it allowed them to rest their star players last week. Todd Gurley, who’s one of the favorites for the MVP this year could have an advantage with the rest he received. This is a tough game, but I’m riding with Gurley as they should win and head to Minnesota next week.
Los Angeles Win 24-23
We head back to the AFC as for the first game on Sunday. The Buffalo Bills will travel to Jacksonville to face the Jaguars. Buffalo ended their 17-year playoff drought, which was the longest in the league. The Bills will have a game-time decision of LeSean McCoy as he deals with an ankle injury. Buffalo finished the season winning three out of their last four games, can they head to Jacksonville and win without McCoy? Jacksonville comes into this game with one of the best defenses as they allowed a little below 17 points. The Jaguars come into the playoffs on a 2-game losing streak and Blake Bortles have been facing his share of criticism. The defense of the Jaguars will show up and help lead them to the win.
Jacksonville Win 27-17
The final game of Wild Card weekend with put two NFC South rivals against each other. The Carolina Panthers head to New Orleans to face the Saints with the winner advancing to the Divisional Round. Carolina have dropped the two games against New Orleans this year. When Cam Newton is accurate, he looks like his MVP self and when he’s off, he can’t hit shit. The two games against the Saints this year, he was on the shit end of things. Can Cam break the Saints curse and leave with a win? New Orleans have looked like one of the best teams in the league for most of the season. The last quarter of the season, they dropped two out of their last four games. The one thing that surprised many all season was the play of the defense; can they continue their dominance over the Panthers? It’s hard to beat a team three teams in one year, but I think the Saints will do it.
New Orleans Win 31-21
Are you ready for Wild Card weekend? What game are you looking forward the most? What do you think about my picks? Check out my picks to play in the Divisional Round of the playoffs. Leave a comment below.
AFC Divisional Round
- New England Patriots vs. 4) Kansas City Chiefs
- Pittsburgh Steelers vs. 3) Jacksonville Jaguars
NFC Divisional Round
- Philadelphia Eagles vs. 4) New Orleans Saints
- Minnesota Vikings vs. 3) Los Angeles Rams