After a crazy final weekend of the regular season, we now enter the playoffs. My record was 8-3, which brought my overall mark to 90-49. The winning percentage jumped from 64.1 to 64.8%. The Giants beat the Cowboys with the hopes of capturing the division title with help from Philadelphia. Unfortunately, the Eagles fell to the Washington Football Team in what many believe was a tank job. The final loss came when the Green Bay Packers blew out the Bears to clinch the top spot in the NFC. We now have the Super Wild Card weekend where only the top seed gets the bye this year. Green Bay is the top dogs of the NFC, while the Kansas City Chiefs enter the playoffs as the top seed of the AFC. Who advances to the Divisional Round next weekend? Will we see any upsets during the Wild Card Round?
We start things off in the AFC with the Indianapolis Colts traveling to Buffalo to meet the Bills. Indianapolis snatched the final spot with a win over the Jaguars and the Dolphins losing to this Bills team. Indianapolis has been one of those up-and-down teams throughout the season. Jonathon Taylor has ignited this offense with his running especially in the season finale. Can he continue to run efficiently and keep the Bills offense off the field? Buffalo was arguably the hottest team entering the playoffs. Josh Allen is a legit MVP candidate and the Bills defense can defend against anyone. How will this Buffalo team react now that they’re in the playoffs? Some of the Bills Mafia will be in the stands for this game. This team along with their fans should guide them to the win. Buffalo Win 34-21
We head out to the left coast for this matchup of NFC West rivals. The Los Angeles Rams will travel to the Pacific Northwest to face the Seattle Seahawks. These two teams split their two meetings this season. Los Angeles is hoping to get some of their stars back for this game. Jared Goff, Cooper Kupp and many other missed the final game of the season. Seattle is looking to get their offense on track, but against the league’s top defense. Despite losing to the Jets earlier in the season, the Rams are a serious threat. Seattle’s defense has started to pick it up towards the end of the season. This is going to be a tough, low scoring game between these two. In the end, I’m picking the Seahawks to win in a close one. Seattle Win 20-17
We stay in the NFC for the finale on Saturday night. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers will travel up north to face the Washington Football Team. The Buccaneers are playing their best ball heading into the playoffs. The status of Mike Evans is still unknown and could be a huge blow for Tampa if he’s not available. Tampa won 11 games, but most of their wins came against losing teams. Can they continue that trend against this Washington Team? Washington got in by beating the Eagles and somewhat of a controversial fashion. Alex Smith will need to play better against this tough Bucs defense. The Washington Football Team has one of the best defensive lines in the league and will need to pressure Brady all game. In the end, the Bucs should leave with the win. Tampa Bay Win 34-20
We head back to the AFC for the first matchup on Sunday afternoon. The Baltimore Ravens will travel to Tennessee to face the Titans. This is a rematch from last year’s Divisional Round where the Titans upset the Ravens. Once again, the Ravens head into the playoffs as one of the hottest teams. Lamar Jackson has looked like his MVP self over the course of the last 6 weeks. Can they avenge their playoff loss from a year ago? Derrick Henry has the ability to put a team on his back and carry them. Henry became the 8th person in NFL history to rush for 2,000 yards in a single season. Can he carry that into the postseason and lead the Titans to the Divisional Round? This is a tough one, but I’m picking the Ravens to upset the Titans. Baltimore Win 27-24
We head to the NFC for the second game on Sunday. The Chicago Bears travel down south to New Orleans to battle the Saints. Chicago was blown out by Green Bay, but made the playoffs with an Arizona loss. Mitchell Trubisky could solidify his status with the Bears organization with an upset of the Saints. Can the Bears defense get after Drew Brees to force turnovers? If the Bears can do that, they’ll have a chance for the upset. New Orleans should be at full strength for this game with the return of Michael Thomas. The Saints defense will likely frustrate Trubisky into a couple of mistakes. The Saints should win and advance to the Divisional Round. New Orleans Win 31-20
The final game of the Wild Card Round takes place on Sunday night between two divisional foes. The Cleveland Browns will travel to Pittsburgh to face the Steelers. Cleveland beat Pittsburgh last weekend to clinch a playoff berth, but a lot of their starters didn’t play in the game. If Cleveland has any chance of beating the Steelers, Nick Chubb will need to have a career game. The Browns defense will need to pressure Big Ben into some mistakes also. Pittsburgh should be in a better position with a lot of their stars getting some much needed rest last weekend. The Steelers didn’t start the season off winning their first 11 games for nothing. They are a real good team and should win and advance to the next round. Pittsburgh Win 27-17
What do you think about my Wild Card picks? Who do you have advancing past this Wild Card weekend? Leave some feedback below pertaining to the Wild Card. Check below the Divisional Round matchups if my predictions become true.
AFC Divisional Round
Kansas City Chiefs vs. Baltimore Ravens
Buffalo Bills vs. Pittsburgh Steelers
NFC Divisional Round
Green Bay Packers vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
New Orleans Saints vs. Seattle Seahawks