Wild Card Weekend Predictions
A full weekend of NFL Playoff football is here! I'm picking these teams to win this weekend.
It is the first ever super wild card weekend in the NFL, meaning since the NFL added the 7th team in both the AFC and NFC we get 3 games on Saturday, and 3 games on Sunday, with the Packers and Chiefs getting the only bye weeks available. This will be the new normal in the NFL for the next couple years during this new CBA and so lets go ahead and preview the games, and I will give you my picks!
#7 Colts at #2 Bills noon on CBS: I love the Bills in this game, they haven't wont the division in over 25 years, their stadium will have 7,500 screaming drunk and cold Bills fans, they have the hottest QB in the league not named Aaron Rodgers in Josh Allen, and the Colts would need to run the ball for over 200 yards controlling the clock to give their team a chance to keep this a low scoring affair. I don't see it. Ill take the Bills 27-17 over the Colts.
#6 Rams at #3 Seahawks 3:40 pm on FOX: This game should be low scoring, and as I write this Friday afternoon there is still uncertainty who will start this game at QB for the Rams. I love the Rams defense BUT Russell Wilson is the 2nd best QB in the NFC in and Seattle is at home so I will take the Seahawks narrowly 23-20 over the Rams.
#5 Tampa Bay at #4 Washington 7:15 pm on NBC: Tom Brady has 6 Super Bowl wins and has NEVER played on Wild Card Weekend...The Football Team's defensive line should make this ugly and close early but Brady is too experienced to lose his first ever Wild Card Weekend start ill take the Bucs over the Football Team 30-17.
#5 Ravens at #4 Titans noon on ESPN: A rematch of the Titans upset win over the Ravens in the playoffs in Baltimore last year, this year the game is in Tennessee but I still think the Ravens have the edge here. The Titans pass rush is worst in the playoffs by far, and Lamar Jackson could have all day to pick the defense apart with his arm and legs, the Titans can score with Henry and their great WRs but not enough as their defense will give up. I like the Ravens to win 33-30 over the Titans.
#7 Bears at #2 Saints 3:40 pm on CBS: My Chicago Bears sneak into the playoffs at 8-8 and get the biggest upset of the weekend beating New Orleans! I know I'm a homer but hear me out. The Bears defense will make Brees uncomfortable, knowing that Brees can't beat them over the top like Rodgers did last week, Mack makes a big play, and Trubisky scrambles for a touchdown late to win it for DA BEARS 24-20 over the Saints.
#6 Browns at #3 Steelers 7:15 pm on NBC: The Browns make the playoffs for the first time in 18 years and wont have their Head coach (who also calls their plays) and their pro bowl guard due to COVID-19... ya I like 2 time super bowl champion Big Ben and the Steelers at home to pull away in the 4th quarter winning 30-24 over the Browns.
Can't wait for this full weekend of football watching! If you ever want to talk football with me just follow me on Twitter @MarkHespen