It’s Going to Be a Wild Wild-Card Weekend + Predictions

This weekend is the wild-card round of the NFL playoffs and it is set to be a wild one. There are two games on Saturday and two on Sunday, with Saturday being the AFC and Sunday the NFC. For the first time in 10 years you will see Tom Brady and the New England Patriots playing in this round of the playoffs always having a bye for the past decade after falling to the Dolphins and the Chiefs were victorious over the Chargers in the final week of the season. On the other side the NFC was so tough to win that a 13-3 team is playing this round in the New Orleans Saints as they look to avenge heartbreak from past two playoffs by getting revenge against the Vikings for the Minneapolis Miracle. The AFC will have the better of the games as they are likely to be closer games that go down to the wire.

AFC: 

(5) Buffalo Bills vs (4) Houston Texans – Saturday 2:35 MT 

This will be an interesting that might be the hardest game to predict as we don’t know which version of the Texans will show up to play. They will have J.J. Watt back from a torn pectoral which will help get to Josh Allen, and slow down a hit and miss Bills offence. The Bills season has been marked by an outstanding defense that will need to be on their game against Deshaun Watson who when on his game is one of the best quarterbacks in the NFL. Both teams are heading into the playoffs with losses, but I think it will be 3 straight losses for the Bills after Saturday, as I believe the Texans will show up and ball out. Prediction: Houston 30 – 24 over the Bills

(6) Tennessee Titans vs (3) New England Patriots – Saturday 6:15 MT 

For years now people have believed that Brady and the Patriots dynasty was coming to an end, and this year might be the year it is true. This will be a battle of defenses and which hit and miss offence can put up the most points. The Titans have a dominant running back with Derrick Henry in the back field, and Ryan Tannehill having a bounce back season with his new team after struggles in Miami might be enough to pull off the big win. The Patriot defense has carried this team to a 12-4 record as the the 42 year old Brady has finally showed his age this season. Brady doesn’t have the weapons he used to and the ones he does have are banged up, so for Bill Belichick he will rely on his top ranked defense to help put up points on the Titans. I think Brady’s illustrious career comes to an end on Saturday. Prediction: Titans 17 – 14 over the Patriots

NFC:

(6) Minnesota Vikings vs (3) New Orleans Saints – Sunday 11:05 MT

2 years ago in the playoffs the Saints battled back and were up on the Vikings before Case Keenum completed the 61 yard touchdown pass to Stefon Diggs in the dying seconds of the game to head to the NFC Championship game. It is safe to say that game will be in the heads of the Saints come Sunday when this time they host the Vikings for this wild-card match up. Brees and the Saints are rolling after suffering some tough and unexpected losses this season, but look to be the superior team in this match up, though depth may become an issue with mounting injuries especially on the back end. The Vikings come in with Delvin Cook suiting up, but how healthy is their star running back will be a big question for them. Kirk Cousins has had a great year under centre for the Vikings throwing 26 touchdowns to 6 interceptions, but has struggled in the prime time/big games, not winning a playoff game in his career thus far and going up dueling against one of the greatest quarterbacks in the NFL/History of the NFL will be no small task but can redefine his career with a win here. Sadly for Kirk many, including myself, believe the Saints will emerge victorious and head to Green Bay for the next round. Prediction: Saints 38 – 27  over the Vikings

(5) Seattle Seahawks vs (4) Philadelphia Eagles – Sunday 2:40 MT

In the final wild card game this weekend it will have the slumping Seahawks heading into Philadelphia to take on the Eagles. Now the Seahawks have had some injury issues especially at running back and brought Beast Mode out of retirement for the push and playoffs. They lost what was a close one that came down to a timing issue and blown call that could have seen the Seahawks hosting the Vikings instead against the 49ers last week. For the Eagles they slipped in to the playoffs through a weak division, but have been one of the most injured teams all year notably at the wide receiver position. The only thing going the Eagles way is that the game is at home and not in Seattle, but it won’t be enough to save to them against Russell Wilson and the Seahawks. Prediction Seahawks 35 – 13 over the Eagles

– Everett