NFL Wildcard Predictions

Writer: Elliot Adway

With this being one of the most controversial NFL seasons in recent memory, we have finally reached the beginning of the end of the 2017-2018 season. Wildcard weekend is featuring teams that have not been in the playoffs in years, and perennial playoff contenders looking to continue their dominance and again reign supreme.

Tennessee vs. Kansas City

On paper, this looks like a toss up between two teams that have been inconsistent throughout the regular season. In reality, Kansas City is one of the toughest environments to play in. Although they have lost 5 straight playoff home games, I expect Andy Reid to have his team ready to play. Marcus Mariota has been one of the worst AFC quarterbacks to have made the playoffs, and if his decision making and ball placement doesn’t improve, the Titans chances are slim to none. I expect this game to be closer than it should be, but Andy Reid should do just enough to save his job.

Prediction: 24-20 Chiefs


Chiefs Wire

Atlanta vs. Los Angeles

A year ago, the Falcons choked up the biggest lead in Super Bowl history. The only thing in their mind is to get back to the championship for a seemingly inevitable rematch against the New England Patriots. What stands in their way is my sleeper pick for the playoffs. The Rams have a team without a significant weakness. Todd Gurley is getting late MVP support and love from his fantasy owners, Jared Goff is limiting his mistakes will functioning an offense that was God awful last year, and Aaron Donald is causing havoc up front, which motivates this underrated defense. Sean McVay should easily take home coach of the year, and send home Dan Quinn.

Prediction: 31-14 Rams


NFL Spin Zone

Jacksonville vs. Buffalo

Am I really writing a playoff preview for the Buffalo Bills AND the Jacksonville Jaguars? The year is 2018, robots named Sophia are having full dialogue, and Tyrod Taylor is facing Blake Bortles for a chance to go to the divisional round. In other words, what the hell is going on. The Jaguars have been surprisingly good this year and boast the best defense in the league, while the Bulls made the playoffs thanks to Joe Flacco losing a home season finale against the Bengals. I trust Tyrod Taylor more than Blake Bortles because the Jaguars don’t normally play well whenever Bortles throws an interception, and the Bills have a stingy pass defense. However, Jacksonville is simply more talented on both sides of the ball and should have just enough to win at home.

Prediction: 17-7 Jacksonville


Big Cat County

New Orleans vs. Carolina

This could potentially be one of the best playoff games in history. Both teams have double digit wins and have improved drastically from last year. New Orleans have the best 1-2 punch in Ingram and Kamara, while Carolina has a stout defense that sent Aaron Rodgers back to the IR. Cam Newton’s inconsistency worries me against this Saints team because of how much New Orleans has improved on defense. Playing on the road, Newton will have to be perfect in order for the Panthers to win. Newton will come out early and get Devin Funchess involved, as well as McCaffrey and Stewart. Both teams match up evenly, which brings the deciding factor down to quarterback. Drew Brees is nearing the end of his Hall of Fame career and needs this win way more than Cam Newton. I expect Brees to make less mistakes than Supercam and lead the Saints to victory at home.

Prediction: 28-20 Saints


SB Nation


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