Wildcard weekend is upon us, and this weekend is sure to give us more unforgettable moments like in years past. There are two games on Saturday, and two on Sunday like usual, here they are.
Saturday – Tennessee (9-7) at Kansas City (10-6) and Atlanta (10-6) at LA Rams (11-5)
Sunday – Buffalo (9-7) at Jacksonville (10-6) and Carolina (11-5) at New Orleans (11-5)
The Titans sneaked into the playoffs somehow after a mediocre year, and are now without Demarco Murray going into Arrowhead stadium. The Chiefs had another hot start to the season, and crashed after five games like usual. However, if they can just not mess this up, they should move on to the divisional round quite easily. I’m seeing it as 27-10 KC.
Atlanta is going to LA as an underdog, and could very well come away with the upset. This game solely rests on the arm of Matt Ryan, he needs to find a way to get the ball into his play-makers hands and then Atlanta has a good chance of coming away with a win over this young Rams team. I love the Rams this year and I hope they do well, Gurley is an MVP candidate and Sean McVey is guaranteed coach of the year, but this is going to be Goff’s first playoff game and he may get caught up in it. Atlanta is going to come away with the win but it’ll be close, 35-31 ATL.
Buffalo made the playoffs for the first time in 17 years, and they have a chance to take down the inconsistent Bortles and the same Jags team that only put up 10 points on the Titans this past week. The Bills may have to do this without LeSean McCoy as he is questionable with an ankle injury. If Shady doesn’t suit up, the Bills will need a miracle to come away with a win. The Jags still have one of the best defenses in the league, and they’re going to win this game because of it. This one will be low scoring, Jags take it 17-7.
The Panthers march into the Super-Dome on Sunday to wrap up wildcard weekend, in a rival match-up between teams with identical records. This game and the Falcons vs Rams game are going to be the most exciting, but it all depends on who shows up this weekend. For example, will we see the MVP caliber Cam Newton vs the best RB duo we’ve seen in years? If so, expect this game to go right down to the wire, with the Saints pulling it out because they are still tough to beat at the Super-Dome. I’m seeing 38-31 NO in this one.