“Wildcard Weekend–Will Be Wild”
Get ready-get set–go.
Here comes the NFL’s wildcard weekend in a new format. Kansas City and Green Bay have the weekend off. Everyone else plays.
COLTS-BILLS….Indy gets a break..when was the last time you heard it would be 48-degrees, no wind, on a January-Saturday on the Niagra frontier. Philip Rivers (4169P-21TD) cut his turnovers in half…Aided by rookie RB-Jonathon Taylor (1169R-5YPC)…Unsung heroes-the Colts defense 40-sacks-25 takeaways, anchored by DE-DeForrest Buckner..LB-Darius Leonard..and a bunch of young DBs who can run…Buffalo is stacked on offense with QB-Josh Allen (4955APY-45TD) and WRs Stefon Diggs (127R)-Cole Beasley (87R)…Bills have arrived with this (13-3) season.
RAMS-SEATTLE….QB-Jared Goff, coming off thumb surgery will start-remains to be seen how strong his passes are and how accurate they are…Rams ailing at RB but will have Cooper Kupp (92R)-Robert Woods (90R) and those TEs back so it will be a throwing game…Look for Rams defense to go after and slow down Russell Wilson (4200P-42TD) but does LA have enough to slow down DK Metcalf-Tyler Lockett (183) combined catches..Rams defense (53QB sacks-22 takeaways) will have its hands full…Pick-Seattle.
TAMPA BAY-WASHINGTON…Tom Brady and offense sizzling but so is Washington defense..Brady (4623P-40TD)…now he has WR-Mike Evans back to go with Chris Godwin-Antonio Brown..Washisngton defense superbe (304YPG-47 sacks)..but offense limited if Taylor Heinicke starts at QB..how much Alex Smith plays remains to be seen…Tampa in blowout.
BALTIMORE-TENNESSEE…Big Boy football game…..RB-Derrick Henry (2027R-5.6YPC)…QB-Ryan Tannehill (3918P-33TD)…WRs AJ Brown-Corey Davis (15YPC) against Ravens rugged defense-holding teams (34%-conversion rate)…Ravens no longer QB-Lamar Jackson against the world…Jackson (3762APY-33TD) now complimented by run game (1528R) paced by JK Dobbins-Gus Edwards…Titans brilliant offense (396YPG) bothered by bad defense (398YPG)…But Tennessee has fired power to win this game.
BEARS-SAINTS…New Orleans is finally healthy…Drew Brees (24TD-6Int)..RB-Alvin Kamara (1700APY-21TD) and WRs Mike Thomas-Emanuel Sanders and TE-Jared Cook…Lost in all talk is Denis Allen’s defense (310YPG-45 sacks)…Bears are anemic (331YPG-34% on 3rd downs)…defense gets worn down…Saints blowout win.
BROWNS-STEELERS…Which Ben Roethlisberger shows up…the one who had the fabulous 2nd half in last game to stop all the bleeding…or the QB who had 3-horrible games in a row…The Steelers QB (33TD-10 Int)…the top 3-WRs-JuJu Smith-Chase Claypool-Deiontae Johnson combined (247R) this year…Cleveland-plagued by Covid outbreak-still has firepower…RBs Nick Chubb-Kareem Hunt combined (1900R) must run the ball…Baker Mayfield (3563-26TD)..Jarvis Landry (72R)…Steelers defense finally healthy and could carry the day (56-sacks-27 takeaways)…Need to mention Browns have lost 17-straight games in Pittsburgh..and are just (6-43) playing at 3-Rivers-Heinz Field since 1970…Steelers to win in what will be a war.
Enjoy this weekend.