NFL Wild Card Weekend: Picks and predictions for each game

NFL Wild Card Weekend: Picks and predictions for each game

We ve reached the 2021 NFL Wild Card Weekend, and we have a six-pack of picks to make before whatever starts on Saturday.

Matchup

Las Vegas Raiders

10-7

Cincinnati Bengals

10-7

Saturday, Jan. 15

4:30 p.m. ET

Two teams with a combined playoff victory draught of 50 years square off on Saturday in the Queen City. This largely comes down to who can better protect their quarterback and, on those events, make poor cornerbacks pay. The Bengals are the somewhat much better group with the much better quarterback, so we roll with the house side.
Select: Cincinnati 34, Las Vegas 30

Match

New England Patriots

10-7

Buffalo Bills

11-6

Saturday, Jan. 15

8:15 p.m. ET

It s going to be a balmy 3 degrees in Buffalo on Saturday night. If so, Bill Belichick s crew could pull this off. The guess here is Buffalo s offense sputters, however the Patriots wear t get enough from Jones to win.
Select: Buffalo 23, New England 20

Philadelphia Eagles

Matchup

9-8

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

13-4

Sunday, Jan. 16

1 p.m. ET

The very first mismatch of Wild Card Weekend. The Eagles have an intense future and quarterback Jalen Hurts is gifted, but Philadelphia hasn t beaten a group with a winning record this season and the Buccaneers are defending champs with Tom Brady.
Choose: Tampa Bay 27, Philadelphia 16

Match

San Francisco 49ers

10-7

Dallas Cowboys

12-5

Sunday, Jan. 16

4:30 p.m. ET

Does Mike McCarthy cost his team with bad clock management? Do the 49ers get things rolling on the ground and open up big plays for George Kittle and Deebo Samuel? Rolling with the upset, since San Francisco might be the much better total group.
Select: San Francisco 24, Dallas 22

Pittsburgh Steelers

Matchup

9-7-1

Kansas City Chiefs

12-5

Sunday, Jan. 16

8:15 p.m. ET

Matchup

Arizona Cardinals

Kansas City is better throughout the board and Pittsburgh is limping in with a minimal offense and no run defense to speak of. The Steelers can pressure Patrick Mahomes, however unless that turns into at least three turnovers, it s not enough.
Pick: Kansas City 33, Pittsburgh 16

11-6

Los Angeles Rams

12-5

Monday, Jan. 17

8:15 p.m. ET

This boils down to whether Matthew Stafford makes errors. It ll be since Stafford has a tidy stat sheet and they control Kyler Murray outside the pocket if the Rams win. Los Angeles is the better group and needs to advance, but Stafford tossing three interceptions and running into sacks is a genuine cause for issue.
Choose: Los Angeles 29, Arizona 24
Last Week: 10-6Season: 176-92

Two groups with a combined playoff victory draught of 50 years square off on Saturday in the Queen City. The Bengals are the a little better group with the better quarterback, so we roll with the home side.
It s going to be a pleasant 3 degrees in Buffalo on Saturday night. Rolling with the upset, since San Francisco may be the better general group.
Los Angeles is the much better team and needs to advance, but Stafford tossing 3 interceptions and running into sacks is a real cause for issue.