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NFL Wild Card Weekend Predictions

Eighteen weeks have come and gone. Fourteen teams still stand. Super Wild Card Weekend is here. I am here to give you my picks for the weekend. Let's dive right in.


Overall Regular Season Record: 173-99


Super Wild Card Weekend:


Saturday:


Cleveland Browns (-2.5) at Houston Texans, 4:30 PM, NBC


Amari Cooper versus Steven Nelson
via Richard Rodriguez / Getty Images

The Houston Texans have gone from worst to first in one year thanks to Demeco Ryans and standout rookie quarterback C.J. Stroud. Houston will somehow host a playoff game which is a plus. However, the visitor is the best defense in the league, the Cleveland Browns. Cleveland also has a veteran quarterback in Joe Flacco. I love Stroud and what he has done but I believe the defense will be too much for Houston, as long as the Browns have a game with few to no turnovers.


Prediction: Browns 23, Texans 20


Miami Dolphins at Kansas City Chiefs (-3.5), 8 PM, Peacock


Patrick Mahomes and Tua
via Reuters

The collapse of the Dolphins was astonishing. They went from having the division locked up to losing to the Titans, Ravens, and the Bills to make that not a reality. Now they must travel to Kansas City where the game temperature will be around 0 degrees. Far away from sunny Miami weather. Kansas City hasn't been themselves this year but I believe the same result from the Germany game happens again. Give me the Chiefs.


Prediction: Chiefs 27, Dolphins 17


Sunday:


Pittsburgh Steelers at Buffalo Bills (-10), 1 PM, CBS


Josh Allen versus Steelers
via Jeffrey T. Barnes / AP

Somehow, someway the Pittsburgh Steelers have made the playoffs after they beat the Ravens' backups and the Jaguars lost to the Titans. Their prize? A date with the hottest team in the league riding a five-game win streak. After a disappointing start to the season, Buffalo found themselves in a familiar place, atop the AFC East. I believe the Bills beat the Steelers and it won't be close.


Prediction: Bills 31, Steelers 14


Green Bay Packers at Dallas Cowboys (-7.5), 4:30 PM, FOX


Jordan Love versus Chicago Bears
via Morry Gash / AP Photo

Mike McCarthy coaches against his former team. Jordan Love's first playoff start. A lot of storylines here in this game. Cowboys are one of the more complete teams in the NFL with a great offense and defense. The Packers have a shaky defense, which I believe will be the difference. Jordan Love and the Packers offense will keep it close but ultimately Dallas wins.


Prediction: Cowboys 30, Packers 21


Los Angeles Rams at Detroit Lions (-3.5), 8 PM, NBC


Matthew Stafford and Jared Goff
via USA Today

This has the biggest storylines of any game of the weekend. Stafford going back to Detroit to play his former team. Jared Goff playing for the team that gave up on him for Stafford. I believe this might be the best game of the entire slate. Detroit lost Sam LaPorta inexplicably in Week 18, which might be an issue in this game. Dan Campbell's decisions are another factor I can't bet on. Sean Mcvay and Matthew Stafford have been here before. That will be the difference.


Prediction: Rams 27, Lions 23


Monday:


Philadelphia Eagles (-2.5) at Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 8:15 PM, ESPN/ABC


Baker Mayfield and Jalen Hurts
via Jason Behnken / AP

10-1 to 11-6? Embarrassing collapse by the Eagles. Injuries piling up. Bad losses. Bad defense. And an inconsistent and hurt offense. That is what is ailing the Eagles, this team has not been good in a while and I don't believe that will change by Monday. Meanwhile, one of the more surprising playoff teams in Tampa Bay with Baker Mayfield at the helm was 4-7 at one point this year, they are now 9-8 and won five out of their last six. I believe the Eagles are a one-and-done team and Tampa Bay pulls off the biggest upset of the weekend.


Prediction: Buccaneers 24, Eagles 20

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