NFL Wild Card Round Predictions and Upsets

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Updated: January 6, 2018
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By: Senior BSPT Expert

Anthony "Ace" Michael (@BsptSportsPicks)

 PLAYOFFS BABY!

This is the time of year I have been waiting for! The NFL season was over a month ago! There are a couple teams I did not expect in the playoffs, but they won't make it far anyways. I will break down the Wild Card games and give you my winner vs the point spreads. Many experts say this round does not matter, but I beg to differ. There will be one or two teams in this round that could go ALL the Way! Here's what I figured out after hours and hours of research:

 

Tennessee Titans at Kansas City Chiefs

This is our first match up of the Playoffs. The Titans barely made it in and now they have to go in Kansas City and pull off a major upset? Their offense ranks 23rd in the league, but the Chiefs defense was 28th believe it or not! Mariota is an up and coming star, but with more INT's than TD's how could I go with that? This is plain and simple! Throw all those stats out the window. It is Andy Reid at home in a Playoff game! The Chiefs offense can throw the ball now and with that mixture of Smith and Hunt, it will be to much to handle for the Titans.

My Pick: Chiefs -8.5 

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Atlanta Falcons at Los Angeles Rams

This should be a fun game to watch, because both offenses can score at will. Matty Ice and company should fair well in this match up, mainly because they have basically been in the playoffs all season. Their division in stacked and they had to win their way in. As for the Rams, I would love to see this Great Show on Turf get back into Championship form. Goff has been simply amazing to me. One thing you have to look at is numbers don't lie! The 11-5 Rams are just 4-4 at home and only 7-5 in their Conference. Plus they are 4-2 in their division, leaving them 3-3 against other divisions in their Conference. Sounds confusing but this strategy worked for me in the past. I would say again throw those numbers out the window, but I can't after looking at the Falcons numbers. They are 5-3 on the road, big deal, but 9-3 in the Conference. Two of those losses came to their tough division where they still went 4-2. So, they went an eye popping 5-1 against the other divisions in their Conference. Always take the points just in case, but I cannot see a blowout by the Rams. Maybe a blowout the other way!

My Pick: Falcons +6

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Buffalo Bills at Jacksonville Jaguars

I was a little disappointed the Ravens did not make it, but this is good for the city of Buffalo. The real  question here is could the Bills cover? Taylor, Benjamin, and McCoy are a Great Triple Threat! I am not sure it is enough to win in Jacksonville. They look terrible on the road, but do play well when they get the lead or keep the score low. I think this has Low Score written all over it. As for the Jags, they took their foot off the gas and coasted into the playoffs. Not what I like to see in a young and upcoming team. I understand injuries could happen, but even when their guys were out there they did not look explosive. They are 6-2 at home and everyone expects them to win. This offense is the most inconsistent in the league and I could not put my money on that EVER! I don't think they cover here and don't be shocked if they fall short.

 My Pick: Bills +9

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Carolina Panthers at New Orleans Saints

This is the one everyone's been waiting for! I expect nothing less then a dog fight. Cam and company are ready for this battle. The Panthers are 0-2 against these Saints this season. They just have not figured out a way to stop this offense. Coach Rivera gets a 3rd shot at it and should be ready for the challenge and he knows it is hard to beat a team 3 times in a year! The Panthers have to run to be successful. Nobody can stop this Saints offense, but just contain them is all he is asking and give Cam the ball down 6 with 2 minutes left. Will that happen? Well it is not all Drew this time around. He finally has help with 2 Pro Bowl Running Backs and a Pretty Good Defense which he NEVER had. They are 7-1 at home and look great even in their losses. The Betting Public all over the Saints and rightfully so. I do expect this team to go far in the playoffs but to many points for me in this division rivalry.

My Pick: Panthers +7

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Good luck in the Wild Card round and I hope you CASH IN of these Picks. See you next week.

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