Wild Card Round:
(6) Colts at (3) Texans – Sat., Jan 5, 4:25 p.m. ET (ESPN)
These division rivals are squaring off with a chance to move one step closer to a Super Bowl. It is safe to say that the Colts and Texans know a lot about each other, and won’t be a lot of surprises. They split their games this season, while both winning on the road. Their last two meetings were decided by a total of 6 points. So while the Texans are at home, there may not be too much of an advantage there. The Colts seem like the hot team coming into this game winning 9 of their last 10, with Andrew Luck finally becoming healthy. The Colts offensive line is the difference maker here, because I think they might be one of the only teams that can neutralize the Texans star studded defensive line. I think the Colts control this game and win on the road.
(5) Seahawks at (4) Cowboys – Sat., Jan. 5, 8:15 p.m. ET (NBC)
The Seahawks have finally figured it out at the right time in the season, with a huge win over the Chiefs two weeks ago. Do not sleep on the Cowboys though, their defense may be one of the best in the NFL and can absolutely change the game, as we saw against the Saints week 13. However, I do not trust Dak Prescott at all. I fully expect the Seahawks to be getting after him all day, and forcing him to throw the ball instead of handing it off to Zeke all game. I think the Seahawks are going to go into Dallas and roll, I think.
(5) Chargers at (4) Ravens – Sun., Jan. 6, 1:05 p.m. ET (CBS)
After the upset win for the Ravens a couple of weeks ago, I think the Chargers are going to feel that this is a revenge game. The Charger’s top-10 defense is definitely something to be in awe over, but there is just one problem with the offense they’re going against: Lamar Jackson. He might be the biggest difference maker since Taysom Hill. I’ve never seen someone control a game flow like Lamar, and their defense is as good as it’s ever been. I think this might be the hardest team to play in the NFL right now, and for that reason, I think the Ravens win this one at home.
(6) Eagles at (3) Bears – Sun., Jan. 6, 4:40 p.m. ET (FOX)
Everyone knows about Bear weather, but as of right now it is expected to be 44 and sunny. That is not the effect that we all expect from the Bears being at home. We are aware of the Bears unstoppable defense, but I’m not sure how Mitchell Trubisky will be able to handle the pressure of being in a playoff game. I think their offense struggles against the reigning Super Bowl champs. I think the Eagles are the team with the most to prove, and I think they might do just that and prove everyone wrong. They are a different team since Nick Foles has taken over (check out the article I wrote a couple weeks ago about how the Eagles need to start Nick Foles), and I think their offense is overall better than the Bears. Without Bear weather, the Eagles go into Chicago and shock the Bears.
There will be another article later for the following rounds, but I do want to give my Super Bowl prediction:
Saints 34 – 31 Chiefs