NFL Wild Card Week Pic’s

Jackjsjargon spent years in the sports reporting business so let’s give it a go. My guess is at least worth a look.

Game 1 Saturday has Buffalo at Houston. As of Monday the Texan’s are a 3 point favorite playing in Houston. Don’t under estimate the Bills. With them it’s defense and defense travels well. Plus a young QB in Josh Allen with a rocket arm, can run, but still learning his craft. Houston is a good week bad week team. They get by with QB Watson who loves to throw long to wide receiver Hopkins. And he can run. Plus, they may have J.J. Watt back on defense. But, their inconsistency makes them not a great play. Also, Buffalo is much better coached. Take the points.

Game 2 Saturday finds Tennessee at New England. The Patriots are a 5 and a half point favorite. Experts agree the Pat’s dynasty is in decline. Something is wrong with Tom Brady’s arm. He lacks receivers and their once thought great defense has declined likely because they have been on the field too much. Plus Bill Belichick always has trouble beating his ex coaches. Tennessee is a sturdy lot. They have enjoyed a brilliant QB out of no where in Ryan Tannehill. Well coached. They have better players. But beating the Pat’s at Gillette stadium and the great Bill Belichick is always a tough go. That’s why the line is too high. If Miami could beat them Sunday in a important game, so can the Titans. New England should win, but I’d go with Tennessee plus 5 and a half. Wouldn’t surprise anyone if the Titans win out right.

Game 1 Sunday features Minnesota at New Orleans. The Saints are a heavy favorite at 8 points. Wagering against New Orleans in their domed stadium is almost like a knife at your throat. And they are on a roll. Drew Brees looks like he got his 2nd wind after his four week injury absence. Minnesota finished with 10 wins and 6 losses. They feature a stout defense. However, scoring points doesn’t come easy for them. Their QB, Kirk Cousins, reminds us all of the proverbial Forrest Gump line…”You never know what you’re going to get.” His reputation for not winning big games is pretty well founded. Hate to give that many points. However this is a time it might be worth while. New Orleans should find “The Beat Goes on.”

Game 2 Sunday has Seattle at Philadelphia. The Eagles are an insignificant 1 point favorite. You can flip a coin on this one. Seattle has better players. They won 11 and lost 5. While the Eagles won 9 and lost 7. But there is a time weathered phrase in sports…”He has carried his team on his back.” Philadelphia has had more players out with injuries than most teams ever experience. However, they have a quarterback, Carson Wentz, who has been nothing short of sensational. He has been passing successfully to replacement players who replaced other replacement players. His favorite receiver tight end Zach Ertz is out. Nobody knows the status of who will be playing Sunday. With all their problems Philly beat out Dallas for the division title. Seattle is a better team and they normally play well away from home. QB Russell Wilson is one of the best at what he does. In a spectacular finish Sunday night they almost beat San Francisco. 49ers considered at the top of most lists in the NFC. Their defense not good. They too have had injuries. And coming off that extremely emotional game travelling all the way East to play in who knows what weather does not bode well. I wouldn’t wager 50 cents on this game.

Weather in January can be awful for football. Luckily two of the games are in a domed stadium. If the Patriots get bad weather it should help versus a Tennessee team. Also it likely would help the Eagles. So this post is all for fun and meant to enhance your enjoyment of the NFL wild card week end. Any wagering you are strictly on your own. The great thing about sports is it is live and totally unpredictable. No team is unbeatable.