World news – Predictions for every NFL wildcard game

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By Charles Goldman, Mitch Carney, Wesley Roesch, John Dillon and Talon Graff
January 9, 2021, 7:00 a.m.

By Charles Goldman, Mitch Carney, Wesley Roesch, John Dillon and Talon Graff

January 9, 2021, 7:00 a.m.

It’s the wildcard round, and the games played over the weekend will help determine the upcoming opponent for the Kansas City Chiefs in the divisional playoffs round. We’re doing things a little differently this weekend with our predictions. Instead of our predictions for a single game, below are all of our picks for the Saturday and Sunday playoff games, as well as our thoughts on which team the Chiefs will face in the divisional playoffs round.

The Colts will be Jared Veldheer with Starting left attack and one thing we’ve learned about Philip Rivers is that his game collapses under pressure. This game is going to be closer than expected, but Josh Allen has the X-Factor at QB to bring the win for Buffalo.

Seattle shared games with the Rams this season. As bad as the Seahawks’ defense was, it’s hard to imagine a Los Angeles team fourth John Wolford could beat them in the playoffs.

At every big game this season, the Bucs and Tom Brady seem to be behind Expectations of being lagging behind. Against a great defensive team quartered by Alex Smith, I feel like Tampa Bay is falling short again.

This is a classic game of revenge for the Ravens in a rematch of last year’s divisional round match. The Titans have one of the worst defenses in the league this year – one the Ravens can take advantage of. If they can jump to the top early and get the Titans to move away from Derrick Henry, they’ll win manageably.

I’ll get a second surprise on Sunday. The Saints may miss their two best players on either side of the ball in Alvin Kamara and Trey Hendrickson. You had a tough time beating the bears in week 8 of this season as both players were available.

I’d love to pick the Browns here but I’m not sure how you can. COVID-19 has hit this team hard and HC Kevin Stefanski will not train as a result. It’s already been a challenging matchup for Cleveland, but with the problems caused by the virus, it’s even worse.

As much as I want to play the Colts next week, there’s no way they can beat the Bills. Josh Allen plays great football, but I think he’ll get the most out of an excellent defense in Indianapolis. If Philip Rivers flips the ball, the lights will go out for the Colts.

Russell Wilson and the Seahawks have one of the best offenses in the NFL. As long as they play their game, they should get that win. I understand these teams have split games this season, but I won’t be playing Wilson in a playoff game, especially if he is playing a backup quarterback.

I mostly pick Washington to play that game win because I like the chaos. While Washington has a real chance, they have to play light defensively and get to Tom Brady. It makes perfect sense if you look at the defensive front 7. After that, it’s up to Alex Smith (or Tyler Heinecke) to take care of the ball and score some points.

I think the titans will win this game. I have a strange feeling about the Ravens, mostly because Lamar Jackson hasn’t shown that he can win big games, especially in the playoffs. A crime committed by Ryan Tannehill, A.J. Brown and especially Derrick Henry will just be too much for Baltimore.

It’s hard to imagine that Drew Brees would be eliminated in the first round of his final season in the NFL. I think this game will be close, but I’ll take on the more experienced playoff team. The Saints have too much talent on either side of the ball to lose this game.

The Steelers didn’t play great football so I have to go with the Browns. I understand they’ll be able to do without their head coach this week, but I don’t think Ben Roethlisberger has much left in him. With the Browns looking more legitimate than ever, the Steelers will lose this game.

This Buffalo team gets a lot of hyped, but reality will come when they face the Colts. Indianapolis is on the offensive and rookie Jonathan Taylor, who finished 250 yards in week 17, has a shoulder problem. Stefon Diggs will apparently be playing and the bills will end up being too much.

These two NFC West rivals will meet in a rubber match during the wild card round of the playoffs. Seattle was still in the running for number 1 in the NFC in week 17 and was one of the hottest teams. Seattle is healthy and hasn’t lost since week 13. Jamal Adams gives the defense a boost at just the right moment, but Jalen Ramsey played great against Metcalf in both games. Ultimately, Seattle is more battle-tested.

Mike Evans’ injury could have been much worse, but he has a chance to play against Washington. NFC East has been a blast all season and Tom Brady has been in these situations many times, so his seasoned leadership will help his new team prevail in this situation.

The Titans defeated the Ravens in week 11 in overtime. Derrick Henry rushed for 133 yards and a touchdown in the first competition, but how much does Derrick Henry have left? I didn’t think we’d see a 2,000 yard rusher for years, but Henry is an anomaly. Ryan Tannehill and AJ Brown need to step up in order for last year’s AFC runner-up to return to the divisional round.

Chief fans should know how good the Saints are. You are one of the most complete teams and a real contender for the Super Bowl. Chicago benefited from the playoff expansion and set an 8-8 record. The Saints are the better team on paper and they will be the winning team on the field.

COVID-19 has been an inevitable factor all season so nothing would change in the playoffs. The Browns eventually reach out to several coaches, including head coach Kevin Stefanski. Start guard Joel Bitonio is also out due to COVID, while the Pittsburgh starters were able to sit in week 17. Anything is probably too much for the Browns to beat this time around.

Pretty confident with this selection. The bills are on fire and are the best looking team in the AFC other than the Kansas City Chiefs. I assume that K.C. in the AFC Championship Game, even though we know anything can happen.

I’m not that sure about this one. The Seahawks’ defenses are shaky and make me think they might blow this one up. It really boils down to the Rams’ quarterback situation.

The Chief’s homer in me wants Alex Smith to succeed, and I think he can do it. The football team didn’t look good in the second half of their week 17 win, but if they channel their energy into the first half they could squeeze the W out of here.

This is the toughest of the weekend. My gut tells me Ravens because of their recent success, but I went back and watched the playoff matchup between these two last year and realized that last year’s result (big win for Tennessee) could easily come back. p> The Saints are definitely the better team. I think they will win, although a little feeling tells me they might get upset. I might just reconsider.

Similar to the Bills prediction, I’m very confident that the Steelers will oust it. The Browns barely beat Pittsburgh’s backups last week and will do without their head coach. Hard sell for Cleveland.

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