Here are my picks and choose! Sorry if this Upset anyone, but it has to be told!
The Super Wildcard round was not chocked full of excitement as almost all of the games were blowouts outside of two late game rallies by the Cowboys and Raiders. Mike McCarthy despite having the most penalized team in the NFL and not being able to get out of the first round of the playoffs escapes with his job.
Mike Mayock was not so lucky, after a lackluster three years of bad personnel decisions got a promotion, to being a TV broadcaster which, one I’m assuming, and two this is a nice way of saying he was fired from his position as GM of the Las Vegas Raiders. Now that the teams did not really belong are out, (Philadelphia, and Pittsburgh) the playoffs should get really competitive and interesting.
To the match ups we go.
Cincinnati Bengals vs Tennessee Titans
The upstart Bengals with their prize #1 overall Draft pick Joe Burrow have arrived and already climbed the hurdles of winning the AFC North, hosting a playoff game and winning it, and now they are playing with house money.
But on the other side the Titans are getting their all world running back Derrick Henry back. If King Henry is in mid-season form, and keeps the Bengals’ dynamic offense off the field I like the chances of the No. 1 seeded Titans.
I will not bet the 3.5 point spread for the Titans as the favorite but I would be them to win straight up. The over under is 47.5 if this goes the way the Titans want it to this will be a game of field position and defense. I would take the under.
San Francisco 49ers vs Green Bay Packers
The 49ers beat the Packers on their road to the Super Bowl a few seasons ago. I think this is just Aaron Rodgers year, and he exorcises his demons of only getting to one Super Bowl this season. The 49ers will be a tough out, but if it comes down to making a big play in the 4th quarter, I trust the “immunized” Jeopardy host over Jimmy G. The Spread is 5.5 and I expect the Packers to cover it, and the over under is 47 points. I think the Packers will score about 30, and the 49ers about 23, 24 points, which would take the score to 50 plus points, so bet the over.
Los Angeles Rams vs Tampa Bay Bucs
I think the Rams were built for this. Two of the times Brady lost in the Super Bowl was against the New York Giants who beat Brady with a vicious pass rush. The Rams have an energized Von Miller, and Aaron Donald who is the NFL’s most dominant player. The Rams also have one of the league’s most dominant cover corners in Jalen Ramsey.
On the other side of the ball Couper Cupp is in the running for the MVP and Odell Beckham Jr appears to be reborn in LA and unstoppable. The over under is 48 I anticipate the teams exceeding that number and I have the Rams pulling the upset outright as the Bucs are favored by 2.5. Taking the Rams and over.
Last but not least the late Sunday game Buffalo Bills vs Kansas City, MO Chiefs
This is the best game of the weekend between two of the best under 30 players in the NFL, and maybe the best QBs in the league. After three years in a row in the championship game and some slippage this season by the Chiefs.
I believe this is the year Buffalo breaks through. This would be a slight upset as the Chiefs are favored by 2. This will be a high scoring game. I’m predicting 30-27 Buffalo, which would be enough to cover the 54 point over under. Bills and the Over for this one.