2019 Playoffs Wild Card Weekend: The playoffs are here and here are our predictions for the first weekend of the 2018/19 playoff weekend. We have some exciting matchups and crazy predictions.
Colts (10-6) @ Texans (11-5) on ESPN @ 4:35 PM/ET: This game should be something pretty special as this divisional rivalry will get a new level to it. The Colts are a great team at home with an impressive defense, but their road struggles worry me, and I think it could catch up to them in this one. The Texans have at times looked like their offense is sleeping. Their offensive line has been horrid this year, letting a mobile DeShaun Watson be the most hit and sacked QB in the league this year. This game should be a defensive battle which could come down to Fairbairn vs. Vinatieri. Texans 20 – Colts 17. – Matt
Texans 28 – Colts 27 – Mike
Texans 24 – Colts 20. – Josh
Seahawks (10-6) @ Cowboys (10-6) on Fox @ 8:15 PM/ET: This game will be incredibly interesting. I love the Seahawks talent and ability to run the ball. Their defense isn’t the defense we got used to over the past stretch of football, but they are decent defensively. The Cowboys on the other hand are a run first offense and their defense is top 5 in the league. The issue with the Cowboys this post season will simply be they can’t play worth a damn on the road. They will be on the road in the playoffs after this lone home game. This game will be incredible for the fans though. Seahawks 22 – Cowboys 19. – Matt
Seahawks 27 – Cowboys 24 – Mike
Cowboys 21 – Seahawks 14 – Josh
Chargers (12-4) @ Ravens (10-6) on CBS @ 1:05 PM/ET: This game is a rematch from one of the best games we have seen this year, especially defensively. The Chargers have gained a healthy Melvin Gordon and Austin Eckler since their last meeting though and that is a huge boost for this team. The Chargers might even have Hunter Henry back and a fully healthy Keenan Allen. The Ravens defense will now be taken to full task by Rivers with a full health regiment at his disposal. Lamar Jackson has continued to look better week in and week out. The Ravens defense and run game will be what they have to rely on, just like they did in 2000. This game will simply come down to the question of, can Lamar Jackson handle the pressure of a playoff situation and can their defense slow down a healthy Chargers offense. Chargers 27 – Ravens 26. – Matt
Ravens 24 – Chargers 21 – Mike
Ravens 28 – Chargers 24 – Josh
Eagles (9-7) @ Bears (12-4) on NBC @ 4:40 PM/ET: The Eagles are alive, and it is entirely thanks to the return of Nick Foles. Foles doesn’t just lead an offense without many turnovers, but he somehow inspires this team to play better. The defense which looked horrendous many weeks before Foles’ emergence has now rallied to be a solid reliable unit. The Bears on the other hand have a great defense and a star in Tarik Cohen that makes them dangerous. The issue with the Bears is that Mitch Trubisky doesn’t know how to win games without his legs and if a team can contain him, they will dominate the Bears offense. This should be a decent game but one that we have to wonder if the Eagles can overcome this opponent’s defense. Eagles 26 – Bears 23. – Matt
Bears 28 – Eagles 17 – Mike
Bears 24 – Eagles 21 – Josh.
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