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DIARY OF A FANTASY VIRGIN: Super Wild Card Weekend

The Virginator articles make the transition to prognostication. It is now Super Wild Card Weekend. We are talking 2 more playoff teams. We are talking 2 more games. I think it actually may be Super. This is a 3-week tournament in the NFL to get the participants in Super Bowl LV (55). Just get to the tournament and your chances of getting to the Super Bowl are better than a team that never quite made it in. In this case, look at those Miami Dolphins! Yikes! I will try to pick the winner of the whole tournament next weekend but this weekend let us begin in the beginning.

Welcome to the Party

Seven teams return to the playoffs this year. That is one more team than 2019.  With a turnover of seven new teams, parity is at 50% because of the extra two teams and that keeps the NFL spicy. It keeps all things spicy. There is only one team coming back from Super Bowl LIII and that is The Kansas City Chiefs. The other six returning teams are The Buffalo Bills, The New Orleans Saints, The Baltimore Ravens, The Tennessee Titans, The Seattle Seahawks, and the Green Bay Packers.

Out of the playoffs, this year are five teams. The five teams out are the Houston Texans, New England Patriots, Philadelphia Eagles, San Francisco 49ers, and Minnesota Vikings.

In turn, we get to welcome seven new teams. That would be The Indianapolis Colts, The Chicago Bears, The LA Rams, the Cleveland Browns, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, The Washington Football Team, and the Pittsburgh Steelers. Welcome to the tournament! Good Luck!

How does it look for Super Wild Card Weekend?  Let us look in and see where the party-goers are this year shall we?

How Did That Happen?

The Super Wild Card weekend has six games. I repeat that is Super. That is a 50% increase in games over last year. There are one AFC game and two NFC games on Saturday and then one NFC game and two AFC games on Sunday.

First up on Saturday are the “Thank you very much Miami Dolphins” Indianapolis Colts visiting the “This time Josh Allen rocks the free world” Buffalo Bills. Look for Josh Allen to rock the free world with a Buffalo victory.

The second game sees the “Who is my quarterback” Los Angeles Rams visiting the “I have Russell Wilson and DK Metcalf and you don’t” Seattle Seahawks. Fascinatingly, this is a repeat of the Week 10 matchup which the LA Rams won. The only difference is that it is now in Seattle and the only difference will be the difference and Seattle will prevail this time.

The final game has the “I have Tom Freaking Brady and you don’t” Tampa Bay Buccaneers playing the “We may be 7-9 but we are 4-1 with Alex Smith” Washington Football Team. This is a trap game for Tampa and I would not be surprised if they lose because Ron Rivera can scheme up a defense that puts pressure on Tom with only 4 rushing and 7 dropping back, a-la NY Giants and Tom Coughlin fame in those 2 Super Bowl losses. But I think Tampa finds a way.

On Sunday, first up are the “Why can’t we win a playoff game with Lamar Jackson” Baltimore Ravens visiting to play the “I have a 2,000-yard rusher in Derrick Henry and you don’t” Tennessee Titans. Until Lamar Jackson wins a playoff game, I am going with the Tennessee Titans.

The second game finds the “How did I get here” Chicago Bears visiting the “We are broken but we have Alvin Kamara” New Orleans Saints. How does Chicago score? I am going with the Saints.

The third game is a contest between the “I have no coaches because of Covid-19” Cleveland Browns visiting the “We are playing Ben Roethlisberger this time” Pittsburgh Steelers. This is a trap game for Pittsburgh. By all accounts, they should win and win easily. I say they do not because of a different kind of exposure. Big Ben cannot throw deep.

Yes, I picked the home teams to go 4-2.

Wild Card Weekend Tournament Hopefuls

The Wild Card weekend sees usually three types of teams. Teams like the Indianapolis Colts who seem to have been playing playoff football forever and are only just getting in. Teams like the Washington Football Team who have an injured offense but have made it. And teams like the Pittsburgh Steelers that are not firing on all cylinders but have a chance to turn it all around with a solid performance. These are the toughest teams to predict.

With the two extra teams in the playoffs, you have to add that there is another type of team. The team that would have been on a bye but is not and they could be not ready for being unrewarded for finishing second like the past years. Those teams are The Buffalo Bills in the AFC and the New Orleans Saints in the NFC.

So the playoffs are here.

But at first blush, how the heck is anyone beating the Packers in the NFC and the Chiefs in the AFC?  I guess that article will be next week.

Master D.

Tim can now be reached at tdavoll@fantasysharks.com and welcomes your opinions on the Diary of a Fantasy Virgin Articles.

About Tim Davoll

Author of the Weekly Series "Diary of a Fantasy Virgin" since opening day of FantasySharks.com. That particular date? It was September 12, 2002 when my first article was published on this site. It has been a great ride ever since.