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DIARY OF A FANTASY VIRGIN: Wild Card Weekend

It is prognostication time for the Virginator as I get to talk about all things football.  I remember watching Roger Staubach and Terry Bradshaw so it is fun to write about Matt Ryan and Tom Brady.  By the way folks, we have snowmageddon in New England!  Hello and welcome to the playoffs.  Yes! We are talking about the playoffs.  It has taken 17 weeks to get to this point and I am old enough to remember when it was not a weekend at all.  Then you add two games and now we are up to four.  But in all honesty there are pearls of teams that win it all from this position but it is because they have been playing playoff football for weeks.   Welcome to the 3 week tournament to get the participants in Super Bowl LII (52).  I will try to pick the winner of the whole tournament next weekend but this weekend let us get to the chase.

Who Is At The Dinner Table

Only four teams return to the playoffs this year which is less than the number of teams that returned in 2016; parity is alive and well in the NFL.

Out of the playoffs this year that were playoff teams last year are eight teams, the Miami Dolphins, Houston Texans, Oakland Raiders, Dallas Cowboys, New York Giants, Green Bay Packers, Detroit Lions, and Seattle Seahawks.. Both teams from Super Bowl 51 made it back.  That would be the New England Patriots and The Atlanta Falcons.

In turn we get to welcome eight new teams and five are from the NFC that were not there in the 2016 season.  Those teams are the The Buffalo Bills, Jacksonville Jaguars, Tennessee Titans, Philadelphia Eagles, Minnesota Vikings, Carolina Panthers, New Orleans Saints, and Los Angeles Rams .

How does it look for Wild Card Weekend?  Let us look in and see how everyone is arranged at the table shall we?

I Got This Far Only To Run Out Of Gas

The Wildcard weekend has four games.  Repeating last year’s theme, the AFC and NFC each play a Saturday game.

First up are the “Yay, I am in the playoff” Tennessee Titans against the “Yay, I started out  5-0….stunk in the middle of the season but ended the season 4-0 to finish 10-6”. Kansas City Chiefs.  Andy Reid can scheme. So he will and the Chiefs get the win.

The next at the table finds the “I do not know who I am but I was in the Super Bowl last year gosh darn it” Atlanta Falcons visiting the “I am going to blow the lid off this thing” high flying Jared Goff LA Rams. When in doubt go with the home team so I will.  I pick the LA Rams though I can see Matty Ryan picking apart the LA Ram defense. All I can say is Go Goff Go!

On Sunday it is the “Why is it me and not Baltimore Ravens” Buffalo Bills at the “I have the best and unheard of defense” Jacksonville Jaguars.  The Jaguars will scheme the heck out of the Bills — expect a comfortable victory.

The last game is the “Happy to be back in the playoffs” Carolina Panthers at the “Possibly last go around for Drew Brees and Sean Payton combination” Saints.  All year the New Orleans Saints have been surprising everyone.  The Carolina Panthers are up and down and up and down and if Cam Newton is awesome so be it.  But he won’t be and the Saints get a home win.

Yes I picked the home teams to go 4-0.  How boring is that?

Wild Card Weekend Table Settings

All the places for the participants are set and now we just have to see who moves up to the adult table this weekend. I have noticed that teams which have been playing playoff type football for several weeks do well. I have noticed the teams with injuries are exposed. I have also noticed that all is revealed.

The playoffs are here.

But at first blush, how the heck is anyone beating the Vikings in the NFC and the Patriots 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.