The Virginator articles make the transition to prognostication. It is the Wild Card Weekend. There is a 3-week tournament in the NFL to get the participants in Super Bowl LIV (54). Just getting 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 Dallas Cowboys! 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 Tournament
Six teams return to the playoffs this year. That is one less team than 2018. With a turnover of six new teams, parity is at 50% and that keeps the NFL spicy. There is only one team coming back from Super Bowl LIII and that is The New England Patriots. The other five returning teams are The Philadelphia Eagles, The Kansas City Chiefs, The New Orleans Saints, The Houston Texans, and The Baltimore Ravens.
Out of the playoffs this year are six teams. The six teams out are the LA Rams, Indianapolis Colts, Jacksonville Jaguars, Chicago Bears, LA Chargers, and Dallas Cowboys.
In turn, we get to welcome six new teams. That would be The San Francisco 49ers, The Green Bay Packers, The Seattle Seahawks, The Buffalo Bills, The Minnesota Vikings, and The Tennessee Titans, Welcome to the tournament! Good Luck!
How does it look for Wild Card Weekend? Let us look in and see where the participants are this year shall we?
How Did That Happen?
The Wildcard weekend has four games. The AFC games are Saturday and the NFC games are Sunday.
First up are the “Hey, the last time we won a playoff game we had QB Jim Kelly and RB Thurman Thomas” Buffalo Bills visiting to play the “Why can’t we ever win a home playoff game” Houston Texans? This is another trap game for Houston as you watch the Buffalo Bills defense take the day. The only gotcha here is if Buffalo QB Josh Allen throws more than three interceptions.
The second game finds the “I can no longer find my offense and I lost a bye week to the Miami Dolphins but did I tell you about my defense” New England Patriots hosting the “Hey we are 5-2 in our last seven games and we have the best runner in the NFL with RB Derrick Henry” Tennessee Titans. In a huge twist of irony, winter storm Henry (no you cannot make this up) will bring a deluge of cold rain changing over to snow resulting in foul weather and poor footing conditions. As a result, look for the Patriots to win in a slow slogfest. Weather influenced games are fun for only those in the comfort of their own home watching it on Hi-Def.
On Sunday the first game finds the “We have been boned the last two years” New Orleans Saints hosting the “Hey did you know that we have a QB that has been in the playoffs once before” Minnesota Vikings. This game is just statistically unfair as New Orleans will be playing as hard as they can to set right the last two years and it begins now. Look for QB Drew Brees and WR Michael Thomas to go off.
The last game sees the “I already won in this place this year it’s no big deal” Seattle Seahawks traveling to “Hey, most of my skill players were not even in the NFL to start the season” Philadelphia Eagles. This could be another tough game for the home team as the injuries eventually catch up with you. Look for a Seattle victory.
Yes, I picked the home teams to go 2-2.
Wild Card Weekend Tournament Hopefuls
The Wild Card weekend sees usually three types of teams. Teams like the Tennessee Titans seem to have been playing playoff football forever and doing well. Teams like the Philadelphia Eagles are decimated by injury but have made it. And teams like the Patriots that just 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.
So the playoffs are here.
But at first blush, how the heck is anyone beating the 49ers in the NFC and the Ravens in the AFC? I guess that article will be next week.
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