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DIARY OF A FANTASY VIRGIN: Wildcard Weekend

It is Wild Card Weekend!  Welcome to the 3-week tournament to get the participants in Super Bowl LIII (53).  Just get to the tournament and your chances of getting to the Super Bowl are better than a team that never made it in.  Coming fresh off a 12 day Mythbusters marathon, I would like to say … “Wild Card Weekend Prediction begins in 3-2-1!”  As always I will try to pick the winner of the whole tournament next weekend but this weekend let us get to the chase.

Welcome to the Party

Five teams return to the playoffs this year.  That is one more team than 2017.  With a turnover of 7 new teams, parity is alive and well in the NFL.  It keeps things spicy.  The first two of the five teams that return this year are none other than the Super Bowl LII Contestants The New England Patriots and The Philadelphia Eagles.  The three others joining them are The Kansas City Chiefs, The Los Angeles Rams, and  The New Orleans Saints

Out of the playoffs this year are seven teams.  The seven teams out are the Atlanta Falcons,  Buffalo Bills, Jacksonville Jaguars, Tennessee Titans, Minnesota Vikings, Carolina Panthers, and Pittsburgh Steelers.

In turn we get to welcome seven new teams.  That would be the Indianapolis Colts, Houston Texans, Los Angeles Chargers, Baltimore Ravens, Chicago Bears, Seattle Seahawks, and Dallas Cowboys.  Welcome to the party!  Good Luck!

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

This Is All’s I Got’s Captain!

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

First up are the “Andrew Luck is back and playing well Indianapolis Colts” against the “Remember when we started 0-3 but we are now in the playoffs Houston Texans?”  What a close game.  The Texans should win but Indianapolis actually shut out the Dallas Cowboys.  Remember that?  Look for confusion on the part of the Texans and a surprise Andrew Luck masterpiece.

Next at the party are the “We can run run run Seattle Seattle Seahawks” playing the “Am I a good team or am I a bad team Dallas Cowboys”.  Seattle runs and Dak Prescott guns.  And this time runs beats guns.  Look for a Seattle upset on the road because the Cowboys put up that previous stinker at Indianapolis.  That kind of effort gets paid forward my friends.

On Sunday it is the “Stop calling me San Diego I am The Los Angeles Chargers” at “I have gone 6-1 with Lamar Jackson Baltimore Ravens”.  I am a little bit confused with this game.  On one hand, these teams played December 22nd and the Ravens dominated.  Why should things change?  LA has a great record on the road but will Rivers get the ball enough to make a difference?  The Ravens play this crazy old offense that was outlawed sometime in the late 60s.  Since defenses don’t understand it, they wonder where the time went and they lose. Twelve minute possessions will do that to you in the NFL.

The last game is the “Hey I won Super Bowl LII Philadelphia Eagles” at “We have our own RPO with Mitch Trubisky Chicago Bears.”  The Bears have a great defense and their offense is electric.  I think the Eagles suffer a Super Bowl hangover and find themselves going home early.

Yes I picked the home teams to go 2-2.  I would say a little bit 50/50.

WildCard Weekend Party Favors

The party is filled with participants earning their way to the event.  Some teams come in on a high like the Lamar Jackson Baltimore Ravens.  Others limp in like the rib injured Nick Foles.  What happens if he gets injured?  What are the Eagles plans?  Oh what a difference a year makes.

So the playoffs are here.

But at first blush, how the heck is anyone beating the Saints 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.