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THE PROGNOSTICATOR: Wildcard Weekend

Welcome my fantasy brethren to another edition of The Prognosticator, may it be that extra dollop of cream that turns average into spectacular. Let the games begin! The NFL playoffs are here my friends and there is nothing more dramatic than a one-and-done where all the preparation, the sixteen games, all those practices, media, film, workouts, travel all is put on the line in just four quarters to determine who moves on. Each mistake is amplified as is each big play which makes for some fine viewing. Enjoy the games!
Passing Rushing
Team Score Team Score
NO 262 BUF 132
KC 258 JAX 128
LAR 239 CAR 126
JAX 239 ATL 121
ATL 230 NO 108
TEN 216 LAR 107
CAR 197 KC 105
BUF 178 TEN 103

How to read the table: The table shows how a team will do Passing and Rushing in the upcoming week of the NFL. Red is HOT, Yellow is WARM, White is NORMAL, Light Blue is COLD and Dark Blue is FREEZING COLD. Play players from teams that are Red and Yellow, avoid players from teams that are Light or Dark Blue and expect average days from teams that are White.

All times are Eastern

Tennessee Titans at Kansas City Chiefs – Saturday 4:35pm
The Chiefs have managed to find a head of steam rolling into the playoffs and it will serve them well in this one. Tennessee will play scrappy in this and will never be completely out of it but there are just so many chips that are stacked against them. The most glaring weakness is their secondary and the mismatch that Tyreek Hill, Travis Kelce and even Albert Wilson can bring to this game. Alex Smith knows he is interviewing and that he must perform here and perform he will.

 

If Tennessee can figure out a way to put pressure on Alex Smith then maybe they have a chance at slowing the Chiefs down but it will be just too difficult an assignment for Tennessee to try and contain Kansas City’s offense. Expect the Titans to bolster their defense through the draft as it will be painfully obvious in this game just how vulnerable their secondary and linebacker pass coverage play actually is. It is hard to recommend any Titan in this one even against what has been a vulnerable Kansas City defense. Delanie Walker will likely be leaned on and just due to repetition should have a decent day but the rest will struggle.

 

Favorite: Kansas City Chiefs by 7
Prediction: Kansas City Chiefs 24 – Tennessee Titans 20
Category Advantage
Rushing
Passing
Offense
Interceptions
Fumbles
Turnovers

Atlanta Falcons at Los Angeles Rams – Saturday 8:15pm
Stacking up against the returning NFC Champion Atlanta Falcons is not exactly the matchup the Rams want. The Falcons know what it takes to get through the playoffs and even know how to win a Superbowl through three quarters of play. On the recent playoff experience scale, Atlanta far outweighs the Rams and that is a big check mark in the Falcons’ column. For as good as Todd Gurley has been this season, single-handedly winning fantasy championships for many, Atlanta as a group will out run the Rams as they have a talented tandem and while Todd Gurley is the big name, there’s a fella by the name of Devonta Freeman that is no slouch and the Falcons can keep him fresh by sprinkling doses of Tevin Coleman in. Do not dismiss the Falcons in this one, as they certainly have a chance thanks to that aforementioned experience advantage.

 

However… the Falcons are on a slower track than their home field and will not be in friendly confines and that will have an effect, but where the Rams have the biggest advantage and why that will win this game is in the “big play”. Jared Goff has his full complement of weapons back and they are all healthy at just the right time. It has been a while since we’ve seen deep bombs to Sammy Watkins on busted plays, Robert Woods pacing the team and Cooper Kupp‘s sure handed grabs on out routes and in the end zone. It will be the circus that the Rams bring that will be impossible for the Falcons to handle. Couple that with aggressive defensive play by the Rams that cause multiple turnovers to put the ball back into the hands of the high flying Rams circus again, will be just too much for the Falcons to compete with. If Atlanta plays a clean game and is able to protect the ball then things get close but it won’t take more than just a couple of turnovers or some bad penalties to seal the deal for the Rams this day.

 

Favorite: Los Angeles Rams by 5.5
Prediction: Los Angeles Rams 33 – Atlanta Falcons 17
Category Advantage
Rushing
Passing
Offense
Interceptions
Fumbles
Turnovers

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