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THE PROGNOSTICATOR: Wildcard Weekend

Buffalo Bills at Jacksonville Jaguars – Sunday 1:05pm
The status of LeSean McCoy and his ability to play at a high level is the hinge for the Bills. If he is able to play at the level he is capable of playing at, the door opens just a crack. If he is hampered in any way, the door slams shut. The Bills just making the playoffs was miraculous enough. Moving on though? That would be a double-miracle, quadruple-rainbow kind of event where unicorns and fairies dance around with glee. Expect a heavy dose of Leonard Fournette here as now is the time that the Jaguars have been saving him for. Defensively the Jaguars will stifle the Bills in a lopsided affair.

 

Favorite: Jacksonville Jaguars by 7
Prediction: Jacksonville Jaguars 33 – Buffalo Bills 13
Category Advantage
Rushing
Passing
Offense
Interceptions
Fumbles
Turnovers

Carolina Panthers at New Orleans Saints – Sunday 4:40pm
I just don’t get why so many seem to be dismissing the Panthers. I’ve seen many that are picking the Saints to not only win this game but to also represent the NFC in the Super Bowl and while anything is possible the Saints aren’t on my list. The three teams in the NFC that everyone should be afraid to play right now are the Vikings, Rams and.. Panthers. A Carson Wentz led Eagles team would be on this list too but the drop off to Nick Foles unfortunately for them, will derail their season.

 

Carolina had a successful 2015, self-imploded in 2016 and given those contrasts are fully ready for a deep run in 2017. In just two short years they have experienced an exhilarating high and a soul crushing low and with both experiences building their base for 2017, they will be a dangerously physical team on a mission in these playoffs. Will this early Wildcard game for them be one of the toughest matchups for them through the entire playoffs? Well yes, yes it will be. A game in Minnesota will be a tough one too as would be a game against the Patriots on a neutral field but there aren’t too many others that can push them. They are big, fast, and ready. I am not dismissing the Saints though, not one bit. At home with Drew Brees to Michael Thomas and Alvin Kamara will be a difficult matchup for Carolina and the Saints most certainly can put together a final two-minute drive to put points on the board. This is a field goal win either way for both these teams in a thriller and both have the kickers to make that kick. Drew Brees will go down swinging with some of the bigger numbers from a quarterback this week but Carolina will just keep on coming like the little engine that could.

 

Favorite: New Orleans Saints by 6
Prediction: Carolina Panthers 30 – New Orleans Saints 27
Category Advantage
Rushing
Passing
Offense
Interceptions
Fumbles
Turnovers

About Tony Holm

Founder and President of FantasySharks.com. Five-time nominee for the Fantasy Sports Writers Association's Hall of Fame. Started publishing fantasy content on the web in 1993 and hasn't stopped yet.