N.F.L. Playoff predictions: Our tips for the wild card round



Seventeen weeks of preamble led to this. Eight N.F.L. The teams fight for the chance to get out of a wildcard round in which the winners of the last three Super Bowls emerge and in which the street team is preferred in one game.

Here are our predictions of how the games will be sorted, taking all tips against the spread.

Last week's record against the spread: 10-6

Last regular season record: 136-115-5

No. 5 bills at number 4 Texans. 4:35 p.m., ABC and ESPN

Line: Texans -3 | Total: 43

It is not surprising that this game was played on Saturday afternoon: The Texans (10-6) have relegated to this position in each of the franchise's six playoff games. The bills (10-6) are decades away from the game's elite. But anyone who skips this game could miss a grudge game between an exciting offensive and an underestimated defense.

No. 6 Titans at No. 3 patriots. 8:15 p.m., CBS

Line: Patriots -5 | Overall: 44.5

The patriots remembered one of the most confusing 12-4 seasons. They had bad teams and went 9-1 against clubs with a record of 0.500 or worse, while they went 3-3 against winning teams – each of the three wins being decided by a score.

No. 6 viking at No. 3 saint. 1:05 p.m. Fox

Line: saint -7.5 | Total: 50

If the N.F.C. Divided into levels, the Saints (13-3) were at the top alongside San Francisco and Green Bay. Unfortunately for the Saints, a tiebreaker sent them into the wildcard round.

The Eagles (9-7) know a thing or two about playing through injuries. Quarterback Carson Wentz is the one first quarterback in N.F.L. history Cross 4,000 yards without a single wide receiver exceeding 500 (two narrow ends and a receding arrow have darkened this mark). He had to afford a crime even though his top 3 receivers and top 2 running backs were missing the time, and yet Philadelphia managed to get Dallas for the N.F.C. to overtake. Ostkrone.

This weekend will be more of the same. The Eagles hope for Zach Ertz's close end and Miles Sanders will be able to return after an injury, but neither player is sure. Against Lane Johnson it is not right, which would be a devastating defeat for Philadelphia if Jadeveon Clowney from Seattle could survive a core injury.

The Seahawks aren't the defensive powerhouse they used to be, even when Clowney was on the field, but an attack led by Russell Wilson is good enough to get into the division round. Choose: Seahawks -1.5

See you in the first round: Baltimore, Kansas City, San Francisco, Green Bay

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