Wild Card Games
Writer: Zarvea McArthur
These upcoming weeks in the NFL has everyone’s attention now that the regular season is over and the playoffs are beginning, and this weeks games are must watch television.
This Saturday, the Seattle Seahawks face off against the Dallas Cowboys, while the Indianapolis Colts go head to head against the Houston Texans. Then Sunday, the Los Angeles Chargers play the Baltimore Ravens (the game I anticipating will be the best Wild Card game) and the Philadelphia Eagles play The Chicago Bears. Here are my predictions for this weekend:
First off, the Seahawks will beat Dallas by a slight margin, say 20-17. I'm predicting that Seattle will win by 3 off of a last minute drive by Russell Wilson, but Dallas will be putting up a good fight with Zeke being hype and ready for this game. Seattle’s main priority will be to hold his rushing yards to a minimum, but they also must not forget about Amari Cooper and Blake Jarwin, who showed up as a threats last week, and will keep the Cowboys honest about the passing game without Earl Thomas.
The Colts and Texans will be an interesting game. The Texans have the best wideout in my opinion, with Deandre Hopkins’ 115 catches and 0 drops along with that stout defensive front and Deshaun Watson at QB. However, the Colts have potential Defensive Rookie of the Year with their linebacker Darius Leonard, and with Andrew Luck playing like his old self, it seems as if the Texans’ defense will have to deal with this potential Comeback Player of the Year. I have the Texans winning 21-10.
Third, there’s the Eagles and the Bears. This game will be the toughest game for both parties, with Nick Foles at QB, already having proven himself as a playoff juggernaut, and the Bears having MVP candidate and Defensive Player of the Year candidate Khalil Mack, along with a top ranked defense that can take away the ball. Nonetheless, I predict the bears will win this game handily 24-10.
Saving the best for last, there’s the Chargers and the Ravens. I predict that the Chargers edge a 21-24 win over the Ravens, but not without very long and hard fought game. The Ravens have a top ranked defense, led by linebacker and Super Bowl winner Terrell Suggs, as well as an ability to keep the ball out of the opposing QBs hands. Moreover, they possess an extremely efficient running game, having over 1,500 yards in 7 games rushing as a team, which is something that has not happened since the 1977 Chicago Bears. On the other hand, the Chargers have a veteran leader at quarterback with Philip Rivers and a hall of fame TE Antonio Gates, with their young defensive front being led by Joey Bosa and Melvin Ingram. This game is definitely a must watch, but I predict that the Chargers will win because I have more faith in Philip Rivers than Lamar Jackson because I feel that there will be certain plays that Philip Rivers will make that will secure the win for LA.