Wildcard Weekend Picks Print E-mail
Written by Denis Krusos   
Thursday, 04 January 2018 13:38

Season To Date: 27-24
Tennessee Titans (9-7) at Kansas City Chiefs (10-6): DeMarco Murray is out and Marcus Mariota
had a disappointing season.  The Chiefs are at home and it would be a devastating loss for them to lose this game.
Alex Smith has played well before in the playoffs and he leads KC to victory.
Chiefs 24- Titans 14 
Atlanta Falcons (10-6) at Los Angeles Rams (11-5): The defending NFC champs are a tough wildcard
opponent for the Rams.  LA has the highest scoring offense in the league with a balanced attack that did not
turn the ball over much.  Wade Phillips will have his defense get after Matt Ryan and force a key turnover.  The Rams storybook
season continues with a home playoff win.
Rams 28- Falcons 20 
Buffalo Bills (9-7) at Jacksonville Jaguars (10-6): The Bills waited a long time to return to the playoffs, but
they will only make a brief appearance.  Tyrod Taylor is an average quarterback and he needs Shady McCoy to have a
big game.  Unfortunately, McCoy is hurt and Jacksonville's strong defense will get after Taylor.  
Jaguars 24- Bills 10 
Carolina Panthers (11-5) at New Orleans Saints (11-5): The Saints have already beaten the Panthers twice this season.
It is hard to defeat a team three times in a year, but New Orleans is the better team.  A historically good 2017 NFL draft dramatically
improved the Saints.  Their defense became much better and forced turnovers.  The team offensively became balanced and ran
the ball extremely well.  Many fans forget how well the Saints ran the football in their lone championship season.  Cam Newton
will have to play much better than how he did last week versus Atlanta.  He does, but it is not enough to keep pace with New Orleans.
Saints 31- Panthers 20 

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