If absolutely nothing else, these 2019 NFL playoffs should be fun. I’m sorry, but I don’t know how anyone could feel much confidence in a bet for any of these teams to win the Super Bowl. Not that there aren’t some great teams this postseason, but you can poke holes in any argument for any team to win.
Andy Reid’s teams always choke, Tom Brady and Drew Brees will both be in their 40s by the time the Super Bowl is played, the Rams are unproven.
At this point, banged up Nick Foles is somehow closer to Tom Brady in his prime than his own self in Week 1. So, it wouldn’t exactly be mind-boggling for the sixth-seeded Eagles to make some noise. The way Indianapolis looked last week, no one would be shocked if they now beat Houston.
The point is, this thing is wide open. Seeds one through six all have a realistic shot at winning the Super Bowl in both divisions. Normally, statements like that cannot be made.
All the fun kicks off on Saturday with Wild Card weekend. And I’m sure you’ve heard it before, but Wild Card teams haven’t exactly been scared to make runs recently. The hard part is picking who that might be.
Here are your best bets for Wild Card weekend.
(6) Colts @ (3) TEXANS (-2.5): Saturday – 4:35 P.M. ET (ESPN)
This one should be a fun one. Sorry if you’re noticing a theme here. But really, these two teams both scored exactly 58 points in their two meetings that they split during the regular season. It’s going to be razor close. Ultimately, the Texans just seem like too much for the Colts. I don’t think it’s possible to overstate the fact that Houston should have Lamar Miller and Keke Coutee healthy Saturday. On the flip side, T.Y. Hilton just did not look himself in the Week 17 finale for the Colts. In a game that should be this tight, those things might just make the difference for Houston.
(5) Seahawks @ (4) COWBOYS (-2.5): Saturday – 8:15 P.M. ET (NBC)
If you ask me, the Cowboys could not have played their Week 17 game any smarter. They benched Zeke to avoid injury, but they let Dak keep his rhythm. Sure, they had a few injury scares, but they also gained terrific momentum with their thrilling win. Not to mention, the Cowboys have stayed very healthy compared to other remaining teams.
The Seahawks have proven they can play with anyone. In fact, they even beat Dallas in Week 3. However, they’ve also shown they can sleepwalk through games and get beaten by bad teams. If not for a come-from-behind win in Week 17, the Seahawks would come into this week losers of two out of their last three games against the 49ers and Cardinals respectively.
For one singular time in recent history, it just seems like the Cowboys have made every right decision this year. As long as Jason Garrett doesn’t go into full-blown conservative mode, the Cowboys should be able to cover the -2.5 point spread.
(5) CHARGERS @ (4) Ravens (-2.5): Sunday – 1:05 P.M. ET (CBS)
This has to be the toughest game for me to predict. Baltimore just went into Los Angeles and beat the Chargers by 12 in Week 16. The Ravens are on fire, coming in winners of their last three and six out of their last seven. Lamar Jackson has been dynamite.
With that being said, the Chargers have had a top 10 offense and defense the whole season, and Philip Rivers is slowly but surely running out of chances. This one just has the feeling of a game where the veteran quarterback is going to step up and tell the rookie who’s boss. I do believe it’s possible that whoever comes out of this game has a chance to win the whole stinkin’ thing, and I’m riding with the Chargers and the 2.5 points.
(6) EAGLES @ (3) Bears (-6): Sunday – 4:40 P.M. ET (FOX)
Quite simply put, I’m going to ride Nick Foles’s magic until it runs out. Any average joe can twist stats to make them say whatever they want, but there’s no debating the following two. The Eagles won the Super Bowl with Nick Foles last season. This season, the Eagles are 4-1 in games he’s started. Call it magic, call it crazy, call it a fluke. Whatever the case, you’ll be happy putting your money on the Eagles this weekend. Besides, -6 seems to be a very hefty spread for the Bears to cover in their first playoff game since 2011.
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