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NFL playoff predictions 2018: Wild Card Weekend

How will the 2018 playoffs shake out? We take a guess.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers v Miami Dolphins Photo by Mark Brown/Getty Images

Did you know that they actually play more football in the NFL even if the Dallas Cowboys are not involved? It’s true. This weekend the NFL will open up their post-season tournament with Wild Card Weekend. A quick look at the schedule for this weekend’s games, plus some predictions.

Saturday, January 6

AFC: Tennessee at Kansas City | 4:35 PM ET | ESPN/ABC

NFC: Atlanta at Los Angeles Rams | 8:15 PM ET | NBC

Sunday, January 7

AFC: Buffalo at Jacksonville | 1:05 PM ET | CBS

NFC: Carolina at New Orleans | 4:40 PM ET | FOX

Tennessee @ Kansas City: Remember way back in the regular season when the Cowboys beat the Chiefs in a huge matchup? Good times. The Chiefs melted down in the middle of the season, only to recover enough at the end to win their division. The Titans were up and down all year, sneaking in at the end. As much as I like DeMarco Murray and wish him the best, Marcus Mariota is playing too erratically for me to pick the Titans. I’ll take boring Alex Smith and the win. Chiefs 17- Titans 16.

Atlanta @ Los Angeles: I can’t go with the Falcons, I spent too much time rooting against them in the last quarter of the season. Even if I liked the Falcons I wouldn’t pick them here. The Rams look like they might be the best team in the NFC at this point, potent on offense and with Aaron Donald on defense. The Falcons are not the same team they were last year. Rams 30 - Falcons 17.

Buffalo @ Jacksonville: We need an upset pick for this weekend so we’ll go with the Bills. In a game between two teams that haven’t seen the playoffs in a while, one franchise is going to carry on their miracle season. We’re predicting LeSean McCoy plays, and the Jax defense has an off day (sorry Barry Church). Bills 20 - Jaguars 17.

Carolina @ New Orleans: The Saints ground game is amazing, Drew Brees is throwing the ball a lot less, and the Saints defense is finally making plays. Carolina just doesn’t have enough playmakers on offense to stay in the game. Saints 31 - Panthers 20.

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