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Wild Card Weekend, You Win and You’re In.

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Wild Card Weekend, You Win and You’re In.

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May old acquaintance be forgot and never brought to mind; cause it’s a new year and it’s wild card time!

Ladies and gentleman, boys and girls, non-binary and other gendered people, come one, come all, it’s time to get down to the nitty-gritty NFL post season. Where every game matters because it’s win or go home.

Now, in case you are unfamiliar with the NFL playoff schedule, or you need a refresher on who is playing who, here is your broad strokes article on what to expect from this weekend of Football. There will be four NFL football games this season. Two on Saturday and two on Sunday.

The Saturday games look like this:

Tennessee Titans @ Kansas City Chiefs

(Saturday, January 6th at 4:30pm EST. on ESPN/ABC)

The AFC #5 seed Tennessee Titans will travel to the #4 seed Kansas City Chiefs for game number one. Vegas currently has KC up by 8.5 points, but I have a feeling we’re going to see an upset here. I think the Titans are heating up and the Chiefs are cooling off. That’s my two cents.

Atlanta Falcons @ Los Angeles Rams

(Saturday, January 6th at 8:15pm EST on NBC)

The later game will be the NFC 6th seed Atlanta Falcons, last year’s Super Bowl runners-up (…ahem…Go Pats) against this year’s number one scoring offense, The NFC 3rd seed Los Angeles Rams. Now, considering I live in Los Angeles and am from Massachusetts, I am rooting for a Rams v. Patriots Super Bowl. But, I think this one might be a higher scoring game than Vegas has it. Vegas has the Rams by 6.5 and a total of both teams of 48. If I were a betting man I wouldn’t pick a winner between these two offenses but I would assume they will score at least a combined 50+ points. I think it will be a shootout.  I do think the Rams will win though…

Then, after a few deep breaths from what I assume will be a heart-pounding Saturday of football drama…

The Sunday games look like this:
Buffalo Bills @ Jacksonville Jaguars

(Sunday, January 7th at 1pm EST on CBS)

The AFC number 6 seed Buffalo Bills will head to the 3 seed Jacksonville Jaguars. I’m not really sure what to say about this game…Vegas has Jacksonville winning by 8 points and I agree with that. The only thing that will change that number is if LeSean McCoy doesn’t play. If Shady doesn’t suit up, I think the Jaguars win by at least 14.

(Editor’s Note: I couldn’t let this one post without adding my favorite hashtag of the season. #Sacksonville)

Carolina Panthers @ New Orleans Saints

(Sunday, January 7th at 4:30pm EST on FOX)

Finally, the NFC 5 seed Carolina Panthers will head to New Orleans to play the 4 seed Saints. This should be a good game. Vegas has The Saints winning by 6.5 and the total score at 48.5 points. That means it’s the closest game with the highest score by Vegas standards. I’m not sure how this game will rival the others but it’s lining up to be one incredible shootout between two QBs that have been to the Super Bowl before. Vegas has New Orleans winning but I think this one will be an upset.

NFL Odds via Sportsbook

Charlie Forray is an actor and writer living in Los Angeles. He's also totally a New England Patriots fan but he's wearing a Bronco's jersey in his headshot because orange looks really good on him. Charlie will mostly cover the NFL post season but will also be covering sports that feel emotionally similar to football...but are different...

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