Every Wednesday or Thursday during the NFL season, Joe Caporoso will break down the upcoming week of NFL action. Unfasten the belts and prepare to gorge on another weekend of fandom, fantasy, gambling, tweeting, cheering, complaining…and complaining.
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Wild Card Weekend Picks
Kansas City (-8) vs. Tennessee
The Chiefs overcame an ugly mid season stretch to wrap the year with a four game winning streak. There are flaws and limitations with the Andy Reid/Alex Smith combination but Kansas City is a very good to great home team and the Titans are about as mediocre of a playoff squad that you will come across. Marcus Mariota has been skittish all season and it seems improbable that Mike Mularkey will coach a road playoff victory. Eight points should be enough in a relatively low scoring game, where either Tyreek Hill or Travis Kelce make a big play to ice the game in the second half.
Atlanta (+6.5) vs. Los Angeles
A terrific night game between two high powered offenses, featuring last year’s MVP (Matt Ryan) and this year’s potential MVP (Todd Gurley). The Falcons have been maddeningly inconsistent but 6.5 feels like too many points against such a young team in their first playoff game. This should be a high scoring game that comes down to the final possession.
Jacksonville (-8.5) vs. Buffalo
A likely ugly game unless you appreciate your defensive football and running games. It does not sound like LeSean McCoy will be 100% for this game and if he isn’t, it is hard to see Buffalo generating enough offense against Jacksonville’s defense to score the upset. The Bills only chance is creating points off Blake Bortles being Blake Bortles, always a possibility…that being said, Jacksonville covering in a low scoring game feels more likely unless McCoy is near 100%.
New Orleans (-7) vs. Carolina
The Saints handled Carolina by double digits twice this season and are generally at their best in their building. I suspect Carolina +7 will be a popular pick since this is a divisional game and the Panthers were in double digit wins this season but Carolina doesn’t match up well against this iteration of the Saints. New Orleans will be able to do enough offensively to get into the 30s and cover.
- QB – Alex Smith
- RB – Alvin Kamara
- RB – Christian McCaffrey
- WR – DeDe Westbrook
- WR – Michael Thomas
- WR – Cooper Kupp
- TE – Charles Clay
- K – Matt Bryant
- D – Kansas City
GOOD Snack of the Week (we’re going positive!)
I am generally a pizza traditionalist. I don’t want fruit on it. I don’t want any of that California Pizza Kitchen nonsense. I don’t want these weird, crappy super small slices they give you in Boston (Town Spa, YA SUSPECT!). However, I have to make an exception for these desert pies from Brother Bruno’s in New Jersey (where I will be watching the games this weekend). LOOK AT THESE THINGS! You can feel your heart rate slowing down just from the pictures.
Random NFL GIF
Hey, congrats Bills fans…
— Steve Whipple (@S_Whipple) January 1, 2018
- The Giants will hire Josh McDaniels as their next coach.
- The Colts will hire Dave Toub as their next coach.
- The Bears will hire Pat Shurmur as their next coach.
- The Cardinals will hire Jim Schwartz as their next coach.
- The Bengals will miss the playoffs again next year with Marvin Lewis.
NFL/GM Coach Reminders
- Conservative play calling is death (Did you watch that Oklahoma game?)
- Do not be afraid to think outside the box with your head coach hire and quarterback decision, whatever you are currently doing is not working, unless you are New England.
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