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Finally! NFL Wild Card Round Picks Arrive

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Although this season the local teams prevailed again in the total of victories recovering the so-called home advantage. In the past three seasons, including four of the six wild-card games last year, teams on the road have taken over 10 of the past 14 matchups. Visiting teams are 12-6 since the 2017 playoffs. And, in eight of the past nine seasons, at least one visiting team has won a wild-card game.

For the first time in all time in the NFL, the wild-card round will be extended for three days, putting the team that won Monday’s game at a disadvantage by having one less day of rest in division games.

That said, it’s time for the feature to start.

Five of the six matchups are rematches of the season

Saturday 15. 16:30 hours

Raiders in Bengas (-5.5):

The Bengals with one of the most explosive pairs in the NFL (Joe Burrow and Ja’Marr Chase) claimed their first division title since 2005. They have not won a postseason game since the Old Testament (January 6, 1991), when they defeated the Houston Oilers today known to the world as the Tennessee Titans.

For the first time in franchise history, Cincinnati has a 4,000-yard quarterback (Joe Burrow), a 1,000-yard running back (Joe Mixon) and two receivers who surpassed 1,000 yards (Ja’Marr Chase and Tee Higginns). Chase led the AFC with 1,455 receiving yards, the most for a rookie in the Super Bowl era.

The raiders They are in their first postseason appearance since 2016. Derek Carr will make his playoff debut. Carr is one of only four quarterbacks in league history with at least 3,000 passing yards in each of his first eight seasons.

Burrow could exploit the Raiders’ secondary, the most vulnerable unit in the Las Vegas defense, which has allowed more than 300 passing yards four times this season. Let’s wait for a shooting with a favorable balance for the locals. Raiders 30-33 Bengals.

Saturday 15. 20:15 hours

Patriots en Buffalo (-4):

As in boxing, every good rivalry needs a third fight. Los Patriots and the Bills face pFor the third time this year after splitting wins, they both hit the road.

The defenses of both teams are called to shine under the spotlight. On a night in which freezing temperatures are expected, two of the best departments in the NFL will face off. Buffalo (17.0 points allowed per game) and New England (17.8) ranked first and second, respectively, in the NFL.

In the first game at Buffalo, rookie Mac Jones threw just three passes. Enough to beat the Bills in their own stadium and with old-school football: run, run, and then run again.

Jones became the first freshman quarterback to lead his team to the postseason since Dak Prescott did it in 2016. Jones led all rookies this season in completion percentage (67.6), passing yards (3,801), passing touchdown (22).

For its part, Joshe Allen became the first player in franchise history to pass 4,000 yards in consecutive seasons. With six rushing touchdowns this season, he also became the first quarterback with six or more rushing touchdowns in each of his first four seasons. Patriots 17-21 Bills

Sunday 16. 13:00 hours

Eagles en Buccaneers (-8.5)

Tom Brady will have to endure mentions of Super Bowl LII when the Phily Special defeated the Patriots for the Eagles to get the Vince Lombardi. It’s been a while since that and Brady now plays under the uniform of the Buccaneers, reigning champions.

Tampa Bay won its division for the first time since 2007. The Buccaneers are looking to become the first team since the 2004 Patriots and the eighth overall to repeat as Super Bowl champions.

The 44-year-old Brady set the pace for the game in passing touchdowns (43) and passing yards (his career high 5,316, the third most in a season in NFL history).. His 485 completions this year were an NFL record in a single season.

Let’s not expect Brady’s dominant narrative to change this round. Eagles 14-28 Buccaneers

Sunday 16. 16:30 hours

49ers en Cowboys (-3):

One of the fiercest rivalries in the NFC adds another chapter. The history of the 49ers playoffs and The Cowboys are rich from back-to-back conference title games in the early 1970s, the iconic “Catch” in the 1981 season, and then the heated rivalry in the 1990s when the Cowboys won the first two meetings. en route to the Super Bowl titles and then the Niners took Game 3.

The above is part of the history books. The future is today for both organizations.

San Francisco is in the playoffs for the second time in the past three seasons, after advancing to Super Bowl LIV in 2019.

This will be the eighth time these franchises have met in the postseason, tied for the second most of any matchup in the Super Bowl era at nine games between the Rams and the Cowboys.

Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott led the team with 1,002 rushing yards and was joined by the Football Hall of Famer, LaDanian Tomlinson as the only players in NFL annals with at least 1,250 yards from scrimmage and at least eight touchdowns in each of his first six seasons.

Dallas cornerback Trevon Diggs, he led the NFL with 11 interceptions, the most by an NFL player since 1981.

Rivalry grows dominance for Dallas too 49ers 21-24 Cowboys

Sunday 16. 20:15 hours

Steelers en Chiefs (-12.5):

Still many of us continue to explain how Steelers is in this instance. What many of us also suppose that his path ends here.

Patrick Mahomes is rated 100.4 in eight career postseason games, ranked fourth in the NFL with 4,839 passing yards and tied for fourth with 37 touchdown passes this season.a.

Kansas City disappointed in its season-ending win against the Broncos, but there is no way they will lose to Pittsburgh. The casinos say it, the logic and even Ben Roethlisberger. Steelers 17-35 Chiefs

Monday 17. 20:15 hours

Cardinals en Rams (-4):

The Cardinals were the best team in the NFL. The bad thing for them is that it only lasted until October. They have lost four of their most recent five games and gave up home-field advantage on the Wild Card.

On the other hand, Matthew Stafford finished the season tied for first in the league in interceptions (17).

The good news for the Rams is that Cooper Kupp led the NFL in receptions (145), receiving yards (1,947) and receiving touchdowns (16) in 2021, becoming the fourth player since the league’s merger in 1970 to lead the league in all three categories. His 145 receptions and 1,947 receiving yards were each of the second-highest by a player in a season of all time.

On the other side of the ball, Aaron Donald was the man with the most sacks for Los Angeles at 12.5 this season and became the fourth player since 1982, when the singles sack became an official NFL statistic, to record at least eight sacks in each of his first eight NFL seasons. Cardinals 21-24 Rams


Raiders +5 over

Bills -4 under

49ers -3

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