Wild Card Weekend is upon us as the first round of the playoffs begin in the NFL. Almost all of these teams (here’s looking at you Buffalo) have a decent shot at making it far into the post season but must first defeat each other to do so. Check out the weather report below for some insight on the upcoming games.
Tennessee Titans vs. Kansas City Chiefs – The Chiefs are back and Alex Smith is desperate to prove he’s a playoff ready quarterback. While his track record has been less than glamorous going up against the Titans in recent years, the loss of DeMarco Murray clears the way for an easier win for Kansas City. In freezing temperatures with high wind, both teams will struggle with throwing the ball and Kareem Hunt (as well as Tyreek Hill) should be able to run through the Tennessee Defense for a win in the Wild Card round.
Atlanta Falcons vs. Los Angeles Rams – This Wild Card game should be one of the more exciting matchups of the weekend and a true test for both of these teams. The Falcons have stumbled all season and just barely made the playoffs this year. While Jared Goff has never been to the post season and will be going up against a veteran quarterback, Todd Gurley should be able to pick apart the Falcons’ rush defense. Not to mention Sean McVay (the clear winner of Coach of the Year in 2018), should be able to outsmart Dan Quinn for a Rams victory.
Buffalo Bills vs. Jacksonville Jaguars – The Bills are probably the worst team in history to make the playoffs and Jacksonville should have an easy time rolling over them to the next round. Warm weather might be a bit of a shock to Buffalo, who is used to playing in the freezing cold or blizzard conditions. Probably the least exciting of the Wild Card games this weekend but Jacksonville has to be happy with their matchup.
Carolina Panthers vs. New Orleans Saints – The showdown in the NFC South will be one for the ages after the Saints stomped the Panthers in their two previous matchups this year. However, it will force Drew Brees to throw the ball because the Panthers run defense is notorious. If Atlanta couldn’t even muster up fifty rushing yards against Carolina, will the Saints? While all signs point to another New Orleans victory, don’t count the Panthers out just yet in this Wild Card matchup.