It’s playoff time in the National Football League, and there are four games on the schedule this weekend. We have taken a close look at each of the four matchups, and have identified two survivor picks, with one coming from each conference. Take a look at our Wild Card Weekend Survivor Picks, and our breakdown of each game.
Tennessee Titans at New England Patriots
The New England Patriots are not used to playing in the Wild Card round, but they have plenty of playoff experience. New England won the AFC East title again this season, and they are still the Super Bowl champions until someone can knock them off.
Tennessee needed a win in Week 17 to reach the NFL Playoffs, but it deserves to be here. The Titans are solid on both sides of the ball, and they are a worthy opponent.
The Patriots had a dominant and aggressive defense this season, and it made up for a lack of offense. The Patriots allowed just 14 points per game while racking up over 50 sacks and over 30 takeaways.
New England still has Tom Brady at the quarterback position, but this has not been a normal year for him. The Patriots are going to have to find some offense to win this game, but history tells us that they will.
Tennessee became an explosive offense when Ryan Tannehill took over the quarterback job from Marcus Mariota. The Titans routinely scored over 30 points over the last two months of the season, but they haven’t faced a defense like the Patriots.
Running back Derrick Henry led the NFL in rushing this season, but the Patriots are going to do everything they can to stop him. The Titans have a solid defense as well, but the Patriots in the playoffs are a different animal.
New England is not losing in the Wild Card round, and it is the pick in this game.
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Seattle Seahawks at Philadelphia Eagles
It might be a bit unconventional taking a road team as a survivor pick in the playoffs, but this one is just too hard to pass up. The Seattle Seahawks were a much better team than the Philadelphia Eagles during the regular season, and the overall records prove it.
Seattle was one win away from winning the rugged NFC West, and the Eagles were able to take advantage of a bad NFC East.
The Seattle Seahawks do have a major issue at running back, and they have turned to Marshawn Lynch. Seattle was a top-10 rushing team during the regular season, but injuries hurt its production.
Quarterback Russell Wilson threw for over 4,000 yards this season, and he keeps plays alive with his legs. The Seahawks have struggled at times on defense, but they aren’t facing a great offense in this game.
Philadelphia is without all of its starting receivers, and its running game has struggled as well. The Eagles are happy to enter the playoffs with a healthy Carson Wentz, but he is going to need help in this game.
Philadelphia is a much better defensive team, but stopping Wilson is easier said than done. The Eagles just don’t have enough offensive firepower to win this game.
The Seahawks are going into Philadelphia and winning this game.
No matter which way you go this weekend, make sure you do plenty of research first. All of the games should be close battles that will likely come down to the fourth quarter.
We feel very confident about taking the New England Patriots and Seattle Seahawks for the reasons that we laid out. Either way, enjoy a terrific weekend of NFL playoff football, and best of luck with your picks.