The time has arrived! With Wild Card Weekend right around the corner, you can feel and breathe and excitement in the air all over the U.S. Starting this Saturday, January 9th, the 12 remaining NFL teams will feature thrilling battles to claim their right to play at the Super Bowl 50.
As the seeded teams (Patriots, Cardinals, Panthers, Broncos) wait to meet their rivals for the weekend of Saturday 16th and Sunday 17th, the eight teams remaining will play their best hand to beat their respective opponents. Here is a quick look at each team’s profile and what they could bring to their wild card game.
Wild Card Weekend – Day 1 – Saturday, Jan. 9
4:35 p.m. ET – Kansas City at Houston (ESPN/ABC)
The first wild card game will be played at the NRG Stadium and features a pretty interesting matchup. The Chiefs had a weak 1-5 start, but with the great performance of rookie cornerback Marcus Peters, they rattled off 10 straight wins to seal the No. 5 seed. Peters notched eight interceptions and 26 passes defended and it is expected that Justin Houston will be back this week to strength up the fierce defense.
Houston also had a weak start but has surged into the postseason with the strength of a powerful defense. If they could exploit Kansas City’s shaky offensive line, which surrendered 46 sacks during the regular season, they could really complicate things for the Chiefs and secure a spot into the next round.
8:15 p.m. ET – Pittsburgh at Cincinnati (CBS)
The second match confronts Steelers and Bengals for the third time this season. Bengals’ extreme versatility and creative plays have been the best cards under their sleeves. The team has the league’s best DVOA on deep passes 16 or more yards downfield. They ranked second in the NFL passer rating 104.1 and are seventh in scoring with 26.6 points per game.
The Steelers arrived at the playoffs with a 33-20 record and their explosive wide receivers could scare any defense in the league. On the other hand, this week the Steelers could be without running back DeAngelo Williams.
Expert’s Predictions for Saturday’s NFL
This year playoffs seemed kind of hard to predict. However, after going over some of the main and most popular sportsbooks and line makers references, we put together some of the most popular picks. Some of the most respected expert and line maker are predicting:
- Kansas City -160 vs Houston +140: (Kansas City, split)
- Pittsburgh -150 vs Cincinnati +130: (tied)
Don’t miss Sunday’s info and analysis on the wild card games right here. Stay tuned and find out who will be the main stars of Super Bowl 50!