Predicting the Wild Card round of the NFL playoffs

Hello and welcome back to The Cowan Corner for another week of NFL picks and predictions.

12 teams remain in the hunt for a Super Bowl this season and this week that number will be cut down to eight.

Without further ado, let’s get into this week’s picks starting with the two Saturday games.

Texans over Raiders

This has the potential to be one of the ugliest playoff games in recent memory. Both of these defenses are nothing to sneeze at, but considering Brock Osweiler and Connor Cook will likely be the starting quarterbacks, the defenses will look even better than usual.

This has the look of a 13-10 game and I give the edge to the Texans because their defense has actually played really well in the absence of JJ Watt.

Seahawks over Lions

The Lions sputtered out at the end of the regular season, losing their last three games including a game against the Packers for the division title.

Now, they have to travel to Seattle to play a Seahawks team which isn’t quite as good as past years, but still could be a force to be reckoned with at home.

The Seahawks have missed safety Earl Thomas III the last couple weeks, but I don’t think it will affect them much this week.

Dolphins over Steelers

A lot of people seem to be just handing this game to the Steelers, but I am going the opposite way.

The Dolphins destroyed the Steelers the last time they played and I don’t think the Steelers will be able to slow down Jay Ajayi, who has had a phenomenal sophomore season.

I also don’t think Matt Moore is that much of a downgrade for the Dolphins at quarterback so they should be fine there as well.

Giants over Packers

Here we go. This is by far the best matchup this weekend and should be quite the interesting contest.

The Packers are reportedly the bettor’s favorite to win the Super Bowl right now, but I think the Giants are better even playing on the road.

The Packers have won six straight, but only two of those wins came against teams above .500 so it’s not like they’ve been dominating top competition.

I think the Giants defense is built well for the cold weather and they should thrive here to set up a third game with the Cowboys in the divisional round.

That does it for this week’s picks. Check back next week for more NFL playoff picks and analysis of the week that was in football.

Week 16: 10-6

Overall: 156-98-2

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