NFL Wild Card Round Preview

NFL Wild Card Round Preview

It’s NFL Wild Card Weekend. Is your team playing, waiting, or sitting at home? Either way, let us know your thoughts at Contact@Quartermastersports.com.

Saturday, January 6th 4:20 PM – ESPN

Tennessee Titans (9-7) @ Kansas City Chiefs (10-6)

To kick off NFL Wild Card weekend, the Kansas City Chiefs host the Tennessee Titans Saturday afternoon. Marcus Mariota makes his playoff debut for the Titans who barely squeaked into the playoffs. Andy Reid’s Chiefs enter the playoffs riding a four-game win streak. 

TyGuy’s Verdict

KC Pass Offense 7th TEN Pass Offense 23rd
TEN Pass Defense 25th KC Pass Defense 29th

TyGuy’s Passing Edge: Kansas City

KC Run Offense 9th TEN Run Offense 15th
TEN Run Defense 4th KC Run Defense 25th

TyGuy’s Rushing Edge: Tennessee

TyGuy’s Quarterback Edge: Push

Rongy’s Take: Though DeMarco Murray has already been ruled out, the Titan’s run game shouldn’t suffer without him. Derrick Henry is more than capable of filling Murray’s absence. Regardless, the Chiefs are solid all around and have more explosive weapons on the offensive side of the ball. 

Rongy’s Prediction: Kansas City 31-20

Rongy’s X-Factor: Tyrek Hill


Saturday, January 6th 8:15 – NBC

Atlanta Falcons (10-6) @ Los Angeles Rams (11-5)

In Saturday’s second game, the defending NFC champion Falcons travel to LA to take on Todd Gurley and the worst-to-first Rams. The Rams haven’t been in the playoffs since 2004, but Sean McVay and Wade Phillips have the Rams as competitive as anyone in the wide-open NFC. Matty Ice and the Dirty Bird had to claw their way into the playoffs by defeating Carolina in Week 17. 

TyGuy’s Verdict

LAR Pass Offense 10th ATL Pass Offense 8th
ATL Pass Defense 12th LAR Pass Defense 13th

TyGuy’s Passing Edge: Atlanta

LAR Run Offense 8th ATL Run Offense 13th
ATL Run Defense 9th LAR Run Defense 28th

TyGuy’s Rushing Edge: Los Angeles (Todd Gurley’s recent play)

TyGuy’s Quarterback Edge: Matt Ryan (Playoff Experience)

Rongy’s Take: The defending NFC Champs versus the upstart feel-good story Rams. 95 out of 100 times, I’d be rolling with the team with playoff experience in Atlanta. On the other hand, Todd Gurley’s dominance over the last quarter of the season is too impressive to ignore. Also, the Falcons are the same team that blew a 28-3 lead. Nothing is safe around those guys.

Rongy’s Prediction: Los Angeles 34-31

Rongy’s X-Factor: Todd Gurley


Sunday, January 7th 1:05 – CBS

Buffalo Bills (9-7) @ Jacksonville Jaguars (10-6)

For the first time in 18 seasons, Bills Mafia is back in the playoffs. Thanks to Andy Dalton and Tyler Boyd, of course. Unfortunately, Buffalo is facing the best defense in football this season, the Sacksonville Jaguars. Further damning the Bills chances is the health of LeSean McCoy, who is currently listed as Questionable. The Jags ended a playoff drought as well. 2007 was the last time they’ve been in the playoffs.

TyGuy’s Verdict

JAX Pass Offense 17th BUF Pass Offense 31st
BUF Pass Defense 20th JAX Pass Defense 1st

TyGuy’s Passing Edge: Jacksonville

JAX Run Offense 1st BUF Run Offense 6th
BUF Run Defense 29th JAX Run Defense 21st

TyGuy’s Rushing Edge: Jacksonville

TyGuy’s Quarterback Edge: Blake Bortles

Rongy’s Take: I want more of Bills Mafia, but Jacksonville’s defense is loaded. Tyrod doesn’t stand a chance, especially if Shady can’t go. Only Blake Bortles can ruin this for the Jags.

Rongy’s Prediction: Jacksonville 28-17

Rongy’s X-Factor: Calais Campbell


Sunday, January 7th 4:40 – FOX

Carolina Panthers (11-5) @ New Orleans Saints (11-5)

In the Big Easy, Cam Newton and Drew Brees meet up in the highest-profile QB matchup of the Wild Card round. The two NFC South foes have already met twice this season with the Saints prevailing in both games. Alvin Kamara and Mark Ingram have been the best backfield tandem in the league this season and Carolina features one of the best run defenses creating an intriguing matchup.

TyGuy’s Verdict

NO Pass Offense 5th CAR Pass Offense 28th
CAR Pass Defense 18th NO Pass Defense 15th

TyGuy’s Passing Edge: New Orleans

NO Run Offense 5th CAR Run Offense 4th
CAR Run Defense 3rd NO Run Defense 16th

TyGuy’s Rushing Edge: Carolina (Cam Newton & Co.)

TyGuy’s Quarterback Edge: Drew Brees (In the Dome)

Rongy’s Take: As a Panthers fan, I’m obviously biased towards Carolina in this one. However, out of the QBs in the NFC playoffs Drew Brees in the Super Dome is the only one that scares me. Cam is capable of anything, we’ve seen it before, maybe we’ll see it again.

Rongy’s Prediction: Carolina 24-21

Rongy’s X-Factor: Cam Newton

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