NFL Wild Card matchups are set and the playoffs start this weekend

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Are you ready for some football 🏈

2022-23 has been a long season in the NFL. I've watched my fair share of games and I'm not really surprised at all to see the playoffs shaping up how they have.

Although the Week 17 Bengals vs Bills game was canceled, which really sucks by the way. I was really hoping to see one of the two teams finally see their win streak end. Even without that game being played, both Buffalo and Cincinnati are at the top of the AFC.

Now that Week 18 is finished, so is the regular season. This means we are less than a week away from the start of the playoffs. It all begins with the Wild Card matchups.

Before we discuss who I think will win each of the first-round games, let's have a look at the standings for each division.


AFC

The Chiefs had another dominant season, as did the Bengals and Bills. The poor Texans looked awful all year and they were the worst in the AFC.

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NFC

The Eagles were undefeated for most of the season but started to lose toward the end of their schedule. The 49ers have the longest active win streak and nearly passed the Eagles right at the end. The Vikings and Cowboys also came pretty close. If you're wondering who the worst team in the NFC was, it was easily the Chicago Bears.

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Wild Card Matchups

We have some pretty awesome games lined up for this weekend. The first two games will be played Saturday. Then we have three games on Sunday and the last on Monday night.

Have a look at the matchups and times:

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Now let's discuss who I think will win each of these games. You can comment below if you agree or disagree with my picks.


Seahawks vs 49ers

My Prediction: Seahawks

Although the 49ers have already beaten the Seahawks twice this season, for some reason I think they will choke and lose this game. Geno Smith just set the single-season record for passing yards on the Seahawks. I don't think he's worried about confidence and if he has a big game, they could very well flip the script. San Francisco will continue to play without their QB Jimmy Garoppolo, but Brock Purdy has been playing pretty well in his place. This will be a close game, but I'm hoping for the Seahawks to come out on top.


Chargers vs Jaguars

My Prediction: Jaguars

I like Trevor Lawrence and the Jags are on a nice little win streak. Justin Herbert and the Chargers on the other hand have just had it too easy in the second half of the season. 5 out of the last 7 games they've played have been against teams with losing records. They may be shocked by a Jaguars team that is picking up some serious steam late in the season. Both of these young QBs will be giving it their all to make a statement, but I think it'll be Lawrence and Jacksonville that have the better game.


Dolphins vs Bills

My Prediction: Dolphins

These are my two most-watched teams this year. Dolphins are my favorite and I just watch a lot of the Bills because my girlfriend claims she likes anything that's Buffalo. It just so happens they are in the same division and have already played twice this season. It's 1-1 so far and I'm really hoping that the Dolphins can somehow manage to get the upset win. It'll be tough though since the game is in Buffalo and the Dolphins have been struggling to score towards the end of this season. Here is to hoping that Tua is good to go and can play so that these Fins receivers can get back to having huge games. I wouldn't be surprised at all if the Bills handle this one, but as a Dolphins fan, I have to pick them.


Giants vs Vikings

My Prediction: Vikings

Justin Jefferson, need I say more? How do you expect a guy like that to let his team lose in the first round of the playoffs? It's just not going to happen. The Giants have been pretty good this year, but they did already lose once to the Vikings, although it was a close one. The Vikings have found a way to win, despite the odds. We say that comeback OT victory versus the Colts. It's magic like that which I think will take the Vikings far this year.


Ravens vs Bengals

My Prediction: Bengals

The Bengals are my pick to win the Super Bowl this year, so I don't think the Ravens stand a chance in this game. The Bengals lost to the Ravens early this season, but that was before they started playing great. Now Cincinnati seems much more prepared to handle a tough game and that was shown when they won the second matchup against Baltimore. Although Baltimore's defense is always a problem, Joe Burrow will find a way to get his team points.


Cowboys vs Buccaneers

My Prediction: Cowboys

A Cowboys team who always seems to mess up in the playoffs. An aging Tom Brady who barely made the playoffs this year. This is the least predictable of the games in my opinion. The Cowboys have been playing great and scoring at will these last several weeks. We all know they have the ability to forget all prior success and just start sucking though. The Bucs have relied heavily on Brady's arm and I just don't think he has enough weapons to keep up with the scoring that Dallas could potentially continue.


FYI 🚨

My picks are mostly just based on my own hopes of who will win. I'm not doing deep analysis to figure out who should win statistically. The thing about that is, stats always change and upsets do happen. This is why I just go with my first instinct and try to support the teams I like to watch the most.

If you're curious how I hope the rest of the playoffs go, then have a look at this bracket I filled out.

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Although I'd love for the Dolphins to win this Super Bowl, I'm not so sure they will survive past the second round. They have nothing but tough matchups ahead and if Tua doesn't stay healthy, they have no chance.

I think it'll be the Bengals who win it all this year. After losing in the Super Bowl last year versus the Rams, they are hungry for revenge knowing that they were so close last time.

I believe Joe Burrow will lead Cincinnati to be champions of Super Bowl LVII (57). This means the Bengals would finally have their first Super Bowl victory. We will have to wait and see how it all unfolds.




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Almost super bowl time! Dolphins all the way

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You a Dolphins fan too?
Their chances are slim, but hey you never know.

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I realize that you really love American Football! This type of statistic is only carried by true fans of the sport!.

I remember when I was a kid I loved the sport. The fact of moving around carrying all the responsibility of the ball fascinated me.

We used to improvise a small court on the beach and together with several American friends we had a lot of fun.

I would also like the dolphins to win, the dolphin is my favorite animal, but according to you, as a connoisseur of the matter, the triumph will be won by someone else.

I hope this will be a very good and fun season, dear @daltono.

Greetings, let the word be given to start the game and may the best team win!


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Football was fun to play with friends around the neighborhood during childhood. I never played on a team with helmets and pads though. I preferred soccer and basketball personally. Played some baseball too, but wasn't my favorite.

Dolphins are my favorite animal too 🐬

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Yes dear @daltono, they are like gusts of enthusiasm that sports leave behind as we grow into adolescence and sometimes even accompany us into adulthood.

Basketball has been my favorite sport. I had the opportunity to play in small tournaments and I was even given the responsibility of coaching, it was a very nice time with the sport that caught my attention until today.

In the NBA my favorite team is Jazz the Utah and in major league baseball the

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How nice that we have in common the dolphin as our favorite animal!

Hope to read you again soon, greetings and good health in this new year!


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The Jazz sure are doing a whole lot better this year than most anticipated!

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I like American football a lot, it's not usual for an Italian to get passionate about this sport but I really adore it as well as basketball; obviously I'm a football fan primarily.

I've decided to do an experiment, I'll play the results as you predicted You feel... feeling is important and sometimes it catches us right?

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as you can see I invested 1 euro so I won't become poor and if I win I'll pay for a small upgrade on Hive heh heh! πŸ˜‰

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I like how you're going about it, not risking too much and just having some fun. Basketball is my favorite sports, but both footballs are enjoyable for me too. Good luck on winning some extra πŸ’Ά

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Of course, if I win, I'll put everything here on hive and send you some HBD so we can have a remote virtual beer and toast!

I look forward to reading something from you on basketball then... some advice is always handy eh eh!

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If you watch NBA, my favorite team is Memphis Grizzlies and I think they have what it takes to win it all this year. I’ve been meaning to do a roster breakdown for them because I’ve watched every single one of their games this season so far.

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Mmmm if you put it like this, I could play them winning then; I trust you, I follow basketball but obviously I can't get all the news from Italy.

Winning Grizzlies then, go!

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I don't care who wins, as long as it's not KC or Tampa Bay (I don't think TB will get through the first round anyways)

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TB is a long shot, I hope Brady gets smoked. I've never been a fan of him. KC just annoys me for some reason too, although they've been good for awhile now. I think the Bengals will end the Chief's Super Bowl hopes early again.

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For me, the most interesting game is the Cowboys vs. Bucs to see if Brady can stay and take another step towards what could be the end of a great career in the NFL.

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With the way Dak Prescott has been throwing interceptions here lately, I wouldn't be surprised at all if the Bucs defeat the Cowboys.

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the desired Super Bowl would be Chiefs vs Eagles the two best teams in the NFL right now but you never know there can always be a surprise and that could be the Bills for one conference and the Vikings for the other

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That is a likely outcome, but I still think there are a few other teams that could go all the way. We will find out very soon.

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Yes! I can not wait until Lawrence shows his class in the play offs. Definetly routing for Jags in this round. Agianst the chiefs it will be very difficlut but not impossible. Still I think that this is just the beginning for the Jaguars franchise :)

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He's still a bit underrated and is developing quicker than most realize. I think he's easily as good as Justin Herbert, although they are two different QBs for sure.

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