We’re on our way into Wildcard Weekend, and I’m about as pumped up as a virgin’s sex doll right now. We have 4 solid matchups coming up, 2 on Saturday and 2 on Sunday, and although I missed Week 16, I’m back at it with the gambling stuff. I’ll be doing both this and a Draft Kings guide for wildcard weekend, as well as for the rest of the playoffs. At the risk of wasting more breath, let’s get into my picks for these 4 matchups
INDIANAPOLIS COLTS (-1.5) @ HOUSTON TEXANS (+1.5): COLTS -1.5 (UPDATED LINE IS NOW COLTS +1.5 IN VEGAS)
Andrew Luck and the Colts have been on fire lately. During both of their previous meetings this season (Week 4 and Week 14), Andrew Luck has had multi TD games and essentially torched their secondary (39.7 and 27.6 fantasy points). I’m not knocking the Deshaun Watson led Texans, as they too have been on a tear and he’s been solid recently. Although they’ve split their series 1-1 so far, I’m predicting this wildcard game will belong to the Colts
SEATTLE SEAHAWKS (-1.5) @ DALLAS COWBOYS (+1.5): SEAHAWKS -1.5 (UPDATED LINE IS NOW SEAHAWKS +2 IN VEGAS)
Although certainly not as strong of a team as they’ve been in previous years, I’m still leaning with the Seahawks in this one. Dak completely shit the bed against the Seahawks in week 3, passing for under 200 yards with 1 TD and 2 interceptions. Russ didn’t necessarily have a hot game either, also throwing under 200 yards but with 2 TD’s and no interceptions. Both teams have had their ups and downs this year, but I like the momentum the Seahawks have coming into this one, and I think their defense, albeit diminished from previous years, will come away with the win.
LOS ANGELES CHARGERS (+2.5) @ BALTIMORE RAVENS (-2.5): RAVENS -2.5
PHILADELPHIA EAGLES (+6.5) @ CHICAGO BEARS (-6.5): BEARS -6.5
Defense is the key word for both of these games. The Chargers offense has calmed down considerably, whereas the Ravens have stepped it up both on offense and defense. Lamar Jackson seems to have found his groove, both in rushing and passing, and that, combined with a stellar defense and home field advantage is making me go Ravens. As for Philly/Bears, this had me going back and forth a bit. Nick Foles is back behind center, and as a Pats fan, I know all too well what he’s capable of after defeating us in the Super Bowl. However, the bears D has been impenetrable all year. Khalil Mack could tackle a grizzly bear, and I don’t see Philly’s weak offensive line slowing him down. It all comes down to if Mitch Trubisky shows up or not, and I’m willing to put my faith in that young man this week at Soldier Field. Gimme Bears -6.5
Am I a pussy for picking all favorites? The argument could certainly be made. Do I think that all 4 of these favorites will cover and advance to the playoffs? Yes I do. So I guess I’d rather be a pussy that wins than a risk taker that loses. 3 of the games have very close spreads under 3, the exception being the Bears/Eagles game at 6.5, which honestly makes picking favorites that much easier for me. Call it favoritism or me being a coward, but I’ve made my picks and I’m sticking to it. I’m about to start working on my Draft Kings guide right now, so be on the lookout for that in about an hour or so, maybe a little longer because I’m multitasking with the Celtics game.