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NFL Wild Card 2017 Playoff Picks For Weekend

01/06/2017 at 11:42 | Posted by April Albritton // Intern Writer
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The NFL wild card playoffs kick off this weekend and I’ve got your picks.

Oakland Raiders @ Houston Texans

This game is a hard one to call.  Houston has a stout defense and Oakland is starting a rookie quarterback.  Four weeks ago I would have instantly said Oakland, but Derek Carr broke his leg.  The Raiders have no run game so they can’t just outscore any opponent.  Even with JJ Watt out Houston’s defense has been projecting up since stopping Andrew Luck and the Colts in week 14. My pick goes to Brock Osweiler and Houston.

Detroit @ Seattle Seahawks

It’s hard to pick against Russell Wilson, Richard Sherman, and Kam Chancellor.  The defense has had a harder time defending the pass game without Earl Thomas and Matt Stafford will take advantage, however, statistically speaking Detroit shouldn’t even be in the playoffs. The Lions rank 18th and 21st in overall defense and offense.  If Seattle can find a way to get Jimmy Graham more involved in the offense they run away with the game.  I know losing Tyler Lockette was devastating, he was emerging as a the number 2 wideout on the team, but the team has brought in Devin Hester.  My pick goes to tricky Pete Carroll and the Seahawks.

Miami Dolphins @ Pittsburgh Steelers

The Steelers will remember the beat down Miami delivered back in October.  This rematch will be without Ryan Tannenhill, instead Coach Gase has determined Matt Moore should start for the Dolphins in their first playoff game since 2008. Jay Ajayi has been leading the league in rushing since week 11, and Jarvis Landry has 80 receptions this season. The Steelers have been 1-3 in the playoffs since making it to the Superbowl in 2011, however, Big Ben, Le’Veon Bell, and Antonio Brown are all healthy and activated for Sunday’s game.  Brown has had a monster year leading the AFC with 106 receptions, if Bell has another 100 yard game the Steelers are hard to chose against.  My pick Pittsburgh Steelers.

New York Giants @ Green Bay

Can the Giants D stop Aaron Rodgers? What kind of game will Odell Beckham Jr have?   Eli has had a solid season passing for over 4,000 yards and him finding his favorite receive ODB is huge.  Eli is good for a playoff run every couple years, and his face at the end of the Broncos Superbowl win last year said it all. He wants another ring! Plus Eli is 2-0 versus the Packers. However, Aaron Rodgers is on fire, and I don’t think the Giants defense can hold him to less than 3 touch downs( which is the only way they are winning).  Rodgers wide receiving corp is Jordy Nelson, Davante Adams, and Randall Cobb and all are pro bowl worthy.  Kickoff is going to come in around 11 degrees, I know it gets cold in New York but nothing is that damn cold.  If Green Bay can limit turnovers they have this game locked up.  My pick Green Bay Packers.

What do you think of my picks?  Agree or Disagree? Leave your thoughts in the comments below.

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