After a wild end to the regular season, we have made it to the playoffs. This is the second year we will have six games to start the playoffs in the wild card round. However, we have a Monday night game to cap off the weekend. For each game, I’ll give you the winner and my best bet for that respective game. So let’s see who’s season ends this week and who is one game closer to playing in SoFi Stadium for the Super Bowl.
Las Vegas Raiders at Cincinnati Bengals
The Bengals are hosting the Raiders, who got into the playoffs literally at the last seconds of the season. The Bengals rested most of their starters in week 18. The last time they all started was in their Week 17 upset of the Chiefs.
This is Joe Burrow‘s first career playoff game, and there is no way in hell I am betting against Joey Jackpots. The Bengals have a lot of offensive power and have gone toe to toe with the best offenses in the NFL. The Raiders will fight, and we will see the points roll in.
Game Pick: Bengals
Betting Pick: Over 49.5, Bengals -5
New England Patriots at Buffalo Bills
Divisional rivals face off for the third time this season. In the first two games, the road team won both times. However, the Bills offense has put a greater emphasis on running the football across the past month and giving them a balanced attack.
Mac Jones had a rough showing in Week 18 against a good Miami team. This matchup is his first playoff game, and I think Buffalo will take away the run or at least limit and force him to show up big. Josh Allen and the Bills knock the Patriots out of the playoffs.
Game Pick: Bills
Betting Pick: Over 44.5
Last time the @BuffaloBills faced the Patriots, Josh Allen threw for three TDs in the Bills’ victory.
On Saturday, the two teams meet again for the 3rd time this season.
— NFL on CBS 🏈 (@NFLonCBS) January 12, 2022
Philadelphia Eagles at Tampa Bay Buccaneers
The Eagles have to be the most surprising team to make the playoffs. They have a great rushing attack and will face a stingy Tampa defense. This matchup is also Jalen Hurt’s first playoff game, and he has to try and upset the greatest football player of all time. I see the Eagles playing close in the first half, but Brady and the Bucs will pull away in the second half.
Game Pick: Bucs
Betting Pick: Bucs -8.5