NFL Wild Card Weekend: Predictions, Picks, and Predictions for Every Game

We’ve reached the 2021 NFL Wild Card Weekend, and we have a six-pack of picks to make before everything kicks off on Saturday.

Matchup

Las Vegas Raiders

10-7

Cincinnati Bengals

10-7

Saturday, Jan. 15

4:30 p.m. ET

On Saturday, two teams with combined playoff victories of 50 years will face off in Queen City. It all comes down to who can best protect their quarterback and make poor cornerbacks pay. We roll with the home team because the Bengals have a slightly better quarterback.

Pick: Cincinnati 34, Las Vegas 30

Matchup

New England Patriots

10-7

Buffalo Bills

11-6

Saturday, Jan. 15

8:15 p.m. ET

It’s going to be a balmy three degrees in Buffalo on Saturday night. Although this is an advantage for New England it also means that the Patriots need to score points. Can they run well enough and limit Mac Jones’ attempts? If so, Bill Belichick’s crew could pull this off. Can Josh Allen finally be able to play in difficult weather? The guess here is Buffalo’s offense sputters, but the Patriots don’t get enough from Jones to win.

Pick: Buffalo 23, New England 20,

Matchup

Philadelphia Eagles

9-8

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

13-4

Sunday, Jan. 16

1 p.m. ET

The Wild Card Weekend’s first mismatch. The Eagles have a bright future and quarterback Jalen Hurts is talented, but Philadelphia hasn’t beaten a team with a winning record this season and the Buccaneers are defending champs with Tom Brady.

Pick: Tampa Bay 27, Philadelphia 16

Matchup

San Francisco 49ers

10-7

Dallas Cowboys

12-5

Sunday, Jan. 16

4:30 p.m. ET

The slate’s best game. The nostalgia is amazing. Which front seven creates more problems for the opposing team’s offense? Is Mike McCarthy wasting his time with poor clock management? Are the 49ers able to get things moving and open up huge opportunities for Deebo Sampson and George Kittle? San Francisco might be the stronger overall team, so it’s worth taking the win.

Pick: San Francisco 24, Dallas 22

Matchup

Pittsburgh Steelers

9-7-1

Kansas City Chiefs

12-5

Sunday, Jan. 16

8:15 p.m. ET

If the Chiefs lose this game, it’ll be the worst loss in franchise history. Take a look at their 62 seasons, and that’s saying something. Kansas City is better than Pittsburgh across the board, but Pittsburgh is limping in with limited offenses and no run defense. The Steelers can pressure Patrick Mahomes, but unless that turns into at least three turnovers, it’s not enough.

Pick: Kansas City 33, Pittsburgh 16.

Matchup

Arizona Cardinals

11-6

Los Angeles Rams

12-5

Monday, Jan. 17

8:15 p.m. ET

Matthew Stafford is the only one who can make mistakes. if the Rams win, it’ll be because Stafford has a clean stat sheet and they control Kyler Murray outside the pocket. Los Angeles is the superior team and should win, but Stafford’s three interceptions and run into sacks are a concern.

Pick: Los Angeles 29, Arizona 24

Last Week: 10-6
Season: 176-92