The NFL Super Wildcard Weekend is almost here and the playoffs are set to begin! 14 teams remain in with a chance of claiming the biggest prize in football, the Lombardi Trophy, as they aim to become Conference Champions and earn a place at Super Bowl LVI.
But who out of those 14 teams will make it to the big game at the SoFi Stadium on Sunday 13th February? And which one of the two conference champions will win it?
It is this time of the year that many people put forth their predictions for how the Playoffs will go and here at BBUSA, we’re going to do likewise.
Collin Hulbert will be bringing you all the individual game picks each weekend, and I am going to give you my predictions on who will win each playoff game, leading to crowning my Super Bowl champion in February!
All odds shown in this article are courtesy of PointsBet Sportsbook and were correct at the time of writing but will of course change as we move through the Playoffs and towards the Super Bowl next month.
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So let’s get cracking with our review of how we see the six Super Wildcard Weekend games going.
Playoffs Week 1 – Super Wildcard Weekend
Bye – Tennessee Titans (1)
- Las Vegas Raiders (5) @ Cincinnati Bengals (4)
These two teams have been somewhat inconsistent over the course of the season, so they can be troublesome to predict at times. The Raiders though come into the playoffs on the back of four wins in a row, including last week’s overtime win over the Chargers that saw them earn this Wildcard spot. The Bengals rested a lot of starters last week and I think they will just have too much on offense for the Raiders here in what I expect to be a high-scoring game. Pick – Bengals by six.
- New England Patriots (6) @ Buffalo Bills (3)
These two NFC East rivals meet for the third time this season having won a game apiece during the regular season. New England’s win in Buffalo came in very windy conditions, where New England essentially just ran the ball every time. Conditions in Buffalo are set to be cold, but not too blustery and I think thay may just tip the balance in favor of the Bills a little. But I am concerned at how Josh Allen and the offense misfire at times and against this Patriots defense, this could make this a very close one. Pick – Bills by three, possibly in overtime.
- Pittsburgh Steelers (7) @ Kansas City Chiefs (2)
For me, this game boils down to one thing, whether the Steelers defense can do enough to make Patrick Mahomes uneasy. If they can, then they may have a chance if they can get Najee Harris involved and the Chiefs offense sat on the sidelines. If not, then the Chiefs could blow the Steelers out of the water and my gut feeling here is that this is what is most likely to happen. Pick – Chiefs by 17.
Bye – Green Bay Packers (1)
- Philadelphia Eagles (7) @ Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2)
If you are looking for a shock in the Wildcard games, then for me this is the game where it could happen. Yes, I know it is crazy to go against Tom Brady, but there are some teams that he does seem to have issues with in playoff football, the Giants one and the Eagles are another. Will we see another Philly Special dialled up here? I’m not so sure, but with the Bucs being threadbare at WR and Philly’s rushing game very solid, I am going to stick my neck out here and predict a shock at Raymond James. Pick – Eagles to win by two.
- San Francisco 49ers (6) @ Dallas Cowboys (3)
I’ve seen a few experts championing the 49ers in the playoffs, to the extent of some people suggesting they could win the Super Bowl. They could. But then again, Elvis could land in a UFO tomorrow on the White House lawn. The Cowboys, for me at least, are the most complete and balanced team in the NFC and with home field advantage, I’d be hugely surprised if they don’t make relatively comfortable progress from this game. Pick – Cowboys to win by 10.
- Arizona Cardinals (5) @ Los Angeles Rams (4)
As in the AFC, we have another Divisional battle in the playoffs between two teams who have beat each other once this season. Neither come into this game in particularly good form, both losing their final regular season game last week. The Cardinals road record is superb and that will worry the Rams but I see so many big time players on the Rams roster, that I think that experience will be key here. This one will be another very close one but I think the Rams just take it. Pick – Rams by two.
Playoffs Week 2 – Divisional Playoffs
Having predicted wins for the Chiefs (2), Bills (3) and Bengals (4) in the AFC, and the Eagles (7), Cowboys (3) and Rams (4) in the NF this would leave us with the following Divisional Playoff games.
- Cincinnati Bengals (4) @ Tennessee Titans (1)
Having had a week extra to recover and rest, the Titans should have Derrick Henry, AJ Brown and Julio Jones all back on offense and that is huge. With the Titans defense really stepping up over the second half of the season, I think they should be able to control the clock and keep that explosive Bengals offense sat down and if they can do that, then I think the Titans will be off to their second AFC Championship game in three years. Pick – Titans by four.
- Buffalo Bills (3) @ Kansas City Chiefs (2)
The Bills have already beaten the Chiefs at Arrowhead this season, winning 38-20 in the middle of the Chiefs early season slump in form. If they are to repeat that here, then their defense is going to have to play big against this Chiefs offense and I think that is actually to the Bills benefit. These two teams I feel are very well matched, but something tells me that this year, the Bills have the measure of the Chiefs and may earn the win here. Pick – Bills by six.
- Philadelphia Eagles (7) @ Green Bay Packers (1)
If the Eagles can beat the Bucs then I think they are going to find things tougher at Lambeau Field. I don’t think the conditions will be too much of an issue for them, it is more likely to be Aaron Rodgers and that powerful Packers offense that is the issue. Even if they can cause an upset, I feel this is as far as the Eagles (or the Bucs for that matter) go. Pick – Packers by ten.
- Los Angeles Rams (4) @ Dallas Cowboys (3)
Of all the potential Wildcard games, this is the one that has me the most excited. Two teams who I think are very well matched, with massive amounts of quality in all areas, but with an Achilles heel which means that they are not invulnerable. Home advantage could well be crucial here and that, plus the fact that their recent form is just that bit better than the Rams, I am going to go for the Cowboys to clinch a win in what could be a classic. Pick – Cowboys by three possibly in overtime.
Playoffs Week 3- Conference Championships
- Buffalo Bills (3) @ Tennessee Titans (1)
Last season, the Titans were undone by the rushing quarterback Lamar Jackson in the playoffs. They will face a similar threat with Josh Allen here, but the Titans have been very good against the Run this season. The Bills defense is one of the best in the NFL, but they will need to be if Henry, Jones and Brown are fit and firing. I can’t quite imagine another Music City Miracle, but I think the Titans may just get over the line here. Pick – Titans by five.
- Dallas Cowboys (3) @ Green Bay Packers (1)
In this game last season, Matt LaFleur made the most ridiculous call I’ve ever seen in the NFL playoffs and it cost the Packers a chance to beat the Bucs and earn a Super Bowl spot. I am certain that LaFleur won’t make that mistake again this year. However, I do feel that the Cowboys stack up well against the Packers, but if the conditions at Lambeau are very cold, and/or snowy, then I think they are going to find it tough. Strange as it may seem, if the Cowboys can get fine weather, they could win this, but I think the Packers at home will take the win – Pick – Packers by three.
Playoffs Week 4 – Super Bowl LVI
- Tennessee Titans (1) V Green Bay Packers (1)
It’s generally pretty rare for the two number 1 seeds to meet in the Super Bowl and this does offer us an intriguing match up. Aaron Rodgers will relish picking apart the Titans secondary, but can the Titans control the game with Derrick Henry and their receiving corps to keep Rodgers sat down? Turnovers, as always, would be key in this match up and whoever wins that battle would win the game, but in what could be his last game for the team, I’d back Aaron Rodgers to lead the Packers to another Super Bowl victory. Pick – Packers by seven.