NFL Wild Card matchups are set. Over in the AFC, the Chargers head to Jacksonville, Cincinnati hosts Baltimore, and Miami throws down against Buffalo. In the NFC, the 49ers take on the rival Seahawks, Minnesota opens the doors for the Giants, and the Cowboys go against the Buccaneers. Check out NFL Playoffs Odds and NFL Wild Card straight up picks.
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2023 NFL Wild Card Weekend
- When: Saturday, Jan. 14 – Monday, Jan. 16
Seattle Seahawks at San Francisco 49ers | Saturday, Jan. 14
Seattle is a decent football team. But they’re up against it versus rival San Francisco.
The 49ers have won 9 straight games. Rookie quarterback Brock Purdy is completing over 67% of his passes and has thrown 13 TDs to 4 picks in 170 attempts.
Purdy could be more effective than he has been all season on Saturday. Why? Deebo Samuel returned to the lineup in week 18.
The Hawks got lucky to make the playoffs. SF wins their third straight over Pete Carroll’s squad.
NFL Wild Card SU Pick: San Francisco 49ers
Los Angeles Chargers at Jacksonville Jaguars | Saturday, Jan. 14
Jacksonville is a good team. However, it feels like Trevor Lawrence and the Jags are a year away from being something special. The problem Jacksonville will have in this game is containing a Chargers’ offense that has learned how to rush the football as well as pass the pigskin.
Lawrence doesn’t have the receivers to keep pace with Justin Herbert and his wideouts, Keenan Allen and Mike Williams. Not only that, but Austin Ekeler is one of the best pass-catching running backs in the league. Bolts get the win.
NFL Wild Card SU Pick: Los Angeles Chargers
Miami Dolphins at Buffalo Bills | Sunday, Jan. 15
Miami coach Mike McDaniel said the team is preparing Skylar Thompson to start at quarterback. The team ruled out Tua Tagovailoa and McDaniel doesn’t want to go with Teddy Bridgewater
Buffalo has no such issues. Josh Allen is ready to go. With that being written, if you play the spread, consider taking the points because Miami is 2-0 ATS versus Buffalo this season.
But if you’re playing the moneyline, it’s difficult to see any path for a Miami victory. The Bills win.
NFL Wild Card SU Pick: Buffalo Bills
New York Giants at Minnesota Vikings | Sunday, Jan. 15
Brian Daboll is a genius play-caller who gets the most out of a mediocre roster. On paper, Minnesota wins. But Daboll will find a way. Also, no team in the league has as much heart as the New York Giants. So taking a stab on NYG to knock out Minnesota makes sense.
NFL Wild Card SU Pick: New York Giants
Baltimore Ravens at Cincinnati Bengals | Sunday, Jan. 15
Baltimore may have to start Anthony Brown for the second straight week. Lamar Jackson lists as questionable, which doesn’t make sense. As of Wednesday, Lamar has yet to practice.
Tyler Huntley is on the practice field. But he hasn’t thrown a football. Baltimore has a great defense but they won’t beat the Bengals with Brown at quarterback.
NFL Wild Card SU Pick: Cincinnati Bengals
Dallas Cowboys at Tampa Bay Buccaneers | Monday, Jan. 16
Super Bowl contenders like the Cowboys aren’t supposed to lie down in front of their biggest rivals and allow that rival to kick them in the groin. But that’s what the Boys did in NFL Week 18 when losing to rookie quarterback Sam Howell and the Washington Commanders.
Dallas isn’t prepared to go into Tampa and beat Tom Brady and the Buccaneers. Brady led the Bucs to a week 1 victory over Dallas. Expect the same result in this.
NFL Wild Card SU Pick: Tampa Bay Buccaneers