People of the world who are reading this, we are in 2019, and already the NFL has a slew of games waiting for us to kick off the year in the best fashion. With the NFL wild-card rounds coming up this weekend some very good matchups are expecting us and we could not be more excited. We have to see things exactly the way they are here, week 17 had its ups and downs, heartbreak and victory across the league, but hey, that’s something we are all used to, so let’s just get ready to enjoy some very good “you win and you’re in” football games this weekend. Who should you be betting on in these matchups you may wonder, well, let’s talk some football.
•Texans vs. Colts
The AFC South was all kinds of good this year. With the return of guys like Andrew Luck for the Colts and DeShaun Watson for the Texans we knew that if they were to stay healthy, we would be in for a treat. Some people expected the Jaguars to pull of another ride to the playoffs like last year, basing themselves on their defensive prowess, but little did they know that Luck and Watson were coming back swinging for the fences here. Now while most people would expect for Watson and Hopkins to make sure use of their star power when it comes to scoring points, I’m not going out to say this will be an offensive feast, I feel this game will come down to who plays the best defense. Sure, you see the Texans defensive roster and you would think, damn, they’re stacked, but then again have you seen the way the Colts offensive line protects Andrew Luck? There’s a reason why he is giving us vintage Luck talent, it’s because his offensive line makes it almost impossible to get through to him. I feel pretty confident in saying that we have not seen the last of Andrew Luck this season, the Colts will move on to the divisional round.
•Seahawks vs. Cowboys
Let me start this off by saying I will not let my hatred of the Cowboys get in the way of what needs to be said. Both the Hawks and Cowboys are coming in after tough Week 17 wins against below average teams, the Cardinals and Giants, but going into the playoffs experience is what matters and that is something Pete Carroll and Russell Wilson have tons over Jason Garrett and Dak Prescott. I don’t know if it’s just me but Garrett is doing over time as the Cowboys Head Coach, he has proven that he cannot carry this team to the next level. If Seattle can bring the boom like they used to stop Elliot’s rushing and do proper covering on Cooper and Beasley look for the Cowboys to be absolutely trapped and have nowhere to go. On the other hand Seattle needs desperately to give Russell Wilson some good space in the pocket to move around. We’ve all seen his MVP skills dodging pass rushers and slinging the ball downfield but this should be a smart game by the Hawks in their hopes of continuing. Take the Seahawks, they’ve been here before, they know what it takes, screw the Cowboys.
•Ravens vs. Chargers
Man oh man what a difference has Lamar Jackson made for the Ravens. Don’t say it ain’t so because you would be lying. In Flacco’s year to stand out or be left behind, well Lamar Jackson said hey, what’s up and has been delivering ever since being given the ball. The Ravens defense are a piece of art as well, and the Chargers should know very well about this since their week 16 loss against Baltimore, being that game one of Baltimore’s most impressive games of the season. The keys here are simple, if you want to beat Baltimore, you have to, I REPEAT HAVE TO stop the rushers, Lamar Jackson included. Since he took over the Ravens have become a rush offense and it has worked out quite well. It’s time for the Chargers defense to step up and become a force to be reckoned with.
On the other side, Phillip Rivers needs to bring out his best MVP caliber talent to get the Chargers past a Ravens defense that is one that no one wants to face this post season. If there’s a man to try and do this, it’s Rivers though. I’m torn here because I want the Chargers to go through but the Ravens have been putting on quite a show, go with the over on this game, it will be a sure win and well, the Ravens have been going pretty hot, why stop now?
•Bears vs. Eagles
Imagine what a kick ass game this would be if we had this year’s Bears against last year’s Eagles. Oh man just thinking about it makes me salivate, but it’s 2019 so let’s get with the program. The Bears, especially their defense has taken them to where they are right now. They are the best defense since the 85-86 crew was around, but how will they hold up against the miraculous, always up for an impossible task, Nick Foles? Foles has proven every time he is given the ball that he can throw down against any defense in the league, and win. But even with all this if we can talk about the Ravens going through to the next round because of their defense then Chicago should get an easy bye here. Philadelphia isn’t what it was last year and Chicago is looking better and better as days go by. Go with the Bears here, they are ready to tear up anyone in their way to the Super Bowl.