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Bold predictions for Super Wild Card Weekend: Jerry Jones finds new Cowboys coach after losing to Tom Brady

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The NFL playoffs have finally arrived. We have two games scheduled on Saturday, three games on Sunday and one more on Monday night for Super Wild Card Weekend.

As we have throughout the regular season, we bring you a list of bold predictions about what we expect to happen during this weekend’s competition. However, instead of just making a list of five, we will use one prediction for each game.

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Without further ado…

49ers vs. Seahawks: Keetle Kills

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Perhaps no NFL player is in a better position right now than 49ers tight end George Kittle. He is clearly Brock Purdy’s favorite target among non-Christian players with McCaffrey’s skill position. Over the last four games, Kittle has gotten lines 4-93-2, 6-120-2, 4-23-1 and 4-29-2. That’s 18 catches for 265 yards and seven points in four games. Meanwhile, only one NFL team has allowed more receiving yards this season than the Seahawks, who are 1,115 behind the players in that position. This includes Kittle’s 4-93-2 game in Week 15. Here we’re betting on replay as Kittle goes out again against a familiar opponent who is struggling to protect his fellow players.

Jaguars vs. Chargers: Justin Herbert defeated Trevor Lawrence in a duel

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After putting together an incredibly good football run from weeks 9 to 15 (70.4% completions, 14 touchdowns, one steal), Lawrence slowed down a bit in the last three games of the year (67.9% completions, one touchdown, one pick). ). At the same time, the Chargers’ defense improved slightly in the second half of the year, moving up from 11th in DVOA pass defense from weeks 1 to 9 to fourth in weeks 10 to 17. attempt at week 10. Since returning to the lineup in Week 11, Keenan Allen has returned to 7.3 yards per try. He completed 71.3% of his passes in that stretch while picking up just four picks in eight games. Jacksonville’s pass defense has been like a sieve for most of the season, and it’s not great for this game.

Bills vs. Dolphins: Buffalo Offensive Leads to 2022 Playoffs

Last year’s postseason, the Bills had two of their best offensive performances in recent memory. Against the Patriots at the Super Wild Card weekend, Buffalo had 482 yards and 47 points while throwing touchdowns in each of their first seven possessions of the game. The only drive on which the Billies did not reach the end zone was the final possession of the game, which included only three kneelings. In an encore, the Bills gained 422 yards and 36 points against the Chiefs, losing in overtime only because they didn’t have a chance to touch the ball. Five of their nine drives in this competition also ended in touchdowns. If you do the math, that’s 12 touchdowns in 16 competitive runs. A few weeks ago, the Bills had 446 yards and 32 points against Miami. Miami’s pass defense has been eminently workable this year, and if the Bills can give Josh Allen a good defense, he’ll burn them again.

Vikings vs Giants: The Justin Jefferson Show

Vikings and giants played each other three weeks ago. Minnesota won that game 27–24 thanks to typical Justin Jefferson play: the likely All-Pro caught 12 passes for 133 yards and scored a goal. This was in line with the performances of other No. 1 wide receivers against the Giants defense this season. According to Football Outsiders, New York finished only 22nd in the DVOA against No. 1 rivals. Only six teams have conceded more catches per game (8.6) to No. 1 players than New York. Conversely, the Giants placed third in the DVOA against No. 2 recipients and sixth among all other broadcasters. They just couldn’t handle the best of the best, and Jefferson is the best of the best.

Bengals vs. Ravens: Ravens defense holding close without Lamar

Before the last week, the Ravens had a good defense. They finished 14th in the DVOA Football Outsiders, finishing 20th in runs and 10th in passing. Since their farewell, the Ravens have been second in the DVOA, finishing third against a run and seventh against a pass. This includes the Week 18 game against those Bengals, where the Ravens rested a number of players (especially offensively) but still held Cincinnati to 257 yards and Joe Burrow just 5.1 yards per try. Baltimore won’t have Lamar Jackson in center this game, but we’re betting the defense will keep the Ravens in the game longer than expected, even if they don’t walk away with a win.

Buccaneers vs. cowboys: Jerry Jones goes back on his word

Earlier this week, Jerry Jones went on weekly radio and said that if the Cowboys lost to the Buccaneers, Mike McCarthy would not lose his job. I don’t believe him. If Dallas loses to Tampa on Monday night (which I, a Cowboys fan, predicted since it became clear back in October that we would probably see this matchup on Super Wild Card Weekend), then the Cowboys will get a new coach next season. Who it is, Dan Quinn, Sean Payton or someone else, is still unclear. But it won’t be Mike McCarthy.


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