Wild card weekend for the 2018 NFL Playoffs is in the books. The road teams prevailed on Saturday, as the Tennessee Titans stunned the Kansas City Chiefs, while Dan Quinn’s Atlanta Falcons eliminated the Los Angeles Rams. Let me repeat, the Los Angeles Rams did not win a playoff game this season.
Sunday started out with the Jacksonville Jaguars getting past the Buffalo Bills in a game that existed. Blake Bortles had more rushing yards (88) than passing yards (87), but the Bills offense sucks and the Jaguars defense is great, so a 10-3 scoreline was enough to send the Jags to the next round. Meanwhile, in by far the best game of the weekend, the New Orleans Saints hung on for a 31-26 win over the Carolina Panthers, going 3-for-3 against their division rivals, while scoring 30+ each time out against what’s normally a very good defense.
Here’s what fans can look forward to on next week’s schedule:
Saturday, January 13th
#6 Atlanta Falcons at #1 Philadelphia Eagles, 1:35 PM PT on NBC
#5 Tennessee Titans at #1 New England Patriots, 5:15 PM PT on CBS
Sunday, January 14th
#3 Jacksonville Jaguars at #2 Pittsburgh Steelers, 10 AM PT on CBS
#3 New Orleans Saints at #2 Minnesota Vikings, 1:40 PM PT on FOX
As you might expect, the Patriots are the biggest favorites at -13.5 points, while the Falcons are 2.5 point road favorites over the Carson Wentz-less Philadelphia Eagles. The Steelers are -7 favorites against Jacksonville, who beat them 30-9 in Pittsburgh back in October, while the Vikings are 3.5 point favorites against the Saints, who lost 29-19 to Minnesota on opening weekend.
There are only seven games left in the 2017-18 NFL season, so enjoy them while you can.