By Harry Gagnon
We made it and it's playoff time on the weekend and on Monday night on Super Wild Card Weekend. Here are my top plays for the first round of the playoffs.
6 POINT TEASER
BENGALS PK OVER RAIDERS
BUCCANEERS -2.5 OVER EAGLES
This Bengals offense is loaded with Joe Burrow at the helm. Cincinnati already disposed of the Raiders in Las Vegas and after that crazy Sunday night game versus the Chargers I don't see them having much left in the tank. The trio of J Chase, T Higgins, and T Boyd will prove to be too much for Las Vegas.
Jalen Hurts has been impressive at times this season and the Eagles know how to run the ball, unfortunately for them Tampa Bay leads the league in rush defense. Too much Tom Brady will also be the demise of the Eagles on Sunday in the Big Sombrero.
7 POINT TEASER
PATRIOTS/BILLS UNDER 51.5
STEELERS/CHIEFS UNDER 53
Game time temperature for Saturday night in Buffalo is around 1 and I fully expect the Steelers to perform much better on defense than they did in Arrowhead a couple weeks back.
NINERS +3 OVER COWBOYS
The Cowboys must know where D Samuel is at all times (easier said than done). Samuel has been a big reason why the Niners lead the NFL in "big plays" and it just so happens that the Dallas defense has given up the most "big plays" this season. We are running high after the spectacular comeback by the Niners and Jimmy G on Sunday over the Rams. If Dallas can't run the ball their offensive line will only be able to hold up for so long. This San Francisco squad may be the surprise of the playoffs.
STEELERS +12.5 OVER CHIEFS
This game seems just too easy to me to take the Chiefs. Kansas City did a number on Mike Tomlin and the Steelers a few weeks back as I mentioned earlier and Big Ben just might still have life after somehow making the playoffs on the last Sunday of the season. Kansas City's Tyreek Hill & Travis Kelce did look banged up on Saturday versus the Broncos and the Chiefs offense has had issues especially running the ball numerous times this season. This may be a much different type of game this Sunday compared to their last meeting against each other.
CARDS +4 OVER RAMS
M Stafford is feeling the pressure lately with 8 picks in his last 4 games and him and the Rams fell to the Cards badly in their earlier matchup this season in Los Angeles. The Cards have been tanking down the stretch however, this game is on the road where they were 8-1this season (6 of them they managed to score 30 points or more).