The NFL playoffs are here as Wild Card Weekend signals the start of the postseason and more importantly, the beginning of the path that leads to Super Bowl LIII in Atlanta.
The Wild Card Round features three rematches from the regular season as well as a game that pits the defending Super Bowl champions against a team that's making its first playoff appearance in nearly 10 years.
AFC South rivals Indianapolis and Houston get things started on Saturday afternoon. These two teams split their regular season meetings with each winning on the other's home field by three points. The Colts got into the playoffs by virtue of their Week 17 road win over the Titans so can they make it two in a row?
The second game on Saturday pits Seattle against Dallas. Both teams have identical 10-6 records but the NFC East champion Cowboys earned the right to host. The Seahawks beat Dallas 24-13 up in Seattle back in Week 3. But much has changed since that game, most notably the Cowboys adding Amari Cooper, who has had a significant impact in his nine games with Dallas after being traded from Oakland.
On Sunday, the Chargers and Ravens face off for the second time in three weeks. Baltimore traveled to the West Coast in Week 16 and dominated on both sides of the ball in a 22-10 victory. Now Philip Rivers and company will look to return the favor by beating the AFC North champions on their turf, something that has happened just twice this season (New Orleans in Week 7, Pittsburgh in Week 9).
Wild Card Weekend wraps up in the Windy City with Chicago hosting Philadelphia. The young Bears are ready to prove they are ready for the big stage by taking out the defending Super Bowl champions. The Eagles find themselves in a similar situation — playing with a backup quarterback and labeled as underdogs entering this game. Can history repeat itself?
So which teams will come out on top during Wild Card Weekend? Athlon's own Rob Doster (@AthlonDoster), Steven Lassan (@AthlonSteven) and Mark Ross (@AthlonMarkR), along with AthlonSports.com contributor Bryan Fischer (@BryanDFischer), predict the winners for every game this week:
NFL Wild Card Weekend Predictions
*Pittsburgh vs. Cleveland in Week 1 and Minnesota vs. Green Bay in Week 2 both ended in ties.