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NFL Predictions: Picks for Super Wild Card Weekend Games

NFL Predictions: Wild Card Round Picks for Every Game

Athlon's experts pick every winner for every game during "Super Wild Card Weekend"

If the NFL playoffs come close to matching the excitement and drama that Week 18 provided then fans are in for a real treat these next few weeks. The march to Super Bowl LVI officially begins with "Super Wild Card Weekend," highlighted by the first-ever Monday night playoff game.

With top seeds Tennessee (AFC) and Green Bay (NFC) sitting this first round out, the other 12 playoff teams will take the field, starting with two games on Saturday. First up is Las Vegas at Cincinnati. The Bengals are the surprising AFC North champs while the Raiders needed a field goal on the last play of overtime to beat the Chargers and clinch the final wild-card berth (while also sending Pittsburgh to the postseason) in the last game of the regular season. The nightcap is Round 3 between AFC East rivals New England and Buffalo. This is the rubber match with both teams winning on each other's home field this season.

Sunday's tripleheader begins with NFC South champion Tampa Bay hosting Philadelphia. The Buccaneers tied the Packers for the best record in the league (13-4) but will be without running back Leonard Fournette, wide receiver Chris Godwin (and Antonio Brown), and have other injury concerns as they look to get back to the Super Bowl for a shot at a repeat. The Eagles earned the NFC's final wild-card spot on the strength of a late four-game winning streak, but got routed by Dallas last Saturday night in the teams' regular-season finale. The Cowboys will host San Francisco later on Sunday. The 49ers secured their wild-card berth by knocking off the Los Angeles Rams in overtime last Sunday and now have a shot at upsetting another division champ on the road. The day's slate ends with Kansas City hosting Pittsburgh for a playoff edition of "Sunday Night Football." Ben Roethlisberger will make his 23rd career playoff start, which will tie him with Joe Montana for fourth all-time by a quarterback, but he could be playing in his final game with Patrick Mahomes (6-2 in playoff starts) and the Chiefs eyeing a third straight Super Bowl appearance.

Then to wrap up "Super Wild Card Weekend" is another matchup of division rivals with the Rams hosting Arizona for the first-ever "Monday Night Football" playoff game. These teams split their regular-season meetings with the Cardinals winning in SoFi Stadium, which is where Super LVI will be played on Feb. 13.

So which teams will come out on top during Super Wild Card Weekend? Athlon's own Rob Doster (@AthlonDoster), and Ben Weinrib (@benweinrib), along with AthlonSports.com contributors Bryan Fischer (@BryanDFischer) and Aaron Wilson (@AaronWilson_NFL) predict the winners for every playoff game this week.

NFL "Super Wild Card Weekend" Predictions

Rob DosterBryan FischerBen WeinribAaron Wilson

AFC: Las Vegas at Cincinnati (Sat.)

Bengals

Bengals

Bengals

Bengals

AFC: New England at Buffalo (Sat.)

Bills

Bills

Patriots

Patriots

NFC: Philadelphia at Tampa Bay (Sun.)

Buccaneers

Buccaneers

Buccaneers

Buccaneers

NFC: San Francisco at Dallas (Sun.)

Cowboys

Cowboys

Cowboys

Cowboys

AFC: Pittsburgh at Kansas City (Sun.)

Chiefs

Chiefs

Chiefs

Chiefs

NFC: Arizona at Los Angeles Rams (Mon.)

Rams

Rams

Rams

Rams

Week 18

7-9

9-7

7-9

8-8

Regular Season*

175-97

178-94

172-100

179-93

Note: Detroit-Pittsburgh in Week 10 ended in a tie.