Wild Card games are always hot beds for the outrageous!
It's NFL playoff time! That means Wild Card Weekend, where all records go back to 0-0 and every team starts with a clean slate. History shows us that this new life gained by certain teams can be enough to propel them all the way to a Super Bowl win.
Strap in for a weekend of craziness — here are my OUTRAGEOUS* predictions for Wild Card Weekend.
The Chiefs shut out the Titans
Tennessee backed into the playoffs with three straight losses in Weeks 14-16, capping off the year with an unimpressive 15-10 win over a Jacksonville team that had nothing to play for. The Chiefs are rolling, having won four in a row to finish out their season. You can bet that Arrowhead will be rocking and the weather will be freezing. Neither one of those factors is conducive to a struggling Titan offense moving the ball against a Kansas City defense that can be one of the fiercest in the game when firing on all cylinders.
Atlanta regains its playoff form from last year, throttles the Rams
The playoffs are all about experience. The Falcons simply have more of it. Matt Ryan, Julio Jones (above, right) and Co. know exactly what it takes to make it through the postseason and punch a ticket to the big game. Look for Jones to play like a man on fire — possibly approaching 200 receiving yards — helping the Falcons take the lead early and never look back. Todd Gurley is great, but he won't be nearly as effective when the Rams are trailing by a couple of scores.
Jacksonville gets four interceptions against the Bills
The Jags are ready and rested. They're also the more talented team in this contest. LeSean McCoy won't be anything close to 100 percent, and that's going to put more pressure on Tyrod Taylor and the Buffalo passing attack. Chalk up two picks to the Jacksonville secondary on talent alone. Chalk up two more to a couple of passes Taylor will feel like he needs to force in order for Buffalo to have a chance.
Alvin Kamara scores four times vs. Panthers
The Saints haven't had the national spotlight a whole lot this season. That's going to change this weekend, and when it does, look for Kamara to have his national coming-out party. Sean Payton is going to do everything in his power to find multiple, creative ways to get his most explosive offense weapon the ball as often as he can. That strategy is going to lead to a number of mismatches resulting in huge scoring plays for the rookie running back. Saints win in a high-scoring affair inside the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.
*Remember, "outrageous" can be defined as “wildly exaggerated or improbable,” and “very bold, unusual, and startling.” These are "outrageous" predictions and should be treated as such.
— Written by J.P. Scott, who is part of the Athlon Contributor Network. His work has appeared on SI.com, FoxSports.com, Yahoo!, SBNation and Bleacher Report. Follow him on Twitter @TheJPScott.