Predictions for Every NFL Wild Card Game

Athlon's NFL experts take their best guess as to how Wild Card Weekend will play out

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The NFL regular season is over, the coaching carousel has already begun to spin, the interest in the draft is starting to build and most importantly, it’s Wild Card Weekend. The path to Super Bowl LII is set with 12 teams are left standing to vie for a chance at the Lombardi Trophy. And that march to play in U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis on Feb. 4 begins this weekend.


The playoffs kick off on Saturday with two games, starting with Tennessee in Kansas City and Atlanta going against the Los Angeles Rams. Sunday opens with Buffalo in Jacksonville and Wild Card Weekend concludes with Carolina and New Orleans playing each other a third time.


Each of these games carries its own intrigue, but some of the bigger storylines are how will the young, upstart Rams fare against a Falcons team with considerably more postseason experience? And what about the Bills, still basking in the joy of ending their 17-year postseason drought, matching up with a Jaguars team that hasn’t been in the playoffs since the 2007 season? And again, what will happen when NFC South rivals meet for a third time? The Saints won the first two. Can they make it three straight or will the Panthers manufacture an upset on the road?


All of this lies in store for this weekend while top seeds New England, Pittsburgh, Philadelphia and Minnesota watch intently to find out which team they will be hosting in the Divisional Round.


So which teams will come out on top during Wild Card Weekend? Athlon's own Rob Doster (AthlonDoster) and John Gworek (JohnGworek), along with contributor Bryan Fischer (BryanDFischer), predict the winners for every wild card game:


NFL Wild Card Weekend Predictions








Tennessee at

Kansas City (Sat.)

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Atlanta at

Los Angeles Rams (Sat.)

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Buffalo at

Jacksonville (Sun.)

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Carolina at

New Orleans (Sun.)

NFL Picks: Saints NFL Picks: Saints NFL Picks: Panthers
Week 17 9-7 10-6 9-7
Season 163-93 166-90 164-92


Event Date: 
Tuesday, September 5, 2017 - 09:29

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