The NFL playoffs are finally here. We have a list of two games on Saturday, three games on Sunday and one more on Monday night for Super Wild Card Weekend.

Just like we did during the regular season, we’re going to bring you a list of bold predictions for what we expect to happen during this weekend’s contests. However, instead of just making a list of five, we’re going with one prediction for each game.

Without any more preambles…

Perhaps no NFL player is on a better streak right now than 49ers tight end George Kittle. He’s clearly Brock Purdy’s favorite target among non-Christian McCaffrey skill position players. In his last four games, Kittle has receiving lines of 4-93-2, 6-120-2, 4-23-1 and 4-29-2. That’s 18 receptions for 265 yards and seven touchdowns in a four-game span. Meanwhile, only one NFL team has allowed more receiving yards to tight ends this season than the Seahawks, who have allowed 1,115 yards to players at that position. That includes Kittle’s 4-93-2 game in Week 15. We’re betting it will be repeated here, with Kittle coming out once again, against a familiar opponent who struggles to defend players like him.

After putting together an outrageously good stretch of football from Week 9 to Week 15 (70.4% completions, 14 TDs, 1 INT), Lawrence slowed down a bit in the final three games of the year (67.9% completions). , a touchdown, an interception). ). At the same time, the Chargers’ defense recovered somewhat during the second half of the year, going from 11th in DVOA in pass defense in Weeks 1 through 9 to fourth in Weeks 10 through 17. Meanwhile, Justin Herbert averaged just 6.4 yards per attempt through Week 10. Since Keenan Allen returned to the lineup in Week 11, he’s again racked up 7.3 yards per attempt. He completed 71.3% of his passes in that stretch, while throwing just four interceptions in eight games. Jacksonville’s pass defense has been a sieve for most of the season, and that’s not good for this matchup.

bills against dolphins: Buffalo offense channels 2022 playoffs

In last year’s postseason run, the Bills turned in two of the best offensive performances in recent memory. Against patriots in Super Wild Card Weekend, Buffalo had 482 total yards and scored 47 points, scoring a touchdown on each of their first seven possessions of the game. The only drive in which the Bills did not reach the end zone was the final possession of the game, which included just three knees. For an encore, the Bills had 422 yards and 36 points against the bosses, losing in overtime only because they didn’t get a chance to touch the ball. Five of his nine drives ended in touchdowns in that contest as well. If you’re counting, that’s 12 touchdowns in 16 competitive series. Against Miami a few weeks ago, the Bills had 446 yards and 32 points. Miami’s pass defense has been eminently burnable this year, and if the Bills can give Josh Allen some good protection, he’ll burn them yet again.

The Vikings and Giants met three weeks ago. Minnesota won that game 27-24, buoyed by a typical Justin Jefferson performance: The likely All-Pro caught 12 passes for 133 yards and a score. That was in line with the performances of other No. 1 wide receivers against the Giants’ defense this season. New York posted just 22nd in DVOA against No. 1 wide receivers, according to Football Outsiders. Only six teams allowed more receptions per game (8.6) to No. 1s than New York. By contrast, the Giants ranked third in DVOA against No. 2 receivers and sixth against all other wide receivers. They just couldn’t handle the best of the best, and Jefferson is the best of the best.

flares against ravens: Ravens defense stays close without Lamar

Before their bye week, the Ravens had pretty good defense. They checked in 14th in the Football Outsiders DVOA, ranking 20th against the run and 10th against the pass. Since his bye, the Ravens are second in DVOA, coming in third against the run and seventh against the pass. That includes the Week 18 game against these Bengals, where the Ravens rested several players (especially on offense), but still limited Cincinnati to 257 total yards and Joe Burrow to just 5.1 yards per attempt. Baltimore won’t have Lamar Jackson under center for this matchup, but we’re betting the defense will keep the Ravens in the game longer than expected, even if they don’t pull out a win.

buccaneers against Cowboys: Jerry Jones doesn’t keep his word

Earlier this week, Jerry Jones made his weekly radio appearance and declared that if the Cowboys lose to the Buccaneers, Mike McCarthy won’t lose his job. I don’t believe you. If Dallas loses to Tampa on Monday night (which I, a Cowboys fan, have been predicting will happen since it became clear in October that we would likely see this matchup on Super Wild Card Weekend), then the Cowboys will have a new coach next season. It is not yet clear if it is Dan Quinn, Sean Payton or someone else. But it won’t be Mike McCarthy.

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