The NFL 2022 playoffs are here and offer another action “super” weekend with wild cards, which includes six matches. There is a decent share of close spreads, but also strong favorites for unofficial week 19.
As a result, the latest anti-proliferation selections and predictions are as complex as a typical regular season sheet, with only a much smaller number of matches. Here’s a Sporting News forecast for six NFL playoff games over three days, starting with the classic NFC comeback.
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- Game of the Week: 49ers at Cowboys (-3, 47 o / u)
Sunday, 4:40 PM ET, CBS and Nickelodeon
The Cowboys decided to play their starters in week 18 and were rewarded with Dak Prescott getting hot in the playoffs. The 49ers spent a good offensive energy when they returned to defeat the Rams in overtime. Both teams can run when needed, but the 49ers are more determined to do so. However, the Cowboys have more reliable matches in the game, while Jimmy Garoppolo also plays due to a right thumb injury.
San Francisco will try to slow down the game in order to keep Prescott off the field and also to protect his defense. Dallas will be hungry and will want to force Garoppol to make mistakes, with the combination of pressure and coverage again led by Micah Parsons and Trevon Diggs. Several other weapons and a more effective Prescott allow the Cowboys to survive the shootout.
Choice: The Cowboys win 31-24 and cover the spread.
Saturday, 4:35 PM ET, NBC
At week 18, the Bengals decided to rest to Joe Burrow and other key starters, and because of the COVID-19 protocols, they didn’t have a running Joe Mixon. As a result, Cincinnati will be freshly aiming for its first playoff victory since 1990 in its first playoff event since 2015. Burrow is key to stopping the series as it breaks down the Raiders’ spectacular but generally uncertain defense.
This is a difficult turnaround for the Raiders, who were tired of playing in overtime on Sunday night. The Bengals can do whatever they want in the offensive, and their pressure will ensure that Derek Carr does not have a chance to make a comeback.
Choice: The Bengals won 34-17 and covered the spread.
- Disruption of the week: Cardinals (+4, 50.5 o / u) over Rams
Monday, 8:15 PM ET, ESPN
The Cardinals and Rams split a series of seasons, with Kyler Murray and Matthew Stafford trading in turnover. The Cardinals were essentially a good road team, while the Rams had more problems at home. Murray can dig deeper, make great games while reducing mistakes and relying a little more on his run. Stafford has been facing more heat and careless throwing in the field lately.
Overall, Arizona is more versatile and diverse to bypass Los Angeles’ defensive strengths, while its defense will make up for what it gives up running and passing, with key bags and with it.
Choice: The Cardinals won 30-27.
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- Patriots at Bills (-4.5, 43.5 o / u)
Saturday, 8:15 PM ET, CBS
The Patriots and Bills will also meet for the third time after each victory once in AFC East. New England drove all over Buffalo for the first time on the road, while Buffalo figured out how to win in Foxborough by diversifying the attack on Josh Allen. Expect a well-trained defensive wear battle between Bill Belichick and Sean McDermott. Mac Jones gets good support on his first start in the playoffs, but is still a rookie, while Allen is a young man with a favorable playoff experience.
Choice: Banknotes win 23-20 but fail to cover spreads.
Sunday 1:05 PM ET, Fox
This is another revenge from the basic part. Tampa Bay won on Thursday night at Week 6 in Philadelphia 28:22. Unfortunately for the Eagles, their offensive and defensive weaknesses again do not coincide with the defeat of the Buccaneers. A challenging approach will not work against the strong defenses of the Bucs.
The problems of stopping running and managing narrow ends and wider widths do not bode well against Tom Bradys’ back and accepting goals. Brady led the Bucs through the weak NFC East team to open last year’s playoffs. He locked up more in week 18, adapting to none of Chris Godwin and Antonio Brown, and he should also be given hasty and defensive reinforcements to better support him this week.
Choice: The Buccaneers win 27-17 and cover the spread.
Sunday, 8:15 PM ET, NBC
The Steelers were not in the week 16 against the Chiefs, losing 36:10 in Kansas City. While it’s nice that Ben Roethlisberger will get another match in the playoffs to end his career, he must also cast out demons from last year’s catastrophic home loss to the Browns in the same round. Patrick Mahomes and Chiefs found their ideal methodological approach with a modified offensive. They will constantly turn to the strong run setting down the pass field.
The Steelers try to stay grounded with Najee Harris and put TJ Watt and the defense in better places to get after Mahomes. But they need much more from Roethlisberger and the pass, which, despite the weapons, encourages. Big Ben leaves for the sunset while the Mahomes still shine brightly.
Choice: Chiefs 33-19 and cover the spread.
Statistics of the week
- 18th week against the spread: 8.-8
- 18th week straight up: 8. – 8
- Season against range: 149-121
- Season straight up: 181-90