NFL Playoffs: Predictions and Upsets You Don't Want to Miss

After an exciting 2023 regular season, it's time to gear up for the 2024 NFL playoffs. With only 13 games left, including the highly anticipated Super Bowl 58 in Las Vegas, every match matters. From...

After an exciting 2023 regular season, it's time to gear up for the 2024 NFL playoffs. With only 13 games left, including the highly anticipated Super Bowl 58 in Las Vegas, every match matters. From wild-card battles to potential upsets, let’s dive into the picks and predictions for the upcoming weekend.

AFC Game of the Week: Dolphins at Chiefs (-3.5, 42.5 o/u)

The Dolphins face a tough challenge against the Chiefs after their previous encounter in Germany. While Miami's struggles are evident, injuries to key players have added to their woes. With a strong all-around corner play and a formidable pass rush, the Chiefs have what it takes to limit the Dolphins' chances. Expect Patrick Mahomes and company to come up with effective strategies and secure a victory.

Pick: Chiefs win 24-17 and cover the spread

NFC Game of the Week: Eagles (-2.5, 44 o/u) at Buccaneers

The Eagles enter this year's playoffs as a wild-card team, a different scenario from their previous NFC No. 1 seed position. Facing the Buccaneers in a wild-card matchup, the Eagles have their work cut out for them. Injuries have plagued their offense and defense, affecting their overall performance. The Buccaneers, despite their own injury concerns, have the advantage when it comes to passing the ball. With a strong zone defense and talented wide receivers, the Buccaneers should come out on top.

Pick: Buccaneers win 24-22

Buccaneers vs. Eagles Caption: The Buccaneers are poised to overpower the Eagles in their wild-card matchup.

Lock of the Week: Cowboys (-7.5, 49.5 o/u) over Packers

The Cowboys have been a dominant force at home this season, finishing with a perfect 8-0 record. Despite facing the Packers and their former coach Mike McCarthy, the Cowboys are motivated to prove themselves in the playoffs. While Jordan Love shows promise as Aaron Rodgers' successor, he lacks experience and is prone to mistakes. The Cowboys' pass rush and secondary will make it difficult for Love and company to gain momentum. Meanwhile, Dak Prescott and the Cowboys' offense will exploit the Packers' weak pass defense.

Pick: Cowboys win 33-17 and cover the spread

Upset of the Week: Rams (+3, 51.5 o/u) over Lions

The Rams and Lions bring their strengths to the playoffs after successful seasons. With Matthew Stafford leading the Rams and Jared Goff guiding the Lions under Dan Campbell's guidance, it's a battle of veteran quarterbacks. Both teams have formidable defenses, but the Rams' defensive strength lies in stopping the run, which is the Lions' offensive focus. Expect a thrilling shootout between Stafford and Goff, but Stafford's ability to make big plays with fewer mistakes gives the Rams the edge.

Pick: Rams win 31-27

Matthew Stafford and Jared Goff Caption: Matthew Stafford and Jared Goff will be key players in the Rams vs. Lions matchup.

Browns (-2.5, 44 o/u) at Texans

After a convincing win over the Texans in Week 16, the Browns face them once again. However, this time, the Texans' offense will have a better chance with C.J. Stroud back in the lineup. Despite that, the Browns' defense, led by Myles Garrett, will prove to be a difficult obstacle. On the other hand, the Texans' defense lacks experience and may struggle against the Browns' rushing attack. Expect a closely contested game, with the Browns coming out on top.

Pick: Browns win 20-17 and cover the spread

Steelers at Bills (-9.5, 37.5)

In this matchup, the Bills have the advantage with Mason Rudolph starting for the Steelers. While Rudolph has shown flashes of talent, the Bills' defense, led by T.J. Watt, will make it challenging for him. On the offensive side, Josh Allen's improved decision-making and a strong running game will keep the Steelers' defense on their toes. The Bills will capitalize on their advantage and secure a comfortable victory.

Pick: Bills win 27-13 and cover the spread

Stats of the Week

Week 18 straight up: 11-5 Week 18 against the spread: 10-6 Season straight up: 182-90 Season against the spread: 142-124-1

As we approach the thrilling NFL playoffs, be prepared for unexpected twists and turns. Stay tuned for more exciting matchups as the journey to Super Bowl 58 unfolds!