The NFL The playoff picture is complete and Super Wild Card Weekend is just around the corner.
The action starts on Saturday as The Seattle Seahawks travel to San Francisco to take on the 49ers at 4:30 pm ET on FOX. Super Wild Card Weekend concludes with a highly anticipated matchup between the Dallas Cowboys and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Monday at 8:15 PM ET.
On “The Herd” Friday, Colin Cowherd shared his Super Wild Card Weekend picks in his latest “Blazin’ 5” recap.
Blazin’ 5: Super Wild Card Round Weekend
Colin Cowherd explains why he likes the Cowboys, Bills and Jaguars to cover and win this weekend.
No. 7 Seattle Seahawks (+9.5) at #2 San Francisco 49ers (Saturday, 4:30pm ET on FOX)
Shepherd’s Pick, Score Prediction: Seahawks +9.5, (49ers win 24-16)
Pastor’s Thoughts: “This is my favorite pick. I’ll take Seattle … to cover. Only one of their losses has been by more than 10 points in the last 15 weeks, and that was against [Kansas City] Heads. … They can pick up four and five yards at a time. The weather will be rainy and windy. Don’t expect an aerial circus for either team. Kenneth Walker: Seattle is 6-1 when getting 15 carries this year. They’ll rely on him with horrible weather, and rookie quarterback Brock Purdy — six career starts. Rookie quarterbacks have lost five straight in the playoffs, 1-8 in their last nine (games). I think he plays a little tight. … This is a rivalry game. … I think it’s choppy, ugly [and] low score”.
San Francisco 49ers
No. 4 Jacksonville Jaguars (+ 2.5) vs. no. 5 Los Angeles Chargers (Saturday, 8:15 PM ET)
Shepherd’s Pick, Score Prediction: Jaguars +2.5, (Jaguars win 27-26)
Pastor’s Thoughts: “Mike Williams is out. He’s the real deal. Justin Herbert has 10 picks a year, and without Mike Williams, sometimes he can force it on other people. I’m concerned. The Jaguars, since Week 14, offensively, are They have an identity, which the Chargers don’t have. They also have 111 turnovers, second-most in the league, and the Chargers can occasionally turn the ball over.”
Los Angeles Chargers
No. 2 Buffalo Bills (-13.5) against #7 Miami Dolphins (Sunday, 1 pm ET)
Shepherd’s Pick, Score Prediction: Bills -13.5, (Bills win 33-13)
Pastor’s Thoughts: “I hate heavy favorites, but I’ll go with the Bills … I think they run over Miami. Bills [are on a] seven consecutive wins. They’ve won eight of nine against Miami, and Miami has beaten them once this year, so respect the Dolphins. Josh Allen in the playoffs has been sensational: the best in postseason history in yards per game. So far, he [has] really delivered when it matters. The seven seed Dolphins are 0-4 since the NFL adopted this extra playoff team. … They are beaten. Multiple starters have come out. I think the Bills win and cover.”
No. 6 Baltimore Ravens (+9.5) at #3 Cincinnati Bengals (Sunday, 8:15 PM ET)
Shepherd’s Pick, Score Prediction: Ravens +9.5, (Bengals win 23-17)
Pastor’s Thoughts: “The rematch in Week 18, I’ve got to take the Ravens … They play defense, they’ve got good coaching; Harbaugh has always been great in the postseason. The last nine times the Bengals and Ravens have played, the Ravens they’ve won. six of them. Harbaugh is 11-8 in the playoffs. They run the ball, play great defense. [and] they are good situationally. Their defense, since trading for Roquan Smith, [is] top three in the league in all the important things. Bengals left tackle Alex Cappa is out [is] outside, the O-line is broken, and because of that, they haven’t played the football that well late in the year. … I trust Joe Burrow to win the game … but I’ll take the points.”
No. 5 Dallas Cowboys (-2.5) in #4 Tampa Bay Buccaneers (Monday, 8:15 PM ET)
Shepherd’s Pick, Score Prediction: Cowboys -2.5, (Cowboys win 24-20)
Pastor’s Thoughts: “I like the Cowboys … I think they’re going to win. They’re coming off a 20-point loss. A capable, talented team from humiliating losses usually focuses and plays well the next week. Only one team, the [Philadelphia] Eagles, had more Pro Bowlers than Dallas. This is a good football team. … Dak [Prescott] will play better … The Bucs can’t run the ball. [They] an average of 18 points per game. … I think Dallas has better players, better momentum, better team coming off an ugly loss. They’re going to be completely, completely focused.”
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
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