Nostrathomas Predicts: NFL Super Wild Card Weekend Saturday

The NFL is providing a cure for the year-long 2020 blues the country has been suffering from. An increase from four to six games on Wild Card weekend. For Saturday, we have two NFC and one AFC game. Here is how Nostrathomas sees these games playing out.

Indianapolis Colts vs Buffalo Bills -6.5 (1:05PM ET; Bills Stadium, Buffalo, NY)

Approximately two-thirds of public money has come in backing the Bills this week while sharp money has favored the underdog Colts.

Buffalo finished their 2020 season on a six game winning streak. In Week 17, they faced a Miami Dolphins team that was in a win and in situation. The Bills stampeded them, 56-26.

For the Colts, Philip Rivers is facing a defense that he doesn’t match up well with. Buffalo is fifth on defense in passer rating allowed. The Bills are also tied for third in the league with 15 interceptions.

Indianapolis should be successful in running the ball against Buffalo’s defense but not 30 carries for 253 yards successful, which is what Jonathan Taylor rolled up last week.

The biggest advantage the Colts hold in this game is with their run defense. Unfortunately for them, Buffalo’s offense doesn’t live on its legs. The Bills offense travels on the arm of Josh Allen and that arm has been tearing up NFL defenses.

Buffalo has covered in their last eight games. Nostrathomas expects them to open the postseason with a win and cover over the Colts.

Buffalo Bills 32 Indianapolis Colts 24

Los Angeles Rams vs Seattle Seahawks -3 (4:40PM ET; Lumen Field, Seattle, WA)

This is the first postseason meeting between Pete Carroll and Sean McVay.

Seattle’s offensive line is healthy for the first time since the first month of the season. That’s going to play a huge role against Aaron Donald and the Rams crushing defense. If Russell Wilson benefits with time in the pocket expect him to get the deep ball back into his repertoire. He has the receivers for it in D.K. Metcalf and Tyler Lockett.

The problem for the Rams is, while their defense is Super Bowl caliber, their offense has been a mess for most of the 2020 season. Jared Goff has taken steps backwards at quarterback over the past two seasons.

Goff is questionable to start this game because of the thumb injury he suffered two weeks ago when the Rams made their last trip to Seattle. If he can’t grip the football, rookie John Wolford will get the start at quarterback.

If Los Angeles’ defense can score, like they did last week with a safety and pick-6, the Rams could win this game. The problem is, they’re facing Wilson and not rookie Chris Streveler.

Take the Seahawks to move on to the Divisional Round.

Seattle Seahawks 26 Los Angeles Rams 20

Tampa Bay Buccaneers -8 vs Washington Football Team (8:15PM ET; FedEx Field, Washington, DC)

The football team got their win in Philadelphia last week to wrap up the NFC Least Division title with a 7-9 record.

Tampa Bay has been on a hot streak in December, but that was against teams with a cumulative 20-44 record.

Washington has a strong defensive front which is kryptonite to Tom Brady. They still have too many weapons to be held down all game though.

One note, as of this writing, Ian Rapoport is reporting that Alex Smith’s calf is still sore and Taylor Heinicke has taken most of the snaps in practice this week. As things currently stand, Heinicke will start for The Football Team in this game.

Because of that news, Nostrathomas is  changing his pick for this game. Take the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to win and cover.

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