Nostrathomas Predicts: Super Wild Card Weekend Sunday

We had some exciting games in the Saturday edition of Super Wild Card Weekend. Can the Sunday slate hold up to the standard set so far this weekend?

Nostrathomas finished 1-1-1 against the spread on Saturday, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers win over Washington was by eight points, equaling the spread and causing a push. Now, let’s dig into the Sunday half of the Wild Card slate.

Baltimore Ravens -3.5 vs Tennessee Titans (1:05PM ET; Nissan Stadium, Nashville, TN)

I’m expecting this to be the game of the weekend.  Tennessee has won their last two games against the Ravens, both of them played in Baltimore.

In Week 11, Tennessee took the Ravens to overtime in a 30-24 victory. Last season, the Titans faced Baltimore in a Division Round battle and knocked the top-seeded Ravens out of the playoffs with a 28-12 win.

Obviously, Tennessee doesn’t cower in fear when it comes to playing the Ravens high-powered offense. Still, the Baltimore offense is still the best at rushing in the NFL and the Titans are highly vulnerable against the run.

On the other side, the Ravens are 22nd in the league on defense in rushing yards per attempt allowed and they’ll be lining up against Derrick Henry. Tennessee also fields someone who has emerged as one of the best quarterbacks in the league.

On defense, the Ravens could be up to the challenge of Tannehill. They are seventh in passer rating allowed.

The key here is not get carried away by past results in this series. Mike Vrabel and staff will have his team well prepared but John Harbaugh also knows how to prepare a team for playoff competition and take a team to the Super Bowl.

Nostrathomas is taking the Ravens to win and cover today.

Baltimore Ravens 29 Tennessee Titans 23

Chicago Bears vs New Orleans Patriots -10 (4:40PM ET; Mercedes-Benz Superdome, New Orleans, LA)

This is a big spread for a postseason game but not when you consider that this is a No. 2 seed going up against the No. 7 seed.

The Saints are healthy heading into this game while Chicago will be missing a key player on defense, linebacker Roquan Smith, and on offense, rookie wide receiver standout Darnell Mooney.

There’s also the question about whether quarterback Mitch Trubisky can step up and play against a quality team with an elite quarterback.

New Orleans’ has a top defense that is going to be able to keep the Bears pinned down while their offense does what it takes to get to the next  round.

New Orleans Saints 34 Chicago Bears 20

Cleveland Browns vs Pittsburgh Steelers -6 (8:15PM ET; Heinz Field, Pittsburgh, PA)

The Browns have earned their way into their first playoff appearance since 2002. Unfortunately for them, they’re playing a team that was considered a front runner to represent the AFC in Super Bowl LV.

Cleveland is also struggling with Covid-19 issues. Head coach Kevin Stefanski won’t be on the sidelines for the Browns due to testing positive.

Cleveland has the weapons to give the Steelers a challenge with running backs Nick Chubb and Kareem Hunt. The problem has been, the Browns have shown more willingness to hang their playoff future on the arm of Baker Mayfield against their two most dynamic weapons.

That plays straight into the Steelers hands. Pittsburgh has one of the most ferocious pass rushes in the NFL.

Pittsburgh crushed the Browns earlier in the season when they were at full strength and they’re at full strength now. Take the Steelers to win and cover.

Pittsburgh Steelers 30 Cleveland Browns 17

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