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NFL Wild Card Weekend Preview: NFC

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The NFL playoffs kick off this weekend and we’re excited to watch all the games. We have some incredible matchups going on in the NFC and we’re going to look at all of them. We won’t just take into account their NFL stats, but also their performances during the regular season. The NFL is an unpredictable league, but we’re going to see how well we can call these games.

This time, we’re covering the games going down in the NFC. One of these matchups is between division rivals, adding even more to the excitement. We’ll start with the Philadelphia Eagles at the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Moving from there, we’ll head to Dallas where they host the San Francisco 49ers. Lastly, we’ll head out to the NFC West, where the Rams host the Cardinals.

Philadelphia Eagles at Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Sunday, January 16, 1:00 PM ET

Jalen Hurts and the Philadelphia Eagles will have their hands full with the Buccaneers on Sunday. They actually faced the Buccaneers earlier in the year and lost 28-22. However, they’ve grown a lot as a team since then. The only problem is, they’re facing the No.2 offense in the NFL and the Philadelphia defense isn’t very strong. The Eagles come in as 8.5-point underdogs here.

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have an incredible offensive and defensive combination. We mentioned the strength of their offense, but their defense allows just 19.61 ppg, fifth in the NFL. Even with an 8.5-point spread, we think the Buccaneers will take this one and cover the spread. Look for the Buccaneers to move onto the next round of the playoffs, leaving the Eagles behind.

Score Predictions: Philadelphia Eagles 14, Tampa Bay Buccaneers 24

 

San Francisco 49ers at Dallas Cowboys: Sunday, January 16, 4:30 PM ET

Our next NFC matchup will see the San Francisco 49ers take on the Dallas Cowboys. The 49ers will be missing quite a few players on Sunday afternoon. One of the most notable could be Elijah Mitchell, the teams leading running back. However, the 49ers have found a lot of ways to create offense. They’ll definitely need it as they face the Dallas Cowboys and the No.7 defense.

Sometimes, we even forget that the Cowboys have the No.1 scoring offense in the NFL. On average, they score 29.44 points per game. With Dak Prescott having a career year, we anticipate a home win for the Cowboys. It also helps that they’re only -3 at the sportsbook for this game. The Cowboys are 7-3 in their last ten meetings against the 49ers, we’ll take them in this one.

Score Predictions: San Francisco 49ers 23, Dallas Cowboys 31

 

Arizona Cardinals at Los Angeles Rams: Monday, January 17, 8:15 PM ET

The last NFC Wild Card match-up is between the Arizona Cardinals and the Los Angeles Rams. These two split the series during the regular season and now only one can advance. These two NFC West teams have two of the best offenses in the NFL. Arizona could be missing a few players, but they shouldn’t skip a beat. The only trouble is they weren’t great against the spread.

The Los Angeles Rams have a ton of offensive weapons that Arizona will have to deal with. Cooper Kupp, the NFL’s leading receiver is one of their most potent weapons. The Cardinals come in as 4-point underdogs, which isn’t much but could be a deciding factor. We’ll take a leap of faith with the Kyler Murray-led Cardinals and take them to win this game on the road.

Score Predictions: Arizona Cardinals 24, Los Angeles Rams 20

 

Our “Must-Watch” Game of the NFL Wild Card Weekend: NFC

First off, we believe each of these games will be entertaining, however, one will stand out. The game between the Cardinals and Rams is our “must-watch” game of the week. Arizona and Los Angeles had a really intense game towards the end of the season. With the pressure of the NFL playoffs, this game is going to turn the heat up.

We believe that we’ll see the best from both of these teams this weekend. Kyler Murray and the Cardinals, Matthew Stafford and the Rams, a perfect showdown to end the weekend. Get your popcorn ready, this game is going to be legendary.

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