Saturday, 6 January 2018

2017-18 NFL PLAYOFFS: WILD CARD ROUND


SATURDAY
STRAIGHT UP
vs SPREAD
TEN v KC
KC
TEN +8.5
ATL v LAR
ATL
ATL +6.0
SUNDAY
STRAIGHT UP
vs SPREAD
BUF v JAX
JAX
BUF +8.0
CAR v NO
NO
CAR +7.0


SAT
STRAIGHT UP
vs SPREAD
TEN v KC
KC
TEN +8.5
BREAKOUT ALERT
K. Byard, FS
Away
Home
M. Peters, CB
SUPER STAT

TEN QB Mariota, set to make his NFL Playoffs debut *since 2002, first-time Playoff QBs are 2-11 SU*, threw 2 more INTs than TDs this season; TEN opponents compiled the lowest win total of any Playoff squad this season (104-136); TEN 1a RB DeMarco Murray is out for this contest; in their final 4 games, KC DEF managed to incite 12 turnovers and ranked #2 in the NFL in Turnover Margin this season; TEN lost only 2 contests this season by a TD or more (both were @Road matchups).



SATNF
STRAIGHT UP
vs SPREAD
ATL v LAR
ATL
ATL +6.0
BREAKOUT ALERT
J. Jones, WR
Away
Home
A.Donald, DE
SUPER STAT

ATL lost 5 of 6 games this season when allowing a 100+-yd rusher; in their final 8 games of the season, ATL was 6-2 (losses coming against MIN & NO) with a Defence surrendering just 17.9 PPG; LAR QB Goff, set to make his NFL Playoffs debut *since 2002, first-time Playoff QBs are 2-11 SU*, tossed 24 TDs-to-7 INTs this season, spearheading the #1 Offence in the NFL.



SUN
STRAIGHT UP
vs SPREAD
BUF v JAX
JAX
BUF +8.0
BREAKOUT ALERT
L. McCoy, RB
Away
Home
C. Campbell, DE
SUPER STAT

JAX Defence ranked #2 in Sacks, INTs and PPG Allowed this season but allowed over 116 Rushing Yards/Game to opponent RBs; Jags RB Fournette has eclipsed 70-yds rushing only once in his last 5 outings; Jags opponents compiled the second lowest win total of any Playoff squad this season (.438); BUF was 4-2 in their final 6 outings this season, both losses coming at the hands of NE; JAX QB Bortles, set to make his NFL Playoffs debut *since 2002, first-time Playoff QBs are 2-11 SU*, fumbled 9 times this season; BUF outright defeated two Playoff teams (ATL & KC) @Road this season when also dogged -8 points vs. the Spread; BUF leading rusher LeSean McCoy is a game-time decision.



SNF
STRAIGHT UP
vs SPREAD
CAR v NO
NO
CAR +7.0
BREAKOUT ALERT
L. Kuechly, LB
Away
Home
D. Brees, QB
SUPER STAT

NO defeated CAR twice this season by double-digit points; Saints have won 7-straight @Home contests *their last 3 by no less than 10-pts, two of which were vs. current Playoff squads*, averaging 30.1 PPG (CAR has surrendered 26.6 PPG on average in their past three @Road games); Panthers have accumulated the second-worst net yards in their last 3 outings (Saints rank #1 in the league in this category for the season); while relinquishing virtually the same amount of points on Defence, NO outscored the CAR Offence by 85-pts this campaign; NO QB Brees has tossed only 10 TDs in his last 8 games & his leading WR this season, Michael Thomas, is a game-time decision; CAR leading rusher for the season was QB Newton (754-yds).


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