NFL playoffs kick off Saturday


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The final wild card game will be the defending Super Bowl Champions, the Philadelphia Eagles, travelling to take on the Chicago Bears.

Nick Pouch, Multimedia Editor

The NFL playoffs kick off on Saturday when the Indianapolis Colts travel to Houston, taking on the Texans.

The Colts clinched the sixth seed as they defeated the Titans in the game that decided the final wild card slot in the playoffs.

The Colts are led by QB Andrew Luck, who missed the entirety of the 2017 season but has had a stellar 2018 campaign to lead his team to a 10-6 record.

The Texans are led by QB DeShaun Watson. Watson has led many game-winning drives for the Texans in their 11-5 season.

This game will be decided by who has the best defense, more specifically the best passing defense. The Texans have J.J Watt, who has had a stellar year with his 16 sacks, which is second in the league. Watt’s pressure on Luck will force many quick or poorly read pass attempts that will help the Texans advance.

The Texans will prevail in this exciting match up by a score of 27-23.

The next Saturday match-up will the Seattle Seahawks on the road to take on the Dallas Cowboys.

The Cowboys have been one of the hottest teams recently after trading for Amari Cooper, winning seven of their last eight. Ezekiel Elliott holds the rushing title, so their offense is absolutely dominant.

The Seahawks also have a strong offense with Russell Wilson, who has a 5:1 touchdown to interception ratio.

The Cowboys’ strong offense will be able to attack both in the air and on the ground effectively, keeping Seattle’s defense guessing.

Seattle will be productive as well, but the Cowboys will be able to slow them down. The Cowboys will avenge their early season loss and go on top 30-24.

Sunday, the Los Angeles Chargers will travel to play the Baltimore Ravens.

The Chargers have been one of the best teams in the league but fell to the Wild Card spot because of the Chiefs’ dominance in the AFC West.

They are led by veteran QB Philip Rivers who has had an MVP caliber year, throwing for 4,308 yards and 32 touchdowns. Their offense is only improved with Melvin Gordon, who missed four games this season, but played well when healthy.

The Ravens come in to the playoffs with rookie QB Lamar Jackson and one of the best defenses in the NFL. The Ravens thrive in the running game, being able to rely on speedy Jackson and their backs.

This game will be a revenge game for the Chargers. They will be able to limit Jackson’s production on the ground and have his primary focus be on the air, which the Chargers will be able to shut down as well.

The Ravens won’t have an easy as a time limiting the Chargers’ offense like week 16, but they will still be able to slow them down.

This matchup will be a defensive game with the Chargers winning, 17-13.

The final wild card game will be the defending Super Bowl Champions, the Philadelphia Eagles, travelling to take on the Chicago Bears.

The Eagles barely made it to the playoffs, thanks to the Washington Redskins losing their last seven of nine.

The Eagles will also have to play with backup QB Nick Foles, but just like last year, no one should count them out because of that. He also led them to three straight wins to clinch the sixth seed.

The Bears have been the surprise of the year. Khalil Mack has been a key acquisition to make them ranked first in rushing defense.

The stars of this game will be the Chicago defense. They will shut down the 28th-ranked Eagles rushing offense and backup QB Foles.

The Bears’ defense will come up big, keeping the Eagles’ offense away from the end zone. The Bears will come out on top, 24-10.