NFL Wild Card Week Review
January 5, 2020
Our play of the week Titans +4.5 came through with the outright win in New England. They controlled the game on the ground and the Patriot offense continued to be labored and ineffective as a whole.
The Saints -8 were a huge whiff for me. Every once in awhile, Saints coach Sean Payton gets in his own way and this was one of those games. The offense was essentially a dud and the team lost outright in overtime. It’s not surprising the Vikings put a few points on the board, but what is surprising is the Saints could only get to 20, forcing the game to also miss going over the total by less than a field goal.
The Bills +3 were sitting on a 16-0 lead in the second half, and controlling every bit of this game. The dumbest and smallest mistakes added up, and there’s no other way to put it: the Bills choked away the win in overtime. Quarterback Josh Allen choked hard, but not as bad as head coach Sean McDermott. There is plenty of blame to go around but the truth of the matter is I can’t recall a choke job like this against a team as bad as the Texans in the playoffs. The Texans will now get lit up in Kansas City next week.
The Eagles +2 lost 17-9 in a game they mostly outplayed the Seahawks. What makes this disgusting is they lost quarterback Carson Wentz to a concussion in the first quarter. Replacing him was Josh McCown, becoming the oldest player to make his playoff debut in NFL history. McCown took dumb sacks down the stretch and failed to get the team in the end zone when there were multiple opportunities to steal this game away.