Saturdays NFL Wildcard previews
With the NFL reaching the playoffs its time to look at the most exciting part of the season. We have got three great games to watch on Saturday and then another three on Sunday. Also, excitingly for UK viewers the game times are not all really late, so you can enjoy this weekend marathon.
Indianapolis Colts vs Buffalo Bills (6pm KO Saturday)
The Indianapolis Colts finished the regular season at 11-5 and managed to take one of the AFC wildcard spots. The Colts are strong defensively and that has got them through many games. The arrival of Phillip Rivers at QB has been the solid influence their offence needed and Jonathon Taylor has been strong in the run game. This Bills side is easily the best that the Colts will have come up against. However, the Colts can win this game but their defence needs to be on top form.
The Buffalo Bills finished their regular season at 13-3 and looked very good when taking the number two seed. Josh Allen has had a superb regular season passing for 4,544 yards and 37 touchdowns along with eight rushing touchdowns. He should be in the conversation for MVP this year but probably won’t win it. Also, Buffalo have got one of the best wide receivers in the game with Stefon Diggs. Along with Diggs the Bills have some explosive attacking weapons and a solid defence. The Bills have a strong chance of making it through if they play to their potential.
Los Angeles Rams vs Seattle Seahawks (9.40pm KO Saturday)
The LA Rams managed to get to 10-6 in the regular season which was better than most had predicted. The Rams have a strong defence especially with star defensive lineman Aaron Donald. One of the biggest worries for the Rams is the form of QB Jared Goff. He has thrown 20 touchdowns this season but has also thrown 13 interceptions, showing his inconsistency. The Rams have got some good attacking options but they might not have enough to get past Seattle.
The Seattle Seahawks finished their regular season with a 12-4 record and winning NFC West. Their defence struggled at the beginning of the season but have steadily improved. Star QB Russell Wilson was a candidate for taking the MVP award but had a poorer second half of the season. The Seahawks have some quality options in attack with D.K Metcalf and Tyler Lockett being the standouts. This could be a very close game and could go either way but the Seahawks might just have the edge.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs Washington Football Team (1.15pm KO Sunday)
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have had a massive turnaround this year and look a strong team. The arrival of star QB Tom Brady from New England has seen a big change in their fortunes. Not only is Brady there but the offence has a mass of star-studded players with the likes of Evans, Godwin and Gronkowski. Along with the strong offence the defence have also improved and they should be in the fight to win it all this year.
The Washington Football Team are the only team to enter the playoffs with a losing record at 7-9. The NFC East have been poor all year and it was only in the last game that Washington confirmed their place. The main strength of Washington is their good young defence who will need to be at their best to beat Tampa Bay. Alex Smith will be in at QB and its just remarkable that he is playing at all after his horrific leg break two years ago. They do have some good young attacking players but this will be tough despite being at home.