Sundays NFL Wildcard Preview
With the NFL reaching the playoffs it’s 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 of NFL action.
Baltimore Ravens vs Tennessee Titans (6pm KO Sunday)
The Baltimore Ravens finished the season with an 11-5 record which left the second in the AFC North. The Ravens had a good start to the season only to then lose four out of five games. Fortunately, they managed to get it going again and finished off the season with five straight wins. Lamar Jackson has not been as good as he was last year but has looked better in recent weeks. The offence has a strong run game and some decent weapons in the passing game. Along with a very strong defence they could upset some of the favourites in the AFC.
The Tennessee Titans also finished the season with an 11-5 record but managed to win the AFC South. The Titans have done well this year to win their division but four of their five losses have been to playoff teams. This is a worry for their future in the playoffs but they did beat Baltimore earlier in the season. Ryan Tannehill has had a good year and shows that although Dereck Henry is the main guy at running back, they can pass the ball as well. The Titans biggest problem has been their defence who have not been as good as in previous years.
Chicago Bears vs New Orleans Saints (9.40pm KO Sunday)
The Chicago Bears managed to get in the playoffs with the last wildcard spot after finishing the season 8-8. The Bears started the season 5-0 only to end up losing the next seven games. They won three of their last four games which just got them in to the playoffs. The Bears have a strong defence and in order for them to progress they will need to be on the top of thier game. The Bears do have some good attacking weapons in Allen Robinson and David Montgomery but they might not have enough against the Saints.
The New Orleans Saints finished the season with a 12-4 record and were unlucky not to get the number one seed. The Saints lost veteran QB Drew Brees to injury for a few weeks and that may have cost them dear. However, Brees is now back and the Saints have one of the best teams in the league. Star running back Alvin Kamara is looking at his best and Michael Thomas is meant to be back from injury for the playoffs. They also have a solid defence and they should be too strong for the Bears this weekend.
Cleveland Browns vs Pittsburgh Steelers (1.15 am KO Monday)
The Cleveland Browns finished the regular season at 11-5 coming third in the AFC North. This is the first time in a long time that the Browns have made the playoffs and it’s going to be tough to progress. Cleveland are a strong running team with Nick Chubb and Kareem Hunt both having good seasons. Another big strength of the Browns is their defence who have been decent all year. The main worry for the Browns is that they have played and lost to both the Steelers and Ravens and they will have to come through both of them to get to the Superbowl.
The Pittsburgh Steelers were everyone’s favourites to win the Superbowl when they were 11-0. However, after a poor finish to the season they ended up 12-4. The Steelers have got one of the best defences in the league but their offence have been struggling. Ben Roethlisberger is not what he used to be and the veteran QB is not what he used to be. The run game has also been a weak spot for Pittsburgh but they do have some good young wide receivers. They will be favourites for this game but they might find a couple of teams to tough in their search for the big prize.Hide message historyT