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Wildcard Weekend Preview

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Colts at Texans

These two division rivals will match up for a third time this season. The Colts and Texans split there match ups in the regular season. Both teams got off to slow starts, Texans stared 0-3 and then won 11 out of 13 games. The Colts started 1-5 then won 9 out 10 games.

Usually the first Saturday playoff game is not a good match up, but this game will be different. I feel this game will come down to the wire.

Key Matchup

Colts Offensive line against the Texans defensive line. Andrew Luck only has been sacked 18 times this year, behind a rebuilt offensive line led by rookie guard Quenton Nelson. The Texans defensive front has 43 sacks on the season, led by JJ Watt with his 16 sacks. This is a heavyweight matchup in the trenches it will be really physical. It is safe to say whoever when this battle will win the game.

Prediction

I like the Texans in this game 21-17. I feel there defensive line will apply some pressure on Luck and Deshaun Watson will make plays down the field to DeAndre Hopkins.

Seahawks at Cowboys

The Seahawks surprised a lot people this year by making the playoffs and playing well. They come into this game with the number one ranked rushing attack on the season averaging 160 yards a game.

The Cowboys struggled early in the season but when they acquired Amari Cooper from the Oakland Raiders they really took off winning seven of there last 8 Games. Seattle beat the Cowboys back in week 3 at home.

Key Matchup

Dak Prescott against the Seahawks defense. Prescott has not fared well against the Seahawks so far in his career, a lot of it due to the pressure that the Seahawks defense put on him. Seattle sacked Prescott five times in there earlier meeting this year. Dak will need to make plays with his arm and legs if the Cowboys want to win this game.

Prediction

I am torn on this game but i will go with the Cowboys at home 21-20. Dallas is 7-1 at home this season, i think Zeke Elliot will be able to run the ball run and Dak Prescott will make plays with his legs and find Amari Cooper down the field. I expect Dallas defense which is fast and athletic to slow down Seattle’s running game and Russell Wilson.

Chargers at Ravens

The Ravens come in with top ranked defense in the NFL. The beat the high powered Chargers 22-10 back in week 16. There is no secret what the Ravens want to do on offense , they want to run the ball and control the clock with Lamar Jackson. It will be Key for the Chargers to slow down the running game of the Ravens. Phillip Rivers will need to play better than he did back in week 16, must not turn the ball over. Melvin Gordon will be back so that is a added bonus for them. It will be important for the Chargers to get an early lead to force Lamar Jackson to pass more.

Key Matchup

Lamar Jackson against the Chargers Rush Defense. The front will need to play a discpline style game up front to slow down the Ravens rushing attack. Each player needs to stay in there gaps and stick to there assignments to slow down the attack.

Prediction

This is another tough game to choose, but I like the Ravens at home. 19-17. There defense will be tough at home and i think Lamar Jackson will surprise the Chargers with some timely passes.

Eagles at Bears

The Defending super bowl champs the Philadelphia Eagles head to Chicago to take on the Bears. The Bears come in with the number three ranked defense and will be tough to beat at home. Khalil Mack leads Bears defense that will put pressure on Nick Foles. Foles is trying to regain that same magic he had last year when he led the Eagles to the Superbowl.

Key Matchup

Foles against the Bears defense. The Eagles really like to get the ball down the field when Foles is at quarterback. Against this Bears defense it will be hard to do with the pressure they apply. I think the Eagles will try to get the ball out Foles hands quick using screens and quick passes. I still think the Eagles will take some shots down the field, the Bears will need to watch out for Zach Ertz.

Prediction

I am going with the Bears in this game 24-10. I think the Bears defense will be to much for the Eagles to handle. Mack will cause havoc and the Bears defense will pick off a couple of Foles passes. Mitchell Tribisky will play a solid game and help lead the Bears to victory.

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Jets Sign David Fales

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David Fales

The New York Jets have signed veteran quarterback David Fales, who is very familiar with head coach Adam Gase, according to the New York Daily News’ Manish Mehta.

Fales will now backup Luke Falk, who takes over as the starter until Sam Darnold is healthy enough to return.

Fales spent time with Gase while both were with the Miami Dolphins, and while the two were together with the Chicago Bears.

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Steelers Sign Paxton Lynch to Practice Squad

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The Pittsburgh Steelers have signed veteran quarterback Paxton Lynch to their practice squad.

Lynch, a former first round pick by the Denver Broncos, has been a bust during his career and recently failed to make the Seattle Seahawks final roster following the conclusion of the preseason.

With Mason Rudolph under center in the wake of Ben Roethlisberger’s injury, Lynch becomes another security blank for the Steelers moving forward.

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Raiders Release Jonathan Cooper

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The Oakland Raiders have released veteran guard Jonathan Cooper, according to an official team announcement.

Cooper’s release cleared the necessary roster spot needed for the return of Richie Incognito, who served a two-game suspension.

Cooper has been inactive for the past two weeks.

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