NFL Wild Card Picks 2019 NFL Wild Card Predictions: Indianapolis Colts 10-6-0 VS Houston Texans 11-5-0 (-1.5), Seattle Seahawks 10-6-0 VS Dallas Cowboys 10-6-0 (-1.5), Los Angeles Chargers 12-4-0 VS Baltimore Ravens 10-6-0 (-2.5), Philadelphia Eagles 9-7-0 VS Chicago Bears 12-4-0 (-6)

2019 NFL Wild Card Predictions



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Chris Ransom Last Updated: January 3, 2019.



6. Indianapolis Colts 10-6-0
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3. Houston Texans 11-5-0


Chris Ransom's Pick


Week 17 is in the books. Tanya Holmes has been the overall leader since week 3. Despite going 10-6 Tanya Holmes now leads me by six games with a 174-82 record on the year. I am 168-88 in second place, thanks to a 9-7 record. Jason Bantle, Oren Shiri, and Jesse Lucas all went 12-4. Jason Bantle kept his one game lead over Oren Shiri and is now 166-90 two games back of second place and eight games back of first place. Oren Shiri is 165-91 three games back of second place and nine games back of third place. Jesse Lucas is still doing well at 162-94, but is mathmatically eliminated from first place despite only trailing Oren by three games. Follow us on Twitter @DraftUtopia for more awesome content.


Why the Indianapolis Colts Will Win: Both AFC South Teams defeated each other on the road in the regular season. Andrew Luck faces a tough Houston Texans defense with a defensive line consisting of Christian Covington, D.J. Reader, and J.J. Watt on the defensive line. Houston has Jadeveon Clowney at 3-4 right outside linebacker, Bernardrick McKinley at 3-4 middle linebacker, Zach Cunningham at 3-4 middle linebacker, and Whitney Mercilus at 3-4 left outside linebacker. Houston also has Kareem Jackson at field cornerback, Tyrann Mathieu at strong safety, Justin Reid at free safety, and Jonathan Joseph at boundary cornerback. I think you could argue that Houston has the most complete defense of any AFC team heading into this years NFL Playoffs. Andrew Luck has the offensive line to neutralize this front 7 with Anthony Castonzo at left tackle, Quinton Nelson at left guard, Ryan Kelly at center, Mark Glowinski at right guard, and Braden Smith at right tackle.


Why the Houston Texans Will Win: Outside of 4-3 right outside linebacker Darius Leonard and and free safety Malik Hooker, this Indianapolis Colts defense does not have a real threat. Even though Houston's offensive line is shaky, I love DeAndre Hopkins against Kenny Moore. Houston also has the officiating advantage with Bill Vinovich graduating from High School in Texas. Houston may not cover the point spread, but they should do just enough to win this game.


Prediction: Houston enters as a 1.5 point favorite. The minimum bet is $105 dollars, the maximum bet is $125 dollars with the average gambler betting around $115 dollars on this game. The over or under on this game is 49 points. I am going with Houston to win and to cover with the under.


Final Score Texans 27 Colts 21





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5. Seattle Seahawks 10-6-0
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4. Dallas Cowboys 10-6-0


Chris Ransom's Pick


The Dallas Cowboys are now 48-33 under Bill Lumbergh. Lumbergh enters year five as the Dallas Cowboys GM with a 1-2 record in the Playoffs after winning a playoff game in his first year as a GM. If Lumbergh can't right the ship, I'm open to making a new ficitional character the Cowboys GM.




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Hey Dak Prescott. What's happening? If you can avoid losing to Seattle like Tony Romo that would be great.


Why the Seattle Seahawks Will Win: Seattle heads to Dallas for a wild card game. Russell Wilson can win this game if Doug Baldwin and Tyler Lockett have big days against Byron Jones and Chidobe Awuzie. K.J. Wright and Bobby Wagner have to both dominate defensively in order to limit what Ezekiel Elliott does on the ground.


Why the Dallas Cowboys Will Win: Dallas matches up well defensively against Seattle. Taco Charlton and DeMarcus Lawrence can give Duane Brown and Germain Ifedi problems at offensive tackle for Seattle. Leighton Vander Esch and Jaylon Smith are finally playing up to their potential. Jeff Heath at strong safety and Xavier Woods at free safety can disrupt Russell Wilson with their coverage. Dallas also has the offensive line advantage over Seattle's defensive line with Tyron Smith at left tackle, Connor Williams at left guard, Zack Martin at right guard, and La'El Collins at right tackle despite the fact that Travis Frederick is on injured reserve.


Prediction: Dallas enters as a 1.5 point favorite. The minimum bet is $105 dollars, the maximum bet is $125 dollars with the average gambler betting around $115 dollars on this game. The over or under on this game is 43.5 points. I am going with Dallas to win and to cover with the over.


Final Score Cowboys 30 Seahawks 20





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5. Los Angeles Chargers 12-4-0
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4. Baltimore Ravens 10-6-0


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Why the Los Angeles Chargers Will Win: Philip Rivers can find a way to lead the Los Angeles Chargers to a win if left tackle Russell Okung keeps Terrell Suggs in check. The pass rushing tandem of Joey Bosa at 4-3 right end and Melvin Ingram at 4-3 left end may get pressure on Lamar Jackson. Los Angeles has Melvin Gordon at running back.


Why the Baltimore Ravens Will Win: The Chargers trio of Keenan Allen, Mike Williams, and Tyrell Williams matches up real poorly with Baltimore's four cornerbacks in Jimmy Smith, Brandon Carr, Marlon Humphrey, and Tavon Young. Lamar Jackson has played well down the stretch. Left tackle Ronnie Stanley and right tackle Orlando Brown match up well against the Chargers edges. Los Angeles has a glaring weakness on the right side of the offensive line.


Prediction: Baltimore enters as a 2.5 point favorite. The minimum bet is $115 dollars, the maximum bet is $135 dollars with the average gambler betting around $125 dollars on this game. The over or under on this game is 41.5 points. I am going with Baltimore to win and Los Angeles to cover with the under.


Final Score Ravens 21 Chargers 20





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6. Philadelphia Eagles 9-7-0
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3. Chicago Bears 12-4-0


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Why the Philadelphia Eagles Will Win: Nick Foles has more playoff experience then Mitchell Trubisky. Foles has Alshon Jeffrey, Golden Tate, Nelson Agholor, Zach Ertz, and Dallas Goedert as weapons to throw to with three different wide receivers and two different tight ends. Philadelphia also has Jason Peters at left tackle, Isaac Seumalo at left guard, Jason Kelce at center, Brandon Brooks at right guard, and Lane Johnson at right tackle. Their defensive line with Brandon Graham at right end, Fletcher Cox at defensive tackle, Tim Jernigan at defensive tackle, and Michael Bennett at left end could also pose as a problem for this Chicago Bears offensive line.


Why the Chicago Bears Will Win: The Chicago Bears have a Championship Caliber defense. With Akeim Hicks at 3-4 right end, Eddie Goldman at nose tackle, and Bilal Nichols at 3-4 left end, you can argue this team has one of the best defensive lines. Chicago also has Khalil Mack at 3-4 right outside linebacker, Danny Trevathian at 3-4 middle linebacker, Roquan Smith at 3-4 middle linebacker, and Leonard Floyd at 3-4 left outside linebacker complimenting Mack. Chicago has their most lethal linebacker core in at least ten years. Chicago has Kyle Fuller at field cornerback, Eddie Jackson at strong safety, Adrian Amos at free safety, and Prince Amukamara at boundary cornerback. Head coach Matt Nagy and defensive coordinator Vic Fangio have done a phenomenal job with this Chicago Bears team.


Prediction: Chicago enters as a 6 point favorite. The minimum bet is $210 dollars, the maximum bet is $250 dollars with the average gambler betting around $230 dollars on this game. The over or under on this game is 41 points. I am going with Philadelphia to win and to cover with the under.


Final Score Eagles 20 Bears 19





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