NFL Wild Card Picks 2021 NFL Wild Card Predictions: Indianapolis Colts 11-5-0 VS Buffalo Bills 13-3-0 (-6.5), Los Angeles Rams 10-6-0 VS Seattle Seahawks 12-4-0 (-3.5), Tampa Bay Buccaneers 11-5-0 (-8) VS Washington Football Team 7-9-0, Baltimore Ravens 11-5-0 (-3.5) VS Tennessee Titans: 11-5-0, Chicago Bears: 8-8-0 VS New Orleans Saints: 12-4-0 (-10), Cleveland Browns: 11-5-0 VS Pittsburgh Steelers: 12-4-0 (-6)













2021 NFL Wild Card Predictions



Ben Roethlisberger and the Pittsburgh Steelers host the Cleveland Browns in primetime.





Chris Ransom Last Updated: January 8, 2021.



7. Indianapolis Colts 11-5-0
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2. Buffalo Bills 13-3-0


Chris Ransom's Pick


Heading into the 2020 NFL Playoffs, I have 181 games correct on the year. Oren Shiri of Draft Utopia and Matt Bowen of ESPN now are tied for second place with 175 games correct on the year. Mina Kimes is in fourth place and has 174 games correct on the year. Jason Bantle of Draft Utopia has 173 games on the year. These were the top five panelists in the regular season.


I went 13-3 in week 17 while going 7-0 in the early games. I'm now 181-75 on the year. Oren went 13-3 in week 17 making him 175-81 on the year. Jason Bantle went 13-3 on the year and improved to 173-83 on the year. Jesse Lucas went 11-5 in week 17 and is 165-91 on the year. Tanya Holmes went 13-3 in week 17 making her 156-100 on the year.


Why the Indianapolis Colts Will Win: Philip Rivers has a great offensive line. Having 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 give the Colts a chance. Jonathan Taylor will need to run the football and keep Buffalo's offense off the field. Justin Houston and DeForest Buckner have to get pressure on Josh Allen just for Indianapolis to have a snowballs chance at pulling off the upset.


Why the Buffalo Bills Will Win: Josh Allen does not have to worry about Rock Ya-Sin. T.J. Carrie is also listed as questionable. Buffalo has so much depth at receiver even that their offensive line play outside of left tackle Dion Dawkins may not matter aainst Indianapolis. You have Stefon Diggs, Cole Beasley, John Brown, Gabriel Davis, Isaiah McKenzie, and Kenny Stills at wide receiver. Dawson Knox and Tyler Kroft may have their hands full against a trio of Malik Hooker, Julian Blackmon, and Khari Willis at safety. The bottom line is Buffalo also has Devin Singletary and Zach Moss at running back. Buffalo has too many weapons for the Colts defense to take into account with Rock Ya-Sin out for this contest. If Carrie misses the game too, then Allen just has to throw away from Xavier Rhodes and it's game over.


Buffalo has the healthiest defense of any AFC team. Jerry Hughes, Ed Oliver, Vernon Butler, and Mario Addison anchor this defensive line. Matt Milano, Tremaine Edmunds, and A.J. Klein provide a strong linebaker core. Tre'Davious White and Josh Norman are both healthy at cornerback. Jordan Poyer and Micah Hyde are two of the NFL's best safeties.


Prediction: Buffalo enters as a 6.5 point favorite. The minimum bet is $250 dollars, the maximum bet is $310 dollars with the average gambler betting around $280 dollars on this game. The over or under on this game is 51. Right now 62% of the betting action is on Buffalo at -6.5. Take Buffalo to win and cover with the over.


Final Score Bills 42 Colts 23





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6. Los Angeles Rams 10-6-0
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3. Seattle Seahawks 11-5-0


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Why the Los Angeles Rams Will Win: Los Angeles could have their entire team back at full health for the first time since week 10 before Andrew Whitworth got injured against Seattle. Jared Goff had thumb surgery this monday instead of last monday before the week 17 game when it was obvious that he would be out. Jalen Ramsey and Troy Hill can limit what D.K. Metcalf and Tyler Lockett can do. This defense can make things very difficult for quaterback Russell Wilson.


Why the Seattle Seahawks Will Win: Duane Brown, Jarran Reid, Jamal Adams, and Shaquill Griffin are game time decisions for Seattle. If Goff plays and all of those players are out for Seattle, then the Rams could win in that scenario. Every player on this list except Griffin practiced at least one day this week despite the injuries. Seattle's passing game should be able to do enough to win this game.


Prediction: Seattle enters as a 3.5 point favorite. The minimum bet is $155 dollars, the maximum bet is $175 dollars with the average gambler betting around $165 dollars on this game. The over or under on this game is 42.5. Right now 55% of the betting action is on Seattle at -3.5. Take Seattle to win and cover with the under.


Final Score Seahawks 24 Rams 16





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5. Tampa Bay Buccaneers 11-5-0
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4. Washington Football Team 7-9-0


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Why the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Will Win: Tampa Bay has one of the most complete teams on both sides of th ball in the NFC. Thomas Davis is out for Washington, so Tom Brady can throw short passes to linebackers while getting running back Ronald Jones involved to take pressure off of Brady.


Why the Washington Football Team Will Win: Washington has Alex Smith, Antonio Gibson, and Terry McLaurin at full health. The rest of the offense is replaceable. This team has one of the best defensive lines with Chase Young, Montez Sweat, and Ryan Kerrigan at defensive end with Jonathan Allen and Da'Ron Payne at defensive tackle. Washington has suspect linebackers and an effective, but inconsistent secondary.


Prediction: Tampa Bay enters as a 8 point favorite. The minimum bet is $340 dollars, the maximum bet is $420 dollars with the average gambler betting around $380 dollars on this game. The over or under on this game is 44.5. Right now 62% of the betting action is on Tampa Bay at -8. Take Tampa Bay to win and cover with the under.


Final Score Buccaneers 30 Football Team 14





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5. Baltimore Ravens 11-5-0
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4. Tennessee Titans 11-5-0


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Why the Baltimore Ravens Will Win: Lamar Jackson will have to make quick decisions. Tennessee's pass rush is one of the worst in the league which is why Baltimore should win as long as Lamar Jackson avoids turnovers. Marlon Humphrey and Jimmy Smith are both expected to return from injuries while A.J. Brown did not practice for Tennessee at all this week. Baltimore will be able to double team Corey Davis if all three of their cornerbacks are healthy while relying on their front 7 to stop Derrick Henry, who emasculated Baltimore at running back in the last two meetings. I believe Patrick Quinn and Malik Jefferson finally step up to the plate this weekend. Lamar Jackson has weapons like Marques Brown, Miles Boykin, Mark Andrews, Devin Duvernay, and James Proche.


Why the Tennessee Titans Will Win: Ryan Tannehill has been phenomenal this year without his two offensive tackles from last year. Offensive coordinator Arthur Smith may get a head coaching job thanks to how effective this offense has been without quality offensive tackles. He's played well enough to win the turnover battle against Lamar Jackson. Derrick Henry has embarassed this defense in the past. That's why the Titans have a chance. Harold Landry needs to step up since Baltimore Ravens backup right tackle D.J. Fluker may be out. Trent Brown had to move over to left tackle after Ronnie Stanley got injured before the first meeting between these teams so if Fluker is out, Landry will have a clear path to Lamar Jackson which bodes well for the Tennesee Titans.


Prediction: Baltimore enters as a 3.5 point favorite. The minimum bet is $155 dollars, the maximum bet is $175 dollars with the average gambler betting around $165 dollars on this game. The over or under on this game is 54.5. Right now 53% of the betting action is on Baltimore at -3.5. Take Baltimore to win and Tennessee to cover with the under.


Final Score Ravens 27 Titans 24





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7. Chicago Bears 8-8-0
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2. New Orleans Saints 12-4-0


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Why the Chicago Bears Will Win: Chicago has a very good defense when fully healthy. If Mitchell Trubisky can win the turnover battle versus Drew Brees, Chicago has a shot.


Why the New Orleans Saints Will Win: New Orleans will have their team back at 100 percent. Michael Thomas is returning. Roquan Smith did not practice on Wednesday or Thursday so if he's out on Sunday, then New Orleans should find a way to win this game. Buster Skryne, Chicago's nickel cornerback is already out so if Michael Thomas, Emmanuel Sanders, and Trequan Smith are all at full health at wide receiver, then it will be a long day for Chicago's defense especially if Roquan Smith is out too.


Prediction: New Orleans enters as a 10 point favorite. The minimum bet is $400 dollars, the maximum bet is $500 dollars with the average gambler betting around $450 dollars on this game. The over or under on this game is 47. Right now 55% of the betting action is on New Orleans at -10. Take New Orleans to win and cover with the under.


Final Score Saints 30 Bears 13





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6. Cleveland Browns 11-5-0
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3. Pittsburgh Steelers 12-4-0


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Why the Cleveland Browns Will Win: Cleveland has everyone at full health except for Donovan Peoples-Jones who has a concussion. There are some Cleveland Browns players injured, but these guys did practice. Kevin Stefanski won't be coaching this game due to testing positive for Covid-19. That's one reason why the Pittsburgh Steelers have a huge advantage.


Why the Pittsburgh Steelers Will Win: Vince Williams returned to practice on thursday. If he was out, then Nick Chubb would have the chance to run the football at will on Pittsburgh. Cleveland barely beat the Pittsburgh Steelers second team at home. Pittsburgh should crush Cleveland out of the NFL Playoffs. It won't be a blowout like in week 6 though. Denzel Ward and Kevin Johnson are out with covid so that is going to make things easier for Ben Roethlisberger. Those are two of Cleveland's three best cornerbacks along with Greedy Williams who is injured.


Prediction: Pittsburgh enters as a 6 point favorite. The minimum bet is $225 dollars, the maximum bet is $265 dollars with the average gambler betting around $245 dollars on this game. The over or under on this game is 47.5. Right now 60% of the betting action is on Pittsburgh at -6. Take Pittsburgh to win and cover with the over.


Final Score Steelers 38 Browns 31





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