Welcome back NFL Fans! The NFL Wild Card Round season is behind us, and it’s time to calculate the NFL Predictions for the NFL Divisional Round of the Playoffs. @TheBrysh Power Rankings (PR’s) are calculated using a proprietary algorithm, @TheBrysh Power Rankings are also used to calculate weekly predictions. The Wild Card Round predictions for @TheBrysh were 5/6, for a season total of 169/175 or 61% on straight up wins. As the weeks progress, the numbers get dialled in and the predictions become even more accurate. Point spreads are courtesy of wannamakeabet.com and are accurate at the time of writing.
NFL 2023 WILD CARD ROUND: RECAP
Jacksonville Jaguars @ Kansas City Chiefs(-9) Going into the regular season, the Jaguars were predicted to be a 3rd place team with no prospect of a playoff berth. Since Week 10 the Jag’s have been on fire, winning 7 of their last 8 games and not only qualifying for the playoffs but winning their Super Wild Card Game. With all of this momentum, Jacksonville QB Trevor Lawrence may just be able to edge out the Chiefs.
GEHA Field at Arrowhead Stadium is renowned for it’s record-setting noise level of 142.2 dB, a fact that makes visiting teams cringe. Crowd noise aside, the Chiefs are also led by Super Bowl MVP and 5x Pro Bowl QB, Patrick Mahomes, who again won the passing yards crown. Although the Jaguars are riding a massive wave of propulsion, the Chiefs should sneak past them 38-37.
NY Giants @ Philadelphia Eagles(-7.5) The NY Giants were “blessed” with a handicap of ONLY 7.5 against a Philly team that beat them twice in the regular season, this is the biggest mismatch in the Divisional Round. The Giants will have to deal with the fact that Eagles QB Jalen Hurts is off the injured list. A Giants upset would be totally reliant on upsetting the passing of Hurts, a real possibility since NY blitzes regularly on dropbacks.
Philadelphia is looking very strong with the likely addition of QB Jalen Hurts from injury, the rest of the team benefitted from a bye last week as well. The Eagles easily won the regular season series against the Giants by a total of 32 points, @TheBrysh predicts something similar this weekend. Even if Hurts isn’t 100%, the Eagles are more than capable of running the ball down NY’s throat having rushed for more TD’s than any other NFL club. Take the Eagles in an easy 38-28 win.
Cincinnati Bengals @ Buffalo Bills(-5.5) Due to the impromptu “cancellation” of the Bengals/Bills game in Week 16, Cincinnati got the short end of the stick, losing a shot at the No. 2 Seed and the possibility of a “neutral site” Divisional Round game. The last time the Bengals were underdogs was Week 13 against the Kansas City Chiefs, Cincy won that one 27-24. A Cincinnati victory on Sunday will definitely involve top notch performances from QB Joe Burrow and RB Joe Mixon.
The Buffalo Bills are well aware that the secret to disrupting the Bengals is sacking notoriously “slow release” QB Joe Burrow as often as possible. With the Bengals offensive line somewhat beat up, the Bills pass rush will surely apply extra pressure on Burrow. Bills QB Josh Allen will have to control the ball and limit fumbles and picks, but @TheBrysh will go with the Bills 29-24.
Dallas Cowboys @ San Francisco 49’ers(-3.5) If Dallas is going to have a chance at pulling off the upset, their offensive line needs to step up against a monstrous Niner’s defence. The Cowboys enter the Divisional Round riding a high after an impressive 31-14 win over Tom Brady and the Bucc’s. If QB Dak Prescott gets the protection he needs from the O-line, he could upset San Fran…possibly.
The 49ers enter the Divisional Round with a -3.5 point spread, this seems WAY too low considering the dominance of San Fran’s defence, especially DE Nick Bosa. 49ers QB Brock Purdy shouldn’t have trouble moving the ball against Dallas, he has looked superb since taking over the last 5 weeks of the season. San Francisco has won their last 11 games and @TheBrysh looks for them to continue, with a comfortable 36-26 victory.
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Written by: Jack Cameron @TheBrysh