Picks are in! Here’s our 2018 NFL Wild Card Predictions
I can’t believe I’m saying this already, but there are just three weeks remaining in the regular season. That said, I know we all have our eyes on the latest NFL playoff picture.
For the rest of us, we can still hang on to a little hope, because heading into week 15, there are still nine playoff spots to be filled.
Even my 6-7, Denver Broncos are still in the hunt!
AYE! Let’s get right to it!
Here are the teams that I think should fill the wild card spots in each conference (and one bonus team)…
Los Angeles Chargers (10-3)
This team has kind of flown under the radar all year, but they have been nothing short of solid. Their record says it all – they’re 10-3! I know you can argue that they haven’t had that hard of a schedule, but this team has continued to impress.
They are sittin’ pretty with that shining 10-3 record and have a huge Thursday night showdown against the Chiefs that could decide the AFC West and possibly the No. 1 seed in the conference.
I’m loving what this team has been doing and I look forward to watching them play in the postseason.
Baltimore Ravens (7-6)
While the Ravens wild card chances took a hit when they lost to the Chiefs in OT on Sunday, they remain alive in the AFC North race thanks to the Pittsburgh Steelers losing to Jon Gruden’s God awful Oakland Raiders.
They lead the wild card race based off a better conference record than the Indianapolis Colts and they should win at least two of their last three games against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Cleveland Browns.
Week 16 they will have a tough road trip to take on Philip Rivers and the Chargers, which could doom their playoff chances. If the Ravens win out, and the Steelers lose to either the New England Patriots or the Saints, they would be crowned AFC North Champs.
Seattle Seahawks (8-5)
The Seahawks beat the Minnesota Vikings on Monday night, but it didn’t change their seeding and now they are in good position to make the playoffs.
They are in a “win and you’re in” situation as they face the San Francisco 49ers this weekend.
This has been an interesting year for the Hawks as they completely dismantled their Legion of Boom defense in the offseason in what was said to be a “rebuild” year.
But they are 7-5 with an excellent opportunity to earn a wild card bid in what would be their sixth postseason appearance in seven years.
Russell Wilson is peaking at the perfect time, their run game is back, and the defense — while it’s not as star-studded as it once was — is playing like a cohesive unit.
Philadelphia Eagles (6-7)
Alright, let’s be real here — the Eagles do not look like the team that won the Super Bowl last year.
Things are looking bleak for Philly especially with an upcoming matchup against the Rams, but I’m putting them on my list anyway, partly because the Broncos fan in me is still excited that they beat the Pats last year to win it all.
With a loss on Sunday to the Dallas Cowboys, their chances to win the NFC East have pretty much diminished. They would have to win out and the Cowboys would have to lose their last three games.
Probably not going to happen.
It’s not out of the question though that the Eagles finish 2-1 which would make them 8-8 to end the season. While many things would have to go their way, they could slip into a wild card spot.
They have a secondary with three of its four starters on IR and an offense that can’t really get anything going, but Any Given Sunday, right?
Also, side note: news broke that Carson Wentz is unlikely to play this weekend against the Rams.
Cleveland Browns (5-7-1)
Lastly, I’m gonna go off the wall here and throw in a team with a .2% chance to make the playoffs, but I’m rooting for them and the city of Cleveland.
Honestly, who isn’t!
No matter what happens this season, things are finally looking up for the Browns after how many years?
There are two ways for the Browns to make the postseason – the first is to win the AFC North, which sounds challenging, but is the most realistic. They would have to win out, the Steelers would have to lose their last three games and the Ravens would have to lose to the Browns and lose once more.
I’m not going to even get into the second way, because it’s too much with too many teams losing. Nonetheless, Cleveland has shown promise this season and it’s looking like they have a bright future ahead of them.
And I got to admit, Baker Mayfield has been pretty fun to watch.
We will see how this all plays out on the field in the next few weeks.
Good luck to your team, I hope everything goes just the way you want it to!
And, obviously, you still know I’ll have my fingers crossed for those Broncos!