MFST’s Playoff Pick’em: 2018 Wild Card Picks
The 2018 NFL regular season is over and so is our regular season pick’em segment. Brandon Reid took home the crown for the 2018 season (his first pick’em title) and now the standings reset as the NFL Playoffs are here.
2018 Wild Card Picks
Colts at Texans
Dan Schalk: Houston Texans. These teams are very similar, but I like DeAndre Hopkins to be the game-changer needed to give the Texans an edge. Hopkins had 115 receptions this season and zero drops. That ladies and gentleman, is perfection.
Brandon Reid: Houston Texans. I can’t believe this is a Wildcard matchup. While I believe Indy is the hotter team at this point, I do not believe they are the better team. I’ll go with the home team.
Orlando Torres: Indianapolis Colts. The third time these teams meet this season. Things usually get chippy between these two division rivals and the games can be high scoring sometimes. I’ve got the Colts in an upset.
Seahawks at Cowboys
Dan Schalk: Seattle Seahawks. I’m a die-hard Cowboys fan, but I just don’t see them beating this Seahawks team. I’ve been wrong a lot this season about my Boys (I didn’t think they were a playoff team) and I hope I’m wrong again this weekend.
Brandon Reid: Seattle Seahawks. I don’t trust Dak Prescott or this Dallas offense in a playoff setting. Russell Wilson is the better QB and I have more trust in him to get it done against a tough defense. Pete Carroll > Jason Garrett.
Orlando Torres: Dallas Cowboys. I wouldn’t be shocked if Seattle pulled the upset, but this game strictly comes down to Dak vs Russ. Both defenses are good, but Dallas at home might be a bit too much for Seattle.
Chargers at Ravens
Dan Schalk: Los Angeles Chargers. The Ravens have a better defense no doubt. But I’ll take the veteran quarterback to make more plays when his team needs him over the rookie who literally has not been here before.
Brandon Reid: Baltimore Ravens. I’m going with an upset right out of the gate. Baltimore is the No. 1 defense in the league. If the Chargers struggle on just a couple of series they will lose this game.
Orlando Torres: Los Angeles Chargers. The Bolts finally have a shot at redemption over the Ravens here. Lamar Jackson is here to stay for Baltimore, but the Chargers get it done.
Eagles at Bears
Dan Schalk: Philadelphia Eagles. I thought no way Nick Foles could win a Super Bowl last season–boy was I wrong. This year, he looks like the same Nick Foles that won that Super Bowl. As long as he’s healthy, I like the Eagles to shock the Bears.
Brandon Reid: Philadelphia Eagles. Here we go again. Philly was going to be my Super Bowl favorite before they didn’t show up this year until November. Now Nick Foles is ready to lead another magical run. I’m not predicting them to make the Super Bowl this year, but they are definitely good enough to beat the young Bears.
Orlando Torres: Philadelphia Eagles. The Bears are favored at home, but we’ve seen this story before. I don’t think the Eagles have the same story as last season, but I think they have what it takes to pull off an upset on the road.