Wildcard Weekend, or excuse me, SUPER Wildcard Weekend!
This year we’ve got five Cats in the NFL Playoffs. Benny Snell makes his playoff debut along with Avery Williamson for the Pittsburgh Steelers on SNF, Za’Darius Smith is on the bye after the Packers locked up the one seed, Mike Edwards and the Bucs faced off against the Washington Football Team last night, and Danny Trevathan and the Bears will look to upset the Saints in the Superdome this afternoon.
Starting with Mike Edwards and the Bucs, they defeated Taylor Heinicke and the WFT 31-23 in Saturday’s nightcap. Edwards tallied four tackles on the ledger and forced an insignificant fumble midway through the game. Washington will either host Liam Coen and the L.A. rams or travel to New Orleans next week depending on what happens between the Saints and the Bears this afternoon.
Previewing the rest of the weekend Danny Trevathan and the Chicago Bears will be playing in the inaugural Nickelodeon Wild Card game when they take on the Saints at 4:30 PM ET. That game of course can be watched on CBS as well unless seeing Spongebob and slime during the course of an NFL Playoff game piques your interest.
The Bears are massive 10-point underdogs, however, since 2017, underdogs are 14-1 ATS in Wildcard Weekend and I personally think the Saints are a bit fraudulent. Alvin Kamara will get 250 total yards and the Saints will annihilate a team or Drew Brees will struggle in what has been a less-than-stellar passing game in 2020. The Bears are down a few defenders for this one which might give the edge to the Saints and this might be the most luke-warm take of all time, but I could see this game going in any direction that isn’t a Bears blowout.
Over to the AFC where the Steelers will take on the coachless, COVID-struck Cleveland Browns at Heinz Field in the SNF rubber match. I know Steelers fans are a bit wary because they’re in a “too good to be true” scenario, but let’s be real. Roethlisberger is 24-2 all-time against the Browns, the game is at Heinz Field, and the Browns are without the head coach who got them to the playoffs for the first time in 19 years. Benny Snell and Avery Williamson advance.