The NFL regular season is complete and the post season begins this weekend with the Wild Card Round. Can the defending Super Bowl Champions Eagles win as a number six seed over the Bears? That match up and all four will be examined in this first weekend of 2019.
Philadelphia Eagles versus Chicago Bears
The defending Super Bowl Champions won five of their last six games and got a win by the Bears over the Vikings to enter the post season. They finished the regular season at 9-7 and are +20 on the Power Ranking Indicator and “burning hot” on the Team Strength Oscillator. Chicago comes in with a 12-4 regular season record, +30 on the Power Ranking Indicator and “burning hot” status. They are a 5.5 point favorite in this one and are given a 67 percent chance of winning according to the VIP Picks section on the site. The Eagles took last season’s meeting as a home favorite. The biggest underdog in the first round, the Eagles have thrived as underdogs with Nick Foles at quarterback. The Bears have the overall edge, but the Eagles are experienced and have a dangerous team. Philadelphia will cover and although not likely to win, could surprise. This is a game I would pass on for betting purposes.
Indianapolis Colts versus Houston Texans
Indianapolis enters the playoffs winners of their last four and 10-6 for the season. They take on their divisional rivals, the Houston Texans, coming in at 11-5. In this evenly matched battle, the Colts hold a slim +24 to +21 advantage on the Power Ranking Indicator and “burning hot” versus “average up” on the Team Strength Oscillator. The teams split during the regular season and despite being underdog, the Colts have a narrow 51 to 49 percent chance of winning this game. The Colts have more overall experience and I like them to cover and win by a narrow margin.
Seattle Seahawks versus Dallas Cowboys
Seattle won their last two games and enter as the fifth seed at 10-6. The Cowboys have won their last two as well, gaining some momentum as the NFC East champions at 10-6. Both teams are “burning hot” on the Team Strength Oscillator and the Seahawks have a narrow edge (+28 to +27) on the Power Ranking Indicator. Seattle defeated Dallas earlier this season as a home favorite. Dallas plays well at home and are 2.5 point favorites in this one. Despite being a road underdog, the Seahawks have a 52 percent chance of winning. This game could come down to the team that makes the fewest mistakes. Seattle has the experience with Russell Wilson and he will be the difference maker. In a tight game, look for Seattle to earn a road victory.
Los Angeles Chargers versus Baltimore Ravens
The Chargers tied for the best record in the NFL, however finished with the sixth seed due to losing the divisional tiebreaker with the Chiefs. Baltimore enters winners of their last three and defeat the Chargers as a road underdog on December 22. Baltimore holds a +26 to +19 advantage on the Power Ranking Indicator, while both teams are “burning hot” on the Team Strength Oscillator. Although the Chargers are given a 53 percent chance of victory, I see the Ravens defense as too strong and they have been playing among the best football in the league lately. I pick the Ravens to win and cover, knocking the Chargers out of the playoffs.
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