It’s time for playoff football!
Wild card weekend kicks us off in style, with two games on Saturday night, three on Sunday and the final game on Monday.
We will bring you coverage all the way, starting with our Saturday 9/2 double.
- Bengals -7 (Raiders @ Bengals)
- Diggs anytime TD (Patriots @ Bills)
Bengals -7 (Raiders @ Bengals)
The Bengals have shown a lot more offensively in recent games, and they come here on the back of scoring 91 points in their last three games. Those games haven’t been blow out wins, instead, they have been playing in shoot outs, with the other team matching them.
Crucially though, this is something we don’t think will happen on Saturday, the Raiders do not have the scoring talent to keep up with Cincinnati.
While the Bengals have been scoring, the Raiders have failed to hit 20 points in four of their last six, and one of the games they did that in, was a wild one against the LA Chargers last week. Washington, Denver and Cleveland have all kept the Raiders to less than 20 points, three teams who don’t have elite defensive units, we fancy the Bengals to do the same.
If that’s the case, and Joe Burrow shows what we’ve seen from him this season, he can lead the Bengals to a comfortable victory in the first playoff game of the weekend.
Stefon Diggs Anytime TD (Patriots @ Bills)
This game looks set to be a really close one, the Bills certainly won’t have it all their own way, and it would be no surprise to see them trailing at some point.
That is going to force Josh Allen to throw the ball more than usual, and that brings his best weapon, Stefon Diggs, into the game far more.
He showed his disliking for Patriots fans in their last game, and that should only serve to fire up Diggs even more here.
He’s scored three touchdowns in his last four games, including one against New England during the festive period. With a normal game, and a Bills lead throughout, Diggs will be involved, but if they go behind and need to throw the ball more, he will then get an even bigger opportunity to shine.
We like a Diggs anytime TD in this one, a game that should be very close and could go either way.