(PhatzRadio Sports / USA Today Sports) — The NFL Wild Card round is in the books, so For The Win’s Charles Curtis and Steven Ruiz are back with another slate of NFL picks. All odds courtesy of Bovada…
Steven: 4-4 (120-117-11, postseason: 4-4)
Charles: 4-4 (104-127-11, postseason: 4-4)
Steven: I put too much faith in Blake Bortles last week. Won’t happen again.
Charles: Heyyyy! I kept up with Steven! That’s a win of sorts.
Steven: Are we selling the Eagles short after a few bad games? That pass rush is as ferocious as ever, the linebackers can run with Atlanta’s backs and the secondary … well, the secondary is concerning. But a good pass rush can make up for that. Give me the Eagles in a low-scoring game that goes under 41.5.
Charles: I have to take the Falcons with Nick Foles under center in Philly. I worry about the Eagles’ ability to contain Julio Jones even though their pass rush can keep things close. I’ll also go with the under — Matt Ryan in the cold and the Eagles trying to run to keep Foles’ throws to a minimum makes me think this could be a low-scoring affair.
Steven: The Titans are going to attempt to stay in the game by grinding out the clock on the ground. That’s a viable strategy against a bad Patriots run defense. Tennessee will ultimately lose the game but not by two touchdowns. Give me the under as well.
Charles: That spread is TOO BIG. The Patriots defense looked better over the last quarter of the season, but the Titans can run the ball and Marcus Mariota proved last week he can work some magic. That said, I’m taking the over.
Steven: I don’t really see the Jaguars scoring more than 10 points in this one, so it will come down to whether Pittsburgh can put up at least 18. I think they can in their second crack at the Jags defense. Ben Roethlsberger won’t throw a bunch of picks this time and Le’Veon Bell will have a huge day on the ground. I’ll take the under with Jacksonville failing to score 10 points.
Charles: I have absolutely ZERO faith in Blake Bortles, particularly after last week. What if the Jags defense can’t keep up with all those Steelers weapons? How are they going to come from behind with Bortles slinging passes, particularly against a solid Pittsburgh D? I’ll grab the Steelers and the under and assuming a 23-7 kind of game.
Steven: I’m so torn on this one. I think the Saints are the best team in the NFC, but the Vikings have home-field advantage and a nasty defense that is capable of slowing down Drew Brees and that running game. It’s hard to bet against Mike Zimmer, so I’ll take the points. Minnesota wins 23-14.
Charles: Give me the points. That spread is one point too many. I love that Vikings defense and the secondary that has a shot at keeping Drew Brees’ receivers at bay … but we know the Saints secondary is similarly talented. This one stays within a field goal. As for the over/under? I say the final score is 26-23, so I’ll take the over by a hair.