Welcome to Volume II of Wodo’s Weekend Hot Takes. This week we take a look at NFL Wild Card Weekend.
Indianapolis @ Houston (Texans -1.5, O/U 48)
- As a Colts fan, I am ridiculously excited about this game. From 1-5 to one of the hottest teams in the NFL is still hard for me to fathom and this game will prove if the pieces are in place for sustained success or there is still more to add. That being said I think the Colts absolutely stomp the Texans. Like BIG. The Colts should have won by more than 3 in the last matchup in Houston, but the defense got a little lax towards the end and gave up points. TY Hilton owns real estate in Houston, and it’s called NRG Stadium. He and Andrew Luck combine for 200+ yards and 2 TDs on the way to a 42-14 Colts win.
Seattle @ Dallas (Cowboys -2. O/U 43)
- I hope you like blowouts because this is going to be another one. The Cowboys have been one of the most surprising and hot teams in the NFL this season, but that run comes to a horrendous end in Jerry World Saturday night. Russell Wilson is the most underrated quarterback in the NFL, and he is going to make the Cowboys defense look silly. Dallas has not been favored in the playoffs in what feels like an eternity and I fully expect the Cowboys to look like a fish out of water. I like the Seahawks big, but not super big 28-17.
San Diego @ Baltimore (Ravens -2, O/U 42)
- The San Diego Chargers (Don’t @ me, they belong in San Diego) make the long journey to Baltimore for one of the weirder NFL matchups I have ever seen. The Read Option vs Pro-Style matchup will be something to watch throughout the game. Lamar Jackson has been electric since he took over as the starter in week 11 and Philip Rivers has been an MVP candidate all year. This is the definition of a “body clock” game too, with the Chargers set to play at 10 AM local time in San Diego. I like the Ravens to jump out to an early lead and be up at halftime, but Rivers and Melvin Gordon lead a feverish comeback in the second half to win in probably the best game of the weekend 28-24.
Philadelphia @ Chicago (Bears -6.5, O/U 41.5)
- I love Nick Foles and the fact that he only plays well in Philly when all the cards are down. Can he show up again and drag the Eagles through another playoff run? Probably not. The Bears are a complete team if I have ever seen one: dynamic offensive playmakers, an elite defense led by one of the scariest front seven players in the NFL and a coach who loves to take calculated risks. The biggest aspect of this matchup could very well be the weather. A forecast of 39 and 15 MPH winds has all the makings of rock-hard footballs and squirrely field goals. I like the Bears in a low scoring, defensive slugfest 17-14.
#21 Indiana Hoosiers @ #2 Michigan Wolverines
- This is for all my IU fans out there. The Hoosiers take their shaky offense and stingy defense to Ann Arbor to face one of the scariest teams in the country. Iggy Brazdeikis has a legit case to be Big Ten Freshman of the Year ahead of Romeo Langford and I have a hard time disagreeing with that. My guess is that Michigan limits IU’s few offensive threats in Langford and Juwan Morgan and forces Devonte Green, Justin Smith, et al to score the points and I don’t like that, especially with the injuries starting to pile up for the Hoosiers. Regardless, I like IU in games decided by defense and Michigan brings the 3rd best scoring defense in the nation to the table. IU grinds out a close one 61-57.
*Editors Note: Indiana has 0 chance of winning in Michigan #IUSUCKS