PFT’s wild card picks

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After securing a convincing victory in the regular-season picks contest for the first time in awhile, it’s time to reset the records to 0-0 and have at it, again.

MDS and I will pick every postseason game (except the Pro Bowl), and it could be a wild wild-card weekend. We disagree on three of the four games.

For the picks and our explanations, keep reading. For our picks against the spread, keep watching.

Colts at Texans

MDS’s take: The Texans’ outstanding run defense is going to make the Colts a one-dimensional offense. Ordinarily, they wouldn’t mind that because they’re confident in Andrew Luck and the offensive line’s ability to protect him. But the Texans’ defense has pass rushers like J.J. Watt, Jadeveon Clowney and Whitney Mercilus who can tee off on Luck. I believe the Houston defense can keep Indianapolis in check, and Deshaun Watson and DeAndre Hopkins can make enough big plays to give the Texans the win.

MDS’s pick: Texans 24, Colts 16.

Florio’s take: It’s round three in the AFC South, with the Texans winning an overtime thriller in Indy and the Colts returning the favor in Houston. The Colts may return the favor again, thanks to an offensive line that can hold the Houston defensive line long enough to give Andrew Luck time to find open receivers. It won’t be easy; Deshaun Watson has a history of stepping up in big spots, and the Texans are the division champions. But the Colts, after starting 1-5, have won nine of 10. Make that 10 of 11. Possibly en route to 11 of 12.

Florio’s pick: Colts 23, Texans 20.


Seahawks at Cowboys

MDS’s take: Although the Cowboys’ offense got better after the Amari Cooper trade, I think Dallas has to be a little worried about its ability to move the ball against the Seattle defense. I also think the Seahawks’ run-first offense is going to be able to protect an early lead. I like Seattle to pull off the road upset.

MDS’s pick: Seahawks 20, Cowboys 17.

Florio’s take: The Cowboys play better at home, and so do the Seahawks. Advantage home team, especially since the No. 5 seed is 4-4 away from the raucous, earthquake-inducing sounds of the Twelves. Dallas dismantled the Saints in Texas, and the Cowboys formula should work against a team with a very similar approach. The wild card could be Cowboys defensive backs coach/passing game coordinator Kris Richard, who was fired by the Seahawks after 2017 — and who knows them well.

Florio’s pick: Cowboys 20, Seahawks 16.


Chargers at Ravens

MDS’s take: This is the most intriguing of the weekend’s four games to me because I’m curious to see how Lamar Jackson fares in his first playoff game, and against a Chargers defense that has already faced him once and may be more prepared for the unique skill set he brings to the table. Although I’d pick the Chargers on a neutral field, I think Jackson will control lead a ball-control offense and the Ravens’ defense will benefit from the home crowd as Baltimore wins a low-scoring game.

MDS’s pick: Ravens 14, Chargers 13.

Florio’s take: The Ravens won round one only two weeks ago in L.A., in a game that could have gone either way. The rematch happens in Baltimore, with the Chargers getting an extra-early kickoff time and their eighth game of the year outside of L.A. But they’re undefeated away from the StubHub Center (5-3) and the Coliseum (0-1), and they’ve had the benefit of facing the Lamar Jackson offense. In a game that could go either way, I’m sticking with the home team. Simple reasoning for that: The Ravens were my preseason pick to represent the AFC in the Super Bowl. Now that they made it to the playoffs, I can’t pick against them.

Florio’s pick: Ravens 24, Chargers 23.


Eagles at Bears

MDS’s take: If Nick Foles can go to Chicago and beat the best defense in the NFL, it will raise questions about whether the Eagles should really give the starting job back to Carson Wentz next season. But I think Foles will fall short, as the Bears’ defense is too good, and Matt Nagy will have some new wrinkles on offense.

MDS’s pick: Bears 20, Eagles 17.

Florio’s take: The Eagles struggled to find something that would truly galvanize them this season, and they finally did. Another December injury to Carson Wentz sparked another string of stellar performances by quarterback Nick Foles, leading the defending Super Bowl champions back to the playoffs after we’d all left them for dead. Next up, the Bears. And, once again, the Eagles are being doubted, overlooked. But Foles is battle tested in single elimination games, and Bears quarterback Mitch Trubisky isn’t. Remember the Sunday night game against the Rams? Trubisky was shaky, and the Bears scored only 15 points. That won’t be enough against a team that has nothing to lose, because for the second straight postseason most people assume they will. This time around, if I’m going to be wrong it’s not going to happen because I doubted Foles and the Eagle, again.

Florio’s pick: Eagles 17, Bears 15.

105 responses to “PFT’s wild card picks

  1. Nick Foles’ numbers over the last three weeks:

    962 passing yards (1st in the league)
    77% completion (1st)
    8.5 YPA (1st)
    8.0 Net yards/pass play (1st)

    Yes, I would go with BDN and the Eagles.

  2. If the Texans keep playing invisible man pass protection, then Indy takes the wild card game. If they fall into a hole early, Indy wins. The Texans don’t play as well coming from behind because it neutralizes their run game and although Watson can make plays with his legs, the pocket will be constantly collapsing. I like the Texans, but I think Indy steals it.

    Cowboys and Seahawks should be good. If Seattle establishes the run early (and often) and Wilson has a steady game, then they should win. The COwboys though, have come alive with Amari Cooper/Zeke Elliot combo and need Dak to show poise in the pocket and connect.

    Good games this weekend overall.

  3. Until somebody can actually stop the Ravens’ rushing attack, there’s really no reason to expect otherwise. The Ravens rushed for “only” 159 yards in that game, their fewest with Lamar at QB by a fairly wide margin and they still won.

    Ravens advance, hopefully to face the Patriots (assuming the Colts beat the Texans, which I expect they will).

    Ravens 23
    Chargers 19

  4. Mistake to be drinking the Eagles kool-aid. No way they go into Chicago and beat that defense. Foles is banged up, and let’s not put him in Canton just yet. Average QB not enough to win this playoff game on the road. Don’t know how good Mitch is either, but if he can just be a game manager and not turn the ball over, the D will carry them. Bears win by 10.

  5. Colts beat the Texans, Ravens beat the Chargers…..

    The AFC divisional round is going to feature sequels to legendary playoff games.

  6. The best scenario for the Patriots is the Chargers beating the Ravens and the Texans beating the Colts. Then, the Patriots will get to play the Texans in New England and the Chargers could potentially beat the Chiefs again at Arrowhead. The Chiefs’ 28th ranked scoring defense is still holding them back.

  7. The Eagles are supposedly the “hottest team in the NFL” right now, finishing with a record of 9-7.

    The Bears have won 9 of their last 10 games.

    Bears win comfortably.

  8. The Bears defense is going to be too much to handle for Foles and the Eagles, especially if Eddie Jackson plays. If he doesn’t, that could leave a door open for the Eagles to try and squeak by, but even still, that is going to be very difficult against that strong unit the Bears field. Bears 28, Eagles 17.

  9. Eagles – Bears game will be the best of the weekend.

    – SB Champs vs upstart Bears
    – Andy Reid coaching tree in full bloom with Pederson and Nagy
    – Welcome home Alshon (and enjoy the turf)!
    – Long vs Long
    – Foles vs Bears D
    – Trubisky in 1st playoff game
    – Weather not a factor for either team

    Game On and Bear Down!

  10. chumpley says:
    January 3, 2019 at 12:43 pm
    Nick Foles’ numbers over the last three weeks:
    962 passing yards (1st in the league), 77% completion (1st), 8.5 YPA (1st), 8.0 Net yards/pass play (1st). Yes, I would go with BDN and the Eagles.
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    He’s also got 3 ints and 2 fumbles to almost negate the 6 TDs in those games. Those games were all shoot-outs and Redskins never even showed up, skewing the stats.

  11. trubiskyisworsethanCutlerandwillalwaysbeinjured....I trolled you so much you changed your display name to mine. Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. says:

    Trubisky gets exposed again this weekend. He can’t throw the deep pass to exploit the Eagles banged up secondary.

  12. Do the Texans have more than one receiver left? If they can run the ball, they win. If not, Watson takes another beating and the Colts move on.

    Potential for some great games this weekend.

  13. You got some good drugs if you think that average offence and horrible defense will beat the Bears. Bears 27 Eagles 10.

  14. “The Eagles struggled to find something that would truly galvanize them this season, and they finally did. Another December injury to Carson Wentz sparked another string of stellar performances by quarterback Nick Foles, leading the defending Super Bowl champions back to the playoffs after we’d all left them for dead”

    Indeed. And somewhere Carson Wentz is quietly seething…

  15. Maybe Florio will post this but: when has Florio ever been a prognosticator? We know he has always hated the Bears. So why would he pick them?

  16. icehole1 says:
    January 3, 2019 at 12:46 pm
    Mistake to be drinking the Eagles kool-aid. No way they go into Chicago and beat that defense. Foles is banged up, and let’s not put him in Canton just yet.

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    First, great screen name. Second, Foles IS in Canton already. I think people saying “no way” are delusional. The Eagles are on fire, as is Foles. Alshon is motivated. They are playing with house money and have that ski mask vibe. Certainly could lose, but I’d be pretty worried if I was a Bears fan.

  17. streetyson says:
    January 3, 2019 at 1:09 pm
    chumpley says:.
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    He’s also got 3 ints and 2 fumbles to almost negate the 6 TDs in those games. Those games were all shoot-outs and Redskins never even showed up, skewing the stats.

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    Dude. 3 picks and two fumbles in that many attempts doesn’t come close to negating 6 TD’s, his completion %, YPA, and clutch big throws. Note does it negate what his presence has clearly meant to the team.

  18. The Eagles needed 30+ points in two out of the last three games to win. They played a buttery soft Rams defense and a decimated Redskins team. I’ll give them credit on the win over the Texans, but they haven’t faced a defense like the Bears. They’ll be in Chicago, against an elite defense. Trubisky was rusty in his struggle against the Rams. He’s been better since. I love that people are doubting the Bears. It’ll make victory that much sweeter.

  19. Florio is wise and exactly correct on his Eagles pick. The Bears players are all unproven in the playoffs for the most part as this is their first playoff game in 8 years. The Eagles are the defending Super Bowl champion and it is not wise to bet against them and the reigning Super Bowl MVP: Nick Foles.

  20. trubiskyisworsethanCutlerandwillalwaysbeinjured….I trolled you so much you changed your display name to mine. Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. says:
    January 3, 2019 at 1:10 pm
    Trubisky gets exposed again this weekend. He can’t throw the deep pass to exploit the Eagles banged up secondary.
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    Let’s see. Before, you told us that the Bears wouldn’t have a winning record. Then, you told us that they wouldn’t make the playoffs. And, you told us that Kyle Orton had a better playoff record than Mitch Trubisky (Kyle Orton never made the playoffs in his 10 year NFL career). Trubisky may not be a very good QB right now. But he’s actually been accurate on his deep throws this year, according to advanced statistics. Maybe the Bears lose this weekend. Then you can go back to one of your other screen names.

  21. The Bears opponents have an average passer rating of 70.3 in Chicago… Russell Wilson, Aaron Rodgers, Tom Brady, Kirk Cousins, Matt Stafford, Jared Goff, Sam Darnold, and a combination of Fitzpatrick/Winston (after Fitzpatrick was pulled for stinking it up). I like the Bears chances to slow Foles this weekend. If the Eagles win it’s going to be because of their defense not because Foles lights up the Bears.

  22. Lock of the week is Indy. They have been playing outstanding football the last 2 months and are ready to knock the Texans out.

    But the “X” factor is that this week marks the 26th anniversary of the Bills 32 point comeback against the Oilers…and who better than Frank Reich knows how to beat teams from Houston in the playoffs? Go Frank!!

    Colts: 34
    Texans: 20

  23. I love how chesty the Bears fans are after having stunk for the better part of a decade. I enjoy all the energy but the SB champions have been there and done that. I think the stage is too big for the Bear cubs and BDN and the SB champs come in knowing what it takes. We’ll see, I have a good feeling about this one but don’t want to disrespect the Bears. Just know this, if this game comes down to the 4th Quarter and the Eagles and Bears are tied or close to it, you guys are done! BDN has God on his side AND the Eagles have been there before. Outside of that, how cool is it to have two HUGE cities with trues football traditions and amazing fan bases playing each other on a cold January Sunday night. I love football! Go Birds! Btw, I am betting big o the Seahawks! That Cowboy team is a fraud and the Seahawks should be favored or maybe a + 2 at worst.

  24. Remember then the ‘terrible’ 7-9 Seahawks beat the Saints in the playoffs 7 years ago? Remember when the Giants with awful Eli backed into the playoffs and went on the road in Tampa and then proceeded to win the Super Bowl? The Eagles could do it again. Will they? I hope so, but I’m not counting on it, but the people that think they have no chance are delusional.

  25. Nobody is doubting the Bears. They’re what, 6 point favorites? Big D Nick is going into Chicago and gonna dink and dunk to kill by a thousand cuts. Eagles D line is gonna have Trubisky running scared. Eagles 20 Bears 17

  26. Good luck to all. May the best team/s win. There is nothing quite like playoff season in the NFL.

  27. Bears fans: we’ve heard this all before. Last year it was the allegedly unstoppable Vikings defense that was going to shut the Eagles down and make Foles look average.

    And, how did that turn out? Foles and the Eagles obliterated the Vikings and their “powerful” defense. The same thing is going to happen in the wildcard round.

    Eagles 31
    Bears 19

  28. eaglesmancave says:
    January 3, 2019 at 1:37 pm
    icehole1 says:
    January 3, 2019 at 12:46 pm
    Mistake to be drinking the Eagles kool-aid. No way they go into Chicago and beat that defense. Foles is banged up, and let’s not put him in Canton just yet.
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    First, great screen name. Second, Foles IS in Canton already.
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    I don’t laugh at loud at comments much. On this one I did. Foles isn’t close to Canton. Jim Plunkett couldn’t even get in with 2 Super Bowl victories and 144 career starts. Right now, Foles has 44 starts and an average NFL career. Phil Simms can’t get in with 5 playoff appearances, 199 TD’s and a Super Bowl victory. If Foles gets in, that should open the door for about 10 other guys.

  29. You clowns never learn do you? Keep doubting the Eagles. Keep telling me alllll the reasons Chicago will win. C’mon guys… I’m listening. But we have heard it all before. Last year Minni had this ridiculously good defense d Foles literally shredded them.

    The Bears may win, but my pick is the Eagles and I think you are an idiot if you doubt Foles and this Eagles team. Definition of insanity is doing the same thing and expecting different results. You all are gonna fall victim to a Foles-led Eagles team again lol.

  30. People, don’t be so surprised if this season’s super bowl has no number one seeds. That is another possibility that can happen.

  31. Colts, Cowboys, Chargers, Bears. Texans are pretenders and unlike last season, this year the Eagles have no defense or run game.

  32. No way all four of these games will be as close as the picks above. There’s a blowout in there somewhere, most likely the Bears beating the Eagles.

  33. Colts 24 Texans 14 I would love to see the Colts get knocked out but that Texans offense is questionable right now. Ravens 20 Chargers 7 Rivers is going to get knocked around like a rag doll. Eagles 27 Bears 20 I don’t trust Trubisky and Foles is on a hot streak. Seahawks 16 Boys 6 low scoring game until Wilson pulls one from his you know what.

  34. frank booth says:
    January 3, 2019 at 2:23 pm
    eaglesmancave says:
    January 3, 2019 at 1:37 pm
    icehole1 says:
    January 3, 2019 at 12:46 pm
    Mistake to be drinking the Eagles kool-aid. No way they go into Chicago and beat that defense. Foles is banged up, and let’s not put him in Canton just yet.
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    First, great screen name. Second, Foles IS in Canton already.
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    I don’t laugh at loud at comments much. On this one I did. Foles isn’t close to Canton. Jim Plunkett couldn’t even get in with 2 Super Bowl victories and 144 career starts. Right now, Foles has 44 starts and an average NFL career. Phil Simms can’t get in with 5 playoff appearances, 199 TD’s and a Super Bowl victory. If Foles gets in, that should open the door for about 10 other guys.
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    Earth to Frank Booth but Nick Foles is already in Canton with his own display and everything for his record 7 TDs thrown in one game vs the Oakland Raiders in 2013. His record of 25 straight completions set against the Redskins in 2018 will probably be added to his Hall of Fame display.

  35. Bears fans are just like Vikings fans: overconfident braggarts. Can’t wait until the Eagles serve them up some Humble Pie.

  36. I want to personally thank everyone for going against the Cowboys outside of Florio – Cowboys will win this game and it most likely won’t be close. Seabags don’t travel well and I expect AT-T Stadium to resemble CenturyLink on Saturday night from a noise level perspective. The Boys front seven will shut down the Seabags running attack and make them one dimensional while the Boys secondary locks down the receivers playing man coverage. Boys speed at linebacker will keep Wilson under wraps. expect Jaylon, Vander Esche and Lee to hammer all night.

  37. Eagles fans doing a whole lot of puffing out the chests and giving silly nicknames to nicky foles. Even going so far to call him a hof’er…get real! I have two names for ya besides that Chicago D that will stuff the offense. Allen Robinson and Taylor Gabriel. The awful eagles secondary won’t be able to cover ’em and Trubisky will have enough time to get it to him. If they bring the zero blitz package, good luck…Cohen will have a field day. Bears 24, eagles 13.

  38. Should be a good one in Dallas, but based on the majority of comments I read here and picks from the public in virtually every forum, people have the seahawks leaving big D with a win and advancing. Umm, in a word, NO. Will it be close? Yep. But the ground attack of the seahawks will have trouble getting going against the Boys, and Zeke will put up his usual 100+ while Coop and crew bring in 250+ receiving yards. Wilson will make a game of it, but his 220 passing yards won’t get it done. Cowboys 23, seahawks 20.

  39. jodave5 says:

    No way all four of these games will be as close as the picks above.
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    They always purposely keep the scores close so if their pick loses it won’t look as bad.

  40. They’ll keep it close because it’s in Chicago, but no way do the bears win this weekend. Trubisky will have more yards rushing than passing, but only because he’s running for his life. The bears d will make some plays, but don’t count on Mack to have a monster game. This team is just getting their first sniff of the playoffs in years, and it’s going to show.

    As far as the other game in the NFC, Dallas will continue their proud history of ineptitude in the playoffs, giving the game away to the seahawks on some controversial game-changing play or call that Cowboy fans will be whining about all season long next year.

    Texans and Ravens in the AFC.

  41. rkt4mayor says:
    January 3, 2019 at 2:43 pm
    frank booth says:
    January 3, 2019 at 2:23 pm
    eaglesmancave says:
    January 3, 2019 at 1:37 pm
    icehole1 says:
    January 3, 2019 at 12:46 pm
    Mistake to be drinking the Eagles kool-aid. No way they go into Chicago and beat that defense. Foles is banged up, and let’s not put him in Canton just yet.
    ———
    First, great screen name. Second, Foles IS in Canton already.
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    I don’t laugh at loud at comments much. On this one I did. Foles isn’t close to Canton. Jim Plunkett couldn’t even get in with 2 Super Bowl victories and 144 career starts. Right now, Foles has 44 starts and an average NFL career. Phil Simms can’t get in with 5 playoff appearances, 199 TD’s and a Super Bowl victory. If Foles gets in, that should open the door for about 10 other guys.

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    you guys should really look at who you’re talking about before letting your favorite Teams’ loyalty guide your idiot statements.
    Nick Foles has put so many other QBs to shame already. show me anyone who has a better QB rating int he playoffs? NONE. not even the NFL’s beloved Tom Brady.

    Foles is already in Canton. 7 TDs in a game, as well as throwing 27 TDs and 2 INTS in a season. Beat that.
    Not to mention he’s a Super Bowl MVP. I mean, that has to count for something..

    Go ahead, doubt him. ask the Falcons and Vikings, and Patriots how that worked out for them last year, Or this years Rams and Texans.

    time’s yours.

  42. Colts at Texans:
    The Colts are on a four game win streak since being blanked by the Jags. The Texans are 2-2 in the same span, with one of those losses against the Colts. With evenly matched divisional opponents, I would normally defer to the home team, but the difference in momentum, as well as better coaching, may well make the difference this week.
    Colts 27 – Texans 21

    Seahawks at Cowboys:
    As an Eagles fan, I can’t be objective when talking about the Cowboys. Ignore my prediction.
    Seahawks 52 – Cowboys 0

    Chargers at Ravens:
    Philip Rivers hasn’t been himself in over a month (or maybe he has). Unless the Chargers can grab some of their early season magic, the Ravens defense is likely to hold them in check. Going the other direction, the Ravens won’t have it easy against a solid Chargers defense, either. The home field. The cool January weather on the east coast. The playoff coaching experience. All that falls in favor of the Ravens.
    Ravens 20 – Chargers 16

    Eagles at Bears
    Much as I would love to see Foles and the Eagles do it again, you rarely catch lightning in a bottle twice. The Bears defense is unlike any of the playoff defenses from last season. That said, the Bears offense isn’t especially explosive. I expect a defensive game with turnovers and a couple of missed kicks affecting the outcome.
    Bears 24 – Eagles 20

  43. I set or tried to set the Bears fans straight on their ludicrous assertion that Nick Foles is not already in the NFL Hall of Fame. They keep thumbing down my comment that Nick Foles is indeed in the Hall of Fame because of his NFL single game record of 7 TD passes vs Oakland in 2013.

    A cursory Google search would set the Bears fans straight but you can tell they refuse to believe facts that conflict with their emotions.

  44. Nick Foles isn’t getting voted into the Hall of Fame as an individual any time soon without accomplishing a lot more. He’s one of 8 QB’s to throw for 7 passes in a game, not the only one. The HOF has tons of displays and many, many artifacts that include accomplishments of many non-HOF caliber players. For instance, Ryan Tannehill has his jersey displayed in there for 25 consecutive completions over 2 games and for having a 158.3 rating in a game. Philip Rivers completed 25 straight earlier this season. Wes Welker shares a display with Kai Forbath at the Hall-of-Fame in Canton. Being voted in as a member of the NFL Hall of Fame is a big deal- having a display there isn’t the same. I’m pretty sure Jim Marshall is memorialized there for running the wrong way for a TD.

  45. Frank stop embarrassing yourself and just simply Google the following: Nick Foles Hall of Fame.

    Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Nick Foles gets another one of his jerseys on display in the Pro Football Hall of Fame. 2018 has been one heck of a year for Philadelphia Eagles quarterback, Nick Foles. The wins just keep piling up for the NFL’s best backup quarterback.
    Nick Foles gets another jersey placed in the Hall of Fame
    Inside the Iggles

  46. Cowboys, Eagles, Chargers and Colts.

    Cowboys have to have some post season success eventually and Prescott and Elliot can carry that team.

    Foles is clutch. They Bears players might not be prepared for the intensity of the post season. Especially Trubisky.

    The Chargers have a good balance between their offense and defense. They could win it all. The Ravens made some waves with Jackson at QB. Jackson can’t help the team if the defense sputters.

    The Colts are playing great. The Texans have been inconsistent in the later part of the season. The hot team doesn’t usually cool down in the playoffs and the cool team doesn’t usually heat up. Momentum means a lot.

  47. The jersey and shoes worn by Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Nick Foles and the football he threw to tie one of the NFL’s rarest records last Sunday have arrived in Canton. Foles became just the seventh passer in NFL history to throw seven touchdown passes in a game.

    He is also one of just three of those QBs to have a record-tying seven TDs without throwing an interception. His history-making performance came during the Eagles’ 49-20 road win over the Oakland Raiders in Week 9 action. Foles completed 22 of 28 passes for 406 yards, and along with his 7 TDs and no picks his passer rating was a perfect 158.3.

    “It’s very humbling to know that the Pro Football Hall of Fame will be displaying memorabilia from the game we played this past weekend against Oakland,” shared the second-year player. “I’ve visited the Hall of Fame in Canton before and have a great appreciation for the history of this game. As I’ve said all week, it was a great team win for us. I couldn’t have done anything out there without my teammates and I wish all of our jerseys could go there. This is a great honor for us.”

    Foles made history Sunday. On Wednesday the Hall’s VP – Communications/Exhibits Joe Horrigan opened the package from the Eagles that contained the mementoes from the game.

  48. trubiskyisworsethanCutlerandwillalwaysbeinjured....I trolled you so much you changed your display name to mine. Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. says:

    I’ve cleary triggered Frank Booth. Bears have the second best defense behind in the NFL. That’s why they are winning, period! End of story! It’s not because of Mitch. Yet the peanut gallery of Bear fans here cannot accept the truth. He runs way too much and will get injured again. BOOK IT!

  49. patsfan1820 says:
    January 3, 2019 at 2:27 pm

    Colts 24 Texans 14 I would love to see the Colts get knocked out but that Texans offense is questionable right now. Ravens 20 Chargers 7 Rivers is going to get knocked around like a rag doll. Eagles 27 Bears 20 I don’t trust Trubisky and Foles is on a hot streak. Seahawks 16 Boys 6 low scoring game until Wilson pulls one from his you know what.

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    I don’t understand you Patriots fans. Wouldn’t you rather see the Texans beat the Colts? If the Ravens win and the Colts win, the Patriots will be playing the Ravens. It’s not a team that New England wants to play right now. A 41-year-old Brady may struggle against the league’s number one scoring defense. After losing Gordon, Brady would much rather play the weaker defense.

  50. I’m a Texan fan, but they can’t cover T.Y. Hilton worth a darn and Ebron will also go off, so the Colts will unfortunately win this game, but better enjoy it because they WON’T beat the Chiefs. Chargers will win in Baltimore, although it will be tight, Seahawks and Bears will win the other 2 games. Chargers V. Saints in Super Bowl.

  51. chumpley says:
    January 3, 2019 at 12:43 pm
    Nick Foles’ numbers over the last three weeks:

    962 passing yards (1st in the league)
    77% completion (1st)
    8.5 YPA (1st)
    8.0 Net yards/pass play (1st)

    Yes, I would go with BDN and the Eagles.

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    If he were to regress to the mean, this would indicate he’s going to do poorly in the playoffs. A complete opposite result of last season when he was one of the worst quarterbacks in the last few weeks and ended up being the best in the playoffs.

  52. Here’s my take on the wild card round:

    As an Eagles fan, I saw the importance of home field advantage. It’s HUGE. It’s why I was confident last year even when Wentz went down. So it’s stands to reason that I’m not as confident in the Eagles winning this weekend.
    Sure, there are home teams who lose in the playoffs every year. But typically when that happens it’s because:

    1) The home field advantage isn’t that great (Dallas, LA, etc.)
    2) The home team is only hosting because they won a weak division and gets to host a better that’s only a wild card because of tough division.

    Obviously, my Eagles don’t fall into either category having failed to win an awful division and having to play a better team with a good home field advantage. So I have to be realistic and say they have the worst chance. The other teams this weekend though…

    Would it surprise anyone if the 10-6 Seahawks went to Dallas and beat the 10-6 Cowboys? I’ve been to AT&T stadium as an Eagles fan and the Eagles fans were louder! They have the least home field advantage of any team in the playoffs.

    The Chargers @ 12-4 are only a wild card because they play in the same division as the Chiefs. A road win there wouldn’t surprise me.

    The 10-6 Colts have been playing better football lately than the 11-5 Texans, so a road win there wouldn’t surprise me either.

    I’m picking 2 home team (Bears, Ravens) and 2 road teams (Seahawks, Colts).

    All that said…I don’t think it’s gonna matter much who wins this week. I believe the only team playing this week that has a realistic shot of winning the following week is Chicago. And that’s only because the Rams haven’t been playing great lately and their stadium will be 1/3 filled with Bear’s fans.

    Good luck to everyone!

  53. I don’t understand you Patriots fans. Wouldn’t you rather see the Texans beat the Colts? If the Ravens win and the Colts win, the Patriots will be playing the Ravens. It’s not a team that New England wants to play right now. A 41-year-old Brady may struggle against the league’s number one scoring defense. After losing Gordon, Brady would much rather play the weaker defense.

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    Ravens defense is good not great. Their offense has a limited shelf life and will probably be exposed this playoff season. The Ed Reed and Ray Lewis Ravens were way more intimidating.

    Pats will rout the Ravens in Foxboro if that’s the matchup,

  54. This brings up an interesting debate.. Say hypothetically the Eagles go on a run and win another SB and Foles gets MVP (yes I know its a super duper long shot hence hypothetically) Does he then have a shot at canton? I mean that would make him the greatest backup QB in NFL history no?

  55. You’d think for Foles apparently being the son of Joe Montana and Johnny Unitas, the Eagles would’ve kept him the first go round?

  56. wipemysweatjackoff says:
    January 3, 2019 at 2:56 pm
    I want to personally thank everyone for going against the Cowboys outside of Florio – Cowboys will win this game and it most likely won’t be close. Seabags don’t travel well and I expect AT-T Stadium to resemble CenturyLink on Saturday night from a noise level
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    I was at AT&T stadium last year for an Eagles game. I thought it was a home game for the Eagles..lol! Not saying the Cowboys won’t win, but please! It should never be mentioned in the same sentence as CenturyLink!

  57. dabears2485 says:
    January 3, 2019 at 1:40 pm
    The Eagles needed 30+ points in two out of the last three games to win. They played a buttery soft Rams defense and a decimated Redskins team. I’ll give them credit on the win over the Texans, but they haven’t faced a defense like the Bears.
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    I’ll assume you didn’t see the Eagles-Texans game. The Texans ended the game with practice squad players at 2 WR spots and 3 of the 4 DB’s hadn’t played significant snaps all season. That walking wounded lost on a last second field goal.

    Texans get Coutee back in the slot and TY Hilton has made a rookie mistake by mouthing off already. Texans 27-17 and Bears 20-13.

  58. Just to make everything clear, Nick Foles is the Highest rated passer in NFL post season history, albeit 4 games. Tied an NFL record with most consecutive completions in a game. Only QB to catch a TD in the Super Bowl…..tied and NFL record with 7 TDs in a game…..All Pro Selection….Pro Bowl MVP….Super Bowl MVP….27 TDs/2 interceptions season….Winning record as a starter..Subtract his year with the QB killer (Jeff Fisher), hes had a pretty remarkable career.

  59. footballseasonrules ideally I would like to see the Texans win as well as the Chargers doesn’t mean it will happen these are game picks not game desires.

  60. mickmars says:
    January 3, 2019 at 4:28 pm
    You’d think for Foles apparently being the son of Joe Montana and Johnny Unitas, the Eagles would’ve kept him the first go round?
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    It was an idiot by the name of Chip Kelly that traded away Foles for Sam Bradford of all people! Never should’ve happened. Even in Foles allegedly “disasterous” season with the Rams he was 190-337 (56.4%), for 2,052 yards and a QB rating of 69. Compare that to your boy Mitch Trubisky. Chip never should’ve traded Foles. There was no reason to except his bizarre love for Sam Bradford and the belief that Chip could turn him into a star.

  61. Russell Wilson/Pete Carroll vs Dak Precott/Jason Garrett- probably as big a mismatch that we ever seen in the playoffs, Seahawks 27-13.
    Colts 27-24, Chargers 23-20, Bears 23-17.

  62. trubiskyisworsethanCutlerandwillalwaysbeinjured….I trolled you so much you changed your display name to mine. Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. says:
    January 3, 2019 at 3:43 pm
    I’ve cleary triggered Frank Booth. Bears have the second best defense behind in the NFL. That’s why they are winning, period! End of story! It’s not because of Mitch. Yet the peanut gallery of Bear fans here cannot accept the truth. He runs way too much and will get injured again. BOOK IT!
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    How could you trigger me? You apparently didn’t read what I had said- that Mitch Trubisky isn’t a good QB right now. I never said that Trubisky is the reason why the Bears are winning right now, nor have other Bears’ fans. You’re just trying to build straw men (look it up). You asked us earlier to “BOOK IT” that the Bears wouldn’t have a winning record, or they wouldn’t make the playoffs. Also, you clearly haven’t watched Mitch Trubisky- he’s made some important throws and conversions recently, especially against the Vikings, and he did throw 24 TD passes, which is about average. He’s been injured once in his career and has been running less than a lot of other QB’s since he came back from his injury.

  63. Ravens defensive line and crowd noise will be too much for statue Phillip Rivers to overcome. Lamar Jackson will make enough plays to win time of possession and setup Tucker for many field goals. Ravens win 24-17.
    Side note- both Ravens Super Bowls came out of the 4th seed.

  64. I could see Seattle winning. I could see Dallas winning. Both have very good running games, but I’d give the edge to Wilson at QB.

    Guess we’ll find out soon.

  65. Bears fans are cautiously optimistic but still concerned about this game- As opposed to Eagles fans, who have been bragging all season about having a dynasty, that Pederson is a better coach than Bill Belichick, and now that Nick Foles is worthy being a member of the Hall-of-Fame after one SB victory and a mediocre regular season career. And when the season was going poorly earlier, the Eagles had every excuse in the book for their team. Most NFL fans knew that the Eagles fans would talk up a storm and be obnoxious after they won the Super Bowl- and they didn’t disappoint!

  66. This is going to be so much fun to watch the Bears smoke the Eagles. Good team, but last year is last year. It’ll be fun to watching Philly fan get their hearts broken by another Chicago team (See 2010 Stanley Cup Finals). Were the Bears bad for a long time? Yes, but so were the Hawks. 3 Cups in 8 years. Not sure if the Bears will win the Super Bowl this year, but I see an appearance in the near future for this team.

  67. Keep sleeping on Houston! We’ve got a winner at QB, tough defense, solid running & special teams game! If we limit the mistakes and contain TY then we win a close one.

    Houston: 30
    Colts: 24

  68. Colts, Cowboys, Chargers, Eagles. Why?

    The Texans have been choking lately.
    The Cowboys are at home and they’ve got Cooper (unlike in week 3).
    The Chargers are just plain better than the Ravens.
    The Eagles have been on the warpath lately, beating the Rams and Texans in back-to-back games.

  69. The Cowboys-Seattle game will be a win-win for the fans of the Boys. If the Cowboys win, well that is a win for the fans. If they lose then Coach Opie Process (Garrett) is fired. I wonder which one is the better win?

  70. Trubisky is like Tebow, but without any winning pedigree. Eagles are gamers, playing with nothing to lose and a chip on their shoulder.

    Eagles in a nail-biter – by a point or 2.

    Cowboys, Colts, Chargers – all nail-biters.

  71. Texans, Ravens, Cowboys, Bears …. I know it’s a stretch to take all home teams on the first playoff weekend, but when all spreads are under three, except for the Bears, gotta go with the home team. I could be talked out of the Texans – the media is trying to do that. I think all home teams cover as well, even the lofty -6.5 that the Bears have to give. Final score in that one should be about 20-13. Other games: Cowboys by 4; Ravens by 6; Texans by 3 down to the wire.

  72. Texans, Ravens, Cowboys, Bears …. I know it’s a stretch to take all home teams on the first playoff weekend. I could be talked out of the Texans – the media is trying to do that. Final score in Bears/Iggles should be 20-13. Other games: Cowboys by 4; Ravens by 6; Texans by 3 down to the wire.

  73. mmack66 says:
    January 3, 2019 at 5:50 pm
    As a Chiefs fan, I really don’t want to see the Colts come to town
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    You don’t want the Ravens either

  74. Your score picks have earned each of you a spot in the NSPL (2nspl.com) playoffs. MDS is our #4 Conference B seed in our main score predicting contest and is going up against Pete Prisco. Florio is our #1 AFC seed in our head to head contest and has earned a bye this week. Good luck to you both!

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