BY RAMBLIN and GAMBLIN SPORTS
Special to PressBox 790 Sports
What year it has been in the NFL! Not one single game was canceled (even though there was plenty of shuffling around) and one would have to give credit to the NFL for handling the pandemic as well as a league could. Now onto Wild Card weekend where we have a fantastic slate of games. I’ll give you two bets that I’ve already placed:
I hope everyone remembers what happened last year in the Divisional round. Well in case you don’t, the Titans upset the Ravens as a 10-point road underdog that ruined the Ravens’ super bowl run. The Titans also beat the Ravens midseason this year after the Ravens blew a 10-point third-quarter lead. The Ravens have since won five straight and look like one of the best teams in the NFL in that stretch. This Ravens team can put up points against inferior defenses. They have put up 34, 47, 40, 27, and 38 against the Cowboys, Browns, Jaguars, Giants, and Bengals — all in the bottom half in defensive ratings. Wonder what the Titans rank? 29th. The Ravens should put up plenty of points when they have. The main key will be for the Baltimore defense to get the Titans off the field. Going to be a fun rematch!
Rams +4 (currently at +3)
This NFC West playoff matchup is probably my favorite matchup on the slate. Both teams have defended their home fields with victories over one another and now this third match up takes us back to Seattle where the Rams didn’t score a TD. Goff was downright awful with a 62% passer rating with an INT. Cam Akers was out that game and now he’s fully healthy. On top of Cam Akers coming back to full strength, so is Andrew Whitworth. The all-pro left tackle got hurt in week 10 against the Seahawks and is making a comeback for this game. The Seahawks are a shell of the emphatic start that they had. The game total sits at 42.5 and if this game was played early in the year it could be set closer to 50. The matchup that could very well decide the game is Ramsey vs Metcalf. In Week 10, Ramsey held Metcalf to 2 catches for 28 yards. In Week 16, Ramsey held Metcalf to 6 catches for 59 yards. Ramsey seems to have Metcalf’s number and I expect the same Saturday afternoon. Aaron Donald and Michael Brockers, who just got cleared from COVID-protocols, are going to cause their usual chaos. As long as Goff and company can move the football and limit their turnovers, I see the Rams winning this game outright.