NFL Picks - Wildcard Weekend 2022 (Expert Playoff Picks For Every Game)

NFL Picks - Wildcard Weekend 2022 (Expert Playoff Picks For Every Game)
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✍️ Written by
Ty Bronicel
🗓 Updated
May 19th 2023

It’s NFL playoff time, folks, so let’s get ready for what really should be a wild, Wild Card Weekend.

What happens after that is anybody’s guess but who better than me to give it a go? Many other fools, but let’s move on. We’ll get to the other playoff games after this weekend.

For now, here’s how one goofball joker man sees the proceeding NFL playoff picture coming into focus. But remember, I may be blind when it comes to forecasting … nah, I can see clearly now.

Take my hand and follow my prognosticating lead and if we wind up in an abandoned well of wagering debt, oops, my bad, oh well. Then we’ll all riot in Vegas on a set date and claim the outcomes were rigged. Kidding, Sin City bad boys, kidding.

We’ll be fine. Read this out loud and hear me out.

Plus, has you covered on every level, including all the best wagering sites and the four best prop bets of Wild Card Weekend.

Note: The spreads are a general consensus as of Friday afternoon, Jan. 14, 2022, and, unless an important player gets food poisoning or worse, arrested, they should be somewhat trusted.

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Here we go:

Las Vegas Raiders at Cincinnati Bengals (-5.5)

By every stat and metric the Bengals are better but this feels like an upset waiting to happen. Joe Burrow is gonna have his day, and it's gonna be as a likely Super Bowl MVP (the Bengals are seriously building something as great as the sitcom WKRP) but the Raiders have won four straight. Let’s call it Raiders by 1.

New England Patriots at Buffalo Bills (-4.5)

The Bills are winning this and covering easily. The Patriots will always get respect in the playoffs because of Belichick but Mac Jones is gonna be battered by the end of this one. I don’t expect a great game from him and the Bills are starting to roll.

Philadelphia Eagles vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (-8.5)

The spread seems a tad too high. Bucs will win this but it’s gonna be a bit closer than that. Why? The Eagles despise Tom Brady and they’ve already, as a franchise, just saying, beat them in a Super Bowl everyone expected New England to win. Philly will put up a fight. Probably with a flying flag or two.

San Francisco 49ers at Dallas Cowboys (-3)

Most pundits lately are jumping on the 49ers’ bandwagon and I’m just not hopping on to it like a silly rabbit. Dallas will find a way to win this one and I expect Dallas’ explosive offense to have a huge game, with Dak Prescott shining. The over/under at just 50.5 seems about 10 points too low.

Pittsburgh Steelers at Kansas City Chiefs (-12.5)

To me, the most dangerous point spread of the NFL. Like the Eagles, the Steelers have even more pride and they’re not losing to the Chiefs by that much. They’ll lose. Chiefs are too good and will wear out the defense but not by 12.5. Steelers will take too much pride in this and try to keep KC’s blistering BBQ-good offensive off the sidelines to keep this within seven.

Arizona Cardinals at Los Angeles Rams (-4)

OK, so here’s the deal on this one: Nobody seriously has a clue. I picked the Cardinals as my Super Bowl sleeper at the start of the season (there are texts and emails to prove it) and looked better than good, but now? Nobody knows. Can they turn it on? Beats me. Will Matthew Stafford play well? Umm. Is it Kyle Murray’s time to shine? Sure, maybe. I still think the Rams have the better team so I’m going with them. Final answer. And here’s a sneak preview of my Super Bowl picks … Nope. Let’s see how this goes this weekend. Best of luck.

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Ty Bronicel
Ty Bronicel
Sports Journalist

Ty Bronicel is a dedicated journalist and graduate of the University of Utah with over 25 years of experience in web media. He has worked for USA TODAY, MSN, Yahoo!, Yahoo! Sports,,, and

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