TAMPA BAY— The NFL Playoffs have started and here is the slate of games that will be played during Wild Card Weekend.
First things first, the teams that made the playoffs are as follows:
- Kansas City Chiefs (14-3)
- Buffalo Bills (13-3)
- Cincinnati Bengals (12-4)
- Jacksonville Jaguars (9-8)
- Los Angeles Charges (10-7)
- Baltimore Ravens (10-7)
- Miami Dolphins (9-8)
- Philadelphia Eagles (14-3)
- San Francisco 49ers (13-4)
- Minnesota Vikings (13-4)
- Tampa Bay Buccaneers (8-9)
- Dallas Cowboys (12-5)
- New York Giants (9-7-1)
- Seattle Seahawks (9-8)
The Kansas City Chiefs and Philadelphia Eagles both have bye weeks since they were the one seeds for their respective conference.
Saturday, January 14, 2023
- Seattle Seahawks v San Francisco 49ers at 3:35 p.m.
- Los Angeles Chargers v Jacksonville Jaguars at 7:15 p.m.
Sunday, January 15, 2023
- Miami Dolphins v Buffalo Bills at 12:05 p.m.
- New York Giants v Minnesota Vikings at 3:40 p.m.
- Baltimore Ravens v Cincinnati Bengals at 7:15 p.m.
Monday, January 16, 2023
- Dallas Cowboys v Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Starting off with the Seahawks and 49ers, both teams entered the season with question marks at quarterback and it worked out for both as they obviously made the playoffs. The Seahawks started veteran quarterback Geno Smith who is the single season passing yards leader and San Francisco is starting a rookie quarterback, 2022 Mr. Irrelevant, Brock Purdy, who was the last selection in the 2022 NFL Draft.
Purdy is played incredible this season in a short time has 13 touchdowns to only four interceptions. Also, this season the 49ers traded for running back Christian McCaffrey from the Carolina Panthers.
The next game is the “Battle of the Best Hair” as Justin Herbert and Trevor Lawrence square off against each other. The Jaguars are a very improved team from last season where then coach Urban Meyer failed to make a transition from the college level.
Onto Sunday where a divisional rematch is set against the Miami Dolphins and Buffalo Bills. The teams split in the regular season. Now, rookie Skylar Thompson is starting for Miami after starting quarterback Tua Tagovailoa was not cleared to play. Tagovailoa has had several concussions this season.
The second game on Sunday is another rematch from the season, the Giants and the Vikings. New York is also very much improved and playing very good football. The Vikings have been on a roll all season and won some very tight games.
The third and final game on Sunday is a nasty divisional rematch between the Bengals and the Ravens. The AFC North teams hate each other and starting Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson could be out due to an injury.
Then on Monday, the Cowboys will travel to Tampa Bay and take on the Tom Brady led Buccaneers. Brady is 7-0 against the Cowboys in his career but the Cowboys are expected to get back several players that will drastically help out the defense.
As for the other teams that didn’t make the playoffs, the 2023 NFL Draft is around the corner and the Chicago Bears are on the clock.
The draft order is as follows:
- Chicago Bears (3-14)
- Houston Texans (3-13-1)
- Arizona Cardinals (4-13)
- Indianapolis Colts (4-12-1)
- Seattle Seahawks from Denver (5-12)
- Detroit Lions from LA Rams (5-12)
- Las Vegas Raiders (6-11)
- Atlanta Falcons (7-10)
- Carolina Panthers (7-10)
- Philadelphia Eagles from New Orleans (7-10)
- Tennessee Titans (7-10)
- Houston Texans from Cleveland (7-10)
- New York Jets (7-10)
- New England Patriots (8-9)
- Green Bay Packers (8-9)
- Washington Commanders (8-8-1)
- Pittsburgh Steelers (9-8)
- Detroit Lions (9-8)
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