Opinion: PGM picks NFL wild card spherical | Jobi Cool

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So right here we’re – 271 video games later, the 2022-23 NFL common season is drawing to an in depth.

It was a season of ups and downs, stunning twists and tales.

The Kansas Metropolis Chiefs and Philadelphia Eagles reigned supreme of their respective conferences with 14-3 information. As deployed unit no. 1, each groups made it to the divisional spherical on 21-22. January.

The Seattle Seahawks made the playoffs on the expense of the Inexperienced Bay Packers because of a subject objective in extra time in opposition to the Los Angeles Rams and a Detroit Lions win in Inexperienced Bay. They’ll face off in opposition to a powerful San Francisco 49ers workforce that has gained their final 10 video games.

The wild-card spherical can be highlighted by an AFC North showdown — and a Week 18 rematch — between the Cincinnati Bengals and Baltimore Ravens. In the meantime, Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott will attempt to play in opposition to an ageing Tom Brady, who has by no means misplaced with the Cowboys.

Off the sector, the ideas of the NFL group are nonetheless with Buffalo Payments security Damar Hamlin. Hamlin returned dwelling on Jan. 11 after 9 days in two separate hospitals to deal with cardiac arrest throughout a Jan. 2 sport in opposition to the Cincinnati Bengals.

As for NFL Picks, Pepperdine graduate Zack Born (’22) has jumped to the highest spot in current weeks for the reason that final article. He’s adopted carefully behind by Information Editor Sam Torre and Co-Copy Chief Alec Matulka.

Sports activities editor Jerry Jiang forgot to submit his suggestions for a couple of weeks and so he plummeted within the standings. Sports activities assistants Jaan Jafri and Maximilian Pohlenz gave up a very long time in the past as a result of they may not submit their recommendations on time for the reason that first half of the season. Certainly, it is a ruthless sport we play.

To decide on!

Saturday January 14th at 1:30pm PST

Seattle Seahawks (9-8) at San Francisco 49ers (13-4)

  • Seahawks: Alec
  • 49ers: Ali, Jerry, Lucian, Sam, Zack

“The season of fairy tales continues! Geno Smith Tremendous Bowl Champion 2023!” — Alec

“Each time I hear ‘Geno’ I believe ‘gyno’, which is an excessive amount of for me on a Sunday. He must get out of reports.” — Ali

“Checking in right here after not paying consideration since week 6. Wow, the 49ers are actually good!” — Jerry

“The escape – in the event you may even name it that – ends right here, Alec.” — Lucian

“Are sea hawks actual birds?” – By myself

Saturday January 14th at 5:15pm PST

Los Angeles Chargers (10-7) at Jacksonville Jaguars (9-8)

  • Chargers: Ali, Jerry, Zack
  • Jaguars: Alec, Lucian, Sam

The Chargers simply misplaced to the Broncos. Sufficient stated.” — Alec

“I am in love with the truth that LA the workforce is within the playoffs a 12 months after the town took dwelling the championship, and it isn’t the Rams. Justin Herbert can have 700 yards. — Ali

“Assist for one LA workforce within the playoffs.” — Jerry

“I refuse to let LA let me down any greater than it has already. – By myself

“Phrases by Randy Newman, I really like LA” – Zack

Sunday January fifteenth at 10am PST

Miami Dolphins (9-8) at Buffalo Payments (13-3)

  • Dolphins: None
  • Accounts: Alec, Ali, Jerry, Lucian, Sam, Zack

“Payments! Accounts! Accounts!” — Ali

“The collapse of the Dolphins this season needs to be one of many largest collapses in NFL historical past.” — Lucian

“I do not assume I even have to justify this. – By myself

“Accounts.” — Zack

Sunday January fifteenth at 1:30pm PST

New York Giants (9-7-1) at Minnesota Vikings (13-4)

  • Giants: Sam
  • Vikings: Alec, Ali, Jerry, Lucian, Zack

“I need to root for the G-men as a lot as doable, however there’s undoubtedly a restrict. In my coronary heart, I need to knock the smug look off Kirk Cousins’ face because the Giants proceed to make the playoffs and repeat the Tremendous Bowl. However to be reasonable, I’ve to select the Vikings.” — Ali

“I do not assume the Vikings are good. However I believe they’re higher than the Giants.” — Lucian

“I ain’t trip or die for nothing.” – By myself

“The Vikings are one of the best worst greatest worst greatest strong good respectable playoff workforce.” — Zack

Sunday January fifteenth at 5:15pm PST

Baltimore Ravens (10-7) at Cincinnati Bengals (12-4)

  • Ravens: None
  • Bengals: Alec, Ali, Jerry, Lucian, Sam, Zack

“What a disgrace that Poe, simply out of IR, has to observe this massacre. Unkindness stays unkind.” — Ali

“Weren’t we simply watching this sport?” — Lucian

“Wow, by no means seen a match earlier than, I’m wondering the way it will prove. – By myself

“I want there was a current sport that would give us an perception into how these groups play in opposition to one another.” — Zack

Monday January sixteenth at 5:15pm PST

Dallas Cowboys (12-5) and Tampa Bay Buccaneers (8-9)

  • Cowboys: None
  • Bucs: Alec, Ali, Jerry, Lucian, Sam, Zack

“Reality: the house workforce at all times has a bonus. Reality: Tom Brady is totally the GOAT within the playoffs. Reality: Cowboys at all times choke. Reality: Tom Brady not has a household to distract him from absolute Sunday slacking.” — Alec

“Tom Brady.” Cowboys.” — Lucian

“A bit of my soul dies each time I vote for Tom Brady, however that is a small worth to pay.” – By myself

“I’d get pleasure from this outcome.” — Zack


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Alec Matulka’s e-mail: alec.matulka@pepperdine.edu

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