The 2023 NFL playoffs kickoff this weekend with six games in the Super Wild Card Weekend. Things start off with the Seattle Seahawks visiting their divisional rival San Francisco 49ers on Saturday and finish with what could be Tom Brady’s final game in a Tampa Bay Buccaneers uniform on Monday night. The NFL games this weekend are what the teams have been fighting for 18 weeks to get to. Now it’s our job to preview them and give playoff predictions, like our Playoff Bold Predictions from the staff. Below, you’ll find a full breakdown of every NFL game on the playoff schedule this week including storylines, game spreads, totals, 34 stats for every team, top NFL DFS plays, and finally a prediction for the games. So without any further ado, unlike the FAA, let’s start flying through the Wild Card games.

As a refresher, here’s a key to what each stat in the tables mean. Keep in mind the color-coding is geared toward better match-ups for the offense. So the more green you see in a table, the better the offensive conditions are.

Seattle Seahawks at San Francisco 49ers

Saturday 4:30 pm ET

Levi’s Stadium, Santa Clara CA

Game Spread: 49ers -9.5

Game Total: 42.5


The Wild Card round starts off with a divisional rivalry for the third time this year. These teams always play feisty, and sometimes contentious, games and this one should be no different. There’s been a lot made of what Brock Purdy has been doing under center for the Niners and that can’t be minimized for sure however, the bigger question in this game is just what the weather will hold in store? It’s supposed to be wet…very wet. They are in the midst of an atmospheric river. That means the field conditions might be a huge unknown. In situations like this, the offense should be favored, regardless of team, because the offensive player knows where they want to go and can cut accordingly. The two games between them this year have been mainly dominated by San Fran even though the last game’s score appears closer than the game was. Seattle is playing a bit with house money at this point given everyone predicting them to have a top-five pick in the draft and vastly overachieving that prediction. That might make them more willing to try some new things in the play calling department.

Key Injuries To Watch

There are some key players to watch, though most of the players who are questionable are looking closer to playing than not. That includes Christian McCaffrey and some defensive pieces for Seattle.

Saturday 4:30 pm ET
StatRankOffensive StatsRankStat
351.513Total Yards5365.6
61.423Off Plays2261.6
2522Rush Att.929.6
120.118Rush Yds8138.8
4.87Rush YPA104.7
33.715Pass Att.2630.1
231.411Pass Yds13226.8
7.58Pass YPA47.9
StatRankDefensive StatsRankStat
23.625PPG Allowed116.3
361.726Yds/G Allowed1300.6
5.521Yds/P Allowed45
150.230Rush Yds/G277.7
4.926Rush Yds/Att23.4
5.4122RB Rec/G235.47
211.513Pass Yds/G20222.9
6.616Pass Yds/Att116.4
17.117Def vs. QB2715.6
264Def vs. RB3214.6
2330Def vs. WR631.8
15.21Def vs. TE258.4
StatRankAdvanced StatsRankStat
40.7%22Rush %748.1%
59.3%11Pass %2651.9%
47.3%28RZ %1854.0%
59.6%24RZ % Allowed2056.8%
2.9%21Total DVOA1-14.1%
3.8%17Pass DVOA5-8.0%
1.9%25Rush DVOA2-23.6%
-11.60%7DVOA v. #1 WR4-21.80%
28.30%30DVOA v. #2 WR181.20%
-39.00%1DVOA v. #3/4 WR3027.40%
17.10%27DVOA v. TE13-3.60%

Top NFL DFS Plays

Seahawks: Tyler Lockett

Lockett has been the biggest point scorer for Seattle this year in fantasy overall. He outproduced DK Metcalf on the whole, but specifically against San Fran as well. In the two games prior to Saturday’s game against the Niners, Lockett has 16 catches and 178 yards to his credit while seeing 20 total targets. The Niners have been rough against the slot this year and Lockett has played nearly 40-percent of his receiver snaps out of the slot. If Lockett posts a seven-catch, 80-yard day and possibly a touchdown, we’re looking at a great afternoon.

49ers: Christian McCaffrey

Yes, he’s questionable. Yes, the weather is iffy. However, none of that is a concern for McCaffrey. Firstly, he’s going to play, that’s a given. Secondly, wet conditions improve the rushing volume. While Elijah Mitchell is expected to return this week, that also doesn’t hurt the main value in McCaffrey — his receiving ability. The Seahawks have allowed the fourth-most points a game to running backs and nearly 5.5 receptions a game to them too. So even if Mitchell takes most of the carries, McCaffrey will still get rushing attempts and targets that Mitchell won’t. In the last game against them, his only this year, he carried it 26 times for 108 yards and a score while adding six catches for 30 yards. So even if he carries it 15 times, Seattle is allowing nearly five yards a carry which is 75 yards on 15 carries plus 5-6 catches makes him a no brainer.

Game Prediction

49ers 24 Seahawks 14

Los Angeles Chargers at Jacksonville Jaguars

Saturday 8:15 pm ET

TIAA Bank Stadium, Jacksonville

Game Spread: Chargers -2.5

Game Total: 47.5


A rematch from Week 3 of this year when the Jaguars housed the Chargers to the tune of 38-10. Both teams feel like they’re rolling in that same direction to end the year too. Jacksonville comes in having won five straight games while the Chargers had won four straight prior to last week’s loss. This is perhaps the most balanced game of the weekend as a lot of folks have this game split down the middle for predictions. In fact, our own Bold Predictions Playoff picks has our staff splitting this game 9-9 amongst the 18 analysts. If the Chargers talent shows up as it can, and was expected to this year, they should be able to pull the “upset” based on seed. Oh yeah, and if Brandon Staley stops making silly coaching decisions. For Jacksonville’s part, their mojo is palpable right now and the chemistry that Trevor Lawrence has with his receivers which has powered their five-game winning streak.

Key Injuries To Watch

Mike Williams is questionable for the Chargers which shouldn’t come as a shock at this point of the year as that’s his default standing mid-week. For the Jaguars, James Agnew and Trevor Lawrence are both questionable but likely to play with the bigger question for Lawrence being the health of guard Brandon Scherff who can help secure the pocket and running lanes for Travis Etienne.

Saturday 8:15 pm ET
StatRankOffensive StatsRankStat
359.39Total Yards10357.4
67.92Off Plays1863.1
23.828Rush Att.1726.4
89.630Rush Yds14124.5
3.830Rush YPA94.7
41.82Pass Att.1035.1
269.63Pass Yds10232.9
6.723Pass YPA187
StatRankDefensive StatsRankStat
22.621PPG Allowed1220.6
346.120Yds/G Allowed24353.3
5.929Yds/P Allowed185.4
145.828Rush Yds/G12114.8
5.432Rush Yds/Att74.2
3.826RB Rec/G316.29
200.47Pass Yds/G28238.5
6.721Pass Yds/Att226.7
16.820Def vs. QB919.5
257Def vs. RB1521.3
25.728Def vs. WR1927.9
9.520Def vs. TE712
StatRankAdvanced StatsRankStat
35.0%31Rush %1741.8%
65.0%2Pass %1658.2%
54.1%17RZ %2053.5%
53.2%12RZ % Allowed2459.6%
1.1%16Total DVOA266.1%
-3.8%10Pass DVOA3019.7%
6.7%29Rush DVOA11-11.8%
-1.30%16DVOA v. #1 WR2815.90%
-23.50%2DVOA v. #2 WR17-0.10%
10.30%23DVOA v. #3/4 WR14-4.60%
1.00%20DVOA v. TE3237.70%

Top NFL DFS Plays

Chargers: Austin Ekeler

It really isn’t hard. Ekeler has been the best weapon for them, and basically all of football, all year and now he gets a tasty match-up. The Jaguars are allowing the second-most receptions to running backs per game this year. Even with Jacksonville giving up just 114.8 yards rushing a game, though that was reduced a lot over the last 3-4 games in those non-rushing match-ups, the nearly 6.5 receptions a game is a big boon for Ekeler.

Jaguars: Christian Kirk

In eight games this year, Kirk has six or more catches. The Chargers are in the bottom-10 in the league against slot receivers which is where Kirk has played 67-percent of snaps this year. The rapport with Kirk seems to be stronger with Lawrence than him with any other receivers right now. We’ll lean on that rapport in a game with the highest over-under on the board as of Wednesday night.

Game Prediction

Chargers 24 Jaguars 21

Miami Dolphins at Buffalo Bills

Sunday 1:00 pm ET

Highmark Stadium, Buffalo

Game Spread: Bills -13

Game Total: 43.5


Where to start with this one? By now we all know what’s happening with Damar Hamlin and his recovery but the question is just how much momentum does that give the Bills going into the playoffs? We’ve seen teams that gel around a traumatic experiences can make it a long way in the postseason, plus add in the talent on this team and we’re looking at a legit Super Bowl contender. Add to that a cakewalk of a first game now that the Dolphins will be without Tua Tagovailoa and things are looking good for #BillsMafia. It’s hard to add anything for the Dolphins as far as storylines go with Skylar Thompson under center for Miami and their rip-roaring showing of 11 points against the Jets, at home, last week.

Key Injuries To Watch

Aside from Tagovailoa, there’s also concern about Jaylen Waddle, Raheem Mostert, Teddy Bridgewater, TArik Armstead, and Jaelan Phillips. That’s a lot of depth for a team to be questionable. For the Bills it’s just Jordan Poyer and Isiah McKenzie who are question marks.

Sunday 1:00 pm ET
StatRankOffensive StatsRankStat
364.56Total Yards2397.6
59.427Off Plays1264.8
22.931Rush Att.1526.9
99.225Rush Yds7139.5
4.319Rush YPA25.2
34.413Pass Att.835.9
265.44Pass Yds7258.1
8.21Pass YPA77.5
StatRankDefensive StatsRankStat
23.524PPG Allowed217.9
337.818Yds/G Allowed6319.1
5.314Yds/P Allowed95.1
1034Rush Yds/G5104.6
4.16Rush Yds/Att144.3
5.4723RB Rec/G154.75
234.827Pass Yds/G15214.6
6.412Pass Yds/Att56
21.33Def vs. QB2914.8
21.314Def vs. RB2518.5
28.118Def vs. WR1029.8
12.94Def vs. TE316.7
StatRankAdvanced StatsRankStat
38.7%25Rush %1841.5%
61.4%8Pass %1558.5%
60.0%10RZ %960.3%
59.3%23RZ % Allowed244.9%
0.8%15Total DVOA4-11.0%
12.4%25Pass DVOA9-4.9%
-17.5%4Rush DVOA3-19.7%
-8.20%10DVOA v. #1 WR2919.50%
-5.20%13DVOA v. #2 WR14-5.20%
7.00%20DVOA v. #3/4 WR11-10.60%
28.20%30DVOA v. TE1-36.30%

Top NFL DFS Plays

Dolphins: Tyreek Hill

Even when Tua hasn’t been on the field, Hill has still managed decent games through the air. Factor in that Buffalo ranks 29th in DVOA against opposing WR1s and have allowed the 10th-most points to wideouts. If the Dolphins are going to move the ball they’ll need a few big plays from Hill in the passing game to be sure.

Bills: Josh Allen

The Dolphins have allowed the third-most points per game to quarterbacks and this is one heck of a quarterback to face. He’s been a top-three quarterback in points per game at the position this year and he’s got all of his weapons wealthy. Even if Miami can slow down Allen’s rushing yards, which they’ve been good against rushing attacks, there’s still the fact that Allen is facing a defense allowing the sixth-most passing yards a game.

Game Prediction

Bills 35 Dolphins 10

New York Giants at Minnesota Vikings

Sunday 4:30 PM ET

U.S. Bank Stadium, Minneapolis

Game Spread: Vikings -3

Game Total: 48


The Vikings have been one of the most polarizing teams in the NFL this season; are they frauds or are they the real deal? Despite their record, they have a -3 point differential and have been caught with their pants down in a few matchups this season. The Giants have had their own struggles as of late, losing three of their last five, but they did keep the score close against the Vikings in Week 16, only falling short by three points. Can they get over the hump and win their first playoff game in over a decade?

Key Injuries To Watch

Gaints’ center Jon Feliciano is listed as questionable, but it’s the uncertainties on the defensive side of the ball that may cause them trouble. Azeez Ojulari, Adoree’ Jackson, and Leonard Williams all have questionable tags, and if they don’t suit up, it will be hard to contain Minnesota’s high powered offense. The Vikings are in better shape with only center Garrett Bradbury and safety Harrison Smith listed as questionable. 

Sunday 4:30 pm ET
StatRankOffensive StatsRankStat
333.918Total Yards7361.5
64.115Off Plays666.1
30.68Rush Att.2823.8
148.24Rush Yds2797.7
4.85Rush YPA264.1
30.625Pass Att.339.5
185.726Pass Yds6263.8
6.625Pass YPA107.2
StatRankDefensive StatsRankStat
21.817PPG Allowed2825.1
358.225Yds/G Allowed31388.7
5.624Yds/P Allowed305.9
144.227Rush Yds/G20123.1
5.231Rush Yds/Att224.5
2.761RB Rec/G215.29
21414Pass Yds/G31265.6
6.413Pass Yds/Att307.3
1718Def vs. QB520.2
21.713Def vs. RB1221.8
27.820Def vs. WR234
11.311Def vs. TE1610.5
StatRankAdvanced StatsRankStat
47.8%8Rush %3036.0%
52.3%25Pass %364.0%
63.3%7RZ %862.5%
49.2%5RZ % Allowed2157.1%
10.2%29Total DVOA276.7%
9.2%22Pass DVOA2614.2%
11.6%32Rush DVOA19-4.3%
10.00%22DVOA v. #1 WR3019.70%
-23.10%3DVOA v. #2 WR15-2.60%
-21.90%6DVOA v. #3/4 WR185.30%
31.90%31DVOA v. TE258.90%

Top NFL DFS Plays

Giants: Isaiah Hodgins

The Vikings are one of the worst teams in the league in containing outside receivers, and Isaiah Hodgins has already proven he can exploit them. In Week 16, Hodgins finished with eight receptions and 89 yards on 12 targets, as well with a touchdown, and he’s set up to repeat that performance this week. You can’t really go wrong with any of the Giants’ passing options, as the Vikings have given up the second-most fantasy points to the position, but Hodgins has the best chance to produce as a deep threat.

Vikings: Justin Jefferson

He’s the best receiver in the league, so let’s not make this hard. Justin Jefferson was electric this season, and the last time these two teams met, he finished with over 30 fantasy points. The Giants are 22nd in DVOA against the number one wide receiver, and I don’t think they have any prayer of stopping Jefferson. Let’s not make this hard.

Game Prediction

Vikings 27 Giants 24

Baltimore Ravens at Cincinnati Bengals

Sunday 8:15 PM ET

Paycor Stadium

Game Spread: Bengals -8.5

Game Total: 44


Since Lamar Jackson went down with a knee injury five weeks ago, the Ravens have been anemic, at best, on offense. To make matters worse, Tyler Huntley isn’t fully healthy, so they may be forced to start Anthony Brown on Sunday night. The Bengals have been very good on both sides of the ball, so with a backup quarterback and no real receiving corps to speak of, this game could be extremely lopsided. Their defense has been solid, ranking 12th in points allowed per game over the last three weeks, so unless Baltimore finds an offensive spark, they could be in for a long night.

Key Injuries To Watch

Lamar Jackson and Tyler Huntley are both officially listed as questionable, though it’s unlikely Jackson plays. Running back Gus Edwards and cornerbacks Marcus Peters and Marlon Humphrey also have questionable tags. Right guard Alex Cappa has already been ruled out for the Bengals, with Tee Higgins and Cam Taylor-Britt listed as questionable.

Sunday 8:15 pm ET
StatRankOffensive StatsRankStat
338.816Total Yards8360.5
61.919Off Plays765.8
30.97Rush Att.2424.9
1602Rush Yds2995.5
5.23Rush YPA293.8
28.728Pass Att.638.1
178.828Pass Yds5265
6.626Pass YPA97.4
StatRankDefensive StatsRankStat
18.53PPG Allowed620.1
324.39Yds/G Allowed16335.7
5.313Yds/P Allowed155.4
92.13Rush Yds/G7106.6
3.93Rush Yds/Att94.2
5.4723RB Rec/G124.44
232.226Pass Yds/G23229.1
6.719Pass Yds/Att156.6
16.919Def vs. QB3214.4
19.324Def vs. RB2718.2
29.214Def vs. WR2725.8
8.624Def vs. TE199.6
StatRankAdvanced StatsRankStat
50.0%3Rush %2837.9%
50.0%30Pass %562.1%
45.8%30RZ %564.9%
46.4%3RZ % Allowed952.0%
-7.3%7Total DVOA11-4.4%
-2.5%11Pass DVOA12-0.5%
-14.5%7Rush DVOA14-9.5%
-4.90%12DVOA v. #1 WR6-16.20%
-1.80%16DVOA v. #2 WR3128.40%
-5.30%13DVOA v. #3/4 WR2412.70%
-11.70%7DVOA v. TE5-16.80%

Top NFL DFS Plays

Ravens: Mark Andrews

Mark Andrews had a disappointing season, but he’ll have to play a big role in this game if the Ravens hope to win. Last week against the Bengals, Andrews saw nine targets and finished with 100 yards, so even with shaky quarterback play, he should be able to produce once again. The Bengals do rank fifth in DVOA against the tight end, but with one as good as Andrews, you can look past matchups and play your best player.

Bengals: Ja'Marr Chase

Even though the Ravens have been solid in containing wide receivers this season, with both corners banged up, Ja’Marr Chase is set to explode this week. Last week against Baltimore, Chase saw 13 targets, eight receptions, and 86 yards as well as a touchdown. With Tee Higgins questionable, it’s likely Chase sees a similar target share once again this week and comes out as a top performer for the Bengals yet again.

Game Prediction

Bengals 30 Ravens 17

Dallas Cowboys at Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Monday 8:15 PM ET

Raymond James Stadium

Game Spread: Cowboys -2.5

Game Total: 44.5


These two teams met in Week 1, but their rosters couldn’t look more different now. Both the Cowboys and Buccaneers have been ravaged by injuries throughout the course of the season, so this matchup will look completely different from early December’s. Dallas’ defense, which was at one point considered the best in the league, has crumbled, allowing 24 points per game over their last three, up from their average of 20 on the season. Injuries in their secondary have allowed opposing teams to carve the Cowboys up through the air, so expect Tom Brady to have his way with them. The Buccaneers are dealing with multiple injuries on each side of the ball, so if Dak Prescott can limit turnovers, Dallas may be able to hang on and pull out a win.

Key Injuries To Watch

Dallas may be getting some much needed help on defense with Johnathan Hankins set to be activated off of injured reserve. Leighton Vander-Esch, DaRon Bland, and Tyler Biadasz are questionable, but are hopeful to play. Tampa Bay is in another boat, with several key players uncertain to suit up. Wide receiver Mike Evans and offensive linemen Robert Hainsey and DonoVan Smith are listed as questionable on offense with Vita Vea, Mike Edmonds, and Carlton Davis questionable on defense. 

Monday 8:15 pm ET
StatRankOffensive StatsRankStat
354.911Total Yards15346.7
65.59Off Plays168.2
31.26Rush Att.3222.7
135.29Rush Yds3276.9
4.318Rush YPA323.4
32.719Pass Att.144.2
219.814Pass Yds2269.8
716Pass YPA306.3
StatRankDefensive StatsRankStat
20.15PPG Allowed1321.1
330.212Yds/G Allowed9324.3
5.17Yds/P Allowed105.1
129.322Rush Yds/G15120.7
4.417Rush Yds/Att194.5
3.714RB Rec/G73.88
200.98Pass Yds/G9203.6
6.29Pass Yds/Att76.1
16.222Def vs. QB1517.6
1730Def vs. RB2618.5
32.45Def vs. WR730.5
6.730Def vs. TE811.9
StatRankAdvanced StatsRankStat
47.7%10Rush %3233.3%
52.3%23Pass %166.7%
71.4%1RZ %2252.0%
52.0%9RZ % Allowed2662.5%
-13.3%2Total DVOA13-2.9%
-11.3%3Pass DVOA152.7%
-15.7%5Rush DVOA13-10.4%
-4.40%13DVOA v. #1 WR15-2.50%
28.90%32DVOA v. #2 WR195.50%
-30.40%2DVOA v. #3/4 WR195.70%
-19.90%4DVOA v. TE248.00%

Top NFL DFS Plays

Cowboys: CeeDee Lamb

Lamb has been extremely consistent this season, and he’s primed for another big game against the Buccaneers. Tampa Bay has allowed the seventh-most points to opposing wide receivers, and in a game that should be relatively back and forth, Lamb is sure to see plenty of looks. He saw double digit targets in eight games this season, including in Week 1 against Tampa Bay. The Bucs rank 15th in DVOA agains the number one receiver, but even a middle-of-the-road matchup should be productive for Lamb.

Buccaneers: Chris Godwin

Dallas’ defense has been extremely susceptible to the wide receiver position, but especially the number two receiver, ranking dead last in DVOA against the WR2. With Trevon Diggs matched up against Mike Evans, Godwin will be in line for a huge target share against either DaRon Bland or Kelvin Joseph. In the last three meaningful games of the season, Godwin crossed the 20 point threshold twice, and he should easily be able to do that again.

Game Prediction

Cowboys 27 Buccaneers 24