Jimmy McGinty NFL Wild Card Weekend Preview - He is siding with the underdog Miami Dolphins and New York Giants.
The Saturday night games were quite uninspiring; Texans v Raiders must have been one of the worst QB clashes in playoff history. And Seattle were just too strong for Detroit.
Sunday however could be interesting. I think both underdogs have a chance to keep it close and possibly even get a result.
Miami Dolphins at Pittsburgh Steelers
The key man for Miami is running back Jay Ajaji. He has had some monstrous performances this season, including against Pittsburgh, but last week the Dolphins trailed early so couldn’t use him as much as they’d like to. This game should be closer and thus suit the Dolphins run heavy game-plan.
Brady and the Patriots were flawless against the Dolphins in week 17, not many would’ve done much better. Prior to the Pats game Miami had won 3 in a row. In fact they had won 9 of their last 10 games. They aren’t a bad side and get a big handicap spread here.
I think the Dolphins are in a good place this Sunday. Ok they have a few key injuries but as a result have been completely written off. They travel to Pittsburgh with nothing to lose but they are full of the knowledge they beat the Steelers earlier in the season.
If Miami can’t keep it close, the Steelers, with one eye on the following weekend, may take one foot off the gas and allow Miami to close the deficit to below 10pts – it’s a big spread.
2pts win Dolphins +11.5 points at 20/21 with Ladbrokes
New York Giants at Green Bay Packers
The Packers already dodgy secondary lost Quinten Rollins to a serious injury. This is not good news when Odell Beckham is coming to town. Against Washington last weekend Beckham was well held by Josh Norman but the others did just enough to get NY over the line. Beckham will be in play this week so the Giants should score more freely.
The Giants defensive front gave Kirk Cousins a horrid time last week and they slowed the high scoring Cowboys a few weeks before so it’s hard to see Aaron Rodgers keep up his hot streak. He has thrown 18 TDs to 0 INT in the past seven games. That is frighteningly good.
I felt the Giants were overrated mid-way through the season (and lost on them accordingly) but recent victories against Detroit, Dallas and Washington tell us they are deserving of their playoff spot. Sure the Packers have won six on the bounce but they had plenty of issues throughout the season where they lost six games. They struggle against the run so if NY can get in front early and keep their offense on the field there’s very little Rodgers will be able to do from the sideline.
We already collected on our season long Giants to make the Playoffs at 2/1 so let’s hope they can keep up the good work for the blog.
3pts Giants +5.5 points at 20/21 with Ladbrokes