James Salinas Game Notes - Wild Card Round

James Salinas - NFL Wild Card Round (1-1) Overall: 29-19-2 (60% ATS)

Game: Tennessee @ New England (-5)

Selection: New England (-5)

Score: New England 13 - Tennessee 20

Result: L

Notes: As a new decade begins many NFL fans are salivating at the potential to watch the evil empire that is the New England Patriots' two-decade dynasty come to an end this Saturday. Throughout this season the Pats have looked slow, uninspired, and vulnerable to defeat. Marching into Foxborough is the upstart Tennessee Titans with an offense that bullies the opposition with downhill RB Henry and a re-energized passing game led by the midseason insertion of QB Tannehill and his ability to extend plays and execute downfield throws with confidence. However, to advance to the Divisional Playoff Round former Pats LB and current TEN HC Vrabel will have to match coaching wits against his defensive mentor HC Belichick who will undoubtedly have a schematic answer to limit the Titan running attack and force Tannehill to beat the Pats' stellar secondary to win the game. The Patriots' playoff experience shows up on Saturday night and their championship mettle wins out so bet NE -5 and endure the empire for at least one more week.

Game: Seattle @ Philadelphia (O/U 45)

Selection: Under 45

Score: Seattle 17 - Philadelphia 9

Result: W

Notes: The physicality of a full NFL season tests the roster depth of every team still standing come January and Sunday's Wild Card Playoff matchup between SEA & PHI will demonstrate just how vital that depth can be to playoff success. Both teams are severely injured offensively as the Seahawks will be starting backups at LT, LG, C, TE, and newly acquired 4th string RB Lynch, while the Eagles are missing arguably the league's best offensive lineman in RG Brooks and will most likely be without stud RT Johnson. Couple those OL injuries with the Eagles entire Week #1 starting WR trio down for the count and All-Pro TE Ertz hampered with a fractured rib and lacerated kidney. With both offenses incredibly limited for this game the DLs for each team should dominate in the trenches making each possession a fist fight for field position, so buckle up for an old-fashioned playoff slugfest and bet UNDER the total of 45.


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