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NFL Wild Card Weekend pick ‘em: Let’s root root for the home team

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We seem to favor the favorites in the Wild Card games

Miami Dolphins v Buffalo Bills Photo by Brett Carlsen/Getty Images

With the NFL regular season now complete, a few brave souls are venturing into the Wild Card weekend with their weekly picks.

We were all pretty unanimous in all of our picks, going with the home division winners over the road wild card entrants. That shouldn’t come as much of a surprise, as the sports community by and large is favoring the home teams with some absurdly large point spreads. The Chiefs are a 9 point favorites over the Titans, and the Jaguars are also a 9 point favorite over the Bills. The Saints are favored by 7 over Panthers, and the Rams hold a 6.5 point spread over the Falcons.

2017 NFL Pick’em Wild Card Weekend

HOME @ AWAY Scott Mason John A. Andrew Hamilton Anthony
HOME @ AWAY Scott Mason John A. Andrew Hamilton Anthony
BUF @ JAX JAX JAX BUF JAX JAX
TEN @ KC KC KC KC KC KC
ATL @ LAR LAR LAR LAR LAR LAR
CAR @ NO NO NO NO NO NO
163-93 164-92 159-96 149-107 128-96

Perhaps the most interesting matchup is the one where we saw our only variance from the favorites, in the Jaguars v. Bills game. That game features a pair of teams who have been on the outside looking in for the past decade. The Jaguars are in their first playoff game since 2007, while the Bills are making their first trip since Doug Flutie led them to a spot way back in 1999. With the outpouring of support that Bills fans have showered upon the Bengals upon the Bengals defeat of the Ravens, which propelled the Bills into the playoffs, it’s kind of difficult not to be at least a little behind them in the opening round.