NFL Wild Card Sunday features the 49ers, one of three NFC West teams to make the postseason. But also, possibly Ben Roethlisberger’s last game.
Not that the Seattle Seahawks played uninspired football this year – I don’t think anyone should argue that Seattle didn’t care if it won or lost – but the team might have a little extra motivation in 2022 as they are the only team in the NFC West not to make the postseason.
But Seattle should be better next year. The issue is most of the playoff teams playing Sunday aren’t going to be worse. Seattle will still, even with a last-place schedule, have a tough road to the postseason as the teams ahead of them – Tampa Bay, Philadelphia (seriously) and Dallas – should be pretty good again in 2022.
Staff predictions for NFL Wild Card Sunday
But three teams will see their seasons end on Sunday. Our staff is nearly unanimous in who we think is victorious. Maybe there won’t be much drama on Sunday.
As far as WynnBet goes, they favor the Buccaneers by 8.5 over the Eagles, Dallas by 3 points over San Francisco and Kansas City by a whopping 12.5 points over Pittsburgh. At least one of these games will likely be wrong because nothing is certain in the NFL.
This is how our staff sees the games going.
Philadelphia Eagles at Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Geoff Schull: Buccaneers 38 Eagles 31
Todd Vandenberg: Buccaneers 34 Eagles 23
Jake Luppino: Buccaneers 31 Eagles 14
Carson Schroer: Buccaneers 36 Eagles 17
Andrew Bailie: Buccaneers 28 Eagles 17
Max Downard: Buccaneers 38 Eagles 28
Lee Vowell: Buccaneers 31 Eagles 17
San Francisco 49ers at Dallas Cowboys
Geoff Schull: Cowboys 34 49ers 21
Todd Vandenberg: Cowboys 43 49ers 17
Jake Luppino: Cowboys 28 49ers 27
Carson Schroer: Cowboys 31 49ers 20
Andrew Bailie: Cowboys 27 49ers 24
Max Downard: 49ers 27 Cowboys 24
Lee Vowell: Cowboys 20 49ers 17
Pittsburgh Steelers at Kansas City Chiefs
Geoff Schull: Chiefs 21 Steelers 17
Todd Vandenberg: Chiefs 27 Steelers 23
Jake Luppino: Steelers 24 Chiefs 23
Carson Schroer: Chiefs 30 Steelers 16
Andrew Bailie: Chiefs 34 Steelers 31
Max Downard: Chiefs 27 Steelers 17
Lee Vowell: Chiefs 24 Steelers 13