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Wild Card Weekend picks: Reunions and rivalries headline opening playoff games

Goff and Stafford face off against their former teams, while Cowboys head coach Mike McCarthy takes on the Packers

NFL: OCT 24 Lions at Rams Photo by Icon Sportswire

The NFL playoffs are here! The first weekend of post-season play begins on Saturday afternoon with the Cleveland Browns taking on the Houston Texans. Then in the evening, in a Peacock exclusive, the Miami Dolphins head to Arrowhead Stadium to take on the Kansas City Chiefs.

On Sunday, Green Bay goes against the Dallas Cowboys in the afternoon, and then Sunday night is the big game for us over here at, with the Los Angeles Rams traveling to the Detroit Lions, the latter hosting their first home playoff game in 30 years. It’s is also Rams QB Matthew Stafford’s first return to Detroit after a 12 year career in the Motor City, while Lions QB Jared Goff prepares to take on his former team in the game as well.

According to DraftKings Sportsbook, the Lions are currently slightly favored over the Rams. We have been using Tallysight to get our picks in each week, so sign up at Tallysight for submitting your own bets.

The Wild Card round of the playoffs will end Monday, first starting with the Steelers in snowy Buffalo to play the Bills, a game that was postponed from Sunday due to weather conditions this weekend, followed by a clash between the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the recently struggling Philadelphia Eagles.

There are many football reunions taking place this weekend. As mentioned, Stafford and Goff will both be playing their previous teams, however they are not the only ones. Dallas head coach Mike McCarthy, who won a Super Bowl with the Packers but was fired from the team in 2018 after 13 seasons, would like nothing more than to hand his former employers a loss. Dolphins WR Tyreek Hill will also make his debut as a Miami Dolphin at Arrowhead vs the Chiefs, the team he first won a Super Bowl ring with.

For my picks this weekend, I like Cleveland over Houston, Kansas City over Miami, Buffalo over Pittsburgh, Dallas over Green Bay, Los Angeles over Detroit and Tampa Bay over Philadelphia.