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Super Wild Card Weekend NFL game picks: Bills unanimous winners over Steelers; Eagles or Bucs? editors Ali Bhanpuri, Tom Blair, Brooke Cersosimo, Gennaro Filice and Dan Parr will predict every game of the 2023 NFL season, using the unbeatable combo of football analysis and excessive punctuation. Check out their records through Sunday's games and the rest of their picks for Super Wild Card Weekend below.

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Analyst Record (straight) Record (ATS)
Ali 172-104 (62.3%) 138-126-11 (52.3%)
Brooke 175-101 (63.4%) 137-128-11 (51.7%)
Dan 178-98 (64.5%) 151-114-11 (57.0%)
Gennaro 171-105 (62.0%) 159-106-11 (60.0%)
Tom 174-102 (63.0%) 131-132-11 (49.8%)
Consensus Picks 113-45 (71.5%) 35-20-1 (63.6%)


  1. The lines provided by Caesars Sportsbook are current as of 2 p.m. ET on Thursday, Jan. 11, unless otherwise noted below.
  2. * -- Pick flipped after publishing.
  3. ** -- Final score prediction changed after publishing.


  • WHERE: Highmark Stadium (Orchard Park, N.Y.)
  • WHEN: 4:30 p.m. ET | CBS, Paramount+, NFL+
  • MONEYLINE: Steelers +360 | Bills -480
  • SPREAD: Bills -10.0 | O/U: 35.5

EDITOR'S UPDATE: Due to inclement weather in the Buffalo area, the Steelers-Bills game, originally scheduled for Sunday at 1 p.m. ET, has been moved to Monday at 4:30 p.m. ET, the NFL, in consultation with New York Gov. Kathy Hochul, announced on Saturday

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Ali Brooke Dan Gennaro Tom
Bills 18-11
Bills 26-17
Bills 22-13
Bills 21-13
Bills 24-13

Why Brooke is taking the Bills: Mike Tomlin may have just banked his 17th consecutive non-losing season, but the last time his Steelers won a playoff game, the Killer Bs -- Ben Roethlisberger, Le'Veon Bell and Antonio Brown -- were on his side. This time around, Pittsburgh must rely on Mason Rudolph, whose presence admittedly has sparked a downfield passing game, and a steady backfield duo. Honestly, though, the defense has been the highlight of this team for most of the season, but it'll be without star pass rusher T.J. Watt on Sunday. That's a huge blow to Pittsburgh's chances of frustrating the roller coaster that is Josh Allen, whose play is just too erratic for me to believe he'll make it to Championship Sunday. The turnover-prone quarterback must protect the ball. If he does that, the Bills advance. If he doesn't, it very well could be another lost season in Buffalo. It's that simple.

  • WHERE: Raymond James Stadium (Tampa, Fla.)
  • WHEN: 8:15 p.m. ET | ESPN, ABC, ESPN2, ESPN+, ESPN Deportes, NFL+
  • MONEYLINE: Eagles -160 | Buccaneers +135
  • SPREAD: Eagles -3.0 | O/U: 44.0
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Ali Brooke Dan Gennaro Tom
Buccaneers 21-20
Eagles 22-17
Eagles 22-20
Eagles 25-20
Eagles 22-18

Why Dan is taking the Eagles: I know it's the playoffs, but this has the feel of a consolation game. The Eagles last looked like contenders in November. They are stumbling into the postseason. Yet, there is still so much to like, at least on paper, which is why I continue to pick them. And this could be the right draw for Nick Sirianni's collapsing crew. That might sound odd at first, considering Tampa Bay has won five of its last six games. But let's not overlook that the Buccaneers were soundly defeated at home by the mediocre Saints two weeks ago and failed to score a touchdown last week in a division-clinching 9-0 win over the Panthers, who finished with the worst record in the league. Philadelphia's vulnerability against the pass is no secret, but will a banged-up Baker Mayfield be able to take advantage? I'm not saying he will, but I wouldn't rule it out -- and the Eagles have injury concerns of their own.

EDITOR'S UPDATE: On Saturday, NFL Network Insider Mike Garafolo reported that WR A.J. Brown (knee) would be ruled out for Monday's game.


  • WHERE: NRG Stadium (Houston)
  • WHEN: 4:30 p.m. ET | NBC, Peacock, Telemundo, NFL+
  • MONEYLINE: Browns -140 | Texans +118
  • SPREAD: Browns -2.0 | O/U: 44.5
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Ali Brooke Dan Gennaro Tom
Texans 22-20
Browns 24-20
Browns 24-21
Browns 24-19
Texans 24-21

Why Tom is taking the Texans: It's pretty easy to imagine Joe Flacco airing it out with Amari Cooper in Houston (again), steadying Cleveland with veteran savvy while the Texans falter against the Browns' D. But it's just as easy to picture C.J. Stroud and DeMeco Ryans rising to the occasion. Stroud, who missed Houston's Week 16 loss to Cleveland due to a concussion, is better than any quarterback the Browns have faced since Flacco-mania really took off in Northeast Ohio, starting with a narrow home victory over the Jags and a compromised Trevor Lawrence in Week 14. I could be wrong, but I don't get the sense that playoff jitters will be a problem for Ryans' crew. To me, this is a bit of a toss-up, so I'm defaulting to the star QB at home.

  • WHERE: GEHA Field at Arrowhead Stadium (Kansas City, Mo.)
  • WHEN: 8:10 p.m. ET | Peacock
  • MONEYLINE: Dolphins +192 | Chiefs -235
  • SPREAD: Chiefs -4.5 | O/U: 44.0
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Ali Brooke Dan Gennaro Tom
Chiefs 22-17
Chiefs 26-23
Chiefs 23-18
Chiefs 23-17
Chiefs 23-17

Why Gennaro is taking the Chiefs: A laser light show in September, Miami hobbled into January as a severely diminished outfit. Adding insult to a devastating wave of injuries: The team from Miami must open the playoffs in Kansas City, where the forecasted temperature for Saturday night has been teetering around ZERO degrees. Welcome back, Tyreek! All that said, the Chiefs enter this postseason looking as beatable as we've ever seen them in the Mahomes era. Kansas City started the season at 6-1, but since Week 8, the Chiefs are 5-5 with an offense in this span that ranks 26th in scoring, one spot below the Steelers. We all keep asking the same question: Can K.C. flip the switch? Maybe, maybe not. But I'm not even sure Miami's house has power.


  • WHERE: AT&T Stadium (Arlington, Texas)
  • WHEN: 4:30 p.m. ET | FOX, FOX Deportes, NFL+
  • MONEYLINE: Packers +278 | Cowboys -355
  • SPREAD: Cowboys -7.5 | O/U: 50.5
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Ali Brooke Dan Gennaro Tom
Cowboys 27-20
Cowboys 28-23
Cowboys 29-20
Cowboys 35-21
Cowboys 27-20

Why Ali is taking the Cowboys: The Packers have won six of eight -- including three in a row -- thanks to Jordan Love's second-half resurgence. Interception issues that plagued him during the fall have all but disappeared, with the first-year starter leading all passers in TD-to-INT ratio (18:1), yards (2,150) and total EPA since Week 11. His ability to push the ball downfield has kept defenses off balance and opened up opportunities in the run game -- most notably for Aaron Jones, who leads the NFL in rushing (411 yards) since his return from injury in Week 15. Whether Love can sustain his excellent level of play against Dallas' man-heavy defense will be the deciding factor on Sunday. Will we see the guy who sports 19 TD passes (with just one pick) against man looks this season? Or the guy who owns the league's worst CPOE (-8.3%) against the coverage (min. 250 dropbacks, per NGS)? My guess is that Cowboys DC (and scorching-hot HC candidate) Dan Quinn will break tendencies enough to keep Love guessing, while ultimately leaning on a ferocious pass rush and opportunistic secondary to do what Dallas does best: hunt. And with space-eating DT Johnathan Hankins back in the lineup, Quinn should be able to confidently deploy extra DBs -- as he prefers to do -- to more effectively defend the Packers' rising receiving corps without ceding too much ground against the run. The Cowboys advance, but not in the blowout fashion they've gotten used to at AT&T Stadium.

  • WHERE: Ford Field (Detroit)
  • WHEN: 8:15 p.m. ET | NBC, Peacock, Universo, NFL+
  • MONEYLINE: Rams +135 | Lions -160
  • SPREAD: Lions -3.0 | O/U: 51.5
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Ali Brooke Dan Gennaro Tom
Lions 27-25
Lions 25-23
Rams 27-25
Rams 31-27
Lions 27-23

Why Gennaro is taking the Rams: These are heady times for football in the Mitten State. The week began with the Michigan Wolverines winning their first national title in 26 years, and it will end with the Detroit Lions hosting their first playoff game in 30. And that's not all! In an inspired narrative twist, the man standing between the Lions and their first postseason victory in 32 years is none other than Matthew Stafford. The longtime face of the franchise returns to Ford Field for his first game since the rare win-win trade that ultimately gave the Rams a Lombardi Trophy and the Lions a brand new identity. So, in what could be the most electric atmosphere of Super Wild Card Weekend, why back the road team? The Rams' offense is healthy, the Lions' offense is not, and Detroit's defense can't stop the pass.

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