“Pick ‘Em or Kick ‘Em”™: FGT VS. Urban Sports Scene 2022 Super Wild Card Weekend NFL Picks
By the Football Garbage Time StaffIf you followed last year, you won over 60% of your picks, and we aim to do even better this year.
And if you’ve been following us, you know that we here at Football Garbage Time have gone head to head against Wally, Will and Ray at Urban Sports Scene on our NFL Picks for the last 5 seasons. Why? Because they’re awesome competitors, they KNOW their sports, and, heck, they’re just good guys! This year we’ll have their picks up right HERE, so keep it tuned in, to both us and them, because we’ll be picking all season all long.
Without further to do, here we go:
Super Wild Card Weekend Games
Ha Kung’s Picks
Ha Kung’s Thoughts:
Last year I ended up with a 64.7% record for the season, so that’s seven years in a row with over a 60% pick rate. Plus, I had a 75.5% record on Locks of the Week and a 58% record on Upsets of the Week. I had a decent week going 10-6 in Week 18, with a total of 172-97 for the season (63.9%), 14-4 for Locks of Week, and 8-10 for Upsets of the Week. Don’t worry, I don’t plan on stopping now!
Let’s get to that Lock (for Survivor Leagues) and Upset for Super Wild Card Weekend…
Lock of the Week ➡ Buffalo Bills (-9.5) over Miami Dolphins
This might the most lopsided game of the weekend. Unfortunately, Tua Tagovailoa has been ruled out due to concussion, and Teddy Bridgewater is also out, which means that 7th round rookie Skylar Thompson will get the third start of his career. As some interesting trivia, Thompson will actually be one of two 7th round drafted QBs to start in Super Wild Card Weekend, the other being the 49ers’ Brock Purdy. Unfortunately, Thompson hasn’t been nearly as productive as Purdy this season. Thompson has played in a total of 7 games with a completion percentage of 57.1 along with 534 yards, one TD and 3 INTs. He has been sacked six times and has lost two fumbles. Even though Thompson led the Dolphins to a critical win against the Jets in Week 18, he was unspectacular in doing so averaging less than 5 yards per completion and no TDs. The Bills have the second most yards (397.6) and second most points (28.4) per game of any team this year. Don’t over think it. Lock it in.
Upset of the Week ➡ Tampa Bay Buccaneers (+2.5) over the Dallas Cowboys
I’ve been predicting all year that the Bucs would limp through the regular season into the playoffs just to turn it up to 11 and make a run to at least the NFC Conference Championship game. We’re all aware of what “Playoff Brady” is and Mike Evans’ reemergence in Week 17 I think foreshadows how the Bucs will play in the playoffs. On the other side of this are the Dallas Cowboys who really limped into the playoffs with one of the ugliest performances I’ve seen this season in Week 18. Facing the Commanders, Dak Prescott completed just 14 of 37 pass attempts for a measly 128 yards, a TD and an INT. Not only did the pass game struggle, but the ground game with Ezekiel Elliott and Tony Pollard totaled a paltry 29 total rush yards on 15 carries. These teams a trending in opposite directions and I have no confidence that “good Prescott” will show up to play this weekend. “Playoff Brady” will find a way to move on.
Weeks with football are limited at this point of the year. Injuries have really hurt some of these games. I don’t expect any major upsets unless there are in game injuries.
Check out Wole’s thoughts on his picks in the recent Urban Sports Scene Podcast!
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Check out Ray’s thoughts on his picks in the most recent Urban Sports Scene Podcast!
Check out Will’s thoughts on his picks in the most recent Urban Sports Scene Podcast!
Seahawks defense has to put Brock Purdy in bad situations to have any chance but they struggle stopping the run. Christian McCaffrey will have a huge day and the 49ers will roll.
Jacksonville was fortunate to get past Tennessee to win the AFC South. But given what I’ve seen Trevor Lawrence do in big spots for Clemson I trust him in a playoff game over Justin Herbert. The Jags will pick Herbert off in the 4th quarter to surprise the Chargers
Skylar Thompson is starting which means the Dolphins don’t have a hope in Buffalo. Biggest blowout of the weekend.
Giants avoid the big mistakes they made in Minnesota before (a blocked punt, crucial penalties) and ride the running of Daniel Jones and Saquon Barkley to upset the Vikings.
No Lamar Jackson means no chance for the Ravens who are on fumes. Bengals win convincingly.
Tampa Bay is still the team that was down 11 in the 4th quarter to Carolina and nearly blew it on a punt to lose the game. Dallas is tired of hearing about their record vs. Tom Brady and has a massive bounce back after an awful performance at Washington. Cowboys finish Tom Brady’s tenure in Southwest Florida.
Week 18 Results
Week 18 Standings
Check back next week for our Wild Card Playoff results and Divisional Round Playoff picks!