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AP staff NFL preview and predictions for Wild Card Weekend

Kansas City plays Pittsburgh on Sunday night, but we’re picking all of the Wild Card games.

Cincinnati Bengals v Las Vegas Raiders Photo by Chris Unger/Getty Images

The NFL’s Wild Card Weekend opens with the Cincinnati Bengals (10-7) hosting the Las Vegas Raiders (10-7) at 3:30 p.m. Arrowhead Time on Saturday. The game will be on NBC/Peacock — locally on KSHB/41. Then CBS/Paramount+ (KCTV/5) will have the New England Patriots (10-7) on the road to take on the Buffalo Bills (11-6) at 7:15 p.m.

Sunday’s action begins at noon with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (13-4) hosting the Philadelphia Eagles (9-8) on FOX (WDAF/4). Then CBS/Nickelodeon/Amazon (KCTV/5) will carry the San Francisco 49ers (10-7) on the road against the Dallas Cowboys (12-5) at 3:40 p.m. NBC/Peacock (KSHB/41) will have Sunday Night Football at 7:15 p.m., featuring the Pittsburgh Steelers (9-7-1) against the Kansas City Chiefs (12-5) from Arrowhead Stadium.

Then in the first-ever Monday Night Football playoff game, the Los Angeles Rams (12-5) will host the Arizona Cardinals (11-6) on ESPN (KMBC/9).

Here are our picks for this weekend’s games. Be sure to cast your vote, too!


Arrowhead Pride readers pick

READER RECORD: 178-91-3

Poll

Who wins Raiders (10-7) at Bengals (10-7)?

This poll is closed

  • 34%
    Raiders
    (402 votes)
  • 65%
    Bengals
    (747 votes)
1149 votes total Vote Now

Poll

Who wins Patriots (10-7) at Bills (11-6)?

This poll is closed

  • 39%
    Patriots
    (444 votes)
  • 60%
    Bills
    (690 votes)
1134 votes total Vote Now

Poll

Who wins Eagles (9-8) at Buccaneers (13-4)?

This poll is closed

  • 21%
    Eagles
    (243 votes)
  • 78%
    Buccaneers
    (907 votes)
1150 votes total Vote Now

Poll

Who wins 49ers (10-7) at Cowboys (12-5)?

This poll is closed

  • 55%
    49ers
    (636 votes)
  • 44%
    Cowboys
    (510 votes)
1146 votes total Vote Now

Poll

Who wins Cardinals (11-6) at Rams (12-5)?

This poll is closed

  • 31%
    Cardinals
    (353 votes)
  • 68%
    Rams
    (785 votes)
1138 votes total Vote Now

Reader Record by Week

Predictions W-L-T
Week 1 picks 8-7-1
Week 2 picks 10-6-0
Week 3 picks 10-6-0
Week 4 picks 10-6-0
Week 5 picks 11-5-0
Week 6 picks 9-4-1
Week 7 picks 10-3-0
Week 8 picks 8-7-0
Week 9 picks 8-6-0
Week 10 picks 9-4-1
Week 11 picks 11-4-0
Week 12 picks 8-7-0
Week 13 picks 9-5-0
Week 14 picks 10-4-0
Week 15 picks 12-4-0
Week 16 picks 13-3-0
Week 17 picks 11-5-0
Week 18 picks 11-5-0
Total 178-91-3

AP Staff Record

TW LW Staffer W L T Pct
1 1 Kristian Gumminger 120 56 1 0.6808
2 2 Mark Gunnels 161 78 1 0.6729
3 3 Bryan Stewart 176 95 1 0.6489
4 5 Ron Kopp Jr. 167 93 1 0.6418
5 7 Pete Sweeney 174 97 1 0.6415
5 4 Matt Stagner 165 92 1 0.6415
7 6 Talon Graff 173 98 1 0.6379
7 8 Jared Sapp 173 98 1 0.6379
9 10 Kramer Sansone 166 98 1 0.6283
10 9 Stephen Serda 169 101 1 0.6255
11 11 Ethan Willinger 169 102 1 0.6232
12 12 Rocky Magaña 165 106 1 0.6085
13 13 John Dixon 161 110 1 0.5938

In the final week of the regular season, Kramer Sansone and Ron Kopp led the Arrowhead Pride staff with 11-5-0 head-to-head records. Three other staffers went 10-6-0. Against the spread, Kristian Gumminger was 12-4-0, followed by Mark Gunnels at 11-5-0. Stephen Serda was 11-5-0 in over/under, with Kramer and Matt Stagner right behind at 10-6-0. Overall, Kramer and Ron led the way at 28-20-0. Kristian was 30-17-0.

Among hundreds of Tallysight’s NFL experts in Week 18, Kramer and Ron ranked seventh and eighth head-to-head, while Kristian and Mark ranked first and 15th against the spread. Overall, Kramer and Ron ranked ninth and 18th.

Over the whole season, Ron and Kramer rank seventh and 19th head-to-head — while Mark now tops the rankings against the spread, followed by Pete Sweeney at 11th and Kristian at 19th. Jared Sapp is ranked second in over/under, followed by Kristian at ninth. Overall, Kristian is in second place, Pete ranks fourth and Mark comes in at ninth.

Odds/lines subject to change. T&Cs apply. See draftkings.com/sportsbook for details.