Prisco's Picks: Week 18

 
 
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18
PETE PRISCO
Senior NFL Columnist
Pete Prisco has covered the NFL for three decades, including working as a beat reporter in Jacksonville for the Jaguars. He hosted his own radio show for seven years, and can be seen throughout the week on CBS Sports' NFL shows. When he's not watching game tape you can find Pete on Twitter or dreaming of an Arizona State national title in football.
MATCHUP SCORE ANALYSIS
Saturday, Jan. 6, 2018
 
Tennessee
Titans
21
The Titans didn't exactly power into the playoffs, but they beat the Jaguars this past Sunday to get into the party. They struggled on offense for much of the second half of the season, but they get an opponent in the Chiefs that have struggled against the run, ranking 23rd in rushing yards per attempt and 29 in passing yards per play. Look for the Titans to pound the football at the middle of that Chiefs defense and have some success doing so.
Result: Kansas City Chiefs 21, Tennessee Titans 22
Kansas City
Chiefs
23
 
 
Atlanta
Falcons
30
This will be the first playoff game for a lot of Rams players, including quarterback Jared Goff, and also coach Sean McVay. The Falcons will bring a playoff-tested group that went to the Super Bowl last year, which gives them an edge.
Result: Atlanta Falcons 26, Los Angeles Rams 13
Los Angeles
Rams
27
 
Sunday, Jan. 7, 2018
 
Buffalo
Bills
7
The Bills haven't been in the playoffs since 1999 and the Jaguars haven't been involved since 2007. This is the Drought Bowl.
Result: Jacksonville Jaguars 10, Buffalo Bills 3
Jacksonville
Jaguars
20
 
 
Carolina
Panthers
23
The Saints beat the Panthers twice this season, including winning 31-21 at the Superdome on Dec. 3. In that game, Saints running backs Mark Ingram and Alvin Kamara accounted for 248 yards and three touchdowns on the ground and through the air. Expect more of that this week.
Result: New Orleans Saints 31, Carolina Panthers 26
New Orleans
Saints
30