NFL Picks: Sunday Wild Card Playoffs Totals Predictions

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We wrap up the Wild Card weekend on Sunday with two contests that projected as low scoring affairs. Will that actually be the case in each instance?

L.A. Chargers (8-8 O/V) at Baltimore (7-9 O/U)

This a swift turnaround rematch from just 15 days ago that Baltimore won 22-10 on the road in Carson, CA. How might that contest impact this Wild Card Playoffs contest? While we don’t know what each team will do for sure, it is not impossible to surmise what changes will be made and how that might not only impact the outcome but the total for NFL picks.

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This season, Baltimore’s stop troops were No. 1 in total defense (292.9), No.2 in points allowed (17.9) and No.5 in pass defense (209.9). In just three games did the Ravens allow a passer to throw for 300 or more yards and that was against Patrick Mahomes and Baker Mayfield (twice). In each instance, their teams game plan was to throw outside the numbers immediately and let the receiver make a play and later come back and work the tight end over the middle 10-20 yards between the hash marks. While at the same time blending in the running game.

The Chargers did not deploy this method and Philip Rivers was sacked four times and hurried on numerous other occasions. Rivers is a rhythm passer, if he gets the ball out of his hand quickly the Bolts score at least 20 points.

For all the accolades the Chargers were receiving as the AFC’s most complete team before losing to the Ravens, skip their Week 17 outcome against an inept Denver offense (9 points) and L.A. had conceded 101 points in their previous four contests. Granted, they did face Pittsburgh, Kansas City, and Baltimore, yet, this included the Jeff Driskel-led Bengals, who scored 21 points. With the total at 41, do Chargers keep the Ravens below 20 points?

Let’s side with the OVER on the total of 41, with Baltimore 11-3 OVER after playing a game at home and the average total score of a Chargers road game this season is 47.7 points.

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