Before the 2019 NFL season began, there was a lot of promise. The Cleveland Browns were expected to make the playoffs, the New England Patriots were expected to march right to the Super Bowl, and the Carolina Panthers were getting a healthy Cam Newton back.
Well, none of those things happened. The Browns’ season ended at 6-10, finishing with a loss to the 2-14 Cincinnati Bengals, the Patriots do not have a first round bye for the first time since 2009, and Kyle Allen and Will Grier filled in for Cam Newton, who missed the season with a Lisfranc injury.
A couple of teams have even seen backups step in and shine, most notably the Tennessee Titans and Philadelphia Eagles, who will be playing in the Wild Card round this weekend (not against each other). Ryan Tannehill came in for Marcus Mariota in Week six against the Denver Broncos, and has shined ever since, throwing for 2,742 yards, 22 touchdowns, and only six interceptions. The Eagles have seemingly had every player on second-string and third-string injured, forcing practice squad players to step into game action (who have succeeded, most notably Boston Scott).
In Wild Card Weekend, the Houston Texans entertain the Buffalo Bills at 4:35 pm on Saturday. DeShaun Watson and DeAndre Hopkins will try to shake off last year’s loss to the Indianapolis Colts and beat Josh Allen and the defensive-minded Bills. This game is followed by Titans-Patriots, in which the Patriots will try to start the quest for their second straight Super Bowl title.
The Sunday slate of games features Vikings-Saints at 1:05 pm, then Eagles-Seahawks at 4:40 pm. Kirk Cousins will finally try to prove that he can win on the big-time stage, while Who Dat Nation will try and avenge the blown call in last year’s NFC championship game. Russell Wilson and Beast Mode will try and help the Hawks win a Super Bowl for the first time since 2013, while the Eagles will look to continue their Cinderella season.
Regardless of what happens this postseason, it is sure to be full of surprises and excitement.