Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz wipes down his helmet at the NFL football team's practice facility in Philadelphia, Thursday, Jan. 2, 2020. The Seattle Seahawks travel to Philadelphia to play the Eagles in an NFC wild-card matchup on Sunday. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)
Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz wipes down his helmet at the NFL football team's practice facility in Philadelphia, Thursday, Jan. 2, 2020. The Seattle Seahawks travel to Philadelphia to play the Eagles in an NFC wild-card matchup on Sunday. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)|Associated Press
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Sunday NFC Wild Card Picks: The NFL Degenerate has Eagles vs Seahawks and Vikings vs Saints

The NFL Degenerate

The NFL Degenerate

0-2 Saturday, so I'm due.

MINNESOTA +8 at New Orleans

Joe Public has all but handed this game to the Saints, and it’s not hard to see why: New Orleans has scored nearly 38 ppg since that inexplicable home loss to Atlanta on Nov. 10 and was 6-2 at home this season. The scores in those home games are telling, though - take out blowouts of a young Arizona squad and the late-fading Colts and you have squeakers against Houston, Dallas and Carolina and a one-score win over Tampa Bay when the Saints were inexplicably only laying 3. They have won their last 3 opening-round playoff games under Drew Brees but by a total of 14 points. With Dalvin Cook healthy, I don’t see Minnesota letting this one get out of hand, despite Kirk Cousins’ prime-time struggles.

SEATTLE -1½ at Philadelphia

Whoever wins this game won’t be playing past next weekend, but this one should be entertaining regardless. Eagles’ -3 turnover differential is by far the worst of any of the playoff teams, and three of their last four wins came against the Giants and Redskins, who finished a combined 7-25. The Seahawks, meanwhile, seemed to be doing it with smoke and mirrors all season, somehow managing to go 11-5 while scoring a half-point per game more than they gave up and with every game seemingly decided by a last-second field goal or goal-line stand. They are the better team here, though, and should prevail.

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