NFL Playoffs: Wild Card Picks

CBS television talent from across the country break down the NFL's Wild Card weekend slate of games and pick which teams will advance to the next round.

The Experts
Picks Overview
  Bob Pompeani Don Bell Steve Burton Matt Yurus
Tennessee Titans vs. Kansas City Chiefs
Saturday, January 6, 4:35 pm ET
Chiefs Chiefs Chiefs Chiefs
Atlanta Falcons vs. Los Angeles Rams
Saturday, January 6, 8:15 pm ET
Rams Falcons Rams Falcons
Buffalo Bills vs. Jacksonville Jaguars
Sunday, January 7, 1:05 pm ET
Jaguars Jaguars Jaguars Jaguars
Carolina Panthers vs. New Orleans Saints
Sunday, January 7, 4:40 pm ET
Saints Saints Saints Saints
Picks Analysis
Tennessee Titans vs. Kansas City Chiefs
Saturday, January 6, 4:35 pm ET
Bob Pompeani, KDKA Pittsburgh
Bob Pompeani, KDKA-TV, CBS Pittsburgh
Chiefs
This one will be tough for the Titans, in one of the most difficult places to play, Arrowhead Stadium. KC started quickly, faded in the middle, then regained some mojo as season concluded. It’s too tall of a task for Tennessee.
Don Bell, Sports Director, CBS 3 Philadelphia
Don Bell, CBS 3, Philadelphia
Chiefs
Kansas City head coach, Andy Reid, is a crusty old playoff veteran. He’s never won THE BIG ONE, but he’s more than capable of making life miserable for Marcus Mariota and a Tennessee team making its first playoff appearance since 2008. The playoffs are all about peaking at the right time. The Chiefs finished the regular season with four consecutive wins, while the Titans lost three out of four. Barbecue for everyone! Kansas City moves on.
Steve Burton, Sports Director, WBZ-TV Boston CBS 3
Steve Burton, WBZ-TV, CBS Boston
Chiefs
The Chiefs are eight-point favorites, and they’re playing at home. Tennessee hasn’t played in a playoff game in nine years.
Matt Yurus, Digital Anchor, CBS 11 Dallas
Matt Yurus, CBS 11, Dallas
Chiefs
The Titans limped their way into the playoffs, losers of three out of their last four. And while Marcus Mariota may improve in the years to come, his coming-out party is not going to be on the road in his first career playoff start. Even though it comes against a Chiefs team that lost six out of seven, including one to the New York Giants. But alas, stay confident, my friends. 
Atlanta Falcons vs. Los Angeles Rams
Saturday, January 6, 8:15 pm ET
Bob Pompeani, KDKA Pittsburgh
Bob Pompeani, KDKA-TV, CBS Pittsburgh
Rams
The NFC is very interesting and features some of the best quarterbacks in the game. Matt Ryan leads the Falcons into this game, and while they have the experience of getting to the Super Bowl last year, before blowing that 25-point lead, this is a very good and hungry Rams team. Aaron Donald is a beast on defense. Todd Gurley gets my vote for League MVP. I like the Rams.
Don Bell, Sports Director, CBS 3 Philadelphia
Don Bell, CBS 3, Philadelphia
Falcons
The thing about hangovers is that they linger. One minute you’re eating cold pizza and on the road to recovery, the next you’re lying on your back while the ceiling spins. That was the life of the Atlanta Falcons after blowing a 28-3 lead to the Patriots in the Super Bowl. It took Matty Ice and friends most of the regular season to recover. After a 4-and-4 start, the Falcons have found their groove. The hangover is gone, and the Falcons use experience to defeat the Rams in LA.
Steve Burton, Sports Director, WBZ-TV Boston CBS 3
Steve Burton, WBZ-TV, CBS Boston
Rams
Even though the Falcons led the Super Bowl by 25 points and blew it, they’ve been hungry all year to get back. But the Rams are the better team with the biggest turnaround this season.
Matt Yurus, Digital Anchor, CBS 11 Dallas
Matt Yurus, CBS 11, Dallas
Falcons
The Rams are the 2017 New York Yankees of football: a talented bunch outperforming expectations with a legitimate opportunity to make a run. But there is something to learning how to win, and it often comes through losing. Falcons' experience pays off in LA. 
Buffalo Bills vs. Jacksonville Jaguars
Sunday, January 7, 1:05 pm ET
Bob Pompeani, KDKA Pittsburgh
Bob Pompeani, KDKA-TV, CBS Pittsburgh
Jaguars
Jaguars’ head coach, Doug Marrone, opted out of his contract in Buffalo after the 2014 season. Now Marrone goes against his old team. Shady McCoy was injured last week. If he is at all limited or can’t play, Buffalo is in trouble. Jax at home as been solid, their defense is one of the best in the business (as Steelers found out). Can Blake Bortles avoid big mistakes? If the answer is yes — and I think it is — then Jacksonville will win a rather defensive game.
Don Bell, Sports Director, CBS 3 Philadelphia
Don Bell, CBS 3, Philadelphia
Jaguars
Please join me in welcoming the Bills to the 21st Century. Buffalo is in the playoffs for the first time since 1999. The Jaguars will host their first playoff game since ‘99. This is the toughest game to pick, because both quarterbacks — Tyrod Taylor of Buffalo and Blake Bortles for Jacksonville — are inconsistent and leave fans tossing inanimate objects at the TV. So, I’m going with one of the best overall units in football. The Jaguars’ defense is second in sacks and points-per-game allowed. The Jags find a way to advance.
Steve Burton, Sports Director, WBZ-TV Boston CBS 3
Steve Burton, WBZ-TV, CBS Boston
Jaguars
This is Buffalo’s first playoff game in 18 years. Enough said.
Matt Yurus, Digital Anchor, CBS 11 Dallas
Matt Yurus, CBS 11, Dallas
Jaguars
Even with a healthy LeSean McCoy, the Buffalo Bills are a dubious playoff team. Take away or hobble their best player, and it is game over. 
Carolina Panthers vs. New Orleans Saints
Sunday, January 7, 4:40 pm ET
Bob Pompeani, KDKA Pittsburgh
Bob Pompeani, KDKA-TV, CBS Pittsburgh
Saints
This should be the best game of the Wild Card weekend. Saints are 2-0 vs. Panthers this year. And while it might be hard to beat a team three times in same year, this will not stop New Orleans. Despite two terrific quarterbacks, the key about this game is home cookin’. Drew Brees and his new ground-based offense will be too much for the Panthers to stop. I like the Saints in a rather high-scoring affair.
Don Bell, Sports Director, CBS 3 Philadelphia
Don Bell, CBS 3, Philadelphia
Saints
Shrimp po’ boys, beignets and hurricanes. New Orleans never needs an excuse to party, but that city is special when the Saints are in the playoffs. This is the juiciest match-up of Wild Card Weekend. Who doesn’t want to see a former NFL MVP face a former Super Bowl MVP? Cam Newton is back to his ballin’ ways, while 38-year-old Drew Brees is finally supported by a running game again. This comes down to clock management and take-aways. I just don’t see the Saints spoiling what could be a final hurrah for their future Hall of Fame quarterback — at least, not in the Super Dome. The beads will be flying on Bourbon Street. The Saints go marching on.
Steve Burton, Sports Director, WBZ-TV Boston CBS 3
Steve Burton, WBZ-TV, CBS Boston
Saints
The Saints swept the Panthers in the regular season. It’s tough to beat a team three times in one season, but if any team can do it, it’s New Orleans.
Matt Yurus, Digital Anchor, CBS 11 Dallas
Matt Yurus, CBS 11, Dallas
Saints
To win in the playoffs, it takes consistency, a trait not always found in Cam Newton's passing game. Look for Drew Brees to show him the way, aided by a running game able to do just enough against the Panthers' strong rushing defense.