This weekend’s four wild card games had a total margin of victory of 76 points. The 19.0 point differential average is the highest of any wild card weekend since 1981.
This isn’t really so surprising considering the contenders with a strong playoff history and home-field advantage (Steelers, Seahawks, Packers). The two wild card opponents are stumbling into the playoffs with backup and third-string quarterbacks (Raiders, Dolphins). Even a team that hadn’t won a road playoff game since 1957 (Lions)!
The Texans and Giants performances surprised us for different reasons. Who would have guessed that a team, led by six-foot-eight backup quarterback Brock Osweiler, would beat the 12-4 Raiders by 13 points? And who could have predicted New York’s 25-point beating at the hands of the Packers, especially considering how well they had played so far?
Let’s hope the chaff us gone and only quality, close games are ahead for our viewing enjoyment.