Playoff HBomb: Most Believe Bucs to Oust Saints Sunday

Most of our panel likes the Tom Brady-led Tampa Bay Buccaneers to defeat the New Orleans Saints Sunday in this week's playoff HBomb.
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For the postseason version of the HBomb, only two of our panel made correct selections among the six games played in the first round, labeled by the NFL as Super Wild-Card Weekend. For some reason, the league has used wild card to refer to the first round even though there are just as many division winners as wild-card teams.

Alex Weiner of AllCardinals registered the only outright victory thanks to Cleveland eliminating Pittsburgh. No one from our group of selectors liked the Rams.

Howard Balzer got a cover as 6.5-point underdog Indianapolis lost by three to Buffalo.

Regular-season champion Bill Enright of si.com lost with Tennessee as did Mason Kern of AllCardinals and Marc Lillibridge.

SI.com gambling maven Frank Taddeo and Joe Roderick lost with the Bears. The Tampa Bay-Washington matchup was a push at eight points and no one picked that game.

In the playoffs, a win is awarded for a cover when the line is 6.5 points or more, while an outright underdog win is necessary when the line is less than 6.5 points.

In the divisional round, there are two games at 6.5 points or more and two that are lower: Kansas City is a 10-point favorite over Cleveland and Green Bay is giving 6.5 poins to the Los Angeles Rams.

Buffalo over Baltimore and New Orleans over Tampa Bay are each favored by three points.

The latter game was picked by Enright, Kern, Weiner and Lillibridge, while Balzer and Taddeo like the Ravens. Roderick is a lone wolf going with the Browns. For the second consecutive week, our panel avoided the Rams.