NFL Wild Card Round: Mike Tanier's Game Previews and Score Predictions

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NFL Wild Card Round: Mike Tanier's Game Previews and Score Predictions
Mark Tenally/Associated Press

Four playoff games. Four road favorites. The Wild Card Round is here, and it is weird. 

This weekend's action is dominated by teams that started the season slowly but ended it red hot (Seahawks, Steelers, Chiefs) and September contenders that clung to their playoff berths for dear life late in the season (Bengals, Packers), with a pair of dubious division winners and the Vikings tossed into the mix.

It's no wonder there are so many road favorites. The Wild Card Round looks like the end of a long race, when the pace-setters fall off so the real challengers can zoom past them.

But appearances can be deceiving. The division champions aren't licked yet, and the challengers may not be as overpowering as their billing suggests.

As always, these previews are presented in the order you should read them. All times are Eastern, and odds are via Odds Shark.

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