The New York Jets and Dallas Cowboys will meet in the wild-card round on Monday night.
The New England Patriots, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and Houston Texans are all looking to bounce back from disappointing seasons.
New York’s roster, which included two players drafted in the first round, will be without its top two corners.
The Jets, who were able to land the No. 1 overall pick in the draft in 2018, will get a boost in the secondary with the addition of free-agent signing Jalen Ramsey.
The Bucs, who won a playoff game in 2019, will have a second-round pick, which could be used to take a tackle or corner.
The Texans will also be without starters J.J. Watt and J.T. Barrett.
They’ll also be hoping to add a veteran in the form of free agent signee Antonio Morrison, who was suspended for four games in 2019.
There are still some holes in the Patriots’ secondary, but this team will be much better in 2017.
It’s going to be a fun, exciting year.
-Mike Rodak New England is coming off a bye week and a loss to the Philadelphia Eagles, which means that the Jets will have to face the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday night.
They’ve lost just three straight games in the regular season, which is an indication that the Patriots are on the right track.
The Seahawks, who will be coming off an embarrassing loss to Pittsburgh in the AFC Championship Game, have an experienced defense in front of them.
The Patriots’ defense is going to look to put the game away in the second half, but the Seahawks’ offense is going a little more difficult, which will be a factor in this game.
New England should be able to score early on, but it will be tough to get the offense going after the bye.
Seattle is coming into the game having lost three straight, and its offense is already struggling with turnovers.
The matchup could be a big factor in the game.
-Marc Sessler New England will get help from a talented secondary in the return of linebacker Devin McCourty.
McCourTY was suspended indefinitely for a violation of the NFL’s substance abuse policy, which also carries with it a $100,000 fine.
He will likely be active for this game after missing last week’s game due to a groin injury.
He’ll need to be able the Patriots to keep the Seahawks off the scoreboard if they want to get any points.
Seattle has been a good matchup for the Patriots this season.
The Falcons have been a tough team to play, but they were also a team that could easily have blown a big lead with a comeback win.
Seattle’s defense has been great, allowing just 17 points per game this season, and this should be a nice test for New England.
-Adam Schefter The New Orleans Saints have been getting a little healthier this season as the season has progressed.
They won three games this season after missing the playoffs for the first time since 2008.
They will be looking to build on their success against the Jets, but New Orleans should be fine in this one.
This is a tough matchup for New Orleans, but quarterback Drew Brees should be back.
He was sacked just three times against the Patriots, and New Orleans was able to outscore the Jets 28-24 in this season’s playoffs.
-Brian Billick New Orleans has struggled to win close games this year, but its a lot different than a team like Seattle.
The Saints will need to score late to get points, and they should be in great position to do so in this matchup.
The Seattle Seahawks are not a great team, but their defense is really good, allowing a total of 20 points per contest.
New Orleans will have more success with quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo, who threw for 4,814 yards and 22 touchdowns.
Seattle will have an injury-ravaged defense and is without two starters in corner Richard Sherman and linebacker Bobby Wagner.
This could be the best matchup of the season for New York, and the Saints should be happy with a win.
-Alex Marvez New Orleans is a big-time underdog in this contest.
The Bills are coming off their biggest win of the year, and will be getting a lot of pressure from the Seahawks, but in the end, New Orleans won’t be able do anything.
New safety Earl Thomas, who is entering his fifth season, has already played more snaps than anyone in the NFL.
Thomas will have one more year to reach his full potential.
The defense is still a work in progress, but Thomas is going into his first season with the team.
He is coming back after missing all of 2016 because of a torn Achilles tendon.
Thomas should be an asset for New Yorks offense.
-Sam Monson The New Cleveland Browns are coming into this game having won just three games all season.
They had a good record against the Saints this year but they have a lot to prove.
The Browns will look to build a win on the road against the Cowboys, who have been