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    March 14, 2024 5:16 AM EDT

    Welcome to the Friday edition of the Pick Six newsletter!The NFL postseason is finally here! Over the next three days, we're going to see a total of six playoff games and I'm excited for every single one of them, even Chiefs at Dolphins, which is apparently being played on the ice planet of Hoth.That kickoff temperature for that game could make it one of the coldest in NFL history and we'll be taking a look today at how this weekend's weather could have an impact on two different games.With the playoffs starting, that means we'll be bringing you plenty of picks today, plus we'll also be making some bold predictions for the wild-card round and we'll also try to identify some playoff sleeper teams. If you need a reminder of when each game will be kicking off this weekend, you can .As always, here's your daily reminder to tell all your friends to sign up for the newsletter. Actually, you don't even have to tell all of your friends, just tell one friend and I'll be happy. To get them signed up, all you have to do is. Let's get to the rundown. If you're a regular listener of the "Pick Six NFL" podcast or a regular Hunter Long Jersey reader of this newsletter, then you know what we do on Fridays: We make picks. And then, just when you think there's no way we'll make any more picks, we make more picks.For today's show, host Katie Mox was joined by Will Brinson along with R.J. White and Alex "PropStarz" Selelnick -- two of our gambling gurus -- and the four of them offered some of their best bets for SUPER WILD CARD WEEKEND.The crew spent an entire hour handing out picks, and we're going to go over a few of their best bets here. Will Brinson(1-2 in picks we shared here last week, 25-28-1 on the season)Cowboys OVER 29.5 team points vs. PackersRams (+3.5) to cover against LionsJoe Flacco UNDER 37.5 pa sing attemptsR.J. White (2-1 in picks we shared here last week, 22-29-3 on the season)Travis Kelce OVER 59.5 receiving yardsSteelers at Bills UNDER 36.5 pointsBuccaneers (+3) to cover against EaglesKatie Mox(2-1 in picks we shared here last week, 25-22 on the season)Texans (+2.5) to cover against BrownsMatthew Stafford OVER 272.5 pa sing yardsNajee Harris OVER 60.5 rushing yardsAs for PropStarz, he handed out a few of his favorite props for the weekend, because when your nickname is PropStarz, that's what the people expect.Dolphins at Chiefs:Tua Tagovailoa UNDER 239.5 pa sing yardsSteelers at Bills:Josh Allen OVER 8.5 rushing attemptsPackers at Cowboys: Jake Ferguson OVER 41.5 receiving yardsPropStarz went 2-0 with his picks last week and is now 29-21 on the season (PropStarz started the season 2-7, so he's 27-14 since Week 4).To hear what the rest of the best bets are for Super Wild Card Weekend -- and there are quite a few -- be to the entire episode of the podcast. You . Le s than 24 hours after parting ways with Bill Belichick, the New England Patriots already have a new coach. CBS Sports Lead NFL Insider Jonathan Jones has reported that the Patriots will be promoting Jerod Mayo to take over for Belichick.Here's everything you need to know about Mayo:Why the Patriots were able to hire him so quickly. For the most part, a coaching search in the NFL can take multiple weeks and that's mostly because teams are required to interview multiple candidates to comply with the Rooney Rule. However, the Patriots didn't have to interview anyone because it was written into Mayo's contract that he would be Belichick's succe sor. Under NFL rules, if there's a contractual succe sion plan in place that has been approved by the league office, then the hiring team is allowed to promote the coach on staff. This doesn't happen often, but we have Greg Little Jersey seen it a few times over the past few years, most recently with Todd Bowles in Tampa Bay and Eric DeCosta taking over for Ozzie Newsome as Ravens general manager in 2019.Mayo is a lifelong Patriot. Mayo's NFL career started in 2008 when the Patriots made him the 10th overall pick in the NFL Draft. After winning Defensive Rookie of the Year, Mayo ended up spending his entire eight-year career in New England, which included one Super Byron Jones Jersey Bowl win (2014). In 2019, Mayo joined the Patriots' coaching staff as the inside linebackers coach and he just finished his fifth season on the job before being promoted to head coach today.Mayo is the fourth coach under Robert Kraft. There have only been four head coaches in New England since Kraft bought the team in 1994 and the Patriots owner has a pretty solid track record so far with Bill Parcells, Pete Carroll and Belichick all holding the top job before Mayo was hired.Mayo is now the youngest coach in the NFL. For the first time in seven years, Sean McVay will NOT be the youngest coach in the NFL. The 37-year-old Mayo will be turning 38 on Feb. 23, which makes him almost exactly one month younger than McVay, who will turn 38 on Jan. 24. The third-youngest coach is Kevin O'Connell, which I'm only mentioning because both Mayo and O'Connell were drafted by the Patriots in 2008. If Mike Vrabel lands a job for 2024, that means there will be three former Patriots players coaching in the NFL.For our full story on Mayo's hiring, .If you want to stay up to date on all seven coaching searches going on around the league, including the latest interviews and the hottest candidates, be.In other hiring news, the Commanders filled their general manager spot by hiring 49ers a sistant GM Adam Peters, Jonathan Jones . According , Lions offensive coordinator Ben Johnson is the name you should now keep an eye on for the head -oaching spot in Washington. The Ravens and the 49ers are currently the two favorites to make it to the Super Bowl this year. If you want to be boring, those would be the two teams that you would pick to make it to the big game. However, we don't do boring here, so we asked Chris Trapa so to come up with one sleeper team in both the NFC and AFC that could make the Super Bowl.AFC sleeper team:Browns.NFC sleeper team:Rams.If you want to check out Trapa so's full explanation for why he picked these two teams, be.I hope you're ready for some more picks, because we have even more of them coming at you right now. This batch will be coming from NFL senior writer Pete Prisco and Will Brinson, along with Jordan Dajani, Tyler Sullivan and myself. After going 3-2 last week, that allowed us to finish out the regular season with a 48-38-3 record against the spread with our picks that have been featured in the newsletter. What this means is that you should listen to us roughly 55.6% of the time. You'll have to figure out the 44.4% where you shouldn't be listening.Anyway, you know the drill here: I'm going to give you one pick from Jesse Davis Jersey each guy and then direct you to the rest of their picks. That way, if you like their pick, you'll be able to read the rest of them, but if they pick against your favorite team, you can ignore the rest of their picks and move on.Pete Prisco: Bills (-10) 27-13 over Steelers.From Prisco:For the rest of Prisco's wild-card picks,.Tyler Sullivan: Texans (+2.5) 27-23 over Browns.From Sullivan:For the rest of Sullivan's Super Wild Card Weekend picks,.Will Brinson: Chiefs (-4.5) to cover against Dolphins.From Brinson:For the rest of Brinson's playoff best bets,.Jordan Dajani: Rams (+3) 41-35 over Lions.From Dajani:Dajani actually predicted ALL 13 playoff games -- from the wild-card round to the Super Bowl -- and you.John Breech: Cowboys 31-24 over Packers(+7).From me:For the rest of my weekend playoff picks,.For more playoff picks, you can.After 18 straight weeks of regular-season bold predictions, we're getting even bolder for the playoffs. Garrett Podell has five bold predictions for Super Wild Card Weekend, and we're going to share three of them below. Last week, Garrett boldly predicted that Mason Rudolph would lead the Steelers to a win over the Ravens, and that's exactly what happened. Let's see what Garrett has in store for us this week.Bold predictions for Super Wild Card Weekend: 1. Buccaneers put Eagles out of their misery by upsetting Philadelphia. 2. Stefon Diggs ends 11-game drought, goes off more than 100 yards.3. Jard Goff outduels Matthew Stafford as Lions beat Rams. Garrett actually has five bold predictions for the wild-card round, and if you want to see each prediction along with his explanation for each prediction, you .Here's a small roundup of playoff-related stories that you may have mi sed this week, plus a look at the weather in Kansas City and Buffalo.Historic cold set to hit Kansas City for Dolphins-Chiefs.As of Friday morning, the projected kickoff temperature is expected to be 0 degrees on Saturday. If that happens, it would be the coldest game in history for both franchises. If the temperature drops to minus-2 for kickoff, then the game would go down as the third-coldest ever in NFL history. You .Steelers-Bills also dealing with wild weather.It won't be as cold in Buffalo as it is in Kansas City, but the weather will still likely be an i sue. Wind could be a problem in Buffalo, where 25 mph winds are expected with gusts that could reach 50 mph. There's also a very real po sibility of snow showers. For our full weather report on this game, .Bills won't have Gabe Davis. The Bills have ruled out Gabe Davis (PCL sprain) and safety Taylor Rapp (calf) for Saturday's game against the Steelers. Davis finished second on the team in receiving yards this season, so his lo s is a huge one for the Bills' offense.Ranking wild-card QB matchups.We went through and ranked all six games based on the Blake Ferguson Jersey QB matchup and spoiler alert: Steelers at Bills came in last. If you want to see where everyone else ranked, you .Ranking most important non-quarterbacks. We all know that quarterbacks are important, but who's the most important non-QB in the playoffs? Glad you asked. Cody Benjamin attempted to answer that question and you (Spoiler alert: Aaron Donald made the list, but he's not No. 1).One reason each team can win the Super Bowl. We had our most optimistic writer, Bryan DeArdo, come up with one reason why each team definitely has a chance to win the Super Bowl. You might not think it's po sible for the Steelers to win, but DeArdo points out that they have a pretty solid combo for January: a strong rushing attack and a great defense. To see his reason for each team, .