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Predicting 2018 NFL playoff bracket, Super Bowl LIII winner

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NFL's wild-card round carries plenty of intrigue (1:39)

Tedy Bruschi, John Fox and Josina Anderson make their picks for the top storylines of the NFL's wild-card weekend. (1:39)

The 2018 NFL playoffs kick off this weekend with four fantastic games on the way to Super Bowl LIII.

We asked 11 of our ESPN NFL experts -- one for each playoff game -- to fill out a postseason bracket and predict the winners for each matchup, from wild-card weekend all the way through the Super Bowl.

Teams had to receive a majority of our experts' votes to move on to the next round, and we reset the bracket after each round. Here's how the bracket ended up, with analysis from our group of experts and projected betting lines courtesy of the Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook.

Jump to a playoff round:
Wild card | Divisional
Conference title | Super Bowl LIII

Wild-card round

(6) Colts at (3) Texans

Point spread: HOU -1.5

Our prediction: Texans (7 votes) over Colts (4)

Domonique Foxworth, The Undefeated senior writer: Home field might not be much of an advantage in this game. These AFC South rivals split the regular-season series, with each team winning on the road. I expect that trend will be broken in a close game Saturday. Both teams will be able to move the ball and score, but the Colts are more prone to turnovers, with 24 this season to the Texans' 16. The disparity in scoring opportunities, field position and time of possession due to turnover differential will give the edge to the Texans.


(5) Chargers at (4) Ravens