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Derrick Gunn's predictions for NFL playoffs wild-card round

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Derrick Gunn's predictions for NFL playoffs wild-card round

NBC Sports Philadelphia's Derrick Gunn gives predictions for the wild-card round of the NFL playoffs.

Colts at Texans (Saturday, 4:35 p.m. ESPN/ABC)
This is Round 3 between these two AFC South foes. In the regular season, both won by three points on the other's turf. Andrew Luck and DeShaun Watson are different styles of QBs but both are effective at what they do. Watson was sacked 62 times this season.

DeAndre Hopkins and T.Y. Hilton can blow the top off of a defense. The Colts have the 11th-ranked defense, while the Texans possess the 12th-ranked D. Frank Reich has done an incredible job in his first year in Indy. This one is so close to call, I had to throw a dart at a dartboard. Looks like I'm giving the Texans a slight edge.

Seahawks at Cowboys (Saturday, 8:15 p.m., FOX)
Both teams played some of the best football down the stretch. Seattle won six of its last seven and Dallas won seven of its last eight. Not many expected the 'Hawks to be a serious playoff contender, considering the volume of talent they lost since last season.

But kudos to Pete Carroll and his coaching staff for holding it together and getting their guys to believe in themselves. The Seahawks have the top-ranked rushing offense (160.0 yards per game). The Cowboys want to feed Ezekiel Elliott the rock to take the pressure off of Dak Prescott. Seattle beat the Cowboys at home in Week 3. Russell Wilson has won many big games in his career. Prescott has not. Dallas will be one and done.

Chargers at Ravens (Sunday, 1:05 p.m., CBS)
Baltimore's top-ranked defense has frustrated many opponents this season, including the Chargers. The Ravens held Los Angeles to a season-low 10 points in Week 16.

Philip Rivers and company have to figure out a way to keep the Ravens on their heels. Lamar Jackson has added a jolt to the Ravens' offense. The Ravens, who are second in the league in rushing, ran for 159 yards against the Chargers.

Game time temperature in Baltimore is expected to be 53 degrees, but the Chargers will get a cold reception and the Ravens will put them in a deep freeze.

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Report: Former Eagles LB Mychal Kendricks suspended by NFL for insider trading

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Report: Former Eagles LB Mychal Kendricks suspended by NFL for insider trading

Mychal Kendricks played three games for the Seahawks before the hammer of the NFL came down on him. 

Now, as he awaits to find out if he’s heading to prison for insider trading, the former Eagles linebacker won’t even be able to play.

Kendricks was suspended indefinitely Tuesday, according to a report by ESPN's Adam Schefter.

Seattle signed Kendricks on Sept. 13 and he has played in three games with two starts. He had 13 tackles and two sacks in that timeframe. 

But now he won’t be able to play until further notice and it’s very possible his NFL career could be over. … Although we did think this before. 

There hadn’t really been a precedent set for white-collar crime as far as the NFL’s conduct policy goes. But this is now the precedent. 

Kendricks, 28, has a sentencing hearing scheduled for Dec. 18. He has already admitted wrongdoing and has expressed remorse. 

The Eagles released Kendricks earlier this offseason. From there, he signed with the Browns, who said they had some knowledge of an investigation, but claimed they didn’t know the whole story. After news broke of the insider trading, the Browns cut him. 

Around final cut time, Eagles de facto GM Howie Roseman declined comment about the former Eagles linebacker. 

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Seahawks sign Mychal Kendricks as he awaits possible jail time

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Seahawks sign Mychal Kendricks as he awaits possible jail time

Updated: 8:42 p.m.

Remember when we all assumed Mychal Kendricks’ NFL career was over? 

Incredibly, we were all wrong. 

Despite the fact that Kendricks, 28, could be facing up to 25 years in prison after pleading guilty to federal insider trading charges, one NFL team is taking a chance on him. Really. 

That’s pretty wild. 

Kendricks’ sentencing hearing isn’t scheduled until Dec. 18, so the former Eagles linebacker could theoretically play for three months before then. 

But even if Kendricks doesn’t get sentenced to prison time, the NFL could very well suspend him for violating its personal conduct policy, which doesn’t really have any hard rules. There’s also not much of a precedent with white-collar crime, but it certainly seems like the NFL might crack down in some way.  

After news broke about Kendricks’ previous insider trading and after he apologized and admitted fault, it didn’t take the Browns very long to release him. That means he was released by the Eagles and the Browns within the span of just a few months. 

It would still be hard to imagine Kendricks’ playing this season as he awaits sentencing that could send him to jail. But the Seahawks are at least a little interested apparently. 

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