Noles will have prominent roles on NFL wild card weekend

Florida State players will take part in five of the six NFL wild-card playoff games on Saturday and Sunday.

Tailback Cam Akers will take on a significant role on Saturday, as the LA Rams take on Seattle. Akers has not played like a rookie, running for 625 yards (averaging 4.3 yards per carry) with two rushing touchdowns and a receiving touchdown.

Akers battled an ankle injury late in the regular season but told Rams beat writers this week he is “110 percent.”

“No dialing back,” Akers said. “It’s all in overdrive at this point. Hurt, not hurt, it’s time to go.”

Four teams will have Seminoles playing prominent roles as defensive backs: Ronald Darby (Washington), Jalen Ramsey (Rams), Xavier Rhodes (Colts) and P.J. Williams (Saints). Ramsey was named an All-Pro in balloting announced on Friday.

Below is a list of Seminoles, in alphabetical order by last name, who will be in the NFL playoffs this weekend:

Cam Akers (Rams): 145 carries, 625 yards, two touchdowns plus 11 catches for 123 yards and one touchdown

Demarcus Christmas (Steelers): Practice squad

Ronald Darby (Washington football team): 55 tackles

Mario Edwards Jr. (Bears): 17 tackles

Dustin Hopkins (Washington Football Team): 27 of 34 on field-goal attempts, missing just one from 39 or fewer yards.

Derrick Kelly (Saints): Six games

Rick Leonard (Washington Football Team): Practice squad

Jalen Ramsey (Rams): 44 tackles, one interception 

Xavier Rhodes (Colts): 42 tackles

Vince Williams (Steelers): 68 tackles, three sacks

P.J. Williams (Saints): 40 tackles, one interception

Jameis Winston (Saints): Played in three games, 7 of 11 passing for 75 yards, 0 TDs, 0 INTs

Saturday’s NFL games

  • AFC No. 7 seed Indianapolis Colts at AFC No. 2 seed Buffalo Bills, 1:05 p.m. ET (CBS)
  • NFC No. 6 seed Los Angeles Rams at NFC No. 3 seed Seattle Seahawks, 4:40 p.m. ET (FOX)
  • NFC No. 5 seed Tampa Bay Buccaneers at NFC No. 4 seed Washington, 8:15 p.m. ET (NBC)

Sunday’s NFL games

  • AFC No. 5 seed Baltimore Ravens at AFC No. 4 seed Tennessee Titans, 1:05 p.m. ET (ABC, ESPN)
  • NFC No. 7 seed Chicago Bears at NFC No. 2 seed New Orleans Saints, 4:40 p.m. ET (CBS, Nick, Amazon Prime Video)
  • AFC No. 6 seed Cleveland Browns at AFC No. 3 seed Pittsburgh Steelers, 8:15 p.m. ET (NBC, Telemundo, Peacock)