After a whole regular season of inconstant football, we’re now down to 12 teams! The road to Super Bowl 50 starts with the Wild Card round in which the Chiefs, Texans, Packers, Vikings, Seahawks, Redskins, Steelers, and Bengals will fight it out to advance into the divisional round. The playoffs are somewhat of a crapshoot as almost anyone can make a run. This year’s playoffs will be full of shock, disappointment, cheers, dabbing, and anticipation. So let’s start with a shocking (not really) prediction in one of the wild card games involving the Captain Kirk led Skins and the Acme Packers.
Redskins (9-7) def. Packers (10-6)
Redskin fans will like this. After winning the sorry NFC East, the skins will not only have done that but win a home playoff game against the Green Bay Packers. I don’t necessarily trust Kirk Cousins still but he has rallied the troops and has been winning games. I don’t usually like to doubt Aaron Rodgers but his play recently leaves more to be desired. Add on the fact that the coaching tactics have been mediocre, the offensive line stinks, and the wide-outs are inconstant. They just struggle to score. Therefore, Jay Gruden and the Washington Redskins will come out on top.
Seahawks (10-6) def. Vikings (10-6)
I like the Vikings future outlook. Mike Zimmer can coach, Quarterback Teddy Bridgewater has the potential, Stefon Diggs is a nice weapon, AP shows no signs of slowing down, and the defense is young yet talented. Their time just isn’t now. They go up against a hot Seattle Seahawks squad led by arguably the best young signal caller in Russell Wilson and a rejuvenated Legion of Boom. Speaking of which, the Vikings offensive line has not been up to par. The Seahawks defense is looking at that factor and saying to themselves “delicious!”
Chiefs (11-5) def. Texans (9-7)
Like the NFC East, the AFC South was a sorry division. So sorry that the Houston Texans won it. That team has some core pieces on both side of the ball in DeAndre Hopkins and J.J. Watt. However, I don’t think that will be enough to get by a Kansas City squad who have won ten straight following a 1-5 start while losing their best player in Jamaal Charles. The Chiefs get it done on offense and have been terrific on defense.
Steelers (11-5) def. Bengals (12-4)
Andy Dalton who made a leap this year probably isn’t playing because of his injured thumb. AJ McCarron has been solid but I don’t think he’ll get it done against a team with a prolific offense. Pittsburgh is down to using a third string running back and they have a defense that’s average at best but this isn’t enough for me to justify picking against them. They’ll just put up points on anyone. Also should we, could we, would we be able to trust Marvin Lewis to prepare the Bengals for this matchup? I just don’t know.
After the wildcard round, it’s on to the next with the divisional round which features the Broncos, Patriots, Cardinals, and Panthers. Feel free to comment on your predictions on the NFL playoffs! (Also at any point if these predictions are wrong, feel free to act like this never existed).
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