Andy Capwell’s NFL Divisional Playoff Predictions
Wild card weekend was kind of tame. None of the games were very exciting and I predicted three of the four games correctly. Now, it's time for the divisional playoffs and here are my predictions for this weekend. I'll start with the NFC games.
On paper it looks like the more competitive games will be in the NFC. Atlanta will host the Seahawks. Seattle has been on quite a roll and have an impressive defense, rookie quarterback and running game. All ingredients for winning playoff games. Atlanta has plenty of weapons on offense and a solid defense and they have been there before. As much as I want to pick Seattle, I'll take Atlanta.
The other NFC game has classic written all over it. Green Bay visits San Francisco. Aaron Rodgers is one of the leagues best quarterbacks and he has a good group of receivers to throw the ball to. San Francisco has a good running game with Frank Gore and a dynamic, young quarterback and one of the league's best defenses. At the beginning of the season I predicted San Francisco going to the Superbowl, so I'll pick them in this game.
Now for the AFC. Denver hosts Baltimore. Peyton Manning is having an MVP caliber season and Denver's defense is often underrated. Baltimore seemed to get a boost with the return of Ray Lewis. I don't think Baltimore will have enough on offense to pull off a win in Denver.
Then it's Houston visiting New England. Earlier in the season the Patriots rolled past the Texans 42-14. I don't expect that to happen again. Tom Brady will have all his weapons back and the Patriots defense has improved as the season has gone along. Houston has a great defensive line and their best chance to win this game is by pressuring Brady. I do like the Patriots to win this game.
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