NFL Playoff Weekend Is Just About Here. And For Those On The Edge Of Your Seats, Here Are My Picks!
If you read my post from last week picking the wild card games in the NFL, you will note that I got them all right. Four for Four. 100% right, baby! Who's the man?
Before my inflated ego gets too big, I will say that probably most of you fellow NFL junkies got them right, too. All of the home teams won, and none of the games were very good, unfortunately. Lets's hope that changes this weekend.
It's looking like four good match-ups this week, (well, at least three) for the divisional playoffs, and by Sunday night, it will be down to four teams. Two from the AFC and two from the NFC who will play each other next weekend for the right to play in Houston for Superbowl 51
So, onto the picks.
Saturday, January 14
No. 3 Seattle (11-5-1) at No. 2 Atlanta (11-5)
TV: 4:35 p.m. ET (Fox)
The first game of the weekend and it will showcase Seattle's tough defense against Atlanta's high powered offense. For those of you who like to wager on games, Atlanta is a 5 point favorite. I think that the Falcons will be able to score; well, score enough anyway, to win this game at home. And no Earl Thomas for the Seahawks will hurt them.
No. 4 Houston (10-7) at No. 1 New England (14-2)
TV: 8:15 p.m. ET (CBS)
This one is obviously the easiest one to pick this weekend. Vegas has New England as a 16 point favorite and that might be low. Remember way back when Tom Brady was serving a 4 game suspension, second stringer Jimmy Garoppolo was hurt, and the Pats had to use their third string QB Jacoby Brissett against the Texans? Remember the score? The offensive line controlled the game. This week, Tom Brady starts. Is he the greatest of all time? If not, he is in the discussion. And the Patriots defense has improved every week this season. The Pats should cruise in this one, unless half the team gets hurt before kickoff.
New England 42
Sunday, Jan. 15
No. 3 Pittsburgh (12-5) at No. 2 Kansas City (12-4)
TV: 1:05 p.m. ET (NBC)
This should be a great game. I have wavered back and forth on this one all week. Vegas odds makers have this one as pretty much a tossup. The two teams played back in October, and the Steelers throttled the Chiefs 43-14. I am thinking it will be much closer this week. The Chiefs haven't won a playoff game in Arrowhead Stadium in decades. Could Sunday be their day? I'd love to pick them, but I feel Pittsburgh has too many weapons.
Kansas City 21
No. 4 Green Bay (11-6) at No. 1 Dallas (13-3)
TV: 4:40 p.m. ET (Fox)
This should also be a great game. Green Bay's top receiver Jordy Nelson is probably not going to play. The Cowboy's rookie running back sensation Ezekiel Elliot sent a scare through Cowboy nation when he was involved in a minor car accident Wednesday morning, later stating he has taken harder hits in practice then he did in that fender-bender. No doubt. This is another game that I found extremely hard to pick. The Cowboys have had a great year, and the Packers have Aaron Rodgers. But the Cowboy's have Elliot, Dak Prescott, and that offensive line. But the Packers go into this game winners of 6 straight. Hmmm...here I go wavering again. When in doubt, I'll go with the home team to win a squeaker.
Green Bay 21
There you have it. My picks for divisional playoff weekend. Once again, I did hours of research and used a brand new dime to flip when undecided. Feel free to agree or disagree, because that's what makes it fun.
Enjoy the games, and remember, we here at B98.5 will have the Patriots game Saturday night. Pre game show starts at 5PM/ kick off at 8:15PM