Friday, January 5, 2018
NFL Wild Card Playoff Predictions
NFL Wild Card Round Playoff Predictions
Carolina Panthers Vs New Orleans Saints
Division matchups are always some of the best matchups you will see in the playoffs because both teams know each other so well and tend to elevate their game when they face off against each other. This will definitely be one of those games! The Panthers have been a silent killer all season long, they really haven’t been talked about much even though they went 11-5. If they were in the AFC they could easily walk into the Championship game! The Panthers defense has carried them all the way up to this point because the offense has been very suspect. Outside of Cam Newton they have no offensive weapons at all! The Saints on the other hand I believe are the most complete team walking into the playoffs this season. They are led by a phenomenal defense, they have an excellent ground attack with Kamara and Ingram, and Drew Brees continues to have another solid season! I expect this to be a very close matchup and whoever is able to take advantage of the few opportunities given will win. I believe the Saints are a better team and more poised than the Panthers and will come out on top in this one!
Saints over Panthers 21-17
Atlanta Falcons Vs Los Angeles Rams
The Rams have probably been one of the biggest surprises of the season. Not only did they win their division, but they absolutely dominated for the entire season. The Rams have been really consistent on offense and defense, and play a well-balanced game. The Falcons are on the complete opposite end of the spectrum. There has been no consistency at all in any way, you never know what the hell you’re going to get from the Falcons on game day! I do think this will be a fun game to watch because I think both teams matchup well against each other and both teams have a ton of fire power on offense. I have a feeling this game could end up being a shootout and if that’s the case I give the edge to the Falcons. While the Rams have a lot of offensive weapons, I think the Falcons are much better suited to win an offensive battle because of the connection between Matt Ryan and Julio Jones. The two of them really know how to zone in and I think are one of the best quarterback to wide receiver duos in the league. Julio Jones is by far the best receiver in the game because of his awareness on where he needs to be at every moment in the game, from his hands to his feet he is always reliable. The margin is slim in this game and the Falcons have a huge advantage with a player like Julio Jones!
Falcons over Rams 37-27
Tennessee Titans Vs Kansas City Chiefs
This will probably be one of the worst games of the weekend because it will be so one sided. The Chiefs started off strong, but have really cooled off the second half of the season. They are a Jekyll and Hyde team because you never know what team you will get on any given Sunday, but with that being said the Titans have consistently been mediocre all season. They backed their way into the playoffs and haven’t been consistent in any way, shape, or form. I expect the Chiefs to dominate this game from start to finish.
Chiefs over Titans 35-13
Buffalo Bills Vs Jacksonville Jaguars
The only people who care about this game are Bills and Jaguars fans, other than that this looks like a total snoozefest! The Jags have been one of the surprise teams this season and have done so with a dominating defense! This defense will dominate you at the line, have your quarterback running for days or on his back, and they can cause turnovers for points. On the offensive side of the ball they’re fairly mediocre and have been up and down throughout the season, but have played well enough with this stacked defense to get the wins. I have no idea how or why the Bills are in the playoffs? I guess that just goes to show how awful the AFC was this season, but here they are fighting for a chance at the Super Bowl. This one is real simple, for me at least. The Jaguars are a much better team in my opinion than the Bills because of their defense. I believe the defense will take over this game and set the offense up with great field position for the easy score and the Jags will run away with this one.
Jaguars over Bills 28-10