Friday, January 3, 2020
NFL Wild Card Playoff Predictions
Minnesota Vikings Vs New Orleans Saints
The NFC is so stacked with great teams this season that the Saints went 13-3 and will be playing in the Wild Card Round of the playoffs! In my opinion the Saints are the best team in the league this season. They have all the pieces to win a Championship from the great coach, to the hall of fame quarterback, to a top five wide receiver, to a diverse running back, and capping it off with a solid defense. The Saints are going to be a tough team to beat for anyone, but especially for the Vikings. Minnesota had a solid regular season and even gave Green Bay a run for the Division title, but they fell short. The Vikings overall are a very good team the offense can be dynamic and the defense is tough to score on, but there are also times where you watch this team and you’re like “who the fuck is this team?!” I have a feeling that will be the team that makes an appearance this week. The Vikings have not played well against some of the better teams this season and they are about to go up against one of the best teams in the league. I think the Saints have a bad taste in their mouths from the way the last two seasons have ended for them, one being two years ago against the Vikings on a last second play by Stefon Diggs. I have a feeling it’s going to be a long day for the Vikings.
Saints over Vikings 35-17
Seattle Seahawks Vs Philadelphia Eagles
The Eagles have been such a horrible team this season, but since they’re in the worst division in the league this season, they ended up backing their way into the playoffs! The Eagles have been dealing with a ton of injuries this season, but so have the Seahawks and they still look like a legit team. Russell Wilson has had a great season and once again carried the Seahawks offense who have lost all of their running backs to injury. It’s so bad they had to hit up Marshawn Lynch and get him out of retirement to give the offense a boost. I don’t expect him to be a huge difference maker, but it will help to take a bit of pressure off of Russell Wilson. I don’t think the Seahawks will have a problem this week because the Eagles are just awful! The Seahawks are a great road team and should be able to take care of the Eagles without much of a problem.
Seahawks over Eagles 28-13
Tennessee Titans Vs New England Patriots
Well it’s the postseason and of course the Patriots are here to haunt our dreams! The Patriots are not the same dominant force we’re used to seeing this season, but they’re still the Patriots and they know how to win in the postseason. They’re in luck too because their first opponent is not that great. The Titans had a Jekyll and Hyde season where you didn’t really know what you were going to get from them. On defense they are solid as a rock and difficult to score on. Offensively is where they have been very inconsistent. Derrick Henry has had a phenomenal season and has just about ran over every defense in his way, but the quarterback position has been shaky. They started the season with Marcus Mariota who was just flat out awful and then switched to Ryan Tannehill who has been solid, but I don’t trust this guy under pressure situations and this week is going to be the biggest test of his entire career. The Patriots defense has been the driving force for them this season and Bill Belichick is the master at taking out his opponents’ strongest player and forcing the rest of the team to beat them. This is a recipe for disaster for the Titans because if the Patriots defense is able to lock down Derrick Henry then the Titans will be in for a long day! While I’d love to see the Patriots lose this early in the playoffs, I don’t actually believe the Titans are going to be the opponent to grant that wish! Patriots should win this one in a landslide!
Patriots over Titans 42-10
Buffalo Bills Vs Houston Texans
One of my favorite things is when the Texans make the playoffs because I know I’m going to get a good laugh! Throughout their entire history of the postseason they are notorious chokers and I love it! This season the Texans have been pretty good, but nothing to brag about. DeShaun Watson is a good quarterback and I like what he brings to this squad, but apparently the Texans front office has no interest in providing him an offensive line to prevent him from being pummeled by the opposing defense. He has been under constant pressure all season, and while he is great on the run, he is even better when given time to throw in the pocket. The Bills defense has been a dominating force and is the main reason why the Bills are in the playoffs. Offensively the Bills have firepower, but can be anemic at times, which is why they rely heavy on the defense. The edge in this matchup I believe will be the Bills defense. If they are able to get at DeShaun Watson and make him ineffective in the passing game then the Bills should be able to do just enough on offense to get the win. I will never believe in the Texans until they actually prove something to me and I don’t believe they will prove anything in this matchup other than the same old chokers!
Bills over Texans 17-10