After a wild week 17, the playoffs have taken a mold—and we will soon witness the match ups between all these hungry teams, each of them relieved and excited for their moment of truth. Lets get to the games.
(4) Houston Texans vs. (5) Kansas City Chiefs
After star running back Jamaal Charles went down with a torn ACL, there was a sense of doom and gloom in Missouri, as they planned ahead for the 2016 season and a good draft selection. However, miraculously Andy Reid didn’t give in, as Alex Smith and the gang racked up 10 straight wins with Charcandrick West filling the large shoes of Charles, finishing 11-5 on the year. As for Houston, J.J. Watt with 17.5 sacks and DeAndre Hopkins with over 1,500 yards on the year have continued their superstardom as they gutted out with a division title in the dreadful AFC South at 9-7, being “lead” by Brian Hoyer. Even though their star running back Arian Foster went down with multiple injuries as well, Alfred Blue took his place and has done an average job. But while this playoff matchup is an unlikely one, it is one you will be entertained by.
Prediction: Kansas City Chiefs win 20-16
(3) Cincinnati Bengals vs. (6) Pittsburgh Steelers
What a fantastic and heated matchup this will be between these two division rivals. Splitting the season series, there is unfinished business—bad blood still lurks between these two. While matching a common theme of star running backs going down, the Steelers follow suit as Le’Veon Bell went down with a torn ACL earlier this season. However, they have a reliable backup in Deangelo Williams, who can do very well on the field. Antonio Brown has been stupendous lately- accounting for over 1,800 yards receiving and 136 receptions, he is taking the NFL by storm and has proven to be the NFL’s best wide out. Big Ben needs to keep his composure, and continue to look for Brown as often as he can. As for the Bengals, they’ll be featuring backup A.J. McCarron who has done a decent job, but not as good a job as Andy Dalton has this season. Another A.J. in A.J. Green has also been phenomenal this year, just shy of marking 1,300 yards on the year; the matchup between him and Brown will be one for the ages! I expect this to be a barnburner, yet I do not trust the Steelers secondary and am going with the Bengals.
Prediction: Cincinnati Bengals win 27-24
(3) Minnesota Vikings vs. (6) Seattle Seahawks
The Seattle Seahawks may be a 6 seed, but it has been the hottest team in the last chunk of the season. Russell Wilson has been on fire, and while Marshawn “Beast Mode” Lynch has been out, he is set to return for this game, putting the Seahawks at a huge advantage. Adrian Peterson has led the league in rushing once again, coming up on 1,485 yards and has proven to still be elite—but can Lynch prove the same after coming back from injury? The Seahawks TE Jimmy Graham went down during the season as well, yet Wilson does not seem the slightest bit flustered without him. As for Minnesota, they won a big game at Lambeau last week, as Bridgewater showed poise and persistence against the struggling Packers. What a great reward for winning a division title and a road game. The Seahawks are out of their Super Bowl loss hangover, and are ready to avenge the worst play call in NFL history made by Coach Pete Carroll. The NFL is on watch.
Prediction: Seattle Seahawks win 33-17
(4) Washington Redskins vs. (5) Green Bay Packers
The Green Bay Packers have struggled mightily this season. But even though they went 10-6, this is not the same team from last season. Eddy Lacy has gained weight and is a shell of himself. The absence of wide out Jordy Nelson has really shown the Packers’ flawed offense, and Aaron Rodgers has struggled because of it. As for the Redskins, they look extremely hot, as Kirk Cousins has accepted the role over the disgruntled RG3 and proven to be “the guy” in the nation’s capital. Desean Jackson, Jordan Reed and Pierre Garçon are enough to give Clay Matthews and the Packers defense a lot of trouble. The Redskins defense is no joke and I feel it will continue to pester Aaron Rodgers.
Prediction: Washington Redskins win 23-20
What are your predictions?
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