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NFL Wildcard Predictions


After a wild week 17, the playoffs have taken a moldand 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?


About Me: I’m Spencer Alexander Zied, an 11th grader from New York, New York. I love to play basketball, football and tennis, and am a big fan of the Knicks, Giants, Yankees, Oregon football and North Carolina basketball teams. I’m also a big fan of First Take and Sportscenter on ESPN. You can email me at spencer.zied@gmail.com or connect with me on Twitter, on Facebook, or on Instagram (szied713).


NFL Playoffs: The Final Countdown


What a wacky wild card weekend! So, to recap from previous predictions, I was on the money with my Sunday picks, choosing the Cowboys to defeat the Lions and the Colts to top the Bengals. But I blundered for Saturday’s games, incorrectly picking the Steelers and Cardinals to win, as the Ravens and Panthers advanced instead.

So now, the real playoffs begin, and it’s time for someone to take home the Lombardi trophy. Here are my final NFL playoff predictions including my picks for award winners and Super Bowl dark horses and champions.


Divisional Round

Seahawks vs. Panthers

The Panthers came off a satisfying victory against the Cardinals on Saturday, but they will pose little threat to the vaunted Seattle Seahawks, a team on a mission to defend its beloved Super Bowl crown. The secondary of the Seahawks will stop Cam Newton in his tracks and control the game, with Marshawn Lynch putting the nail in the coffin.

Prediction: The Seahawks will win 23-10.


Packers vs. Cowboys

The Green Bay Packers are undefeated at home. However, the Cowboys are undefeated on the road. Aaron Rodgers will attack the Cowboys depleted, yet fighting defense. The Cowboys will match it with DeMarco Murray and their rushing attack. This game will get ugly, and ugly means it’ll be unpredictable. I see the upset with the Cowboys shocking the world and taking this game out of the hands of the want-to-be MVP Aaron Rodgers.

Prediction: The Cowboys will win 34-30.


Championship Round

Seahawks vs. Cowboys

We have a rematch of week six, where the Cowboys overpowered the Seahawks in their own building. It will be overwhelmingly hostile in Century Link. Not a single blunder all year, not from Dez Bryant, Tony Romo or DeMarco Murray. This will be a grudge match. As they usually do, they will find a way to scratch out a win.

Prediction: The Seahawks will win 20-17.


Divisional Round

Patriots vs. Ravens

The Ravens pose the biggest threat to the Patriots. However, this matchup slightly favors the Patriots simply based off of thirst and experience. The Ravens do in fact have all the pieces in place to accomplish the defeat, however Tom Brady’s greatness will prevail in the end. The Ravens are the dark horse Super Bowl champions, however they are going up against the real Super Bowl champions, and it will play out accordingly.

Prediction: The Patriots will win 33-28.

Broncos vs. Colts

Andrew Luck and the Colts are coming off of an impressive defeat against Cincinnati. Despite their record, the Broncos have looked shaky all year and the Colts will put Peyton Manning to the test. This will be a bloody battle, but the Colts will pull this one out.

Prediction: The Colts will win 31-27.


Championship Game 

Patriots vs. Colts

Tom Brady has yet to reach a Super Bowl since 2011, when his team was defeated by the Giants. Luck will pose a threat, but it will be no match for the Patriots underrated defense.

Prediction: The Patriots will win 38-27.

Super Bowl 

Patriots vs. Seahawks

Well, I know, it’s the same from my preseason prediction of Pats against Hawks. I think that it is extremely difficult to repeat as Super Bowl champions, especially against a team that has not won a Super Bowl in over 10 years, losing two in the last eight years to the New York Giants. Tom Brady will know what to do against that vaunted Seattle secondary and help his team pull away with the victory.

Prediction: The Patriots will win 26-21.

What are your predictions? Share them in the comments below.

About me: I’m Spencer (Alexander) Zied, a 10th grader from New York, New York. I love to play basketball, football and tennis, and am a big fan of the Knicks, Giants, Yankees, Oregon football and North Carolina basketball teams. I’m also a big fan of First Take and Sportscenter on ESPN. You can email me at spencer.zied@gmail.com or connect with me on twitter, on Facebook, or on Instagram (szied713).



NFL Playoffs: Wildcard


Wow. What a crazy season it has been. Who thought it would turn out this way? I certainly know I didn’t. With the season giving us surprise after surprise, there’s no doubt there will be craziness in the post-season as well.

As week 17 wraps up, the cold, ragged road to the Super Bowl begins. Here is how I believe it will play out.

Wildcard Round


Cardinals @ Panthers: This one will be a grind-it-out type of game. With two very strong defenses going head to head, we’ll see who packs a bigger punch to seal the deal. Cam Newton will be able to have some fun, but not too much fun as I believe that vaunted Cardinals secondary will definitely impact his decision making, forcing Cam to make mistakes.

Score: Cardinals win 23-16

Lions @ Cowboys: Tony Romo and Demarco Murray have been absolutely phenomenal this season. They have led the Cowboy squad out of the 8-8 doldrums as the seek prosperity for the first time in a long time. Without Ndamukong Suh, the Lions will still have a very strong defense, but with Romo and Murray, the Cowboys attack is too strong. Did I mention Dez Bryant and Jason Witten? Matt Stafford and Calvin ‘Megatron’ Johnson will certainly do some damage, along with the wildcard wide receiver Golden Tate. This game will be fun to watch.

Score: Cowboys win 34-31


Ravens @ Steelers: This division rivalry never gets old. If this were 2012, the Ravens defense with Ray Lewis and Ed Reed would be no match for the Steelers newly high-powered offense. However, those Raven players are gone, leaving the team’s  defense weaker. The Steelers have clicked on all cylinders and have been a ‘pick your poison’ offense this season. Joe Flacco will connect with Tory Smith and Steve Smith and will make it interesting.

Score: Steelers win 27-21

Bengals @ Colts: Andrew Luck has been nothing short of amazing this season. The Bengals have never won in the playoffs with Andy Dalton, and that trend will continue this weekend. The Colts struggle on defense, but Andrew Luck can crank it up a notch on offense to solidify a relatively easy victory.

Score: Colts win 31-20

Agree? Disagree? Share your predictions in the comments below. And be sure to check out my Second Take With Spencer A post next week for my divisional, championship, and Super Bowl picks!

Image of Peyton Manning via Sports Illustrated Kids.

About me: I’m Spencer (Alexander) Zied, a 10th grader from New York, New York. I love to play basketball, football and tennis, and am a big fan of the Knicks, Giants, Yankees, Oregon football and North Carolina basketball teams. I’m also a big fan of First Take and Sportscenter on ESPN. You can email me at spencer.zied@gmail.com or connect with me on twitter, on Facebook, or on Instagram (szied713).