The best time of the football year. Make your predictions here. Who is everyone rooting for? I have a nice sized bet on the Chiefs to win the AFC at 5.5 -1 I made a few weeks ago. Was thrilled to see them get the bye. I will be rooting for the Bills as well in the AFC, I have no $$ on them though.
NFC: Seattle at Philly. I will take Philly. Seattle is fraudulent and I’ve been saying it for a few weeks. They can’t get after the QB, Carroll is a bad in game coach, and they don’t have a ton of weapons. Wilson is a top QB, but Jim Schwartz defense is playing unreal, especially at home. Wentz is also a good QB, Pederson is a better coach than Pete Carroll and Philly is at home.
Vikings at Saints- Saints. Mike Zimmer is a dinosaur and Kirk has a lot to prove. Saints at home and I see little chance for an upset here. I have very little respect for Zimmer.
Philly at SF- I will take SF in this spot. I am not 100% buying what SF is selling… but they beat a depleted Philly team here. Jimmy G is JAG, their defense is a bit leaky right now and SF has proven little… although they are very battle tested this year. All the analytics point to SF winning the NFC. IF Seattle wins at Philly I could see Seattle pulling off a win at SF.
Saints at GB- I will take the Saints, but this game is a tough call. I think the winner of this game wins the NFC. GB not an easy place to play, and their defense is for real. They can get after the passer very well and Rodgers can get hot. Not sold on LaFleur. Saints have the better coach, and better offense. I worry about Brees playing in the cold/ windy conditions. He is an indoor QB and Lambeau presents tough conditions. I am hesitant to take Saints in this spot and am almost talking myself out of it when posting this. But I will still take them.
New Orleans at SF- New Orleans. SF is not an overly difficult place to play, and the Saints will be fine to win in decent conditions. Saints have the better QB, Coach and Kicker. I would take Green Bay over SF here as well.
NFC Champs: New Orleans Saints
AFC: Titans at Pats. I will take the Pats here. They still have a tremendous defense and rank higher in overall DVOA than last year. Titans are not an easy out… but the home field advantage and NE defense is too much to overcome. I do not expect a blowout here and I expect the Titans to stick around for most of the game.
Bills at Texans- Texans. They have playoff experience, Watson is the real deal, and they have weapons on offense and are loaded with DBs. The Bills are on the right track, and this should be a close game but I think Texans win here.
Texans at Ravens- Ravens. Everything points to a Baltimore SB this year. They will obviously be too much for either the Texans or the Bills, especially coming off the bye. Ravens very good on both sides of the ball, Harbaugh will not make any in game mistakes and they have the best kicker in the league.
Pats at KC- KC healthy, coming off the bye, peaking at the right time. Way too much firepower for the Chiefs. Pats don’t have enough to keep up. The Chiefs will hammer the Pats in this spot and it could get ugly. I don’t expect a classic like last year. Chiefs easy. Another easy game to predict like the Baltimore game.
Chiefs at Ravens- Chiefs. This is their year. They’ve been close in previous years, and this is the year they get over that hump. Mahomes is the best QB in the league and KC has too much fire power. Lamar deserves credit for a great season. But I flat out do not like the way he throws the ball, and I can’t get the image out of my head how bad he was in last years playoffs. I trust Mahomes in this situation to make the critical plays over Lamar. Chiefs were not as hyped mid year like usual. It reminds me of the Washington Capitals a couple of years ago in the NHL, when they didn’t get much hype for the first time in forever, but they quietly had a great year and then got over the hump in the playoffs. I’m just getting that vibe with the Chiefs.
SB Saints Chiefs- give me the Chiefs. Again too much firepower and they are a better team than any NFC team. Good guy Andy Reid finally does it.