NFL Playoffs: Early Predictions for Divisional Championships

Eli ChesnerCorrespondent IJanuary 9, 2011

BALTIMORE, MD - DECEMBER 05:  Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger #7 of the Pittsburgh Steelers looks to pass against the Baltimore Ravens at M&T Bank Stadium on December 5, 2010 in Baltimore, Maryland.  (Photo by Geoff Burke/Getty Images)
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The Wild Card round in the NFL has officially ended. The Seahawks stunned the Saints, the Jets beat the Colts on the last play of the game, the Ravens took control of the Chiefs early, and the Packers dominated Vick and the Eagles.

So, we have very good match-ups in the divisional round in the 2010-2011 NFL Postseason. Two rivalries (Ravens-Steelers and Jets-Patriots) highlight the weekend. Without further ado, here are my early look predictions for the divisional round in the 2010-2011 NFL Playoffs.


#5 Ravens at #2 Steelers, Saturday 4:30 PM, CBS

A classic rivalry renewed here in Pittsburgh. The Ravens manhandled the Chiefs on Sunday, proving to the Chiefs that they were not ready for the playoffs.

The Steelers, however, had a bye week for having the 2nd best record in the AFC. Not bad for a team that missed Big Ben for 4 games.

This will definitely be a low scoring game.

Prediction: Steelers win in one of the best playoff games ever, 17-16


#6 Packers at #1 Falcons, Saturday 8 PM, FOX

The Packers are coming off three fantastic wins against the Giants, Bears, and Eagles. Trust me, they are better then a #6 seed.

But the Falcons, in my opinion, are worse then a #1 seed. They lost to the Saints at home on National TV, who wounded up losing to the Seahawks in Seattle. 

I really don't see the Falcons winning this game. They don't have enough playoff experience like the Packers do.

Prediction: Packers handle the Falcons 26-21


#4 Seahawks at #2 Bears, Sunday 1 PM, FOX

The Bears have definitely been the most surprising team in the NFC this season. They are playing the supposed worst playoff team in NFL history.

But after they beat the defending champs, the Seahawks can't be considered that bad at all. Matt Hasselbeck has been huge for the Seahawks this season, especially against the Saints. The Bears' fantastic defense may present a problem.

Prediction: The Seahawks come down to earth as the Bears will play host to division rival Green Bay in the NFC Championship. Bears win, 31-17.


#6 Jets at #1 Patriots, Sunday 4:30 PM, CBS

Everyone is saying that the Patriots are winning the Super Bowl. But, in order to do that, they have to beat the Jets first.

The Jets are coming off a dramatic last play win over the Colts. Now they have to play another hall of fame quarterback in Tom Brady. The Patriots did beat the Jets 45-3 earlier this season, but that means nothing now.

Prediction: This game will be closer then people think, but the Patriots will win 28-21. 

Feel free to leave comments about your predictions.