All four of our top writers are back for another round to see if they can’t off-set the ridiculousness that has become the unpredictable playoffs so far.
We only had one game so far (Ravens vs Chiefs) where the game wasn’t seriously in question down to the final few minutes, making this already one of the best NFL Playoffs in recent memory.
We’ll do our part in picking the eventual winners, while you can sit back and enjoy another round of fantastic NFL matchups!
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Without further haste, here are our writer’s picks for the Divisional Round of the playoffs:
Baltimore Ravens (12-4) @ Pittsburgh Steelers (12-4)
We have a push here, as we should.
These two teams rarely deliver high-scoring affairs or blow-outs, as the Steelers have a narrow 8-9 edge in their last 17 meetings. A division battle is always tough to predict, but when it's between the Steelers and Ravens, that difficulty is magnified.
Add in the playoff atmosphere, and it's darn near impossible.
NFL Soup Verdict: Push (2-2)
New York Jets (11-5) @ New England Patriots (14-2)
Rex Ryan keeps running his mouth, while the Patriots are still smiling over their 45-3 bashing of the Jets the last time these two teams faced off.
It's possible it was just a division matchup that went horribly wrong for the Jets, while there's also a chance the Patriots have the Jets figured out. Still, these are two very talented teams that are staring elimination in the face.
Unlike the other division rival (above), all four of our writers went with New England here.
And yes, that means Rex Ryan is right about Bill Belichick being the superior head coach.
NFL Soup Verdict: Patriots (4-0)
Green Bay Packers (10-6) @ Atlanta Falcons (13-3)
This is the fourth game that is a rematch where the playoff opponents at least played one time earlier this season, making it just as interesting as the rest.
These two teams are both explosive offensively, and both can make some plays on defense.
The real questions will be if the Packers now surprisingly solid ground game can match-up with the Falcons solid run defense on the road.
Atlanta took the last meeting, 20-17, so this one should be close all the way.
NFL Soup Verdict: Push (2-2)
Seattle Seahawks (7-9) @ Chicago Bears (11-5)
Chicago has been battle tested and is fresh after a first round bye. There's really no logical reasoning that should have you pick Chicago. The Seahawks did beat them earlier in the year, but Chicago should be focused and determined at home in this game.
I was the only writer to pick Seattle, and I did so because the Seahawks beat the Bears earlier this season, and I won't be the guy that ignores a magical team in the playoffs.
If they lose, so be it, but something tells me a 7-9 team is going to the NFC Championship game.
NFL Soup Verdict: Bears (3-1)
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