NFL NFC AFC Divisional Playoff Matchups: Picks and Predictions
Here it is: Week 2 of your NFL picks and predictions. Week 1 was a great week of playoff football with most games being decided towards the end of regulation. We did have some upsets with the Seahawks, Packers, and Jets winning. How 'bout them Seahawks! I picked the Saints in this matchup, but knew that Seattle would give a good effort. Now c'mon, who really picked the Saints?
Onto Week 2. We have another four matchups this weekend and I hope we have four great games like we did last week. So let's get on to this week's picks.
Ravens Vs Steelers
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It's a buzzkill for the NFL, but it will put what I think is going to be the best game of the week as the first game of the weekend. Two bitter rivals will go toe to toe this Saturday afternoon. Both teams boast a top tier defense, while also providing dynamic offense...a rare mix in the NFL. With the cold weather looming in Pittsburgh, expect both teams to primarily trying to run the ball. Both teams rely heavily on their run game and both defenses are very good at stopping the run. The team that can stop the run first and make the other's offense one-dimensional wins this game. Baltimore wins in a defensive battle 20-17
Packers Vs. Falcons
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The Packers are coming off a big win in Philly this weekend and bring a lot of momentum to Atlanta to battle the NFC's best. The Packers are a very dangerous team, and most expected them to be if they were able to make the playoffs. The Packers travel to Atlanta with a great offense and a couple players returning from injury that have missed a good chunk of the season. Atlanta has a great team, but I just think that the Packers offense will just be too much for Atlanta's defense. In the highest scoring game of the week, Packers win 33-27.
Seahawks Vs. Bears
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Who really expected the Seahawks to be playing in the Divisional round of the playoffs. Well here they are as they are pinned against a tough Bears team. The Seahawks put up a surprisingly big number on the Saints, but don't expect that again against Chicago. The Bears have one of the best defenses in the league and are led by future Hall of Famer Brian Urlacher. The Seahawks have a lot of momentum going into this week, but I just don't see that being enough to beat the Bears in Soldier Field. Bears 23-10.
Jets Vs. Patriots
In the other AFC divisional game, it is a rematch of bitter division rivals. The Jets and Rex Ryan will get another shot at beating, or at least, giving the Pats a good game. The Jets got walloped by New England a couple of weeks ago and are anxious to get back at them. You know Rex Ryan will have something up his sleeve for the Pats and will give his best shot at winning. But coaches can only do so much. They can't play the game. The game will be decided on the field between the players. The Jets, on paper, have more talent and the better overall roster, but the Patriots have a big X factor: Tom Brady.
This game will come down to the quarterbacks, the most important position on a football team. Now who would you take? Pats 26-16