For the first time this season I do not have an Ravens, Eagles, or Redskins game to attempt to dazzle everyone with my NFL knowledge. Including the Super Bowl, there are just seven games remaining in this season. Injuries are a factor with a few of the teams which could lead to some blow-outs. With that I present my playoff picks:
New England over Kansas City
I feel like picking the Patriots is the same as saying the sun will rise in the east. The fact is New England is the second seed, playing at home, and are a playoff winning machine. Kansas City’s big play wide receiver, former Eagle, Jeremy Maclin may be a long shot to play. With the Chiefs needing everything to align to pull off the upset, that hit to their offense may be too much to overcome. Everything is not in harmony with the Patriots. Defensive end Chandler Jones decided to go Cheech and Chong by using synthetic marijuana and subsequently having a reaction that required medical attention. Generally Mr. Mumbles, I mean Bill Belichick, runs a tight operation and I doubt this will be enough of a distraction to hinder the Patriots.
Arizona over Green Bay
The Cardinals have the top rated offense and fifth best defense in the NFL. Green Bay had a top ten defense in the regular season but they allowed Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins to throw for over three hundred yards in last week’s game. The Packers were able to overcome an 11-0 deficit against the Redskins. They will not be able to do so against the Cardinals. Also what has changed from last month when Arizona routed Green Bay 38-8? I contend not much.
Seattle over Carolina
Yes the Seahawks were extremely fortunate to win at Minnesota. The cold temperatures kept the scoring down. The Seahawks have a top five offense and a top five defense. They have won during this time of the year the past three seasons. As a great of a regular season the Carolina Panthers had, one of this weekend’s favorites will go down. My take is that the Panthers are the team that will be the upset victim.
Denver over Pittsburgh
I do not expect to be entertained with this game. The Steelers injury list is beginning to resemble that of the Ravens with questions at quarterback, wide receiver, and running back. The combined efforts of Peyton Manning and Brock Osweiler generated a mediocre 14th best passing attack. This is the final game of the weekend slate and I doubt it will be a grand finale to the playoff action.