3/4 isn’t bad.
Going 3/4 on something is almost never bad. Like ever.
It’s not bad when you’re picking who wins a game of football, and it’s certainly never bad when you’re kicking footballs in negative degree temperatures in Minnesota.
Last week I gave my Wild Card predictions, and honestly they went how everything seems to go nowadays for me, “could’ve been better, could’ve been worse.”
In the Kansas City/Houston game I picked the Chiefs, but not even I could’ve predicted that large of a whopping win for Kansas City. Holy moly, talk about getting hot at the right time. So I was kinda right about that.
The Pittsburgh/Cincinnati game was much closer than I thought, and a lot more exciting as well. Easily the best game of the playoffs so far. Glad I picked this one right.
Seattle/Minnesota had slightly lower scoring numbers than I initially imagined, but it makes sense, seeing how good these two defenses were, and how cold the weather was. Can’t blame Blair Walsh for losing that game, but you can partly blame him for missing that kick that could’ve won the game for Minnesota. Either way though, I’d like to see you go out in negative, freezing temperatures, and kick 4 field goals perfectly. Ease up on Blair Walsh, let’s not forget who scored all of Minnesota’s points that game, and let’s also not forget that doing something 75% of the time is okay.
And as for the Washington/Green Bay game, well… I did not like that. I honestly thought the Redskins would defeat the Packers in Washington, and then the game started… foolish, foolish me.
Oh well, the Wild Card round was an enjoyable, but hectic weekend of football to say the least, but I think I’m on to the Divisional Round. So, away we go with another week of playoff picks!
#6 Pittsburgh Steelers vs #1 Denver Broncos
First Things First – I originally had the Pittsburgh Steelers going into Denver and beating the Broncos this week, but then the unfortunate news of Antonio Brown came out. Arguably the best wide receiver in football won’t be playing for the Steelers this week due to a concussion he suffered last week. With Antonio Brown now missing the game, it adds more pressure to the Steelers offense, and eases some pressure off of the Denver Broncos defense. Not to mention Denver’s had an entire week off, and are one of the best home teams in the NFL. What should’ve been a tough contest for Denver, just got a little bit easier.
Why I think Denver wins – Antonio Brown’s not playing. Antonio Brown’s such a huge piece to this team that he can make the difference between a win and a loss, which is exactly why I think Denver will win this game. Denver’s defense is already historically good, but with Brown not playing, it should have no problem against Pittsburgh’s offense.
Bottomline – Pittsburgh’s Antonio Brown-less offense is no match for Denver’s defense. The #1 seed stays alive in this one, 27-16.
#5 Kansas City Chiefs vs #2 New England Patriots
First Things First – Even though they’ve been struggling lately, I can’t pick against Tom Brady and the reigning champions at home in the divisional round. After a long week of rest, the Patriots look to begin their playoff quest at trying to defend their 2015 Championship, and it starts off with the Kansas City Chiefs, who are currently on an eleven game winning streak, and more importantly just beat the snot out of the Houston Texans… in Houston, 30-0. So, I guess you know who I’m taking in this one.
Why I think New England wins – Yep, you guessed it! Kind of. New England’s 7-1 at home this season, Kansas City’s 5-3 on the road. Along with that, the Patriots will be getting their superstar receiver in Julian Edelman back this week, fully rested up, and looking good to go. I expect Edelman to have a big game, and Brady as well.
Bottomline – It’s impossible for me to pick against my favorite team come Playoffs time. As unbiased as it is, I’d feel ashamed if I picked them to lose, and they won. At least 2 Gronk spikes in this game. I do think it’ll be a close, and exciting game to watch though. New England survives at home, 24-20.
#6 Seattle Seahawks vs #1 Carolina Panthers
First Things First – If someone were to make a top 20 list of people who’ve doubted the Carolina Panthers this year, my stupid, smiling grin would show up somewhere in there. All year I’ve doubted the talent of the Carolina Panthers. I’ve questioned how their offense can be so good without Wide Receiver, Kelvin Benjamin. Questioned how Cam Newton can seriously be in talks for 2015 Most Valuable Player. Questioned how a player like Josh Norman could be the possible Defensive Player of the Year. But now I finally see it. They deserve to be where they are, Cam deserves MVP, Ron Rivera deserves to win Coach of the Year, give Norman D.P.O.Y, all that good stuff. For years now, Seattle’s been one of the top teams in the league, and they’ll probably be at the top yet again next season, but not this time. This is Carolina’s time. Two of the hottest QB’s in the league at the moment are Cam Newton, and Russell Wilson. Whoever out plays the other in this game should wind up moving on to the Conference round.
Why I think Carolina wins – They’re at home for one, a place where they rarely lose. They’ve had all this time to prepare, and rest. Seattle barely beat Minnesota last week, so they’re limping into this one. I think I made my point.
Bottomline – Seriously though, Carolina’s offense has been too good this season to get out in the first round. I’m picking the Panthers in this game, 31-23.
#5 Green Bay Packers vs #2 Arizona Cardinals
First Things First – Last week I picked against the Green Bay Packers, and this week will be no different. Nothing against the Packers, I just don’t see it happening is all. As good as Aaron Rodgers is, there’s no way he survives this round. Arizona’s too good to not win a Playoff game this season.
Why I think Arizona wins -The offense led by Carson Palmer and David Johnson is easily one of the best in the league right now. Behind Carolina, Arizona’s been the best team in the league all year long, and they deserve credit for the great season they’ve had. In fact, I’m so confident in the Cardinals that they’re my pick to go represent the NFC in the Super Bowl this year, so I really hope I’m right about this game…
Bottomline – After a week of resting up, Arizona should be set to roll past the Packers, and that’s exactly what I think will happen here. Arizona wins, 34-20.
What the Playoffs will look like after this week :
AFC – #2 New England Patriots vs #1 Denver Broncos
NFC – #2 Arizona Cardinals vs #1 Carolina Panthers
Hmm, it’s funny. Last week every away team wound up winning, and now this week it looks like all of the home teams might come up victorious.
A.B’s Divisional Round Winners :
Well, I hope I’m right about these picks, except for the Denver pick. Really hope Pittsburgh can find a way to upset Denver. Anyways, thanks for reading, feel free to share, and like this post and other great R.B.I articles.
Enjoy another week of Playoff Pigskin everyone! A.B