NFL Playoffs Predictions, Updated Bracket: Broncos Seahawks Super Bowl Rematch?
We were perfect in the first round, going 2-0 against the spread and 4-0 on the money line. As such, our bracket really doesn’t need any updating. That said, it’s the NFL Playoffs and I’m too excited not to make another post. So, next round, same predictions, but with a little more analysis on the games that remain. We’re all chalk here, but I don’t really see any budding upsets like we had in the first round.
NFL Playoffs Predictions: Divisional Round
1. New England Patriots OVER 6. Baltimore Ravens
Thank you, Baltimore, for coming through as underdogs in the first round. That said, it looked like easy money. Baltimore is a winning franchise that was playing an arch rival they were extremely familiar with while the Steelers were without their top running back and arguably best and most important player. Now an extra-rested New England Patriots team hosts a shoddy Ravens defense in Foxborough where Tom Brady has been incredibly good this year. I don’t think the Ravens have the weapons to keep up or the defense to slow down Brady and company.
New England Patrtiots 31 – Baltimore Ravens 16
2. Denver Broncos OVER 4. Indianapolis Colts
This one makes me a little nervous because of how well the Colts offense has looked for large stretches this season. Peyton Manning doesn’t seem to be quite the same this year, but they’ve found a running game and the balanced attack of the Broncos seems unstoppable this year. Indy is capable, but in a battle of what once was and what will be, I take the Hall of Famer on a redemption quest to give us one more epic Brady-Manning show down.
Broncos 31 – Colts 20
1. Seattle Seahawks OVER 4. Carolina Panthers
The Panthers are happy to be here, which makes them very dangerous. That said, Cam Newton is hurt, the defense has been horribly inconsistent, and they’re on the road in the hardest stadium in the NFL to play in. Seattle has a solid defense, balanced offense, and is fresh off a bye. They’ll be good to go and I think they run away with this one after how sloppy the Panthers were in the first round.
Seahawks 38 – Panthers 13
2. Green Bay Packers OVER 3. Dallas Cowboys
Again, this one just comes down to home field for me. Not to negate the importance of Tony Romo’s final drive, but Dallas very easily could have lost if not for a handful of questionable calls down the stretch. Hell, they probably should have lost. Now they go to Green Bay to face Aaron Rodgers and his streaking Packers in a postseason stadium that probably trumps the Seattle home edge. I just don’t see a quarterback with as many famous failures as Tony Romo, with a defense as unknown as the Cowboys, and an injured rushing attack that got them here somehow beating the Pack at home. This could end up being a battle, but I don’t think Dallas can pull this off.
Packers 35 – Cowboys 27
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