Divisional Playoff Predictions:
Once again, I'm not going to do scores, just how I think the games will go.
SEA @ ATL
This rematch from earlier in the season should be interesting as Atlanta walked away with a bitter taste in their mouths after what seemed to be blatant pass interference on Julio Jones went uncalled. They'll come into this game looking for revenge, but I don't believe they'll find it. Thomas Rawls had an outstanding game last week, giving the Seahawks a much needed running game, which allows them to mix up the play calls and keep the defence on edge which can lead to mismatches. Russell Wilson also carries a degree of playoff experience that sets him apart from the opposition. I think the Seahawks simply have what it takes to win. To stay in this one, the Falcons need to shut down the run game and pressure Wilson, while offensively exploiting the hole in the secondary normally filled by Earl Thomas.
HOU @ NE
I'm excited to see what kind of defensive scheme Bill Belichick puts together to get in the head of Brock Osweiler. His inexperience and inconsistency will simply be no match for the Patriots defence. I think the Patriots will run away with this one, but the Texans could have a chance if they make some huge defensive plays and control the ball on offence.
PIT @ KC
This is the hardest game to pick in my opinion, but my gut tells me to go with the Steelers. Kansas City is no easy place to go in and steal a win, but if anyone can its Ben Roethlisberger and the Steelers. The Chiefs have a great pass defence, but I believe the Steelers have the most balanced offence in the NFL. Kansas City has also been fairly inconsistent, losing to both the Buccaneers and the Titans at home. To win, the Chiefs would have to shut down Antonio Brown while simultaneously loading the box to prevent Le'Veon Bell from going off.
GB @ DAL
I tried picking against the Packers last week and I learned my lesson. I think they'll take this win. They're a much different team than they were the last time they met Dallas and have since established a run game as well as a win streak. Continued ⬇️⬇️