Let's predict the playoffs
2016-17 NFL Playoffs baby. I know it's a little late considering they start today, but hey better late than never.
So I'm going to go round by round and give throw a random score out there for each finish too. We'll see who ends up being the most accurate when we're all said and done. Bonus points if you don't pick the Patriots to win!
Here's a reminder of the seedings...
1. New England Patriots (14-2)
2. Kansas City Chiefs (12-4)
3. Pittsburgh Steelers (11-5)
4. Houston Texans (9-7)
5. Oakland Raiders (12-4)
6. Miami Dolphins (10-6)
1. Dallas Cowboys (14-2)
2. Atlanta Falcons (11-5)
3. Seattle Seahawks (10-5-1)
4. Green Bay Packers (10-6)
5. New York Giants (11-5)
6. Detroit Lions (9-7)
OK. So let's start with the Wild Card round.
Oakland Raiders vs Houston Texans
This game could go either way. The Raiders seem to have fallen apart with Carr out, but the Texans aren't the team to cry to about having Quarterback troubles. So it could be close, but I'm giving it to Oakland because they still have an all around winning team and I think Connor Cook may surprise some people.
Winner: Raiders, 20-17.
Detroit Lions vs Seattle Seahawks
The Seahawks don't seem to be their old selves anymore, but they're still a solid team and at home they're still pretty unstoppable. They're pretty beat up though, but I still give this one to them.
Winner: Seahawks, 31-20.
Miami Dolphins vs Pittsburgh Steelers
Big Ben, Antonio Brown, and Le'Veon Bell are all playing in the playoffs for the first time together. I'm going to say it now and I'll say it in the later rounds, those three are dangerous together when healthy. The key is staying healthy.
Miami beat this team in Miami early in the season and knocked Big Ben out of the game, but a lot has changed since then. Specifically, Matty Moore being the starting QB.
This should be Pittsburgh's most comfortable game during their playoff run...should.
Winner: Steelers, 38-21.
New York Giants vs Green Bay Packers
This is my toughest call yet. Both of these teams are very very similar in a lot of ways, and because of that I want to give it to Green Bay just because they have home field advantage. But the Giants are pretty tough, and if you think about it if they were in another division they'd be sitting at the three seed gearing up to play the Lions at home.
But Green Bay is hot. They turned it on...in fact the last time I've seen Green Bay come on like this towards the second half of the season was in 2010, when they beat Pittsburgh in the Super Bowl as a wildcard.
But none the less I think the Giants came to play all season long. Eli and OBJ run the game when they're together, and so I'm pulling for them to come out winners in this one.
Winner: Giants, 35-31.
Seattle Seahawks vs Atlanta Falcons
This is a tough one to call, but I'm giving it to Atlanta because they're the healthier team. Seattle is just too beat up and I can't see them coming out of the Georgia Dome with a win.
Winner: Atlanta Falcons, 30-22.
Oakland Raiders vs New England Patriots
Oh what a treat it would be if Oakland somehow upset Tommy Brady and the Pats, but it's not happening. Not without Derek Carr.
Winner: Patriots, 35-17.
Pittsburgh Steelers vs Kansas City Chiefs
Steelers dominated this team early in the year after an embarrassing loss to the Eagles with a lot to prove. But now they've won 8 straight games and they're not playing in the comfort of Heinz Field.
This is going to be a tough physical matchup, but I still give it to Pittsburgh.
Winner: Steelers 31-21.
New York Giants vs Dallas Cowboys
Oh this is going to be a fun one. I'm gonna say it, I am. The Giants will beat the Dallas Cowboys for the fourth time in a row. I like the Cowboys a lot, and they are going to be a dangerous franchise for awhile. But it's an average defense that is way overdue to fall apart, and a team led by two rookies with no playoff experience.
Eli and OBJ will bring it home once again.
Winner: New York Giants 39-32.
New York Giants vs Atlanta Falcons
The Giants have been hot, but who better to cool them down than Matty Ice? This Falcons team isn't the best, but all the pieces will fall into place to allow them to get into this Super Bowl.
The Falcons will play their last game in the Georgia Dome by securing the NFC.
Winner: Atlanta Falcons, 35-28.
Pittsburgh Steelers vs New England Patriots
I'm saying it. I'm saying it because I am a Pittsburgh Steelers homer, and I hate the Patriots. It's quite terrible in fact because it looks like they are the two teams that have the best chance to win the Super Bowl, and they're both on two opposite ends of my spectrum. So this is going to be an emotional game for me.
And so take this write up with a grain of bias, but I am calling for the Steelers to win.
So I will say what I said at the beginning. This is the first time that the Steelers are this healthy. The Killer Bs are all ready to go. With Big Ben, Antonio Brown, and Le'Veon Bell all healthy...the realm of what could happen is endless. But the key is staying healthy, and if the Steelers are healthy by this point of the playoffs after a physical game in KC...I'm giving them the win over New England.
The Patriots don't have Gronk. Yeah I know, they won without him. They won without Brady even. But who did they play? Look at the teams they played this year...how many of them ended up in the playoffs. They played Miami and Houston. Big whoop...Houston is in the playoffs because they sucked the least in the AFC South. Miami is the 6th seed that also barely squeezed it in, I'm not counting them.
The other two teams they played...Seattle...which they lost. And Pittsburgh, who didn't have Big Ben, and yet that game was still close.
I still agree that the Patriots are the favorites in the postseason. But I think people are putting too much weight on the Patriots. They aren't as ahead of the pack as everyone thinks.
The Patriots were the team that everyone was on since the beginning. Look at the Chicago Cubs...they were the same way and look what happ- OK bad example. But still, I'm just feeling a really 2010 finish for this New England Patriots team.
The closest matchup between Pittsburgh vs New England that we can look back to I think would be the opening game last season where the Steelers lost 28-21 in New England...and if you remember, they did not have Le'Veon Bell in that game.
If Pittsburgh stays healthy, they can do it.
Winner: Steelers, 24-21.
Super Bowl LI
Pittsburgh Steelers vs Atlanta Falcons
I think the Steelers would be the favorite in this matchup, especially after upsetting the Patriots. But I think Atlanta could give them a fight.
None the less I still stand true to what I've been hammering this whole post. If the Steelers are healthy they win it all.
Winner: Pittsburgh Steelers, 34-28.
Last edited by Akhilleus : 01-07-2017 at 08:38 AM. Reason: I forgot to add a score for the Conference round
I'll go Packers and Patriots final, with the Packers taking it.
Okay I'm a little late, so I'm cheating. Just seen one game and half of another.
Wild Card Round:
Lions at Seahawks - SEA - Russell Wilson is almost unbeatable at home in the playoffs, and the Lions never win.
Giants at Packers - GB - Aaron Rodgers will make more plays. Nelson is on fire. Montgomery looks good at RB.
Dolphins at Steelers - PIT - Big Ben has the experience, and MIA has a backup QB. This is obvious.
Raiders at Texans - HOU - I swear I predicted HOU earlier today. Doesn't matter now anyways.
Packers at Cowboys - GB - Something tells me Prescott and Elliot won't perform well in their first game. I trust Rodgers to make more plays.
Seahawks at Falcons - ATL - The Seahawks can't protect Wilson, and Ryan and Julio have been unstoppable.
Texans at Patriots - NE - Brock Osweiler or Tom Brady.... Need I say more?
Steelers at Chiefs - PIT - Alex Smith is way too conservative to go deep into the playoffs.
Packers at Falcons - GB - As you may have guessed by now, I'm a huge Packers fan. Again, I trust Rodgers to get it done.
Steelers at Patriots - NE - No one in the AFC is stopping Tom Brady and NE this year.
Packers vs. Patriots - GB - Rodgers vs. Brady is the best matchup we can hope for. Rodgers is the MVP and leads GB to victory.
I know zero about football but I'll throw in a prediction anyway. Dallas Cowboys win it with distractions from their cheerleaders for the win.
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I'm late so I obviously won't predict yesterdays games.
WILD CARD ROUND
Pittsburgh Steelers def. Miami Dolphins 30-13.
Dolphins put up a late touchdown but other than that, Steelers really dominate at home in the cold. Le'Veon Bell goes for 100+ yards and 2 scores and Roethlisberger finds Antonio Brown in the endzone early.
Green Bay Packers def. New York Giants 21-17
Packers at home too much for the Giants. Giants offense overall has been bad. Eli plays a good game, but a lack of a running game costs them.
Seattle Seahawks def. Atlanta Falcons 24-14
Seahawks defense proves to be too much for the Falcons.
Dallas Cowboys def. Green Bay Packers 34-28
Cowboys win it late with Dak Prescott showing he can really play at this level. Packers defense is just not able to make a big stop despite a great game by Aaron Rodgers.
Pittsburgh Steelers def. Kansas City Chiefs 24-21
Two solid defenses, but I feel like the Steelers have a better offense and Le'Veon Bell can control a game on the ground. Chiefs are able to get a score on defense early but Big Ben stays cool under pressure and leads the Steelers on a game winning drive.
New England Patriots def. Houston Texans 35-6
Pats dominate this game. Texans are the weakest team in the playoffs and the Pats exploit them.
LEAGUE CHAMPIONSHIP ROUND
NFC Championship Game
Dallas Cowboys def. Seattle Seahawks 21-14
Cowboys offense is too good for Seattle. Cowboys effectively run the ball and it allows Dak Prescott to essentially be a game manager against a great defense.
AFC Championship Game
Pittsburgh Steelers def. New England Patriots 28-24
This is the big upset of the playoffs. Pats jump out to a 14-0 lead, but Big Ben stays composed and goes on to put up 21 unanswered points after a costly fumble by the Pats.
Super Bowl LI
Pittsburgh Steelers vs Dallas Cowboys
I think this game has the opportunity to be great. The two best running backs in the league in Le'Veon Bell and Ezekiel Elliot, two of the best receivers in Antonio Brown and Dez Bryant. I think it'll be a back and forth game with both offenses getting going early. In the end, the Cowboys are just too good on offense and the Steelers defense just isn't able to make the big stop necessary to win.
Dallas Cowboys def. Pittsburgh Steelers 35-31
Super Bowl MVP: Dak Prescott
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