NFL Divisional Playoff Weekend – Doug’s Sports Rap
The remaining eight teams will meet this weekend for the NFL Divisional playoffs, who will make it to the conference finally, here's my picks and why.
Now that my Giants have been knocked out of the playoffs I can take an unbiased look at the teams that are fighting for a trip to Super Bowl 51 and the Lombardi trophy.
Let's start with the easy one
Houston Texas at New England Patriots:
Houston has been outscored 54 to 6 over the last few matchups with Brady and the Pats, the Texans have a good pass rush, but is it enough to stop the high octane scoring offense of New England, not a chance. Patriots win by at least 20 points.
Seattle Seahawks at Atlanta Falcons:
Playing in a Dome doesn't really give any team an advantage when it comes to the elements, but the hometown fans should be very rowdy and loud especially during Seahawks possessions.Both teams are familiar with each other and their head coaches have a history, Falcons Head Coach Dan Quinn was an assistance under Seahawks Head Coach Pete Carroll, Seattle won the season game by 2 points at home, but they have not been consistent in putting together any consistent winning streak, while the Falcons have won their last four games and secured a first round bye in the playoffs. Falcons by a TD.
Pittsburgh Steelers at Kansas City Chiefs;
When Big Ben Roethlisberger is leading the offense you can never be assured an easy win, but he's up against a very good KC Chiefs team with a master mind in head coach Andy Reid. Kansas City has rookie WR Tyreek Hill who can catch run, catch and score touchdowns and QB Alex Smith is very comfortable behind the offense. Pittsburgh has a workhorse of a Running Back in Le'Veon Bell and the big passing game big threat Antonio Brown. Pittsburgh blasted the Chiefs in their regular season meeting 43-14.
The game will be much closer Chiefs by less than a TD.
Green Bay Packers at Dallas Cowboys;
This game will come down to which team can stop the other and exploit any weaknesses in the defense. The Cowboys have two unknown stars in Dak Prescott and Ezekiel Elliott who were both in college last year, the packers have to shut down the running of Elliott and create a pass rush good enough to get a few sacks or hurry Rookie QB Prescott into making some bad throws. The Packers have Aaron Rodgers who can find any weakness in the opponents defense, and the Cowboys have a few areas, so this game comes down to a seasoned future of hall of fame quarterback versus a rookie QB with no experience, Packers upset Cowboys by a TD