2018 NFL Playoff Predictions

The NFL Playoff picture is now set in stone after a grueling season.  Many new faces are in the playoffs, along with some old friends, but who will walk away with the grand prize? Tom Brady again? Probably…..

Wild Card Round (AFC)

Tennessee Titans(#5) @ Kansas City Chiefs (#4)

When: Sat. Jan. 6, 2018 – 4:35 PM

Where to Watch: ESPN/ABC

Who Moves On?: The Chiefs, they win by default of playing the Titans.  I was surprised the Titans even won last week against the Jags so I don’t have the confidence to take them over the Chiefs. Of course however this is an Andy Reid team, and they can sometimes find fantastical ways to lose in the playoffs.

Buffalo Bills(#6) @ Jacksonville Jaguars (#3)

When: Sun. Jan. 7, 2018 – 1:05 PM

Where to Watch: CBS

Who Moves On?: The Jaguars, easily.  This may is the biggest lock of the first round.  I am happy the Bills got in, those fans deserved it after so long, but they are running into a great football team.  Of course the concern with the Jaguars is Blake Bortles, but this defense should dominate the Bills, possibly without Shady, to move onto to Pittsburgh.

Wild Card Round (NFC)

Carolina Panthers(#5) @ New Orleans Saints (#4)

When: Sun. Jan. 7, 2018 – 4:40 PM

Where to Watch: FOX

Who Moves On?: The Panthers.  I don’t have huge confidence in the Panthers, but it is hard to see them losing to the Saints three times in one season.  Cam is coming off one of the worst games of his career, so I just feel he is due for a good game.  He will need to be focused and sharp to beat a talented Saints team at home, but it can be done.

Atlanta Falcons(#6) @ Los Angeles Rams (#3)

When: Sat. Jan. 6, 2018 – 8:15 PM

Where to Watch: NBC

Who Moves On?: The Rams.  This Rams team is going to be rested and ready to play in their first playoff game since 2004.  The team, lead by first year head coach Sean McVay, has surprised everyone this year.  They have the number one offense in the league, and I don’t see the Falcons beating them here.  The Falcons have just been too inconsistent to beat a Rams team that has really come together down the stretch.

Divisional Round (AFC)

Kansas City Chiefs (#4) @ New England Patriots (#1)

When: Sat. Jan. 13, 2018 – 8:15 PM

Where to Watch: CBS

Who Moves On?: The Patriots. A lot has been made of this possible rematch between the Pats and the Chiefs, but I don’t see it.  I don’t think it is possible for Bill Belichick to lose two games at home to a team in a season.  Plus the Chiefs aren’t what they were when they beat the Patriots in Week 1, and the Patriots have only gotten better.

Jacksonville Jaguars (#3) @ Pittsburgh Steelers (#2)

When: Sun. Jan. 14, 2018 – 1:05 PM

Where to Watch: CBS

Who Moves On?: The Steelers.  I like the Jags a lot, but the Steelers should win this game at Heinz Field.  The Jaguars played great when they faced off against the Steelers last time at Heinz Field, but Big Ben is not going to throw five interceptions this time around.  The Jaguars will stay in this game, but eventually Blake Bortles will make too many mistakes for the Jags to prevail.

Divisional Round (NFC)

Carolina Panthers (#5) @ Philadelphia Eagles (#1)

When: Sat. Jan. 13, 2018 – 4:35 PM

Where to Watch: NBC

Who Moves On?: The Eagles.  The Eagles offense has been anemic the past two weeks with Nick Foles, no doubt about that, but the Eagles are being underestimated right now.  The Eagles are still a good football team, and have a very strong home field advantage at Lincoln Financial Field.  The Panthers are also a favorable draw for the Eagles here.  The Eagles knocked the Panthers down a peg in a Thursday Night match up in October and this could do so again in the cold January Philly weather.

Los Angeles Rams (#3) @ Minnesota Vikings (#2)

When: Sun. Jan. 14, 2018 – 4:40 PM

Where to Watch: FOX

Who Moves On?: The Rams.  I can’t wait for this game.  The Vikings got the better of the Rams when the two teams faced in November, but this time things will be different.  As much as the Vikings defense has been a revelation this year, they are not going to hold the Rams to just 7 points again.  If the Rams just feed Todd Gurley heavily they have a chance to put up big points, and Case Keenum won’t be able to keep up.

Conference Championships (AFC & NFC)

Pittsburgh Steelers (#2) @ New England Patriots (#1)

When: Sun. Jan. 21, 2018 – 3:05 PM

Where to Watch: CBS

Who Moves On?: The Steelers.  To be honest, I just can’t pick the Patriots here. They have enough, can we just see something different for once.  Please, god, I can’t see another Patriots Super Bowl.  This will not be easy, but the Steelers will hopefully have Antonio Brown back, and he will need a big game for the Steelers to come out with a win.  The Patriots have so many advantages however.  They have the Steelers’ number, they play well at home, the refs always have their backs, and of course the greatest coach and quarterback duo of all time.  Let’s just pray, it’s the best shot we have to save us from a boring Superbowl.

Los Angeles Rams (#3) @ Philadelphia Eagles (#1)

When: Sun. Jan. 21, 2018 – 6:40 PM

Where to Watch: FOX

Who Moves On?: The Rams. They are going to come out angry in this battle for the NFC crown and take revenge of the Eagles for a 39-38 loss at the Collesium back in Week 14. After Nick Foles had a solid game against the Panthers he will revolt back to his true self, Robert Quinn will dominate Big V, and Todd Gurley will score three touchdowns.  For the Eagles this season will always remembered as the “What If?” year.

Super Bowl LII

Los Angeles Rams (#3) @ Pittsburgh Steelers (#2)

When: Sun. Feb. 4, 2018 – 6:30 PM

Where to Watch: NBC

Who Takes It All?: The Steelers.  In Super Bowl LII the Steelers will show off their experience over the young Rams and return a championship to the steel city.  The main match up the Steelers will be able to take advantage of will be their offense versus the Ram’s defense.  The Steelers just have too many playmakers for the Rams to slow them down.  Even if Arron Donald can wreck havoc to disrupt the passing game, the Steelers will just pound the ball with their star running back Le’veon Bell.



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