Super Bowl Predictions Heading Into The Divisional Round
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The NFL Wild Card round was just that, wild. Andrew Luck dominated in his first playoff game since 2014. The Chargers escaped a near Lamar Jackson-led 4th quarter comeback. The Cowboys out rushed the league’s top rushing offense on their way to victory. The folklore that is Nick Foles continues to grow, thanks to a bonked field goal off the uprights at the end of regulation. We now enter what may be the most competitive divisional round of all time, as the final eight teams try to keep their dreams of hoisting the Lombardi trophy at the end of the season alive.
The Cowboys are riding high off an impressive victory. Yet their inept ability to pass the ball to anyone not named Amari Cooper will likely come back to haunt them this week in Los Angeles. The Rams won’t make the same mistake that Seattle did, and will air the ball out on offense, behind the 5th ranked passing unit in the NFL.
The Eagles fly to New Orleans to face off with the Saints. I believe the magic of Nick Foles will prevail. Since Foles has taken over at QB, Alshon Jeffery has re-emerged tallying 95+ypg in his last four games. The Saints are just two games removed from surrendering 115+ yards to two wide receivers in the same game. On top of that, the once high-powered Saints offense struggled down the stretch of the regular season. Since November 29th the Saints have scored under 15 points on three separate occasions.
Eventually the Foles fairy tale has to meet its end, and a Conference Championship game in the Coliseum seems like the perfect spot. The Rams, if they make it to this point, would be 8-1 at home this season. Los Angeles’ talent will be too much for the Eagles to overcome. The Rams top Philly in nearly every statistical category, offensive, defensive, and special teams. Philadelphia has made due with a makeshift secondary for the majority of the season thus far, but it will likely crumble at the hands of the NFL’s 2nd ranked offense.
NFC Champion Predictions: Los Angeles Rams (3.10 Favorites to win the NFC)
The Chiefs host the Colts this Saturday, and should be on upset alert. The Colts looked like one of the most complete teams in all of football a week ago. They posses a top tier offensive line, an unheralded but talented run game, and a sneaky good defense. The Chiefs went an unimpressive 2-2 to close out the regular season. While Pat Mahomes may eventually be crowned league MVP, that doesn’t make him the best quarterback in this game.
The most talented roster in football takes on the greatest QB-Coach combination of all-time in Foxborough. Advantage goes to the G.O.A.T. The Chargers may have looked good on the scoreboard of their wild card victory, but their play left much to be desired. They struggled to defend the pass once Baltimore opened up their offense. Their offensive unit struggled to muster up nearly anything all day. Brady and company get the job done this week.
This will be a rematch of the “Deflate Gate” game, except there won’t be any need to remove air from the football to determine the winner this time around. The Pats don’t always make it look pretty on defense, but they get the job done. They possess the top ranked cornerback in Pro Football Focus rankings, and a defensive unit that surrendered the 7th fewest points in the NFL. Indianapolis relies heavily on their offense, and if they can’t punch the ball into the endzone their likelihood of advancing to the Super Bowl becomes slim to none.
AFC Champion Predictions: New England Patriots (3.25 Favorites to win the AFC)
We all witnessed Nick Saban’s defeat at the hands of the newer, cooler, Clemson Tigers in the College Football title game. The outcome in this year’s Super Bowl could have an eerie resemblance. The Pats have no true threat in the receiving game. Josh Gordon is no longer around, while Rob Gronkowski moves with the mobility of an offensive lineman. The Rams have talent and speed at every position on offense. When Los Angeles gets a lead on New England, the Patriots won’t have the firepower to answer back, especially with Aaron Donald breathing down Brady’s neck. The Rams are crowned the NFL’s Super Bowl Champs, and Sean McVay officially announces his arrival into the coaching elites.
Super Bowl LIII Champions: Los Angeles rams (5.50 Favorites to win Super Bowl LIII)