I went 4-0 last week, hooray me, but I have a feeling we are just getting started. Let’s start with tomorrow’s game in the Georgia Dome between the Seattle Seahawks and the Atlanta Falcons.
|1:35 PM PT||FOX||ATL -4.5|
The Seahawks have been inconsistent this year and have faltered against weaker competition while beating some top teams. Atlanta was one of them, but the Falcons bounced back from a Week 6 loss against Seattle to lock up the #2 seed in the NFC. This is all thanks to a revitalized Matt Ryan and great running game from Devonta Freeman. Meanwhile, Seattle’s Thomas Rawls obliterated the Lions defense, rushing for 161 yards on 27 carries last week. Seattle’s defense definitely is weaker with Earl Thomas out, but this is a unit that has been known to corral top offenses. Call me a homer, again, but Seattle wins in an upset. Atlanta frequently chokes in the postseason, and I don’t think that Matt Ryan will be able to lead a charge against this veteran team.
My Pick: Seahawks
|5:15 PM PT||CBS||NE -15.5|
I’m not even gonna waste my time with this one. We all know the Patriots are going to murder Brock Osweiler, the only question is going to be by how much? I don’t foresee a different result, New England is just in a class of its own.
My Pick: Patriots
|1:40 PM PT||FOX||DAL -5.0|
This is definitely the game of the week. The Packers have seven straight wins, the Cowboys stole the spotlight as the NFC’s best team. One thing I will say about Dallas though is that they definitely benefited from an easy schedule this year. Rookie quarterbacks also don’t have a track record of doing that well in the playoffs. Green Bay may be missing star receiver Jordy Nelson for this game, but Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers has been on fire this year, and I definitely think he deserves the MVP over Matt Ryan. I don’t trust Dallas this time of year, and I honestly would not be surprised to see the Packers win this one in a blowout.
My Pick: Packers
|5:20 PM PT||NBC||KC -1.0|
This is a matchup that I definitely have gone back and forth on. I could pick either one of these teams. Arrowhead Stadium is a great Home-Field Advantage, and the Chiefs have an electric X-Factor in Tyreek Hill. The Steelers meanwhile have a great offense with Ben Roethlisberger, Antonio Brown, and Le’Veon Bell. Pittsburgh did blow out Kansas City in Week 4, but I think that hardly matters now. Roethlisberger also has been in a boot so having a hobbled ankle definitely won’t help the Steelers star. I also do not trust Kansas City in the Playoffs, because quite frequently they would get byes and get upset here. If it ain’t broke don’t fix it. Steelers are too hot to handle, they keep rolling.
My Pick: Steelers
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The only shot the Texans have is if they establish the running game early, control time of possession, and let their defense take advantage of a relatively weak Patriot offensive line. Even Tom Brady can’t beat you from the sideline, and when he’s on the field, Houston’s defense can give him a lot of trouble if they make a commitment to beating the crap out of him. Throughout his career, Brady doesn’t react well to getting hit, which means every time he throws the ball, you have to knock him on his ass, even if that means picking up a few penalties.
The problem is that even if the Texans knock Brady out of the game, Houston’s offense just doesn’t have the horses to hold up their end of the deal.