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2016 Season: Super Bowl LI Prediction

Super Bowl LIThe biggest game of the year is upon us and the ultimate question everybody has is: who will win?

The Patriots are appearing in a record 7th Super Bowl while this will be the Falcons’ second ever.  Each has ridden a great offense and opportunistic defense to get to the dance and now that they are here it will probably come down to which “D” can make the crucial stand when it needs to.  The Patriots boast the #1 scoring defense in the league while the Falcons have the #1 scoring offense.  When opponents hold Atlanta to less than 30 points this year, they are 5-1 against them.  On the flip side, when the Falcons score 30+, they are 10-0 on the season (including playoffs).  The Patriots will be doing everything they can to slow down the Atlanta attack by attempting to shut down Julio Jones.  I can see them having a little success with this, but he will certainly have his moments.  The one matchup that is even more intriguing than Jones vs. the New England secondary is Matt Patricia’s 2nd ranked run defense against Kyle Shanahan’s 9th ranked rushing offense.  It might sound funny, but if the Falcons are to win the Super Bowl, they will have to rely on their running game to make way as well as a couple of big plays from the defense.  Tom Brady and the Pats are not turning the ball over so it will be hard for Atlanta to rely on that.  In the end I think that New England can move the ball better and take care of it.  Matt Ryan has had an incredible season and I think he will have a great game.  I can see this being the first ever Super Bowl to go into overtime (for a bold prediction).  When it gets down to it, Tom Terrific will get the job done.  Also, I feel obligated to roll with the Pats here since I did pick them to win it all back in August and I foolishly picked against them a week ago.  We are due for a good game in the playoffs and I don’t think the Super Bowl will let us down.  I cannot wait to see how it all unfolds!

Final: New England 32, Atlanta 26 (OT)

2016 Season: Wild Card Weekend Preview

At last, we have arrived with the playoffs.  This wild card weekend will feature four teams who have recently won Super Bowls over the past decade; that is half for those of you counting at home, two teams who have never won a Super Bowl, and two who are hoping to return to relevancy.  Cooky things can happen in the first round of the NFL’s post season, and I am here to try to sniff them out.  Here are my picks for the Wild Card round.

Eli Mannings

Last Week: 11-5

Season: 144-105

Saturday, January 7th, 4:35 e.t.

#5 Oakland Raiders (12-4) @ #4 Houston Texans (9-7)

We get our traditional Texans game to kick off the playoffs, and this matchup will feature Connor Cook versus Brock Osweiler.  Consider that battle a wash.  When determining the outcome of this game we have to look elsewhere, and I really like what Houston brings on defense against a rookie QB  At home, look for the Texans to take out the Raiders and put an end to their once very promising season.

Houston 24, Oakland 13

Saturday, January 7th, 8:15 e.t.

#6 Detroit Lions (9-7) @ #3 Seattle Seahawks (10-5-1)

The big story coming into this game is how the Seahawks have not been playing good football lately and that is uncharacteristic of them.  I can see them turning things around a bit in this contest.  At home in front of an always rowdy crowd, the defense could be swarming.  It will be on the offense in future games for the ‘Hawks, but I think their “D” will be enough to slow down an inconsistent Lions’ offense and earn them the win.

Seattle 27, Detroit 10

Sunday, January 8th, 1:05 e.t.

#6 Miami Dolphins (10-6) @ #3 Pittsburgh Steelers (11-5)

The Steelers come into this game tied with the Patriots for having the longest winning streak in football (seven straight games).  They seem to be peaking at the right time and that feels like bad news for a Miami team that sort of backed its way into the playoffs.  You get the feeling that there are only three true Super Bowl contenders in the AFC, and Pittsburgh is one of them.  No way do they drop this game at home.

Pittsburgh 40, Miami 20

Sunday, January 8th, 4:40 e.t.

#5 New York Giants (11-5) @ #4 Green Bay Packers (10-6)

This weekend’s best game will be saved for last, and it is fitting that it will feature two teams with storied pasts and two former Super Bowl winning QBs.  The Giants are the sexy pick for this one because the last two times they won it all, they had to go into Green Bay and knock off a heavily favored Packer team and they did it.  There were a lot of experienced players and coaches then, and that is not the case now.  The Packers could be “that team” going forward and I think they get the job done at home with their defense playing much better and the Giants offense still struggling to score points.

Green Bay 21, New York 16

Hope you all have a good weekend and a great time watching the games.  I’ll be back next week with my Divisional Round predictions.

 

Week 13 Diagnosis: New York Giants @ Washington Redskins- Pre-Game Breakdown and Final Score Prediction

Very quickly, let’s examine the Monday night game between the Redskins and the Giants.  Washington has been playing well lately.  They have won two straight against NFC East opponents and came very close to beating the Giants the first time around.  Now they get a second crack at the defending Super Bowl Champions, this time in their backyard.  New York looked impressive last week against Green Bay after looking very flat versus Cincinnati and Pittsburgh.  Eli Manning keeps pin-balling back and forth between elite and non-elite status.  Their running game is sort of hit or miss these days and the defense is still suspect to giving up big plays.  The Redskins are going to try and run the ball down the Giants’ throat and settle for some hard play-actions.  The key for New York will be containing RGIII in the pocket and getting some pressure on him.  The G-Men should be able to do so and will win this game because of the duress that Robert Griffin will be under for a majority of this game.

New York 27, Washington 16

Week 13 Diagnosis: Thursday Night Football- New Orleans Saints @ Atlanta Falcons- Pregame Breakdown and Final Score Prediction

The Falcons have a prime opportunity to slam the door shut on its division with a win versus their rival from the Big Easy.  This is, of course, much easier said than done.  The Falcons have had their fair share of troubles with the Black and Gold recently, losing the last four games against them and 11 out of the last 13.  This year seemed to be different for the Falcons; they thought they finally had the firepower to stand up to the Saints but they still lost 31-27 which remains as their only blemish to this day for the 2012 season.  There is no need for discouragement though.  The Falcons actually can stand toe-to-toe with Drew Brees and his high-octane offensive attack.  They barely lost during the first go-round and they do have the #6 ranked offense in the NFL (compared to the Saints’ #8 ranking).  The Saints will score an average of 28 points per game, and the Dirty Birds are not far behind with 26.7 points per game.  The truth is, both of these teams are evenly matched on offense and can easily trade points with one another.  In a game this closely matched, the only reasonable thing to do is look for the competitive advantage that would help a team beat a divisional rival in a close game.  This is the fact that the Falcons are playing in Atlanta.  Matt Ryan simply does not lose in the dome.  He has not fallen to a team at home since Week 5 of last season against the Packers.  If there were ever a game where the Falcons could prove their legitimacy to all of their doubters, it would be at home in prime time vs. the New Orleans Saints.  Expect Atlanta to take advantage of this golden opportunity and put some nice drives together in what should be a shootout.  Look for Jacquizz Rodgers to have a breakout performance against a so-so New Orleans run defense.  Matty-ice should also have a field day against this secondary.  It is almost a guarantee that he will not throw five picks at home this time.

Atlanta 34, New Orleans 28