Friday, January 8, 2016

Postseason Picks: Part One

            The NFL postseason is upon us, which means that the football season altogether is winding down. Still, let us try and make the most of this remaining month of football. Check out this week's picks!

Kansas City vs. Houston: This should be a low-scoring game as two of the best defenses (since Week 8) square off. The Chiefs are riding a ten-game winning streak thanks to the likes of a potent secondary led by Marcus Peters (eight interceptions, 26 passes deflected, 60 total tackles) and Eric Berry (61 total tackles). They also a pass rush led by Justin Houston (7.5 sacks), Derrick Johnson (116 total tackles, four sacks), and Tamba Hali (6.5 sacks, two forced fumbles). The Texans have a solid pass rush as well thanks to J.J. Watt (17.5 sacks). Both teams have played well after slow starts (Kansas City started 1-5, Houston started 2-5). But I'm giving Kansas City the slight edge here. Chiefs 17, Texans 14
Pittsburgh vs. Cincinnati: The Cincinnati Bengals haven't won a playoff game since 1990, the longest drought in the NFL. They'll miss Andy Dalton, but they do have some bright spots on defense. Reggie Nelson (eight interceptions, 77 total tackles) and Carlos Dunlap (13.5 sacks, 55 combined tackles) have been pleasant surprises for Cincinnati's defense. However, Ben Roethlisberger and crew (3rd-best offense in the NFL) will be too much for Cincinnati as the Bengals will miss their main QB in Dalton. Steelers 31, Bengals 24
Seattle vs. Minnesota: This game will be one of the coldest playoff games ever. It's expected to be in the single digits come game time. However, there has been one player that has been sizzling and his name's Russell Wilson. Leading the 4th-best offense in the NFL (6,058 total yards of offense), Wilson (4,024 passing yards, 34 touchdowns) has picked up the slack when times got rough in Seattle. He's had a completion percentage of 70% or higher in five of his last seven games and has only thrown one interception in that frame. Expect more of Wilson's stellar play here. Seahawks 35, Vikings 24
Green Bay vs. Washington: This could be a good opportunity for Washington to surprise some people. After all, the Redskins are 6-2 at home this year and Green Bay hasn't been up to snuff. However, they haven't been the Packers of old due to Jordy Nelson's ACL injury and some questionable play from Aaron Rodgers and the offense in recent games. However, if you're asking me to pick between Rodgers and Kirk Cousins in the playoffs, I'll take Rodgers every time. Packers 20, Redskins 19

Bonus Pick: Alabama 38, Clemson 21

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