Well, I’ve missed one game in the playoff predictions, so far. The Seahawks waited too long before they realized they could play and win against the Panthers. The hole they dug for themselves was too deep against a quality team. So, all in all, I’m not feeling too bad about how I’m seeing the playoffs unfold.
One of the things I like about this year’s NFL playoffs is that these are the regular season champs. No “Cinderella” team, no one is sneaking in, it’s just the best teams playing the best teams of the season.
This is how I see it going today.
(12-4-0) Broncos Obviously, these games are suppose to be hard to call. They are! I see the Broncs winning, but, that’s only if they understand what they need to be doing against the Pats. I’ve written this before, and I’ll keep writing it. The way to beat the current Pats is to put a big linebacker on Gronk and hit him every play. This is why the Chiefs lost to the Pats. They let Gronk play. You can’t do that! If Denver does that, and if the rest of the team plays to their potential, they’ll beat the Pats. That said, Brady and Belichek are an amazing duo. Sure, we all love to hate them, and I’ll be rooting for Manning to get one last win, but, Brady and Belichek always seem one step ahead of everyone else in the playoffs. Say what you will about deflate-gate and all the rest, it’s about winning and they’ve done it better than anyone else over the time they’ve been in NE. So, the Broncs need to be prepared for it.
(13-3-0) Cardinals Well, I picked against the Panthers last week and they won. I’m picking against them this week, too. Here’s why …… At the skill positions, the Cardinals are better than the Panthers. Sure, obviously Newton runs better than Palmer. Palmer passes better. The Cards have 3 running backs better than Stewart. I’m not saying Stewart isn’t that good, he is a fine running back. It’s just that the Cards have 3 who are better. At WR ….. well, there’s no comparison. The Cards have it all over the Panthers. I do give the Panthers the edge in the TE position. But, that brings me to the other half of the team play, the defense. You win with defense. Both teams have a very formidable defense. And, that’s why the Cards will win. Want to beat the Panthers? Take Olsen out of the passing game. Make Newton run and prepare for him running. If they execute it properly, they’ll win. For the Panther defense, their task is a little more complicated. As the Packers demonstrated last week, you can stop the Card running game, but, that comes with a price. Or, you focus on the passing game, in which the Cards will tax you with their run. The Pack also played off the WRs last week to stop the deep game the Cards have. As it turns out, the young group (Fitzgerald excepted) knows how to take the underneath being offered. This is why I’m picking the Cards.
Well, that’s how I see it. What do you think?