It’s the best time in the NFL. It’s playoff season. We are down to the top eight teams in the league. These are my predictions for the rest of the NFL season (they will probably be horribly wrong, but I’m going to take a stab at it).
I have to start off with the game I refuse to miss. Saturday, the Broncos will take on my Ravens. The Broncos have the best record in the AFC, are coming off a bye, have home-field advantage and are looking for their 12th-straight win. Peyton Manning has put up better numbers than Joe Flacco this season. There are a lot of things that need to happen for the Ravens to win, but I think, with Ray Lewis retiring, that those things are a possibility.
My pick: The Ravens. I have high hopes for the Ravens, and I personally think it would be a sin to encourage the Broncos to win. As hard as I try, I can’t make an unbiased decision when it comes to the Ravens.
Packers vs. 49ers
My house is going to be interesting when this game rolls around. My brother is a Packers fan and my mom has been a 49ers fan since I can remember. Smack talk has already started, and things could get heated. Aaron Rodgers has been on fire lately. Over the last four games, he has thrown 11 touchdowns and zero interceptions. If he turns it over once, the Packers chances of winning go down dramatically. The 49ers have a noob quarterback to professional playoff football, Collin Kaepernick. The 49ers have home-field advantage, but the Packers are favored.
My pick: The Packers. Go, Pack, go! Sorry, Mom.
Seahawks vs. Falcons
If you aren’t that into football and might tune into the playoffs this season, this will be the game to watch. The Falcons have had an amazing season and have the top seed. Atlanta has had playoff execution struggles in the past and is hoping to end that. Seattle has been on fire lately, winning six straight games, and its defense is on the rampage. It’s going to be a good matchup — one worth watching.
My pick: The Falcons. I think their hot streak isn’t over yet and the team knows it’s their time to finally win a playoff game.
Texans vs. Patriots
I don’t know much about either of these teams. Tom Brady is the league’s highest scorer. The Patriots’ defense has always been solid. The Texans struggled in the last games of the season. The Patriots have home-field advantage.
My Pick: The Patriots. I think Tom Brady will collect his 17th career playoff win.
Like I said before, my picks are probably going to be way off. They are more of who I actually want to win rather than who will probably win. I did do my research and looked for stats and tried to make an educated guess, but I have my preferences and I like to let them cloud my judgment. To end, I am going to leave you with my Super Bowl projections, Ravens vs. Packers (cue laughter).