by Scott Lenz, PCC Marketing Manager
(Deep breath): OK… looking back at the ghost of blogs past, we predicted 7 teams’ W-L records exactly right – out of 32! Um, yay? And we picked a whopping 5 out of the 12 playoff teams! And to top it all off, we crowned the ATLANTA FALCONS (7-9) as Super Bowl 53 Champs! So naturally, we are diving – headlong and undaunted – into our exclusive “predictions” for the 2018 NFL Playoffs! And instead of making predictions that are not based on “actual knowledge” – for instance, who won the games – we are taking the bold step this season of going week by week! More efficient predictions from us, more blog posts for you! It’s a win-win! Here goes:
COLTS at TEXANS has all the earmarks of a toss-up: the division rivals split their two games this season, 58-58, with both teams winning on the road. The Colts are 5-1 in their last six games vs. the Texans, with major injuries on both sides mitigating the outcomes of most of those games. The Colts are 9-1 in their last 10, the Texans are 8-2: but it is that one Colts loss – an ugly 6-0 defeat at home vs. the dysfunctional Jaguars – that the Texans have probably been studying 24/7. Good news, bad news for the Colts OL: it’s their first healthy game together all season, but that also means adjustment to re-establish chemistry, and that doesn’t bode well against the rejuvenated duo of Watt and Clowney. Andrew Luck is having a laudable comeback season, but let’s not forget that DeShaun Watson is reemerging from his own injury situation. And it is just that tendency – to sleep on Watson and his unique abilities – that will be the Colts’ undoing in a close one. TEXANS win.
The paragraph for SEAHAWKS at COWBOYS will not be as long as the one above. Why? Because if I’m choosing between Pete Carroll and Jason Garrett, I’m taking the guy with the 10-7 playoff record (and who was one infamously bone-headed play call away from two SB rings) vs. the guy who has never won a playoff game in 9 seasons, even with talent like Romo, Bryant, Murray and Witten. SEAHAWKS win a ball control heavy, defensive battle on the road.
From the “Something’s Gotta Give” department: CHARGERS at RAVENS. The Chargers are a quirky 8-0 when “boarding a plane” this season – they lost a “road game” to the Rams – in L.A., and they won a “home game” in London vs. the Titans. But: the Ravens are 6-0 under John Harbaugh in AFC Wild Card games, while Chargers’ HC Anthony Lynn has never coached a playoff game. Yes, it’s true that the Chargers are getting their second look at the unpredictable Lamar Jackson, but he has enough gadgets on his Swiss Army knife to not do anything he did in the first game, which the Ravens dominated, 22-10. We L-U-V Philip Rivers, but his playoff W-L is 4-5, and it’s just his (and the Chargers’) luck that in one of their best seasons ever, they still have to travel 3,000 miles and play essentially a 10 a.m. game, biological clock-wise. As George Harrison famously sang, “It’s all too much…” RAVENS win.
EAGLES at BEARS is about as intriguing – and diametric – as it gets: Mr. January, Nick Foles, vs. the best defense to come along in many NFL minutes. The playoff battle tested Doug Pederson vs. impressive rookie coach Matt Nagy. The haggard, SB-hungover Eagles vs. the wide-eyed, overachieving upstart Bears. With the way Kahlil Mack and the Bears were so dominant at home (7-1, losing only to the Patriots by a TD), you’re probably saying to yourself, “There’s no way an Eagles team that had to claw its way into the playoffs could win this game on the road” … but the fact is: they will. EAGLES win.
Be sure to check the Blog next week, for our exclusive Divisional Round playoff predictions! And enjoy the games!
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