Divisional Round preview and predictions

Henrietta Strickland
January 13, 2018

I did not see that performance coming from the Tennessee Titans against the Kansas City Chiefs. They've got to still be hurting from February's loss in the Super Bowl when they saw a 28-3 third-quarter lead evaporate at the hands of Tom Brady and the New England Patriots. I love the way both these teams have played this year and as a fan I'm REALLY excited for this game. Patriots win 31-20. The Titans are easily the worst team still alive in the playoffs, and the Patriots are still the Super Bowl favorites with the MVP at quarterback and a defense that finished the regular season fifth in points allowed.

Oct 8, 2017; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger. The Jaguars barely defeated the Buffalo Bills, but their defense continued to be dominant, allowing no touchdowns in the victory. The Jaguars have a young, hungry, and extremely talented defense, but their offense is bad.

Unlike the Bills, the Pittsburgh Steelers will score more than 3 points.

The Wild Card round is over and it is time for the divisional round . The Jaguars defense is bound to make some game changing plays, but it will not be enough.

New Orleans Saints running back Zach Line (42).

"I would imagine your first time, your first experience playing in a playoff game is going to be a little bit more hard", Bortles told reporters Wednesday. The Minnesota Vikings and quarterback Case Keenum have been proving doubters wrong all year long on their march to a 13-3 record.

Super Bowl champion Drew Brees and his highly touted offense featuring wideouts Michael Thomas and Ted Ginn Jr. versus the Vikings stingy defense and secondary featuring All-Pros Harrison Smith and Xavier Rhodes. The Jacksonville Jaguars, Minnesota Vikings, Philadelphia Eagles, New Orleans Saints and Pittsburgh Steelers all have a top-10 defense per Football Outsiders' Defense-adjusted Value Over Average, which measures a team's efficiency by comparing success on every play to a league average based on situation and opponent. Quarterback Tom Brady finished the regular-season as the third-most valuable quarterback per ESPN's Total Quarterback Rating and was instrumental in the team scoring a league-leading 2.6 points per drive, almost a point per drive more than the league average (1.8), and the 12th best scoring efficiency since 2002, the year the league expanded to 32 teams. This team plays with a unique swagger that reminds me of a young Seattle Seahawks team, and against the Carolina Panthers they showed why their offense is so unsafe. The defense has question marks, but this unit consistently makes critical plays.

Apparently, the Falcons are starting to find believers because they are favored on the road at Philadelphia on Saturday in the NFC divisional round, although this likely due largely to Carson Wentz's absence.

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