NFL Divisional Round Preview and Predictions

NFL Divisional Round Preview and Predictions

Charlie Abt

NFL Divisional Round Playoff Preview:

 

AFC: #6 Tennessee Titans at #1 Baltimore Ravens

The Tennessee Titans are coming off over a huge upset win, in which the knocked off the 12-4 New England Patriots. But they have an even bigger test this week versus the Baltimore Ravens and MVP frontrunner and quarterback Lamar Jackson. The Titans should hope to continue to ride the dominating play of running back Derrick Henry, while Lamar Jackson and the Ravens look to continue their winning ways, as haven’t lost since week four. The Ravens were also led by a dominant rushing attack as they had two 1,000 yard rushers in Jackson and Ingram. Overall, the Ravens offense will be too much for the Titans to overcome as they were first in points per game.

 

#4 Houston Texans vs #2 Kansas City Chiefs

The Texans are coming off from a comeback win versus the Buffalo Bills and are looking to advance against the Kansas City Chiefs. The Texans and Chiefs are led by two of the most exciting young quarterbacks in NFL, with Deshaun Watson and the Texans, and 2018 NFL MVP Patrick Mahomes. The Texans are led by Watson, AP All-Pro first team Wide Receiver DeAndre Hopkins, and three-time NFL defensive player of the year JJ Watt. The Chiefs have one of the more dynamic offensives in the NFL with former MVP Patrick Mahomes, second-team All-Pro tight end Travis Kelce, and superstar wide receiver Tyreek Hill. The Chiefs’ defense has also begun to play better. All in all, the Chiefs should come out victorious in this won as their offense should be too difficult for the Texans to contend with.

 

NFC: #6 Minnesota Vikings vs #1 San Francisco 49ers

The Vikings are coming off of their upset win over the number three seeded Saints, and now look to upset the number one seeded San Francisco 49ers.  The 49ers are the one seed for a reason, their defense is loaded. They are led second-team All-Pro cornerback Richard Sherman, pro-bowl defensive end Nick Bosa, and first  All-Pro Tight End George Kittle. The Vikings will once again need to lean on Dalvin Cook, and they will need their defense to play well if they are to pull off their second straight upset victory. They will also need for Stefon Diggs to step up, as he only caught two passes for 19 yards in their wild-card victory over the Saints. Overall, the 49ers should be too much to overcome, and I expect them to advance to the NFC Championship.

 

#5 Seattle Seahawks vs #2 Green Bay Packers

I believe that this matchup is the most intriguing one of the week, as I could see either team winning. The Packers are led by Quarterback Aaron Rodgers, who is looking for his second Super Bowl title of his career, and he will have to be on top of his game is they are to beat the Seahawks. The Seahawks are led by MVP candidate in Russell Wilson. The Seahawks have been decimated at running back, and they have lost each top two running backs from early on in the season, they now are led at the position by Travis Homer, and of course the familiar face of Marshawn Lynch. Overall, I think the Seahawks will just be able to muster out a tight victory vs the Packers.