I’ll be making my NFL playoff predictions here over the course of the tournament.
AFC – #6 Indianapolis Colts at #3 Houston Texans – Andrew Luck is back from injury and has led his team to a fantastic season, only to be upstaged by division rival Houston, who also has a quarterback who’s back from injury in DeShaun Watson. Ultimately, I have to pick the home team in a close game with very little separating the two squads. Houston 23, Indianapolis 20
NFC – #5 Seattle Seahawks at #4 Dallas Cowboys – The NFL is thrilled that its ratings juggernaut Dallas is in the playoffs. Unfortunately, they won’t last. Seattle is too good, with a quarterback who I used to hate on in Russell Wilson, but now I consider a more reliable QB than even Aaron Rodgers. Dallas got in thanks to playing in a weak division. They aren’t long for this tournament. Seattle 26, Dallas 21
AFC – #5 Los Angeles Chargers at #4 Baltimore Ravens – The Ravens just flat-out can’t pass the football. In the year 2019, that’s not going to work. Heck, watching some of these old games, it wouldn’t have worked in 1979! Philip Rivers, meanwhile, will lead the Chargers to a bunch of scores by way of his arm, and the Chargers win in my “lock of the week.” Los Angeles 34, Baltimore 17
NFC – #6 Philadelphia Eagles at #3 Chicago Bears – If the Eagles were healthy at the quarterback position, there’s no doubt I’d pick them. But with the Chicago defense on fire, and Nick Foles having come out of the last game due to injury, I have to play it safe and go with the home team. It’ll be close, though. Chicago 16, Philadelphia 14