2018-19 NFL Wild Card predictions

nfl wildcard

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

My thoughts on Super Bowl LII

Super Bowl LII

What a game. Here are my quick thoughts on Super Bowl LII:

  • This very well may have been the greatest football game ever played. The most yards of any game in NFL history, and very few mistakes. The two turnovers were just fantastic defensive plays. Plus the replays didn’t overturn the calls on the field. It was about as good as a game as you could ask for.
  • Tom Brady in defeat cemented his position as the greatest quarterback ever. He threw for over 500 yards in a Super Bowl. That is nuts, given that through the first 33 Super Bowls, no one had thrown for more than 400.
  • Aaron Rodgers completes that Hail Mary at the end of the game, though. I just know he would.
  • The Patriots now have 5 Super Bowl wins and 5 Super Bowl losses. The latter ties a record with the Denver Broncos.
  • The NFC East is the first division to get all four teams to win a Super Bowl. The former NFC East, with the Cardinals included, still wouldn’t get that honor, however.
  • This is the new NFL. Pass on every play, and just keep scoring and scoring. Don’t be surprised if next year these records from this game end up being shattered yet again.
  • My money’s on New England winning Super Bowl LIII.