Of our four-team teasers put out, Todd's was successful after reducing it thanks to the Kansas City push. Because of the fact that I still don't want to trust the Saints away from home, I'm taking the home team. I don't see anyway that the Patriots don't win this game. They are quite possibly one of the worst teams we have seen in the last decade to make it into the playoffs. In my predictions for the Wild Card round, I called out Marcus Mariota, and boy did he prove me wrong in the second half of that game. The Divisional Round features several intriguing matchups, so let's get going with the breakdowns and selections. I like the Saints a lot but the Vikings just seem more complete to me.
Minnesota Vikings +6.5 (from -3.5) vs.
I was 2-2 straight up and against the spread last week. But Nick Foles came into the lineup and won two games, keeping hope in Philadelphia for an Eagles Super Bowl. Actually, by process of elimination it probably has to be the Falcons, right?
Two points are awarded for each correct pick our predictors make, with them subsequently earning bonus multiplier points for correct predictions made in respect of subsequent rounds. Not those who are just over hyped band wagoners from ealry in the season, I mean those who felt that this was "their" season. Jacksonville's defense is good enough to give Bortles a chance, and he may not even have to be great to win, but he may have to be better than he was against Buffalo. Likewise, taking Pittsburgh on this tease nearly feels too easy. There's turmoil, at least according to the media, in the Patriots organization, and the Titans run defense has looked tremendous. That won't fly against the Vikings. The Steelers' defense limped down the stretch and hasn't been the same since linebacker Ryan Shazier was lost for the season.
It's odd for me to say it but Minnesota could pull an upset here if the pieces fall into place.
This game is an anomaly as it's the first time ever that a #6 seed is favored over a #1 seed. Maybe this was a gambling blessing in disguise. You can throw on them (although that may still be a challenge for Bortles) and also can run on them, as evidenced by four of their last five opponents gaining more than 100 yards on the ground. Every road team gets points in our ten-point teaser! They won five between 2013 and 2016. They're the second seed in the NFC, and they could play two games at home or have to travel to Philadelphia to face the Eagles, sans Carson Wentz, in the NFC Championship. Philadelphia is the underdog for a reason, but in our teaser we get a touchdown with the Falcons.
Our other NFC contest is a bit different.
A top FanDuel NFL running back all season, Le'Veon Bell could have a beast of a game against the Jaguars defense on Sunday. Minnesota played a number of close games this season and New Orleans is no slouch.
Yahoo announced that they will stream all National Football League games starting this month, which means all divisional playoff games (which start this weekend), the conference championships, the Pro Bowl game and the Super Bowl. This is a top-two defense in the league in almost every category. I like Jacksonville on the road, especially after they handled Pittsburgh during the regular season.
The Steelers sure seem to believe that Brown, who missed Pittsburgh's final two games of the season with a partially torn calf muscle, will be fully healthy and good to go for Sunday.
Even if everything goes as planned, it's hard to envision Tennessee pulling off the upset.