Off the back of a 100% set of predictions for Wildcard Weekend, it’s time to take a look at the much harder task of the Divisional Round Predictions. What can be known for sure is that there are some cracking games coming your way this weekend.
Baltimore Ravens @ Denver Broncos
The Ravens were enhanced by the Ray Lewis factor against the Colts in the Wildcard game. This is no longer as big a factor, as much as people might say it is. With Peyton Manning effectively now firing on all cylinders, not even a steady Ravens D# will be able to stop the Broncos moving the chains. The Broncos have done anything but set the world alight with the defensive showing this year, however this game is all about one man. That man is Manning, and the Broncos win this one.
Green Bay Packers @ San Francisco 49ers
This has all the signs of a classic. The Packers had a major advantage with home field advantage last week, they don’t get the same here – however their offense is coming together at just the right time. Colin Kaepernick is making his first playoff appearance here, against a healthy and strong Packers defence. This really could go either way, but I don’t think the Packers will be too worried about playing away from home and take this close game.
Seattle Seahawks @ Atlanta Falcons
What a season the Falcons have had, winning in style in some games. Their record (13-3) is not to be laughed at, regardless of how their schedule may look on paper. Seattle settled their playoff nerves last weekend, beating Washington in a tense game that they spent most of behind on points. Arguably, had RGIII stayed healthy, or indeed pulled out of the game earlier, Seattle might not be in this matchup, but as Dominic Toretto once said, “it doesn’t matter if you win by an inch or a mile; winning’s winning.” Let’s not forget that the Seahawks have won 6 straight games, scoring 42+ points in three of them. With Lynch there in the backfield, there is nothing to stop this team winning a seventh. Seattle to win.
Houston Texans @ New England Patriots
It was only a few weeks ago that New England beat the Texans 42-14, and that might be all you need to know. Yes this is a different game with more on the line, but it’s the same teams at the same venue, playing the same game. Houston’s only shot at success is if Foster has a big game and keeps Tom Brady on the bench. Not enough is in the Texans favour to stop New England winning this one.
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