Predictions for Every NFL Divisional Playoff Game


Kamara punched it in from two yards out in the fourth quarter last week, but was also lined up in the backfield when fullback Zach Line vultured a 1-yard score in the second quarter. However, their first playoff appearance since 2008 will nearly surely end on Saturday in Foxborough. On defense, the Vikings are loaded - especially in the secondary, where perennial Pro Bowlers Xavier Rhodes and Harrison Smith will slow down Brees just enough to eke out a victory at home. This, in turn, will place the workload on running back Derrick Henry.

That was evident against the Kansas City Chiefs in the wild-card round, when star tight end Travis Kelce caught four passes for 66 yards and a touchdown in one half before suffering a concussion after a helmet-to-helmet hit and leaving the game. One featured two teams - the Jaguars and Bills - who hadn't been in the postseason in a decade, and another - the Panthers vs. the Saints - pitted a pair of battle-tested teams against each other. While the focus this past week was on the erratic play of Jacksonville quarterback Blake Bortles, the league's top-ranked ground game rolled up 155 yards on the Bills.

The Steelers could (and probably should) run more than 50 percent of the time against a Jaguars defense that Football Outsiders ranked first against the pass but 26th versus the run. The Vikings defense continued to improve all season and ended the year as the best defense in the NFL. Though the Jacksonville defense is great, I see the Steelers offense being too much to handle.

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"There is also the whole emotion around Ryan Shazier". That being said, now that the Saints have found a run game and some kind of defense, this one could get interesting quickly. They took advantage of critical Rams special teams turnovers and converted them into points, while the defense took care of the young Rams offense. Meanwhile, the Philadelphia Eagles were resting, getting ready for their home game this week.

The Eagles take on the Falcons this Saturday (Jan. 13).

"You don't bet against New England at home, in the playoffs". Two, actually. First, the Falcons are second in yards per play differential between offense and defense, a HUGE metric in measuring team quality for gambling purposes. Foles is a solid backup, but so far he has had trouble integrating himself into the offense that was so successful with Wentz. "I don't see them winning up there". Matt Ryan and Julio Jones should do just enough against the Eagles in order to send Atlanta back to the NFC Championship.

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"I think Atlanta wins here".

Minnesota Vikings +6.5 (from -3.5) vs. The Vikes were 8-1 at US Bank Stadium this season, virtually unbeatable at home.

According to betting site, the Minnesota Vikings have the best odds at 27/20. That game was dominated by the Vikings but a lot has changed for both teams. Quarterback Case Keenum has shocked the nation, coming off the bench to spark a prolific offense. The Vikings defeated the Saints 29-19 way back in Week 1 when Sam Bradford was the starting quarterback and Adrian Peterson was with New Orleans. I think Atlanta could be that team this year.

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