It’s all most kickoff time for the NFL playoffs. Perhaps, this year unlike most, it’s going to be hard to pick the winners, but we’ll give it our best shot!
Raiders @ Texans
Both teams come in a bit uneasy, as neither is confident in their starting quarterback. The Texans will start Brock Osweiler, who was benched two weeks ago, in favor of backup Tom Savage. Savage is unavailable due to a concussion he suffered in the season finale. While Osweiler has not proven himself to be a franchise QB, he has shown enough to get past the Raiders, who are dealing with their own quarterback issues. The Radiers have offensive weapons, Michael Crabtree and Amari Cooper, however, without MVP candidate, Derek Carr, the Texans have the advantage. It won’t hurt that Huston has the home field advantage either.
Our Pick: Houston Texans
Lions @ Seahawks
There is no question that Lions quarterback, Mathew Stafford, has had an MVP caliber season. He, and the Detroit receivers, have led the Loins to the postseason, as their running game has been virtually non-existent. While the Seahawks D hasn’t been the “legion of boom”, this season, we believe the Seahawks will shut down Staford and Co. giving the 12th man a playoff win.
Our Pick: Seahawks
Dolphins @ Steelers
Dolphins running back Jay Ajayi has had a breakout season for Miami. He has been a fantasy owner’s dream, the second half of the season. However, without a solid receiving core and no shut down defense the Fins will be one and done, as they are no match for the three-headed monster of Brown, Roethelisberger and Bell. The Steelers should cruise to the Divisional Round.
Giants @ Packers.
This one may be the hardest pick of the weekend. We’ve been back and forth on this one all week, but it’s time to make a call. Arron Rogers has been absolutely on fire the second half of the season, throwing 18 touchdowns and 0 interceptions the last seven games. While it’s hard to bet against those numbers, Eli Manning never fails to pull off a playoff surprise, winning two Superbowls as the underdog. Couple that pedigree with the fact that the Packers have no run game to speak of and you have the makings of an upset
Our Pick: Giants