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Chris Chastain’s NFL Playoff Predictions and Analysis

It’s that time of the year! PLAYOFFS. Such an exciting time of year. With that being said, It’s time to get into the predictions. Enjoy!

WILD CARD WEEKEND: 

TENNESSEE TITANS AT KANSAS CITY CHIEFS

To be completely honest, I don’t see a case where this game is very competitive. Tennessee’s strength is at their offensive line but you can make a case that this offensive line hasn’t even been a top 5 line. Expect Alex Smith to throw a couple touchdowns on this defense and the Chiefs to win by double digits

CHIEFS 33, TITANS 20 

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ATLANTA FALCONS AT LOS ANGELES RAMS

Sunday night we have the Atlanta Falcons going to LA to play the Rams. The match seems pretty good right? Well talent wise it is. Both of these offenses have a ton of talent and potential. But that’s only part of the game. You need to be coached well to have a chance and that’s the difference in this game. I don’t think the Atlanta Falcons have a good scheme offensively. Combine that with Matt Ryan not playing great this season and there you have it. An average offense. Then you look at the other side. The LA Rams, Words can’t describe what Sean McVay has done this season. He turned a team that was just dysfunctional into a contender. Offensively their averaging 30 points a game. Top ten in Passing and Rushing. Todd Gurley is starting to turn into a Superstar in this league. What he’s able to do in the Pass game is remarkable. I’m not sure if the Falcons are going to be able to contain Gurley. He’s going to get you in either the Run game or the Pass game. I don’t think Gurley will have a historic game but he’s going to have his share of yardage. If the Falcon’s offense is what it has been which is average. I don’t they’ll have a chance. Which I can’t predict that it will so I’m going to have to go with the rams in this one. However, I still think it will be a close game.

RAMS 29, FALCONS 23

BUFFALO BILLS AT JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS 

The real question for me in this game is what Blake Bortles will we see? He’s the difference maker in this game. I trust the Jaguars defense against the Bills. But when Blake Bortles is bad he’s historically bad. But when he’s good he can be pretty good. I’m leaning towards the ok Blake Bortles. Watch out for the upset here but I’m going to take the Jaguars.

JAGUARS 23, BILLS 16 

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CAROLINA PANTHERS AT NEW ORLEANS SAINTS 

3rd Matchup between these two teams this season. Saints won the first two matchups and I don’t see a change coming here. Cam Newton will have to play his best football for the Panthers to have a chance. And i just don’t trust him to do so. I’m taking the Saints

SAINTS 33, PANTHERS 19 

DIVISIONAL ROUND: 

LOS ANGELES RAMS AT PHILADELPHIA EAGLES 

If Carson Wentz were starting at quarterback for the Eagles I’d give them a chance. But the facts are he isn’t. This is a easy pick for me. Rams

RAMS 26, EAGLES 14

NEW ORLEANS SAINTS AT MINNESOTA VIKINGS

Now this is one of the best matchups in the playoffs. Drew Brees against a great Vikings defense. Case Keenum who I’m not sure about in the playoffs against a Saints defense that has looked a little flat at times. I’m really tossing on this game. It really could go either way

SAINTS 27, VIKINGS 25

JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS AT PITTSBURGH STEELERS 

The Steelers have so much veteran talent on the offensive side of the ball. Against a Jaguars team with no playoff experience and the question of how Blake Bortles will play. I know the Jaguars won the game in the regular season 33-9. But that doesn’t matter here. The Steelers are so much better now than they where then.

STEELERS 33, JAGUARS 9 

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KANSAS CITY CHIEFS AT NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS 

The real question here is can the Chiefs repeat what they did in week one? I highly doubt it. Alex Smith isn’t that aggressive in throwing the football anymore. And oh don’t forget the Patriots are the Patriots.

PATRIOTS 39, CHIEFS 26 

CONFERENCE CHAMPIONSHIPS: 

NEW ORLEANS SAINTS AT LOS ANGELES RAMS

I’m not going to take anything away from the Saints, But I don’t see too many weaknesses on either Offense or Defense for the Rams. Sure there is concern on the Special Teams side but I don’t think it will effect them too much. I have the Rams in a blowout. If the Falcons can’t contain Gurley, I don’t see the Saints doing it. Yes, I believe the Falcons have a better or close to same defense.

RAMS 42, SAINTS 17

PITTSBURGH STEELERS AT NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS 

And it comes down to what most everyone wants, Patriots-Steelers for a chance at the Super Bowl. Tom Brady vs Big Ben. I still stand by the way i felt, The week 14 game played in Pittsburgh was for the AFC Championship. I really believed it then and I stand by the opinion. I just don’t trust Big Ben in Foxborough if he choked the game away in the final seconds in Pittsburgh. I was planning on taking Pittsburgh for awhile but I’m going to take New England

PATRIOTS 35, STEELERS 28 

SUPER BOWL 52: 

NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS VS LOS ANGELES RAMS

 

For me this comes down to a couple factors. One, Tom Brady is likely to be coming to that game as the 2017 MVP. I know some are highly critical of this opinion but do you remember the last MVP to win the Super Bowl? Kurt Warner in 1998. I know Tom Brady makes history quite often. But i don’t see him making history in that aspect. But generally, I really believe the Rams are just a better all around football team that the Patriots. This Rams team is here to stay for awhile.

RAMS 34, PATRIOTS 29 

 

 

Thanks to everyone for reading, I hope you enjoyed it as much as i did !

-Chris

@ChrisPSF

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