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National Football League playoff picks: Divisional round

National Football League playoff picks: Divisional round

The Green Bay Packers aren't here, but they've kept things entertaining for us the past couple of weeks.

After a insane Wild Card weekend, we enter into the NFL's Divisional round match-ups! Sarkisian vs. Rams DC Wade Phillips never came to fruition last week after two special teams turnovers gave the Falcons a favorable game script from the get-go, but in a late-and-close situation in Philadelphia, Schwartz would have a clear-cut upper hand based on the coaches' track records. A victory over the Titans will send the Patriots to the AFC championship game for the seventh straight season.

How about Jacksonville and Tennessee?

Tennessee improbably came back against the Chiefs last week, earning a date against the defending Super Bowl champs.

Here's my picks for the divisional round.

It's odd for me to say it but Minnesota could pull an upset here if the pieces fall into place. But that tells us the value of Carson Wentz. Second, Nick Foles is bad. But they ran the ball well last week against the Chiefs, and the Patriots are 31st against the run in terms of yards-per-rush. The Eagles, playing without injured quarterback Carson Wentz, have had a week to try to fix the offense. Meanwhile, the Philadelphia Eagles were resting, getting ready for their home game this week. That's what Eagles fans will be hoping helps their team win. The Titans don't appear to be almost the threat to New England that the Chiefs would have been. However, both of those teams would very likely be considered underdogs. "You do all the meetings, and walk-throughs, and March, April, May, June try to work out and be prepared for the season, and you get through it and you make it through a whole season and have a chance to compete with everything at stake", he said. He should have had the starting job in Tennessee a long time ago. The workhorse back out of Alabama was able to get the max reps with starter DeMarco Murray.

But I'm not going to pick against the Patriots at home. Bortles also went without a touchdown pass, while throwing one interception.

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Is Jacksonville's defense good enough to contain Pittsburgh's playmakers?

Since Oct. 1, the Patriots have allowed more than 20 points three times. Next year is their year, with their defense and legit good QB. Back in Week 5 at Pittsburgh, the young running back had 181 yards rushing and two touchdowns on 28 carries. No one really knows what to expect from replacement Nick Foles. "We know we'll need to have our best game Saturday night".

Pittsburgh will lean on the ground game.

And Metro got one National Football League general manager to chime in with his thoughts on this weekend's games. Minnesota was victorious in Week 1, but a lot has changed since then.

This is a rematch of a Week One game that the Vikings won 29-19, but these are far different teams now. Early this season, the offense was in an incredible rut and there was concern after the Week 5 matchup as to just how competitive this team could be with an average offense.

New Orleans is one of the most balanced teams in the NFL. Kamara and Mark Ingram are the first backfield-mates to top 1,500 yards from scrimmage in the same season, and Michael Thomas and Ted Ginn, Jr. give Brees explosive targets downfield.

The Minnesota Vikings face a tough matchup with the New Orleans Saints on Sunday in what could be the best game of the weekend, while the Pittsburgh Steelers are favored over the Jacksonville Jaguars. Bortles floated fullback screens and threw torn up paper airplanes to wide open receivers. 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.


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