NFL playoffs : The NFL playoffs kick continue on Saturday with two must-watch divisional round games. Patrick Mahomes and the top offense in the NFL will host the surging Colts and Andrew Luck, and Sean McVay will try to win his first career playoff
Remaining playoff schedule:
Saturday, January 12
No. 6 Indianapolis at No. 1 Kansas City, 4:35 p.m. ET
No. 4 Dallas at No. 2 Los Angeles Rams, 8:15 p.m. ET
Sunday, January 13
No. 5 L.A. Chargers at No. 2 New England, 1:05 p.m. ET
No. 6 Philadelphia at No. 1 New Orleans, 4:40 p.m. ET
Sunday, January 20
NFC Championship, 3:05 p.m. ET
AFC Championship, 6:40 p.m. ET
Super Bowl LIII
Sunday, February 3
AFC vs. NFC in Atlanta, 6:30 p.m. ET (CBS)
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For one, Nick Foles is still in the playoffs, and as we’ve all seen over the past year, pretty much every game he plays in ends up being crazy. The Cowboys are also still alive and this is a big week for them, because if they can beat the Rams, they’ll advance to the NFC title game for the first time since the 1995 season.
This round of the playoffs should also be exciting because Tom Brady, Drew Brees and Patrick Mahomes will all be taking the field for the first time this postseason.
Although playoff games are nearly impossible to predict, we’re going to try and do it anyone by making eight bold predictions for the divisional round. Here’s how it’s going to work: Since there are four games on the schedule this weekend, we’ll be making two bold predictions for each game.
The Jags only gave up 17 TD passes the entire season, which was the second-best number in the NFL. Of course, the Colts weren’t too far behind that. During the regular season, Indy only surrendered 21 TD passes, which was tied for the third-best showing in the league. One other thing to keep in mind here is that this is Mahomes’ first playoff start and quarterbacks tend to struggle in their first start. Since 2013, quarterbacks have gone 4-15 in their first postseason start, which includes a record of 0-3 this year (Mitchell Trubisky, Lamar Jackson and Deshaun Watson all lost). That being said, of all the predictions on this list, I would rank this as the one most likely to blow up in my face.
If the Chiefs have one huge weakness going into this game, it’s their defense, which could end up being a huge problem. For one, the Chiefs surrendered 273.4 passing yards per game this season, which ranked 31st overall in the NFL (ahead of only the Bengals). Andrew Luck’s mouth has probably been watering this week at the thought of going up against Kansas City’s defense.
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Ezekiel Elliott gets a dream matchup this week and that’s because he gets to go up against a Rams defense that can’t seem to stop the run. During the 2018 season, the Rams gave up 5.1 yards per carry, which was the worst number in the NFL. The Cowboys will go into this game fully aware of that number and it won’t be surprising at all if Elliott gets 25 or more carries after a season where he finished as the NFL’s leading rusher with 1,434 yards.
If Elliott does hit the 200-yard mark, he would become just the fourth player ever to pull that off in a divisional playoff game. Coincidentally, two of the other three running backs to accomplish the feat did it while playing for the Rams, and one came in a Rams-Cowboys game. In January 1986, Eric Dickerson rushed for 248 yards in a 20-0 divisional playoff win over Dallas. During the 1975 season, Lawrence McCutcheon rushed for 202 yards in a win over the Cardinals. The only other running back hit the 200-yard mark in the divisional round was Ryan Grant, who did it with the Packers in January 2008.
Bold prediction: This game goes to overtime
The Cowboys should probably give some blood pressure medication out to everyone in Dallas before this game, because watching the Cowboys play in 2018 hasn’t been for the faint of heart. Of the Cowboys 17 games this season, including the playoffs, 13 of them have been decided by one score. The Cowboys also had two games go to overtime this year, which was tied for the second-most in the NFL (The Browns led the league with four overtime games). Basically, the Cowboys always seem to play in close games.Sunday,
If this were any other season, this probably wouldn’t be too bold of a prediction, but in 2018, this qualifies as bold, because Gronk just had one of the worst years of his career. If Gronk were to catch two touchdown passes against the Chargers, that would nearly equal his touchdown total from the entire 2018 season (He caught exactly three touchdowns during the regular season).Philadelphia at New Orleans, 4:40 p.m. ET (Fox)
Are you all ready for the best weekend of the season? The eight best teams in the league going head-to-head over one weekend with everything on the line – the divisional round of the NFL playoffs is one of the highlights of the sporting calendar, and this year’s slate is the strongest in recent memory.
Whether you’re out at a bar with mates or turning yourself into a recluse in your own living room, if you’re not spending the entire weekend sat in front of the TV watching sport then you’re doing it wrong. It’s January, no one needs to be outside in January.