My predictions for today’s championship games in the NFL

Who’s going to the Super Bowl? Check out my predictions below.

We should expect a shootout.

GREEN BAY (4) VS ATLANTA (2)

 

We are in for a huge blessing of a game. Offensively, Aaron Rodgers is playing at a level that is simply amazing. After an early struggle to to the season, Rodgers is now throwing with tremendous strength and accuracy. Despite not having Jordy Nelson, he has made his other receivers look great. Davante Adams and Randall Cobb both must play at their best to give this Packers offense a chance. Ty Montgomery has transitioned well into a running back and that’s how the Packers offense can succeed: a balanced attack. The Pack have given Rodgers some strong protection and they have to do so in order to give themselves a legitimate chance to score. And I expect a lot of points.

But the Falcons are no slouch either. Their historically amazing offense features Matt Ryan, Julio Jones and a great tandem of Tevin Coleman and Devonta Freeman. What makes this Falcons offense so much more dangerous is the emergence of Mohamed Sanu as a reliable second option. Additionally for the Falcons, they will have the benefit of playing at home, giving both sides of the ball the best opportunities to call out plays. The Falcons have that cloud of past failures over them. This team is the best team the Falcons have ever assembled. Can they finally get to the Super Bowl?

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My predictions for Sunday’s Divisional round games

Here are my predictions for the second round of the playoffs.

Let’s hope this game doesn’t have a major controversy.

GREEN BAY (4) VS COWBOYS (1)

This matchup is intriguing because we have the Cowboys, who have been playing well with a rookie quarterback, against a Packers team that ended the season strong with a seasoned veteran. Dallas has to play mistake-free with Dak Prescott under center. The rookie has been tremendous all year and has matured very well this season. Prescott must avoid the turnovers and be able to find his big-time players, especially Jason Witten and Dez Bryant. Ezekiel Elliot and the offensive line will give the Packers’ front seven a challenge in maintaining the pace of the game.

Aaron Rodgers has been here before and he appears to be the most dangerous player in the playoffs right now. The running game will hope to counter the Cowboys’ attack but it may once again come down the passing game. Jordy Nelson is out which means we have to see more Randall Cobb and Davante Adams. Still Rodgers can make a lot of plays despite the obstacles. Despite the Cowboys beating the Packers earlier this year, this is a different Packers team. They are the most dangerous team out in the NFC.

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My predictions for Saturday’s Divisional round games

Here are my predictions for the second round of the playoffs.

The Seahawks defeated the Falcons 26-24 earlier this year.

SEATTLE (3) VS ATLANTA (2)

Matt Ryan and the Falcons boost one of the top offenses in NFL history (scored the eighth-most points in a season) and I don’t think that they will stop. Ryan and Julio Jones have been tremendous all year. The running game with Tevin Coleman and Devonta Freeman has given the Falcons a great balance. But going up against the Seahawks defense will be tough. If the pressure gets to Ryan early, it could be a tough game for them.

The Seahawks beat the Falcons earlier this season at home. But now they are on the road, which has not been one of the team’s strongest suits this year. Russell Wilson is still playing well but there are times poor playcalling and bad execution can lead to some short drives. Thomas Rawls was huge last week for the Seahawks and in order for the Seahawks to win, he has to step up and do it again. Seattle can’t afford to make this a one-dimension attack. They can carve up the Atlanta secondary, but they need to balance the attack to have a chance.

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Report: Chargers to announce move to Los Angeles

And it is finally going to happen.

After entertaining the idea of moving, the San Diego Chargers will be the Los Angeles Chargers. According to ESPN, the announcement is expected on Thursday. I wonder if they will have a name change.

The Chargers have struggled to find a way to get a new stadium and the fan support hasn’t been strong in San Diego. That doesn’t mean that the support in Los Angeles will be that much better. The Rams are not good and fans aren’t showing up to the home games.

At this point, it looks like the Chargers will share the Coliseum with the Rams unless there are plans to use the Rose Bowl. Those are the two major stadiums in Los Angeles that can host an NFL team.

This is sad for San Diego. They deserve better. Los Angeles doesn’t need a second team. But here are we are. Welcome to Los Angeles, Phil. How do you feel about it?

 

My predictions for Sunday’s Wild Card round games

It’s time for the playoffs once again! Here are my quick predictions on today’s games.

The Dolphins pass rush is their only hope.

The Dolphins pass rush is their only hope.

DOLPHINS (6) VS STEELERS (3)

This is going to be a tough game for the Dolphins. The team is good but they are without their quarterback Ryan Tannehill, meaning that Matt Moore has to be able to match the Steelers offensive. Jay Ajayi has been tremendous all year long and the Dolphins need him to help the offensive get going in order to match up with the Steelers. But maybe we shouldn’t look past the Dolphins, who have won nine of their last 11 games and beat the Steelers by 15 points in Week 6. Their pass rush remains strong and that will be a huge challenge for the Steelers. Keep an eye out for Kenny Stills to be the top receiver for the Dolphins’ attack.

Ben Roethlisberger is poised to have a tremendous game. He has played well this year and the running game of Le’Veon Bell and DeAngelo Williams will provide the Steelers a great ground and pound game. Additionally, Antonio Brown will continue to be dangerous in the open field for Pittsburgh. The Steelers aren’t a huge defensive juggernaut as they were in years past but they still can challenge any opposition and that is what they hope to do against the Dolphins. The Steelers are home and riding a seven-game winning streak.

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My predictions for Saturday’s Wild Card round games

It’s time for the playoffs once again! Here are my quick predictions on today’s games.

The Texans are stuck with Brock Osweiler.

OAKLAND (5) VS HOUSTON (4)

This is going to be awful. The Houston Texans are not that good of a team but they make the playoffs because their division is awful. The Oakland Raiders on the other hand have played some really improved football but are without Derek Carr and has looked terrible since his injury.

Houston has to turn to Brock Osweiler, who has been the starter for most of the year. He is very inconsistent and the running game for the Texans is suspect. There isn’t much about this team that can get the team hyped. DeAndre Hopkins had a down year and part of it is due to inconsistent offensive play. Rookie Will Fuller is unpredictable (even when healthy) and tight end C.J. Fiedorowicz seems to be the only offensive weapon the Texans are using well. Without J.J. Watt, defensively the Texans are still suspect in what they can do

Oakland on the other hand has Defensive Player of the Year candidate Khalil Mack running a defense that is decent but still isn’t top level just yet. The biggest concern, however, is how Connor Cook can run the offense with such limited experience as a rookie. The running game needs to be their biggest weapon to help set the tone for the Raiders offense. If the Texans can get pressure on the Raiders’ strong offensive line, then Cook is going to have a long day with Clowney in his face.

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Tennessee Titans getting new uniforms for 2018

Tennessee Titans controlling owner Amy Adams Strunk speculated uniform changes for the Titans in the past on today she confirmed that those changes are coming in 2018. Adams assured that the Titans will not change their colors or their logos, meaning that the new uniforms will have minor updates.

With that in mind, minor updates must mean that the helmet shells will likely remain white. But red facemasks wouldn’t be a bad idea. The shoulder yokes could be removed and the number fonts could change. But other than that, I don’t speculate anything too much based on that. Their current set is distinct and has stood up pretty well for nearly 20 years.

This could mean that the Columbia light blue might be the primary home colors. But they might stick with navy. There’s a lot up in the air but with the limitations set for this new uniform, I expect this to potentially be a great move. Let’s see what happens next.