How did that wild card weekend turn out for you? I got Saturday's games wrong, but Sunday's games right. 50% isn't bad, right? LOL! Let's see what the divisional round has in store for the weekend. The first two games are really going to be a test for Philadelphia and New England. We are all about to see if the week off was a positive or negative for those teams. Check out how I picked them.
ATLANTA FALCONS VS PHILADELPHIA EAGLES:
Ok, so Atlanta flexed it's playoff prowess over the St. Louis Rams last weekend. Winning playoff experience is priceless during this time of the year. The Eagles had a week off to get QB Nick Foles together for this round. For the most part, the Eagles are healthy. They have a great supporting cast, but it will be Foles to set the scene. RB Jay Ajayi will try to repeat the performance he had against the Falcons earlier this season when he was with the Miami Dolphins. Miami ended that game with a victory. WR Nelson Agholor has been a shining spot alongside Alshon Jeffery and Torrey Smith. Can Nick orchestrate the band or will they have to depend on their fourth ranked defense to strike it up? S Malcolm Jenkins and rookie CB Sidney Jones are ready for the likes of Atlanta's WRs Mohammed Sanu and Julio Jones. Do not forget DT Fletcher Cox and rookie DE Derek Barnett closing the holes against the Falcon's running attack. Back to the Falcons...... They are going to keep up their running game with Devanta Freeman and Tevin Coleman. Those two are a force to be reckoned with. They will definitely keep the Eagles' defense on task. Outside of the widely known receivers, QB Matt Ryan will also be able to use Taylor Gabriel, Justin Hardy, and TE Austin Hooper. There is no doubt that scoring will not be a problem. The only issue with Atlanta is their ability to close a game out. Yes, they did it against the Rams last week, but the game was not close. This game will be decided by defense. That edge goes to Atlanta.
TENNESSEE TITANS VS NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS:
This game is not going to be easy to choose. Did you see that comeback by the Titans last week against the Chiefs?! There is a slight chance that the week off did not do the Pats good, but do not bank on it. The Titans will count on rookie RB Derrick Henry, in for the injured DeMarco Murray, to get what they need on offense. The option of QB Marcus Mariota extending plays with his feet and TE Delanie Walker aiding the passing game will also keep the chains moving for the Titans. Tennessee will have to keep Patriots QB Tom Brady for having the ball for an extended period of time. Last week against the Kansas City Chiefs, the Titans defense only had to cover TE Travis Kelce for about half of the game. This week they will face Rob Gronkowski. Tall order for former Patriot CB Logan Ryan. The Pats also have had big games from their running backs, Dion Lewis and Rex Burkhead. They will test the pass rush of the Titans. New England is far from a perfect team, but Brady certainly knows how to get things done in the post season. There are far too many streaks, numbers, stats that can be thrown out there to determine which team has the upper hand to win. In the post season, expect the unexpected. At the same time, history speaks for itself.
New England Patriots
I hope like me, you all are looking for some good games this weekend. So good that you will forget the withdrawal symptoms you are starting to feel since these are the last few weeks of football. *sigh* Tonight, should give us some great football to talk about. Who are you rolling with this weekend? I am always up for discussion. Good luck to your teams and picks!
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