Wednesday, December 31, 2014

2014-2015 NFL Playoffs: Wildcard, Semifinals, Conference Finals and Super Bowl Predictions For The AFC & NFC

The New England Patriots were my pick to win the Super Bowl at the beginning of the season

2014-2015 NFL Playoffs: Wildcard, Semifinals, Conference Finals and Super Bowl Predictions For The AFC & NFC

It's that time again! It's time for the NFL Playoffs!

While I'm disappointed because I was really hoping that my Buffalo Bills would FINALLY break out of their postseason drought and make a playoff appearance this year, it is still looking like it's going to be a very exciting playoff series this year!

Now that all of the seeding has been finalized, here are my picks for the playoffs!

AFC Playoff Predictions

Wildcard Games

Pittsburgh Steelers vs Baltimore Ravens
Indianapolis Colts vs Cincinnati Bengals

I like the Steelers over the Ravens as I think that triple threat punch of Ben Roethlisberger, Le'Veon Bell and Antonio Brown is going to be too much for Baltimore. Not to mention the fact that Joe Flacco has looked absolutely horrible over the last several weeks. If Bell can't go, the Ravens may stand a slight chance but I think Bell goes and so does the Ravens. Go as in going home.

The Colts vs Bengals game is going to be interesting as you have two Quarterbacks who are pretty good, but have underperformed in the big game. We all remember that 4 interception meltdown that Luck gave us in New England. Dalton also has a history of choking when it matters. I think this game is going to come down to who is going to choke and I think that's going to be none other than Andy Dalton. Colts will win this one. Not to mention the fact that the last time these two teams played the Colts DESTROYED the Bengals 27-0. Sorry Aay Jay, I know you love your Bengals, but your team is going down this week! 

Conference Semifinals

New England Patriots vs Indianapolis Colts
Denver Broncos vs Pittsburgh Steelers

The New England Patriots play the lowest seed team that wins and in this case that's going to be a rematch with the Indianapolis Colts. While I don't think Andrew Luck will have a meltdown like he had last year, I still think the Colts simply don't have the firepower necessary to beat a team as good as the New England Patriots. So I think they will be once again going home disappointed.

The Denver Broncos vs the Pittsburgh Steelers has the makings to be one of those classic games. Both of these teams are playoff tested and hungry and they both have a history of epic playoff games against each other. Don't forget, it was a Bronco team lead by Tim Tebow that defeated the Steelers a few years ago. While I think this game is going to be closer than many people might expect it to be, in the end I think the Broncos will pull it out.

AFC Championship

New England Patriots vs Denver Broncos

Tom Brady vs Peyton Manning. The winner goes on to play in the Super Bowl. What more do you need if you're a football fan? The last time these two teams faced each other in the playoffs, it was in Denver and the Broncos were victorious. The last time they played each other this year, it was in New England and the Patriots were victorious. So what's going to happen this year when these two teams played? This Patriot team was built to win the Super Bowl and in particular it was built to beat the Denver Broncos. They are much better at the corner to counteract the prolific offense and despite one of the toughest schedules, they pretty much ran through the AFC like hot butter. The Broncos will absolutely make a game out of this, but in the end the New England Patriots will go to the Super Bowl. 

NFC Playoff Predictions

Wildcard Games

Dallas Cowboys vs Detroit Lions
Carolina Panthers vs Arizona Cardinals

Even though I'm waiting for Tony Romo to choke, I don't think it's going to happen in this game. Matthew Stafford flat out STINKS on the road. This dude is 0-16 on the road against teams with winning records. With one of the best offensive lines in the league and a triple threat package of Tony Romo, Demarco Murray and Dez Bryant, I really don't like the Lions chances in this one. My friend Lydia is going to be mad at me, but sorry dear, I got to go with the Cowboys on this one.

A lot of people are picking the Carolina Panthers because these dudes have been playing football as of late. Under normal circumstances, I think the Cardinals would crush them. Their defense has kept them in games all season. However, the bottom line is I don't even know who their Quarterback is! You can't win playoff football without a good Quarterback. Tim Tebow may have snuck a game in, but what eventually happened? They got demolished. I'm going with the Panthers in this one.

Conference Semifinals

Seattle Seahawks vs Carolina Panthers
Green Bay Packers vs Dallas Cowboys

The Seattle Seahawks are the Super Bowl champions. The Carolina Panthers had a 7 and 8 record and needed to go on a 4 game winning streak just to finish with a losing record. They stand no chance of winning this game, especially in one of the most hostile environments there is to play for a road team in football. I'm going with the Seahawks here and I believe this game is going to be over very fast.

The Packers vs the Cowboys though is going to be a completely different story. This is going to be a battle of epic proportions. I believe this game is going to be a very close game throughout with lots of back and forth between both teams. However, I said it before and I'll say it again. I am just waiting for the REAL Tony Romo to show up and blow a game and THIS is the game that I believe he will blow. The Cowboys put up an excellent run this year, however it all comes to an end in Lambeau Field

NFC Championship

Seattle Seahawks vs Green Bay Packers

Here we go, the defending champs taking on the Packers lead by the "bad man" as Stephen A Smith likes to say, Aaron Rodgers.  The defending champs started out slow, but they poured it on big time towards the end of the season and now they are looking like they are in championship forum. However, unlike last year, where only the 49ers stood a chance, this year, there are two teams that I think can definitely beat the Seahawks if they played. One is the Dallas Cowboys. The other are these Packers from Wisconsin. The Seahawks would be the favorites and rightfully so. They are really tough to beat with the 12th man and they beat the Packers this year. However, the Packers historically are much better in the role of the underdog and not only would it not surprise me to see them pull it out, but that's exactly what I think is going to happen.

Super Bowl Predictions

New England Patriots vs Green Bay Packers

Tom Brady vs Aaron Rodgers. Can you believe that the first time these two soon to be legends played each other was this year? I couldn't believe that myself, but it's true. I think the big difference in this game is going to be Aaron Rodgers. Even though he's one of the best pocket passers in the league today, a lot of people forget that this dude can also run with the football if he needs to. With an improved Patriots defense he may very well need to do that. The problem for Rodgers though is the Patriots are going to shut down his favorite weapons and he's going to have to rely on his secondary guys to get the job done. Although he was able to pull it off this year in the friendly confines of Lambeau, I don't think guys like Adams are getting 120 years again in the Super Bowl and for that reason, I believe the New England Patriots will win their first Super Bowl since "Spygate."