2019 NFL Divisional Round preview
2019 NFL Divisional Round preview
By Cameron Buford, whatsgoodinsports.com
Weekends like this past weekend is evidence that the NFL has become America's pastime! Unlike other professional sports in the country, these National Football League playoff games come with the intensity that stadiums can hardly contain. The National Basketball League, the National Hockey League and Major League Baseball each play a series of 5 to 7 games to decide their playoffs winners. In the NFL, they play a series of one game, meaning its win and stay in or win or go home!
This Wild Card weekend in the NFL gave us some amazing endings in addition to some heartbreaking losses. This article will review the past weekends' games as well as provide our preview the upcoming Divisional Round of the NFL Playoffs;
NFL WILD CARD PLAYOFFS Review
Saturday, January 5, 2018
AFC: 1:35 PM (ET) Indianapolis at Houston (ABC)
Andrew Luck and the Colts jumped out to a 21-0 lead in this game and their defense proved it was ready for the Texans combination of DeShawn Watson and DeAndre Hopkins. Once the Colts got early lead their running game allowed them to maintain their lead and keep the Texans at bay throughout the remainder of the game.
NFC: 5:15 PM (ET) Seattle at Dallas (FOX)
In the playoffs, the competition naturally gets better, and the cream often rises to the top. The Dallas Cowboys proved to be the more physical and talented team on this Sunday. I expected MVP candidate Russell Wilson to control the game and manufacture enough points to win this game over the inexperienced Dallas Cowboys, this game went the exact opposite! It was the Dallas Cowboys that played more aggressive and made the bigger plays in this game. Ezekiel Elliott’s 31 touches and 5+ yard per carry average controlled the pace of this game for the Cowboys!
Sunday, January 6, 2018
AFC: 10:05 PM (ET) Los Angeles Chargers at Baltimore (CBS)
Both defenses showed why they ranked in the top 10 in the NFL. As we saw 8 FG attempts in this game. Veteran Quarterback Phillip Rivers led the Chargers to a 12-point lead going into the third quarter; after the Ravens managed a FG, they forced a turnover on the next Chargers possession. Unfortunately for Ravens fans and players, it appeared the coaching staff was content on just getting to playoffs and didn’t take advantage of their opportunity to get back in the game. Instead, while the fans in the stands and commentators covering the were calling for their veteran quarterback who’s been on the bench for the past 7 weeks, they played to conservatively and settled on for a missed field goal. Though the Chargers deserve credit for going on the road and winning this game.
NFC: 1:40 PM (ET) Philadelphia at Chicago (NBC)
The Chicago Bears played well enough to win this game, yet the Philadelphia Eagles continue to show the heart of a Champion! Matt Nagy and Mitchell Trubisky lead the Bears to an outstanding season, with creative offense complemented by the MVP play of Khalil Mack on the defensive side of the ball… however, they were a missed field goal away from moving on the Divisional Round of the Playoffs. Nick Foles leads the Eagles to another play win, only increasing the debate of who should be the Eagles starting quarterback.
NFL DIVISIONAL PLAYOFFS Preview
Saturday, January 12, 2018
AFC: 1:35 PM Indianapolis Colts at Kansas City Chiefs
This is should be a high scoring game as we have two of the Top 5 scoring teams in the NFL! So, its highly likely that the defense that plays the best could win this game for their teams. Though the Colts have a young aggressive defense no team has been able to slow down that KC offense lead by Patrick Mahomes, therefore I expect KC to win this matchup.
NFC: 5:15 PM Dallas Cowboys at Los Angeles Rams
This young aggressive defense has made this Cowboys team formidable. However, this week they face the high-octane offense of the Los Angeles Rams. The Rams are likely to put pressure on that inconsistent secondary of the Cowboys which will result in a high scoring day for the Rams and the end of a solid season for the Cowboys.
AFC: 10:05 AM Los Angeles Chargers at New England Patriots
The New England Patriots lead every critical statistic over the Los Angeles Chargers but one; the Chargers are #19 in sacks. In order to win this game, the Chargers will have to rely on their defense to get sacks and pressure the Patriots quarterback. Though the coaching and experience of the Patriots will be too tough for the Chargers to overcome. I am expecting the overall talent of the Chargers to guide them to win in Foxboro.
NFC: 1:40 PM Philadelphia Eagles at New Orleans Saints
Though the Eagles have been on a tremendous run, coming off the horrific loss from last season the Saints are on a mission. I do not expect the Eagles to keep pace with the Saints at home in the dome. I have MVP candidate leading the Saints closer to another Super Bowl appearance.
Having earned a first-round gives teams a chance to rest their players for an upcoming playoff run. Teams like the Philadelphia Eagles have been playing at a playoff peak for the multiple weeks now and have a chance to catch one of these teams that have been resting, not on their best game. That’s what makes these NFL playoffs so competitive… these guys are playing for their legacy, while others are playing to make their own history.
We are in store for the best weekend of the NFL season. We have a couple days of awesome football in front of us. These teams playing this weekend are 3 wins away from being crowned Champions of the NFL. Who do you have advancing in the playoffs this weekend, Please let me know your thoughts on my playoffs predictions and share your Super Bowl predictions by commenting in the comment section of this article on www.whatsgoodinsports.com or reaching out to us on twitter @whatsgoodinsports.