Friday, January 05, 2018

NFL Playoff Predictions

The playoff picks are usually a weekly staple for this blog in the month of January, though this year's edition will be limited to just this post only since the Packers didn't make the playoffs, sighhhhhhhh.  Their downfall was inevitable after Aaron Rodgers broke his collarbone, and at least I'm glad to see that the franchise is shaking up the front office and coaching staff, correctly identifying that the team's problems were due to far more than just one injury.  (Now if the Pack would just go all the way and fire Mike McCarthy, that would be the icing on the cake.)

The other reason for the shortened playoff picks is that honestly, this postseason seems pretty easy to call.  I'd be shocked if the AFC title game was anything but another New England/Pittsburgh matchup, though I guess with the Steelers' propensity for mailing in about one game per month, it wouldn't be a total surprise if they were caught looking ahead to the Patriots.  The NFC also seems like it'll pretty clearly be the Vikings against whichever lucky team gets to face the Carson Wentz-less* Eagles in the second round.

* = A brighter mind than I would come up with a "Good King Wenceslas" rhyme here, yet Xmas is over, I don't want to think about carols for at least 11 months.

Ergo, I'll just go ahead and predict a Vikings vs. Patriots Super Bowl, which would have no shortage of storylines.  Would Minnesota become the first team to not only enjoy a Super Bowl home game, but also avoid being the first team with an 0-5 record in the big game?  Could the Patriots win their sixth championship since 2002?  Since I can't pick against New England in any Super Bowl unless Eli Manning suddenly shows up as the Vikings backup quarterback, I'll go chalk all the way and predict another ring for Tom Brady and company. 

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