2017 NFL Playoff Predictions: Who Wins Super Bowl LII?
Who takes Super Bowl LII?
In bracket form, we bring to you the 2017 NFL Playoff predictions. One searching for Super Bowl LII predictions may also find themselves here. We can help both of you.
The matchups are set, and in just days, the 2017-18 NFL postseason begins. One team will win the Super Bowl, and if you think it could be the New England Patriots again, you’re right. Anyone in doubt of Tom Brady and/or Bill Belichick at this point is delusional.
Yet, there are twelve teams from which to choose. When there are this many options, where do we begin? At the wild card round, of course.
2017 NFL Playoff Predictions: Wild Card Weekend
Buffalo at Jacksonville. The Bills finally have their fans something about which to cheer, working into the playoffs in Week 17. This is one of those games where neither team has any playoff pedigree whatsoever, so it’s two squads out there slinging it around and hoping for the best. Here, we go with the superior defense. Do I trust Blake Bortles to win a playoff game, no, but I also don’t see Tyrod Taylor as a great playoff champion. Jacksonville advances.
Tennessee at Kansas City. Kansas City essentially had three seasons: the great start, the awful middle, and the great finish. If they maintain said momentum, they ought to beat back the Titans. Now, Tennessee did a fine job this season and all that, but I have some concerns. They’re a very average team in a number of categories, and Marcus Mariota has not been consistent. Defensively and offensively, Kansas City is superior. The Chiefs are also a very good home team this season. Kansas City advances.
Atlanta at Los Angeles. Atlanta comes into this season with a lot of unfinished business. Unfortunately for them, we don’t predict they’ll get a chance to accomplish, well, any of it. The Rams’ offense will strike fear into any defensive coordinator. A concern is that this team is very untested, including Jared Goff, whereas Matt Ryan and the Falcons know the drill. Atlanta has more than a chance, being a solid road team, but if the Rams come alive on offense, it could be a little too much for the Falcons. Los Angeles advances.
Carolina at New Orleans. The Saints look like an all-around good team this year with the ever-talented Drew Brees helming New Orleans. Playoff games are different animals, but Carolina was turned aside by New Orleans twice this season. If it comes down to which quarterback has the better day, Brees is more likely to do it than Cam Newton. New Orleans advances.
2017 NFL Playoff Predictions: Divisional Weekend
Kansas City at New England. Kansas City went into Foxboro Week 1 and stunned the Pats. For them to do it again would be like lightning striking twice. Not counting on it. New England advances.
Jacksonville at Pittsburgh. Now is when we really start to doubt the playoff caliber of the upstart Jaguars. Jacksonville has an outstanding defense, and those are what tend to win championships. The problem is that it’s difficult to see the Steelers losing this one at home. Pittsburgh advances.
New Orleans at Philadelphia. Could Nick Foles lead the Eagles to a Super Bowl? Maybe, but I’m not going that far. It’s been a breakthrough season for Philadelphia, but they’re definitely missing something. They also aren’t playing lousy teams like the Giants and Raiders anymore. The wily old Brees gets it done again. New Orleans advances.
Los Angeles at Minnesota. Minnesota beat the Rams already this season, and if any team in the league can shut down their excellent offense, it’s the Vikings. The Rams making the NFC Championship would be somewhat of a surprise. Minnesota advances.