Football Conference Playoff Predictions

January 20, 2016

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The upcoming football conference playoff games promise to be thrilling, as some top teams in the league face-off this week, it would almost seem like the Super Bowl was being played twice. We have the rivalry of Tom Brady vs. Peyton Manning, and two heavy hitters with the Cardinals at Panthers. Fans and sportsbooks have been trying to determine just which team will win straight-up, as well as against the spread.

New England Patriots at Denver Broncos

With the way the Patriots played last week, it is no wonder they are the road favorites; however, the Broncos do have the home advantage. The Patriots have an incredible offensive line-up, starting with their quarterback, Tom Brady. The reason Brady has been so successful this season, and playoffs, is thanks to Rob Gronkowski and Julian Edelman. Gronkowski is his go-to guy, as he has been just phenomenal, already catching for 83 yards and 2 touchdowns. Edelman is his other go-to receiver, catching for 100 yards. They may not have much of a rushing game, but with the options Brady has to throw to outweigh that.

The Broncos on the other hand will most likely be relying on their defense. Even with Manning as QB, their offense hasn’t been shinning as bright as their defense has, and Manning himself has said it best,

“I think our defense is guiding us, let’s make that clear. I am honored to be a part of it and looking forward to playing next week in the AFC Championship Game.”

All-in-all, it will be a tough match for both teams.

Pick: New England Patriots (-3.5)

Arizona Cardinals at Carolina Panthers

This will also be a big game between powerhouse quarterbacks Cam Newton and Carson Palmer; both of which may end up getting voted as NFL MVP this season. Both QB’s are former Heisman Trophy winners, marking the first time in history that this will happen. The Panthers offensive line has been paramount for their victories this season, and tied in with their defense, they will give the Cardinals a run for their money.

However, the Cardinals defense can hold their own as well. Being ranked in the top of the league in pass and rush defense, as well as being great as blitzing. This will prove useful against the heavy rushing team that is the Panthers. It will still be difficult, as the Panthers did overcome the Seahawks number one rush defense.

Pick: Arizona Cardinals (+3)

Most Impressive Football Players From Week 17

January 4, 2016

Week 17 JJ Watt amazing perfomance

As we move onto the Playoffs, the last games of the football regular season did not leave the fans without excitement, as some teams fought hard to get their playoff berth, and others simply wanted to end the season with a bang. There were certain players that stood out, either due to their performance in these games, or by how they performed throughout the season.

J.J. Watt: possible Defensive Player of the Year

Watt played an amazing game in the Texans finale, as he finished with eight tackles, three sacks, one forced fumble, and a fumble recovery. He was paramount in stopping the Jaguars offense, who they managed to hold to only 6 points. He is sack-leader with 17.5 and joined Pro Football Hall of Famer Reggie White as the only players with at least 15 sacks in 3 out of their first 5 seasons. We already knew Watt was impressive, but his talent on the field during this game just made him even more deadly.

Cam Newton: possible MVP

Newton simply keeps outdoing himself as he continues to set records. With his two touchdowns on Sunday, he is tied with Steve Young for QB career rushing touchdowns (43), a record he will certainly surpass soon. He also became the only player in NFL history to get 30 or more passing touchdowns and 10 or more rushing touchdowns in a single season. His unique talent on the field will certainly grant him the MVP.

Carson Palmer: another possible MVP

Palmer is the one QB that could give Newton a run for his money in terms of getting the MVP. He finished the season as the Cardinals all-time single season passing leader with 4,671 yards, and became the 18th player to go over 40,000 career yards.

With the Playoffs just around the corner, we should expect to see some of these players continue to shine, and we may see more unexpected performances as the games are played. The only thing uncertain is which football team will make it to the Super Bowl this year.