Schmitt Ballin': NFL Divisional Playoff Predictions
1) New England vs. Houston
This one’s easy. New England, without a doubt in my mind. The Texans are a great team, but not quite good enough to knock off Tom Brady and the Patriots at home, in the playoffs. Stranger things have happened, but as far as I’m concerned, the Patriots will go through to the NFC championship game.
2) Baltimore vs. Denver
Again, it’s another no brainer. Even with Ray Lewis back, the Ravens don’t have the firepower to get through Peyton Manning, nor the offensive ability to match the Broncos. On top of that, Peyton is having one of the best seasons of his career. For the Ravens, it’s just not happening. They will certainly rise to the occasion and put up a good fight, but at the end of the day, they won’t be able to get it done.
3) San Francisco vs .Green Bay
This is where things get tricky. I could really see this game going either way. From a logical, stat based standpoint, I would have to go with the Packers. But being a huge niners fan aside, I could really see them taking this. They’re playing at home in Candlestick, where they’ve been outstanding this season. Also, with the change at quarterback, I think that the packers might have trouble containing Kaepernick. San Francisco’s run game has also been superb this year, and Green Bay doesn’t have the best run defense. I’m taking the Forty-Niners in a nail-biter.
4) Seattle vs. Atlanta
Again, this one is a tough pick. Matt Ryan doesn’t lose at home…ever. They had one loss in the regular season, and they are obviously a strong team. But Seattle’s been playing some great football. Wilson is doing an amazing job with the Seahawks, and could very easily lead them to Super Bowl victories in the future. I do not think this will be the case this year, but I believe they will get through to the next round. I’m probably the minority, saying that the Falcons will lose, but I have a tremendous amount of confidence in Russell Wilson’s abilities. UPSET ALERT!