My 2016-17 NFL Playoff Predictions and Carolina vs Denver preview

By: Brandon Blake

For the last few weeks, I have previewed each NFL division for the upcoming season. Also, I have made my predictions on who will win each division and who will clinch a wild card spot in each conference respectively.

In this article, I will predict who will advance in the playoffs in both the AFC and NFC conferences. I will pick the winners in the Wild Card round, the Divisional round, and the conference championship round and select the winner of Super Bowl 51 which will be played in Houston.

Also, in this article, I will preview the Thursday night season opener between the Carolina Panthers and the Denver Broncos in a rematch of Super Bowl 50.

Here are my playoff predictions for each round:

()-Denotes playoff seeding.


AFC Playoffs:                                                                                                    

Wild Card Round                                                                                           

(3) Cincinnati over (6) Pittsburgh

(5) Denver over (4) Indianapolis


Divisional Round                                                                                           

(1) New England over (5) Denver

(2) Kansas City over (3) Cincinnati


AFC Championship

(1) New England over (2) Kansas City


NFC Wild Card

(3) Green Bay over (6) Minnesota

(5) Seattle over (4) Dallas


Divisional Round

(1) Arizona over (5) Seattle

(2) Carolina over (3) Green Bay



NFC Championship

(1) Arizona over (2) Carolina


Super Bowl 51

Arizona 28 New England 24




Thursday Night (Season Opener)

-Panthers vs. Broncos

* I think this game will play out just like when these teams played back in February at Super Bowl 50. It will be a tough, physical defensive fight between two of the best defenses in the NFL. Despite both teams losing some of their defensive players from that game in February, there is still enough talent on both of those defensive units, respectively, to make this a defensive slugfest.

However, I think the difference will be at the quarterback position where I think Cam Newton will outperform Trevor Siemian on Thursday night. Newton’s play (and the return of wide receiver Kelvin Benjamin) will uplift the Panthers offense and carry them to a big road victory in Denver and set the stage for another possible Super Bowl run for Carolina.

Prediction: Carolina 22 Denver 17


On Friday: My Week 1 Picks


Enjoy The Game.

Brandon Blake
About Brandon Blake 22 Articles
NCAA Football & Basketball and NFL I was born and raised in Northwest Florida and I have always had a love of sports for all of my life. I did not get into writing about sports until 2009 when I would post my thoughts on my Facebook page. I started to get more serious about sports writing and in November of 2014, started writing for the SB Nation website. Currently, I still write for SB Nation on their Mountain West Connection website where I write primarily about Nevada football and basketball. In my spare time, I enjoy reading, working out and relaxing with friends and family. I enjoy a nice beer or cocktail whether it is at home or at a ballpark. My primary love is football and basketball but I do have an appreciation of all sports and the men and women who play them. I hope that you enjoy my articles and it is my plan to have fun and always try to look at all sides of an story and hopefully learn how to play golf (ha ha).
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