NFC Divisional Round Playoffs: Preview and Prediction

Below is ESPN’s list of teams and their percentage to win the Super Bowl.

1) New Orleans Saints, 26.5%
2) Kansas City Chiefs, 25/3%
3) Los Angeles Rams, 17.1%
4) New England Patriots, 12.4%
5) Los Angeles Chargers, 8.5%
6) Indianapolis Colts, 4.5%
7) Dallas Cowboys, 3.3%
8) Philadelphia Eagles, 2.4%


10-6 Dallas Cowboys at 13-3, Los Angeles Rams. (Saturday, Jan. 12th, 8:15 PM on Fox TV).

The Rams come into this Divisional Playoff Game as a 7 point favorite. Both teams rely on their running backs. Ezekiel Elliott rushed for over 1,400 yards and caught 77 passes on the year. Most experts would say that Todd Gurley is the best “Dual threat” running back in the NFL. Gurley started in 14 games this season but he took a pounding. He has only carried the ball more than 20 times in one game (23, on Dec.2nd against Detroit) since October 2nd.

The Cowboys come into this game with a ton of confidence. They defeated the Seattle Seahawks at home, in the wild card playoff 24-22.

Prediction:
Dallas has a top five defense, but will that be enough? The top two defenses in the NFL,the Ravens and Bears,lost at home last week. In order for Dallas to win this game they must throw for over 300 yards and rush for 100 yards. I don’t think they can do that. Dak Prescott is a system quarterback who needs all aspects of his offense to be clicking for him to be successful.

The Rams have a plethora of talent on the offense and defensive side. Robert Woods, Brandin Cooks and Gurley have 225 receptions and 15 touchdown passes combined.
This should be a tight game through the first three quarters but look for the Rams to pull away in the 4th.

LA Rams 30… Dallas Cowboys 20

9-7, Philadelphia Eagles at 13-3, New Orleans Saints. (Sunday, Jan. 13th, 4:40 PM on Fox TV).

The Saints are favored by 8 points.

The Motto in Philadelphia is… “In Nick We Trust”. Quarterback, Nick Foles, is now 13-4 in games played in December through February. The Eagles defeated the Chicago Bears last weekend 16-15. Last year’s Super Bowl Champions are playing with a ton of confidence and they believe they are the best team in the NFL.

All that will change on Sunday. The Saints have a prolific offense but their defense has played very well. New Orleans rested their starters in week 16 and lost to the Carolina Panthers 33 to 14. Before that, over their past 7 games, they have given up an average of 14 points per contest. Cameron Jordan led New Orleans with 12 sacks on the season. The Saints are the most complete team in the NFL on both sides of the ball. Drew Brees completed 74% of his passes, threw for over 3,900 yards and had 32 touchdowns and 5 interceptions. For my money, Michael Thomas is the best wide receiver in the NFL. Thomas had 125 receptions, 1,405 receiving yards and 9 TD receptions. Alvin Kamara and Mark Ingram are the best combination of running backs in the league.

Take the Saints here 34-23.

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