The divisional round of the NFL playoffs is upon us. After poor showings from the Oakland Raiders and the New York Giants, the Dapper Sports team is going into the second round with a .500 record.
Even though two of our picks lost, we had both of them losing in the divisional round anyways, and as long as our Super Bowl LI pick, the New England Patriots, are still alive, our bracket is still alive.
Now that round two is here, we are privileged to see four rematches that will make for incredibly exciting matchups, including a 27-point shutout, a late-game field goal, a rookie’s first key win and a 29-point blowout.
Will each game end the same way, or will the second time around have a different ending?
Seattle Seahawks at Atlanta Falcons
The Seattle Seahawks made big catch after big catch against the Detroit Lions, and with a big game on the ground by Thomas Rawls, Seattle could not be stopped. They now travel to Atlanta to face the high-powered Falcons offense, a team that they beat by just two points earlier in the year.
With key members of their defense missing, will the Seattle Seahawks have enough left in the tank to stop soon-to-be MVP Matt Ryan and the Falcons? We don’t think they do; however, a lot of things have to go right for the Falcons if they hope to win. Though many might think Julio Jones will have to step up for Atlanta to win, it will be Devonta Freeman and Tevin Coleman that carry the team. If they can open up the field on the ground and in the short-passing game, big plays will open up down the field.
The Falcons will win 28 to 24.
Houston Texans at New England Patriots
In Week 3, the Jacoby Brissett-led Patriots shut out the Houston Texans. Now that Tom Brady is at the helm, does Houston have what it takes to stop New England? Well, no. Though the Texans have the league’s top offense, their offense is what will hold them back.
The Patriots defense is eighth in the league in yards allowed per game and first in points allowed per game. The Houston Texans offense, on the other hand, is 28th in the league in scoring, and their outburst against the Oakland Raiders was an anomaly.
The Patriots defense will give Brock Osweiler fits, and though the Houston defense is great, it’s only a matter of time before New England strikes and breaks the Texans’ spirit.
The Patriots will defeat the Texans by a score of 31 to 13.
Pittsburgh Steelers at Kansas City Chiefs
No team in the league is as dangerous as the Kansas City Chiefs. They came out of nowhere to steal the two seed in the AFC, and with Tyreke Hill, a triple threat in the air, ground and return game, the game can swing in the Chiefs favor in an instant.
The Steelers are no slouches, though. With Ben Roethlisberger, Antonio Brown and Le’Veon Bell, there is no game Pittsburgh cannot win; however, they will not be able to pull off this victory at Arrowhead.
The Kansas City Chiefs secondary led by Marcus Peters and Eric Berry will make at least one big play that will swing the game in Kansas City’s favor. With the extra possessions, Alex Smith, formerly known as the Game Manager, will connect with his big tight end, Travis Kelce, to move the ball down the field and score easily.
The Chiefs will beat the Steelers by a score of 31 to 17.
Green Bay Packers at Dallas Cowboys
This unique matchup pits an annual contender against a rookie sensation. A safe bet would have us picking the Green Bay Packers; however, Dak Prescott and Ezekiel Elliott have done nothing but surprise us this season, and we have a hard time picking against them now.
With the league’s top offensive line, the Cowboys run game is almost unstoppable, and Prescott has already shown that the bright lights of Dallas don’t intimidate him.
Now, it would be reckless to say that an Aaron Rodgers-led team does not have a chance to win. He has now carried his team to seven straight wins, including a big win Wild Card Weekend against the New York Giants. Though Rodgers is one of the best QBs in the NFL, the Cowboys are in the midst of a special season.
The Cowboys will win 38 to 28
Road to Super Bowl LI in Houston
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