Predicting the conference championships of the NFL playoffs

Hello and welcome back to The Cowan Corner for another week of NFL picks and predictions.

We are down to the final four teams as we have four really good to great offenses and no great defenses remaining in the hunt, which is rather unusual.

This means we could be set for a high-scoring slate of games Sunday as the teams fight to make the final push to the Super Bowl.

Without further ado, let’s get into this week’s picks.

Falcons over Packers

The Packers enter this game on an eight-game winning streak and just knocked off the No. 1 seed Dallas Cowboys.

The Falcons have had a fantastic year on the offensive side of the ball and were able to easily beat the Seahawks on Sunday.

Aaron Rodgers is playing on another level right now and is unquestionably the best quarterback in football, but I think Matt Ryan has more weapons around him.

I think this will be a very exciting shootout and the Falcons will do just enough to win at home.

Patriots over Steelers

The Steelers are on a nine-game winning streak of their own, but they face a Patriots team which has won eight straight games and just dropped 34 points on one of the best defenses in the NFL.

This game has the potential to be close, but I think the Patriots will be motivated to win at all costs and should be able to do so fairly easily.

This should set up an interesting matchup between the Falcons and Patriots in the Super Bowl.

That does it for this week’s picks. Check back in two weeks for Super Bowl predictions and analysis of the week that was in football.

Divisional Round: 3-1

Overall: 161-101-2

Predicting the Divisional round of the NFL playoffs

Hello and welcome back to The Cowan Corner for another week of NFL picks and predictions.

Home teams won every game in the wild-card round which is pretty unusual, but means we are left with eight teams and all of them are division champions.

This week, the field gets cut to four as the top seeds in both conferences return to action after their byes.

Without further ado, let’s get into the picks.

Falcons over Seahawks

This could be a very interesting contest to start out the week as the Falcons have the best offense in football this season and the Seahawks are still one of the top defenses around.

I see this being a close game, but I think the Falcons have the clear edge at home and should be able to outscore the Seahawks and advance to the NFC championship.

Patriots over Texans

Now, we’ve gone from a game which could go either way to a game with a very obvious conclusion.

I don’t see any way the Texans can beat the Patriots in Foxborough even with their stellar defense. I could see this game being the big blowout of the weekend.

Chiefs over Steelers

I think the Sunday games were the most difficult ones for me to pick and that includes this matchup.

I could honestly see it going either way, but I think Ben Roethlisberger being slightly hobbled will have an effect on this game.

The Chiefs defense should be after Roethlisberger all game and the offense should do just enough to win.

Packers over Cowboys

I debated this pick for a while and I really think the Packers are better. The Packers have been the hottest team in football in the second half of the season and while the Cowboys had a good season overall, they also benefited from a weak schedule.

I think the big difference here will be in the quarterback play because while Dak Prescott has had a decent rookie year, he doesn’t come close to comparing to Aaron Rodgers right now.

That does it for this week’s picks. Check back next week for more NFL playoff picks and analysis of the week that was in football.

Wild Card: 2-2

Overall: 158-100-2

Predicting the Wild Card round of the NFL playoffs

Hello and welcome back to The Cowan Corner for another week of NFL picks and predictions.

12 teams remain in the hunt for a Super Bowl this season and this week that number will be cut down to eight.

Without further ado, let’s get into this week’s picks starting with the two Saturday games.

Texans over Raiders

This has the potential to be one of the ugliest playoff games in recent memory. Both of these defenses are nothing to sneeze at, but considering Brock Osweiler and Connor Cook will likely be the starting quarterbacks, the defenses will look even better than usual.

This has the look of a 13-10 game and I give the edge to the Texans because their defense has actually played really well in the absence of JJ Watt.

Seahawks over Lions

The Lions sputtered out at the end of the regular season, losing their last three games including a game against the Packers for the division title.

Now, they have to travel to Seattle to play a Seahawks team which isn’t quite as good as past years, but still could be a force to be reckoned with at home.

The Seahawks have missed safety Earl Thomas III the last couple weeks, but I don’t think it will affect them much this week.

Dolphins over Steelers

A lot of people seem to be just handing this game to the Steelers, but I am going the opposite way.

The Dolphins destroyed the Steelers the last time they played and I don’t think the Steelers will be able to slow down Jay Ajayi, who has had a phenomenal sophomore season.

I also don’t think Matt Moore is that much of a downgrade for the Dolphins at quarterback so they should be fine there as well.

Giants over Packers

Here we go. This is by far the best matchup this weekend and should be quite the interesting contest.

The Packers are reportedly the bettor’s favorite to win the Super Bowl right now, but I think the Giants are better even playing on the road.

The Packers have won six straight, but only two of those wins came against teams above .500 so it’s not like they’ve been dominating top competition.

I think the Giants defense is built well for the cold weather and they should thrive here to set up a third game with the Cowboys in the divisional round.

That does it for this week’s picks. Check back next week for more NFL playoff picks and analysis of the week that was in football.

Week 16: 10-6

Overall: 156-98-2