🏈 NFL2K20 - Wild Card playoff round Discussion Thread Jan 8, 2021 20:47:47 GMT -5
Post by BRV on Jan 8, 2021 20:47:47 GMT -5
Here's my prognostications for the first-ever six-game weekend of playoff football:
- Buffalo 31, Indianapolis 17: Buffalo has been arguably the best team in the NFL over the past two months - and perhaps, the entire season - while the Colts barely squeaked into the playoffs as the AFC's first seventh seed. Indianapolis has the right team to give the Bills a good fight, but Buffalo also has the right talent to run Indianapolis off the field. I'll split my prediction down the middle and say these two play a good game in which the Bills separate from the pack late.
- Seattle 19, Los Angeles 10: This game, to quote Jim Ross, could be bowling shoe ugly. Aaron Donald, Jalen Ramsey, and the Rams defense could give Russell Wilson, DK Metcalf, and the Seahawks offense headaches all afternoon, and the Rams are likely to be relying on a quarterback who was playing in the ill-fated AAF around this time last year. Offensive football might truly be "offensive." It's got all the makings of a defensive slugfest where the amount of punts could exceed the number of offensive plays inside the red zone.
- Tampa Bay 38, Washington 10: It'll be a laugher and it'll be over early. Washington boasts a stout defense, led by a loaded defensive line that'll have Pro Bowlers and first-team All-Pros soon enough, but they'll have to pin their ears back and play the games of their lives to do anything that could help their anemic offense. Even if Washington's defense were to hold Tom Brady and the Buccaneers to 20 points or under, I still think that would be more than enough for the Bucs to get the job done. I just don't see how the Football Team's offense moves the ball consistently against Tampa Bay's defense, when they could barely get the job done against an Eagles team that was almost going out of its way to lose last Sunday.
- Baltimore 37, Tennessee 31 (OT): I believe this has the makings of being the game of the weekend. Not only do you have two high-powered offenses loaded with star talent, you have two teams that genuinely don't like each other. It'll be an old-school, nasty, physical football game, but the points will also come in bunches, because I don't see how the Ravens defense collectively stops Derrick Henry, or how the porous Titans' secondary does anything to contain Lamar Jackson.
- New Orleans 41, Chicago 21: The problem with expanding the playoffs to seven teams, as we're finding out, is that sometimes undeserving teams will advance. Chicago really has no right being in the postseason and their prize for advancing to January will be a shellacking at the hands of the Saints. Drew Brees is obviously not what he was 10, or even five, years ago, but this playoff run is likely to be his farewell to football, and there's no way he goes out with a loss at home to a .500 Bears team.
- Pittsburgh 20, Cleveland 17: I really wanted to pick Cleveland here. But nothing has turned up right for them since last Sunday's victory over these very Steelers. I think they have the talent to topple Pittsburgh, who has really underperformed since starting the season 11-0, but they remind me of one of those baseball teams that exhausts themselves in September making a push for the playoffs, then gets swept out of the Divisional Series because they've got nothing left in the tank. I think it'll be a close game that comes down to the final possessions in the fourth quarter, but then the Browns' car runs out of gas.