Daddy’s Hangout Presents 2017 NFL Divisional Round Predictions

NFL Divisional Round

The first weekend of the NFL playoffs is in the books and now we’ve arrived at the Divisional Round. Last week in the Wild Card round, my record was 3-1 with my only loss being the lopsided win by Green Bay over New York. On another note, if you’re a fan of college football you witnessed another instant classic between Alabama and Clemson. I’ll toot my horn while I’m at it because I called that Clemson upset. Back to the pros, we have the Seattle Seahawks visiting the Atlanta Falcons and the Dallas Cowboys hosting the Green Bay Packers in the NFC. On the AFC side, we have the New England Patriots hosting the Houston Texans and the Pittsburgh Steelers traveling to Kansas City to meet the Chiefs. Let’s see who I think will advance to the Conference Championships.

 

Seattle Seahawks NFL logoAtlanta Falcons NFL logoWe start the weekend off with the Seahawks traveling to the Atlanta to face the Falcons. This is a rematch from earlier in the season in Seattle where the Falcons lost the game in controversial fashion. Coming into this game, Seattle has struggled mightily on the road throughout the season. The offense hasn’t been effective and the defense is still dealing with the loss of Earl Thomas at safety. We know that the Seahawks defense will be tested against the most potent offense in the league. Can the Seahawks pull off the upset and advance to the NFC title game? On the other hand, Atlanta should be healthy entering this game on both sides of the ball. While people are debating whether or not Matt Ryan is MVP material, he’s focusing on getting that elusive ring. We all have heard about the Falcons offense, which I’ve compared it to those Peyton Manning lead Colt teams and the Greatest Show on Turf of the Rams that was led by Kurt Warner. The big issue with the Falcons has been the defense, but Vic Beasley has come into his own as he led the league in sacks. Atlanta’s defense will give Russell Wilson fits and the offense will do their thing as they beat Seattle.

Atlanta Win 34-21

 

Houston Texans Logo NFLNew England Patriots logoThe second game on Saturday will be the New England Patriots hosting the Houston Texans. This is another rematch from earlier in the season where the Patriots handled the Texans without any trouble and that was without Tom Brady. Houston beat the Oakland Raiders last week at home in the Wild Card round of the playoffs. The formula for the Texans was a dominant performance on defense and Brock Osweiler not turning the ball over. If you think because the Patriots blew out the Texans in Week 3 of the season, this will be the same result then I think that’s a mistake. The Texans have a chance if they can get a repeat performance out of Clowney and that defense. On the other hand, New England is favored to reach the Super Bowl in the AFC. Despite the Patriots trading away their best player on defense, they haven’t missed a beat. On the offensive side, they will miss Gronk, but Bennett is a great replacement at the TE position. This game will be better than their previous game, but I believe Brady will lead the Patriots to the AFC title game.

New England Win 31-17

 

Pittsburgh Steelers NFL logo NFLKansas City Chiefs NFL logoThis is the first game on Sunday as the Pittsburgh Steelers visit the Kansas City Chiefs. Once again, this is a rematch from earlier in the season when Steelers beat the Chiefs 43-14 in Pittsburgh. Pittsburgh beat the Miami Dolphins last week in the Wild Card round, but Big Ben was injured towards the end of the game. After the game, he showed up to the press conference in a walking boot, but he said he’s playing this week. This week Pittsburgh has to travel to a hostile environment in Arrowhead Stadium, can they repeat their previous performance? Coming into these playoffs, Kansas City was a sleeper team to make that run to the Super Bowl. They have great coaching to go along with an efficient offense and a really good defense. They have found a game breaker on offense in Tyreek Hill, which is something they didn’t have in the first game. This is a tough one for me because I like both of these teams, but I’m going with the Chiefs to beat the Steelers in a close one.

Kansas City Win 31-30

 

Green Bay Packers NFL logoDallas Cowboys Star Logo NFLThe final game of the weekend will see the Dallas Cowboys hosting the Green Bay Packers. Like the previous three games, this is also a rematch from earlier in the season when the Cowboys beat the Packers 30-16. After 10 games, Green Bay was 4-6 and Aaron Rodgers proclaimed they could run the table and they did. Green Bay has won seven games in a row and Rodgers is back looking like the best QB in the league. The Green Bay Packers could be without Jordy Nelson because he’s dealing with a significant rib injury that put him in the hospital. Can the Packers defense control the line of scrimmage and stop Ezekiel Elliott? Coming into these playoffs, Dallas has been the best team in the NFC as they once won 11 games in a row. This will be a new environment for the rookies, Dak Prescott and Ezekiel Elliott, but I think they’ll be fine especially with that line. Can the Cowboys repeat their performance against this Packers team? This is another tough one to pick because Rodgers is hot right now, but I think they Cowboys will pull it off in the end.

Dallas Win 34-31

 

What do you think about my picks for the Divisional Round? Do you see any upsets happening this weekend? Head to the comments section below and give me some feedback on the playoffs. If you’re a big fan of those great Super Bowl commercials, check out Super Bowl Commercials 2017. Below is how I think the playoffs will look like after all the games are over.

 

AFC Championship Game

#2 Kansas City Chiefs @ #1 New England Patriots

NFC Championship Game

#2 Atlanta Falcons @ #1 Dallas Cowboys

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