Sports: 2019 NFL Playoffs Predictions
by Lucas Garrison
The time has come. The NFL Playoffs have begun, and they have been nothing short of thrilling so far.
The AFC is still up in the air with who will be representing them in the Super Bowl. However, with the Chicago Bears being eliminated, it seems that the New Orleans Saints are the leading favorites to represent the NFC on the biggest stage in sports.
Final score: Colts 21, Texans 7
On Saturday, Andrew Luck and the Colts marched into NRG Stadium to take on JJ Watt and the Texans. Right off the bat, the Colts offense was all over the weak secondary of the Texans. Luck tossed two touchdowns against that defense and there was no looking back.
The biggest shocker of this game, however, was the defensive superiority of the Colts. They held a very dangerous Houston Texans offense to 0 points through 3 quarters, forcing an interception in the process. Ladies and gentlemen, the Colts are dangerous, and maybe have just sprinkled a little Luck on their playoff hopes.
Final Score: Chargers 23, Ravens 17
On Sunday, the Los Angeles Chargers were hunting Ravens. Their three-headed defensive monster was in full effect on Sunday. Melvin Ingram was creating play after play, finishing the game with 6 tackles, 2 sacks, and a game-winning fumble recovery. Joey Bosa was all up in Lamar Jackson’s business, finishing the game with just 2 tackles and a sack, but pressuring Jackson constantly, forcing him into several tough throws.
Derwin James, LA’s rookie sensation was all over the field as well, finishing the game with 6 tackles and 4 pass deflections. The Chargers head into Foxborough next week in a clash between Tom Brady and Phillip Rivers. A star-studded Chargers roster will look to spoil the Patriots plans for February football in Atlanta.
Final Score: Cowboys 24, Seahawks 22
On Saturday, the Seattle Seahawks were looking to walk in and out of AT&T Stadium with a W, but soon realized after the first quarter that they would be in one heck of a battle. It all started with Ezekiel Elliott running all over their defense for 137 yards and a touchdown to conclude the game. Dak Prescott finally looked somewhat like his rookie self. He posted 226 passing yards and one touchdown.
Now, I can sit here and tell you that the Cowboys can beat the Rams, but let’s be real. The Cowboys don’t have a good enough defense to shut down the likes of Todd Gurley, Brandin Cooks, Robert Woods, and Jared Goff. Expect the Rams strong defensive line to shut down Zeke.
Final Score: Eagles 16, Bears 15
On Sunday, Nick Foles did it again. He lead the Philadelphia Eagles up and down the field over the number one defense in the league, the Chicago Bears. Foles lead his team down the field in the final minutes to throw a game-winning touchdown to Golden Tate to put the Eagles up 16-15 with under a minute remaining.
Mitchell Trubisky lead the Bears down into field goal range with ten seconds left. Out comes kicker Cody Parkey for the win. Timeout Eagles. Out of the time out here comes the snap, the kick is up and it’s… it hit the upright and the cross bar! As Cris Collinsworth called it, “the Bears will lose this game on a double-doink!” Later, the NFL confirmed that Eagles defensive lineman Treyvon Hester tipped the ball and was credited for a blocked kick.
AFC Divisional Round Predictions
Chiefs vs. Colts
Final score: Colts 28, Chiefs 24
Chargers vs. Patriots
Final score: Chargers 35, Patriots 28
NFC Divisional Round Predictions
Rams vs. Cowboys
Final score: Rams 42, Cowboys 21
Saints vs. Eagles
Final score: Saints 35, Eagles 21