PFT’s divisional round picks

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It’s the divisional round, and I’m closing in on a knockout blow to MDS. Which would be a good thing, given that he knocked me out, curbed stomped me, stuffed me in a sack, and threw me in the river during the regular-season contest.

Last week, my faith in the Falcons delivered a one-game edge, with MDS getting half the games right and yours truly nailing three of four.

This week, MDS once again doubts the Falcons. I don’t. Come Saturday night, I’ll have a two-game lead and I’ll be making plans for cramming him into the meat grinder at Satriale’s.

Figuratively speaking, of course.

Falcons at Eagles

MDS’s take: The Eagles are the first No. 1 seed ever to be the underdog against a No. 6 seed in the NFL playoffs, and it’s easy to see why: Carson Wentz is out, and Philadelphia will live or die with Nick Foles at quarterback. Against Matt Ryan, who typically plays very well in the postseason, most people are picking Atlanta. I’m not. I think the Eagles are a better all-around team than people are giving them credit for, and they can win without Wentz.

MDS’s pick: Eagles 17, Falcons 14.

Florio’s take: The sixth-seeded Falcons are favored, and for good reason. They have their MVP-caliber franchise quarterback, and the Eagles don’t. Can the Eagles parlay the disrespect card into the kind of effort that will carry the No. 1 seed to what would be an upset? Maybe. To aid the effort, I’ll pick the Falcons to win.

Florio’s pick: Falcons 27, Eagles 17.


Titans at Patriots

MDS’s take: The Patriots are two-touchdown favorites, and that sounds about right to me. The Titans deserve credit for coming together in the second half in Kansas City, and I do think Derrick Henry could have a big game against New England’s defense, but the Titans just won’t have enough to keep this one close. Tom Brady will play in his 35th postseason game, and it will be a big one.

MDS’s pick: Patriots 35, Titans 20.

Florio’s take: A team with a mobile quarterback and a nothing-to-lose mindset invades Foxboro with a highly unlikely final-four berth on the line. Marcus Mariota and Derrick Henry could give the Patriots fit, and maybe it won’t be a blowout. But the Patriots have the skill, the coaching, the experience, and the motivation to finish the job, again.

Florio’s pick: Patriots 30, Titans 20.


Jaguars at Steelers

MDS’s take: The Jaguars blew out the Steelers when these teams met in the regular season, and I’m tempted to pick Jacksonville to win again in Pittsburgh on Sunday. But I just don’t trust Blake Bortles to throw the ball well enough to put many points on the board, and I think Pittsburgh will win a low-scoring game.

MDS’s pick: Steelers 12, Jaguars 9.

Florio’s take: Allow me to retract my prediction that the Steelers will lose in the divisional round, based on coach Mike Tomlin’s willingness to peek ahead to a rematch with the Patriots. A rematch with the Jaguars will get the home team to focus on avoiding a second embarrassment at Heinz Field. The only glitch is the possibility that the Steelers will sell out to stop the run and Blake Bortles will make like Tim Tebow in early 2012 and find a way to complete enough passes and score enough points to beat the Steelers.

Florio’s pick: Steelers 24, Jaguars 13.


Saints at Vikings

MDS’s take: The Vikings have the best chance of playing a home Super Bowl that any team has ever had. I think they’ll get one step closer on Sunday when they beat the Saints and punch their ticket to the NFC Championship Game. Drew Brees and the Saints’ offense are firing on all cylinders, but the Vikings’ defense matches up well with New Orleans, and I’m expecting a big game from Case Keenum as Minnesota wins.

MDS’s pick: Vikings 24, Saints 21.

Florio’s take: Both teams are far different than they were in Week One, and both are better than they were on the first Monday night of the season. The Vikings are arguably the most balanced team in the NFL, and it will be louder than anything the Saints have experienced on the road in the postseason, probably even louder than the Beastquake game of early 2011. Minnesota advances, setting up the team’s latest chance to get back to the Super Bowl for the first time since 1976.

Florio’s pick: Vikings 31, Saints 20.

91 responses to “PFT’s divisional round picks

  1. I’m getting that funny feeling that the Vikings are going to fall flat. Maybe because of all those times they went and choked, it’s getting to me rather easily.

  2. Imagine if Jacksonville and Minnesota meet in the Super Bowl. Would it be the most defensive SB of the 21st century?

  3. Falcons and Eagles should be a good one.. though their defense is tough the Eagles are not the same without Wentz… I believe the Falcons are more balanced… Falcons win

    Patriots win {no explanation needed}

    Steelers win {no explanation needed}

    Vikings and Saints will be another good one… Vikings with a strong defense and good offense are a good team BUT the Saints have put together something special this season and it’s hard to pick against Brees… That and the whole no team ever played the Super Bowl in their own home field thing added pressure… doubt the Vikings will be the 1st… Saints win

  4. I would love to take the Falcons but it’s a stone cold fact Matty Ice melts and wets the bed when he comes back to Philly ,so for that reason Iam out !
    Iggles 23 Falcons 17

  5. Brees get knocked out in the 3rd quarter. Harry the Hitman get’s 2 picks and the VIKINGS win 27-21. SKOL … ! 🙂

  6. Some one named Case Keenum is not beating the Patriots in Minneapolis in a few weeks, but Drew Brees playing on an indoor track worries me. We don’t need to sweat that possibility out.

    So….go Vikings!

  7. The Vikes/Saints game is tough to call. It’s hard to pick against a HOF QB with playoff and SB experience (when Keenum has none), but the Vikes’ home field advantage may be the difference maker.

  8. It seems like it’s this year or never for this particular Vikings team. And it seems like if they do make the Suoer Bowl, it can be one of several to come with a good young defense and some nice pieces on offense returning.

  9. Gotta go with MDS this week. The Falcons are severely overrated: they have trouble with bigger and stronger teams like the Eagles who are built for cold weather playoff games.

    Bill Parcells once said that fast teams get slower later in the season but big and tough teams stay the same.

  10. Rooting for Jags vs Vikings, love the Jags defense and I have loved and been so impressed with Mike Zimmer for a long time that I knew when he got a chance he would rise.

    That being said, I expect the Patriots vs Saints

  11. Can we stop with the Eagles are the first #1 seed to be an underdog to a underdog to a #6 seed and just say the Eagles are the first #1 Seed to be an underdog in the divisional round.

    The fact is the 2005 Seahawks were the NFC’s #1 seed and were underdogs in Super Bowl XL to the AFC’s #6 seed Steelers.

  12. If everything goes according to ranking (it won’t) the Saints/Vikes game will be the third best game of the year.

    The second best, Steelers/Pats AFC championship.

    The best?

    Pats/Vikes Superbowl.

  13. .
    The Vikings have history of misfortunes in games like this. If the Saints win, it will probably be in some spectacular, never been seen before fashion.
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  14. The Steelers should beat the Jags if they play anywhere near the level of talent they have on the team. I don’t expect a blow out since they rarely do that to anyone historically. But they should win.

  15. ikeclanton says:
    January 11, 2018 at 11:28 pm
    Some one named Case Keenum is not beating the Patriots in Minneapolis in a few weeks, but Drew Brees playing on an indoor track worries me. We don’t need to sweat that possibility out.
    So….go Vikings!

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    You are right. But Case would play the not very good Patriots defense, and Brady would face the #1 defense. In recent history when the #1 offense has faced #1 defense, the defense has team has won. Example 2013 Seahawks vs Broncos

  16. MDS Take: I think the Eagles are a better all-around team than people are giving them credit for, and they can win without Wentz.
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    Yeah and you also said the Rams were the better team than the Falcons last week. How’d that work out for you? I sense a lil good ole fashion hate.

    It will BE CRIMINAL if the Falcons allow themselves to lose to the soft scheduled cream puff Iggles. With Nick Foles as the QB.

    Falcons played better teams ALL YEAR. You are the body of work you’ve played over the season. That said….

    ATL>philly

  17. AlFrankenGropedMe says:
    January 12, 2018 at 4:29 am

    Blount and Ajayi will tear it up.
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    Good luck with that the Falcons allowed only one 100 rusher during the regular season.

    Plus its hard to run playing from behind with Nick Foles.

  18. harryglyphics says:
    January 12, 2018 at 4:29 am
    How are the Vikings more balanced?

    Running game+Drew Brees tips scale significantly.

    8 13 Rate This

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    Are definitely more balanced.

    Vikings have : #1 defense and #11 ranked offense.

    Saints: #2 Offense and #17 Defense.

    The gap between 1 and 11 is less than 2 and 17.

  19. “Good luck with that the Falcons allowed only one 100 rusher during the regular season.”

    And who would that be?

    With Foles , the Falcons clearly have the edge at QB. But if you think it’ll be a cakewalk , you haven’t been paying attention

  20. “Case would play the not very good Patriots defense”

    Since when is the #5 scoring defense not good?

    Doesn’t matter Vikes will never make it to the SB anyways

  21. A word of warning: Matt Ryan does NOT “typically play well” in the postseason. Typically, he is rather mediocre or worse, but the exception came in 2016 when he (and the entire Atlanta offense) was incredible. So his overall playoff numbers look terrific, but that is fueled almost entirely by a single run.

  22. The only outcome that would surprise me this weekend would be a Titans win. The NFC games are toss-ups, and although the Steelers ought to beat the Jaguars, they’ve failed to do that before so a Jags win wouldn’t be too surprising, either.

  23. dirtybirdnation says:

    January 12, 2018 at 7:26 am

    AlFrankenGropedMe says:
    January 12, 2018 at 4:29 am

    Blount and Ajayi will tear it up.
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    Good luck with that the Falcons allowed only one 100 rusher during the regular season.

    Plus its hard to run playing from behind with Nick Foles.
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    lol that 100 yard rusher was Jay Ajayi

  24. ikeclanton says:
    January 11, 2018 at 11:28 pm
    Some one named Case Keenum is not beating the Patriots in Minneapolis in a few weeks, but Drew Brees playing on an indoor track worries me. We don’t need to sweat that possibility out.
    So….go Vikings!

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    You are right. But Case would play the not very good Patriots defense, and Brady would face the #1 defense. In recent history when the #1 offense has faced #1 defense, the defense has team has won. Example 2013 Seahawks vs Broncos

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    The major flaw with this theory is that the 2013 Seahawks defense was incredible. Incredible is what it would take for this upstart never-been-there-before team to beat the greatest coach and QB of all time on the greatest stage, where they are experienced and comfortable. Not happening. Keenum?? Don’t even know him.

    Comparing the 2017 Vikings defense to the 2013 Seahawks or a unit like the 2015 Broncos is absurd. Those were shut down defenses and some of the best I’ve ever seen.

  25. I just can’t see a scenario where Blake Bortles comes out on top in this. He’s playing scared and he back to usual lack of form. Even he knows it.

  26. ikeclanton says:
    January 11, 2018 at 11:28 pm
    Some one named Case Keenum is not beating the Patriots in Minneapolis in a few weeks, but Drew Brees playing on an indoor track worries me. We don’t need to sweat that possibility out.

    So….go Vikings

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    That’s funny, because the pats are not making it to the SB

  27. ikeclanton says:

    January 12, 2018 at 8:23 am

    ikeclanton says:
    January 11, 2018 at 11:28 pm
    Some one named Case Keenum is not beating the Patriots in Minneapolis in a few weeks, but Drew Brees playing on an indoor track worries me. We don’t need to sweat that possibility out.
    So….go Vikings!

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    You are right. But Case would play the not very good Patriots defense, and Brady would face the #1 defense. In recent history when the #1 offense has faced #1 defense, the defense has team has won. Example 2013 Seahawks vs Broncos

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    The major flaw with this theory is that the 2013 Seahawks defense was incredible. Incredible is what it would take for this upstart never-been-there-before team to beat the greatest coach and QB of all time on the greatest stage, where they are experienced and comfortable. Not happening. Keenum?? Don’t even know him.

    Comparing the 2017 Vikings defense to the 2013 Seahawks or a unit like the 2015 Broncos is absurd. Those were shut down defenses and some of the best I’ve ever seen.

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    You probably haven’t watched a lot of the Vikings or have paid attention. They aren’t a huge market team. This defense is incredible. They have allowed 13 points a game at home on average all season. They have allowed 2 touchdowns at home when the game is in question (most came in garbage time).

    They may not be as dominant as the Broncos team, but they are up there with the 2013 Seahawks.

    This Vikings team is the best 3rd down defense, in NFL…..HISTORY. Look it up. They are the first team in recorded history of the stat to let opponents convert on 25% of 3rd downs.

    They also are #1 in Yards Allowed, #1 in Scoring, #2 in every other category.

    They think one reason people overlook the defense is because they don’t have the takeaways and sacks. But when you think about it, to be able to shut teams down without taking risks is very good. Takeaways sometimes involve risks and sometimes you can get burned by that.

  28. harrisonhits2 says:

    January 12, 2018 at 7:56 am

    “Case would play the not very good Patriots defense”

    Since when is the #5 scoring defense not good?

    Doesn’t matter Vikes will never make it to the SB anyways
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    Ok they are decent in one category. Case has been one of the most efficient QB’s in the Red Zone this year. I don’t care if he’s a “no name”, but stats are stats.

    The Vikings offense has been pretty efficient all year. They scored points against better defenses. Also Case doesn’t have to win games all by himself. The Vikings I think are #7 in rushing, so they have a great rushing game and with a #1 defense backing them up.

    I agree it’s unlikely the Vikings beat the Patriots and it truly would be an upset, but it’s really hard for teams to win back to back Superbowls. There’s a reason it’s only been done a few times in history. I know the Patriots have done it before, but that does not mean they absolutely will do it again.

    There’s a chance neither the Patriots or Vikings are in the big game.

  29. January 12, 2018 at 8:33 am
    Atlanta fans haven’t been this confident since halftime of the superbowl. How did that work out for you?
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    Yeah it hurt no question, but its a new year and this isn’t the same Falcons.

    People are quick to forget that the Falcons steam rolled everyone outside of 2 QTRS in playoffs/SB last year.

    This year IS different because they have a DEFENSE. A good one at that.

    To the iggles fan that stated the ONE RB that rushed for over 100 yrds vrs the Falcons Defense during the regular season was currently on the Iggles roster.

    BIG FLYING WHOOPTY DO, two different teams and two different times.

    I’m sure the Falcons wanna address that as well.

    Gonna be kinda hard when the Falcons are stacking the box and make Nick “folds” win the game for them.

  30. My concern if I’m Vikings fan is all this talk about being the first team to host a SB. They better be more concerned about playing those guys from the bayou on Sunday. The pressure is all on the Vikings.

  31. Can’t wait to read the Aints excuses Sunday night, if they have the guts to show their face after losing….Stay classy, unlike your Head Coach….

  32. dvdman123 says:

    January 12, 2018 at 9:30 am

    My concern if I’m Vikings fan is all this talk about being the first team to host a SB. They better be more concerned about playing those guys from the bayou on Sunday. The pressure is all on the Vikings.

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    Believe me, us Vikings fans are concerned about the Saints. They are a great team. I am getting rather annoyed thou on how all we here is “The Saints are a different team, first game doesn’t even count”.

    Well the Vikings have improved a lot defensively since than and the offense has remained as efficient.

    Yes their run game is better. Kamara is a stud. But Gurley, Bell, Devonte Freemen are all studs and had their worst games against the Purple. Kamara and Ingram can be limited so what the Vikings did against the run in the first contest can be done again.

    The Saints defense is improved, but are still a #17 ranked defense against the #11 ranked offense in Minnesota.

    But at the end of the day it is Drew Brees. The guy is amazing.

    I think Case Keenum will play fine in this game. Especially every game he has played in has been a playoff game al year. Despite playing well Zimmer has never named him the “Starting QB going forward”. It’s always been a game by game choice. Always a bad game away from being benched and he has delivered. That same kind of pleasure could help him with playoff pleasure.

    Us Vikings fans respect the Saints and know that no Superbowl is possible without taking care of business this week.

  33. Falcons will win. Patriots will win. Steelers will win and the Saints will win. All games will be blow outs.

  34. eelcurtainn says:
    January 12, 2018 at 9:21 am
    Steelers, Titans, Vikings, Eagles all win.

    That’s cute, picking the Titans because you know the Patriots OWN your Steelers.

    #scared

  35. I see a lot of doubting the Vikings defense and saying they’re good, not great. Have these people been watching any of their games? They’re doing things like not allowing opponents to even cross the fifty yard line until well into the second half. Bad opponent or not (example: Bears), that’s still tough to do to a professional team.

  36. vikefan512 says:
    January 12, 2018 at 12:00 am
    It seems like it’s this year or never for this particular Vikings team. And it seems like if they do make the Suoer Bowl, it can be one of several to come with a good young defense and some nice pieces on offense returning.

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    As a lifelong Vikings fan, I agree that it does seem like this is our best chance in my lifetime, as this is more of a true complete team than 98 or 09. With that said I would hold off on the first of several, in today’s NFL things change so quickly what looks like a dominant defense will start to lose critical key players and coaches in future years. The window for dominance in the league today is so small. Let’s hope this D plays up to expectations for 3 more games and enjoy it while it lasts!

    SKOL VIKES!

  37. eaglesince86 says:
    January 12, 2018 at 9:04 am

    Eagles – Jags Super Bowl Mark it!!! Defense wins championships

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    So you better swap-out the Eagles for the #1 Vikings D then. Just the facts. Thanks.

  38. My first Viking memory; Divisional RD.,’75 the pushoff by D Pearson of the Cowboys for Hail Mary TD. Next…losing their last Super Bowl in ’76 season…I was 8. And from there lets add the dropped pass at the goal line in ’87, missed FG in ’98, blowout in NY in 2000, 12 men/Bountygate/Favre pick of 2009, missed chip shot of ’15……so I will admit I am nervous as hell that ’17 is yet another fail in Viking lore in epic fashion. I already warned my wife not to talk to me for a couple days if they lose.

  39. That same kind of pleasure could help him with playoff pleasure.
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    Pretty sure you meant to say “pressure” and not “pleasure”. Because let’s face it: the Vikings don’t have a lot of experience with “playoff pleasure”.

  40. In the AFC it’s hard to look past the Pats and Steelers, in the NFC it’s difficult to pick a winner. Being a long time Vikes fan I’ve seen this movie before and It hasn’t had a happy ending…so far. I’m worried right now about Forbath’s habit of missing extra points being a heartbreaker at the end of a close game, well that or some other new way to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory. Hope I’m wrong of course, and beating the Saints and Falcons to make a home Superbowl would be the two best revenge games I can think of for anyone who bleeds purple.

  41. That’s cute, picking the Titans because you know the Patriots OWN your Steelers.
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    Own,lol. The Steelers are 0-1 against New England minus Leveon Bell last year in the post season with this group. No one cares about the regular season paper champions even though the Steelers really won the game unless your a homer living in New England.

  42. Patriots 24 Titans 17 this game will be much closer than what people think. As much as I’ve knocked the Titans their secondary is actually pretty good and their run game is formidable. I think the Titans may even lead the game at one point however some running from Lewis, some passes to Gronk and Cooks, as well as a turnover from Mariota gets the Pats into the next round. Steelers 31 Jaguars 21 well as much as I hate to say it I think Ben is going to light up the Jags defense in revenge for his humiliation earlier in the year plus pretty sure Bortles will throw a couple of picks. Falcons 38 Eagles 13 the Falcons will strike early and often with some runs from Freeman and passes to Julio Jones and let’s face it without Wentz the Eagles are no longer an elite team. Finally, Saints 27 Vikings 20 I think the spotlight will be too bright for Keenum and the Vikings will give the Saints good field position for a game winning drive by Drew Brees.

  43. Not one player or coach is on the current staff from 1969,74,77,87,98,09. The idiot that missed the 27 yd fg against Seattle, is gone. So these have absolute no bearing on the Saints game. What does is what everyone continues to ignore and that is how CONSISTENT the Vikings have played all year. We did not play poorly on the road and we shut down the likes of Gurley, Julio Jones and the Saints do not have ANY one close to their ability. I doubt the haters will eat crow if the Vikings blow them out, it will be ok they will choke in the NFCCG. If your so sure they will choke, but your entire fortune in it then. Haters will hate but rest assured us true Vikings fans will make sure you know you were wrong. Be careful the words you choose, make sure they are sweet cause you never know when you will have to eat them

  44. steelcurtainn says:
    January 12, 2018 at 11:49 am
    That’s cute, picking the Titans because you know the Patriots OWN your Steelers.
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    Own,lol. The Steelers are 0-1 against New England minus Leveon Bell last year in the post season with this group. No one cares about the regular season paper champions even though the Steelers really won the game unless your a homer living in New England.

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    Hilarious. Pats are 11-2 versus Steelers in Brady-Bellichick era. Most rational people accept the fact that the James no-catch call was an accurate application of the NFL rule; so change the rule, don’t whine. And while I sympathize with the Steelers on the tragic Shazier injury, all teams have lost key players this season. The Pats have been playing all season without their top receiver (Edelman) and top linebacker (Hightower).

  45. Finally, Saints 27 Vikings 20 I think the spotlight will be too bright for Keenum and the Vikings will give the Saints good field position for a game winning drive by Drew Brees.
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    I’m not saying the game will be a repeat- but do you realize that Brees/Saints did not get in the endzone until the 2 minute warning their first game against MN this season? Keenum has been under pressure ALL season long and has handle it extremely well. Plus he has the comfort of home field. I would be very surprised if the Saints can put up 27 points against this defense that will be completely jacked-up and ready to play. We heard the same thing when the Rams came to town. They got in the endzone on their first drive- and the Vikings D served a complete shut-out there after.

  46. usg1 says:

    January 12, 2018 at 11:50 am

    To all the Vikings homers. Are you going to show ur silly faces when Vikings lose on Sunday?

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    If the Saints win and earn the Victory I will glad congratulate them and wish them luck. MN fans know this team is not to be taken lightly.

    But I also think it’s foolish to people just to assume the Vikings will lose. The Vikings have been a consistant all year.

    A few stats that might want to make people re-think “guaranteeing a Saints victory”
    – The Vikings have never lost back to back playoff games. Meaning when they get eliminated the next time they make the playoffs they at least advance to the next round.

    – Drew Brees is amazing. But he is 1-6 in Road playoff games.

    – The Vikings have allowed 13 points a game at home

    – The Vikings offense is one of the most efficient 3rd down offenses this year.

    – The Vikings coaching staff and players in majority have played in the playoffs.

    – Vikings are the best 3rd down defense in NFL history.

  47. How are the Vikings more balanced?

    Running game+Drew Brees tips scale significantly.

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    Balanced as in offense and defense, not just offense

  48. steelcurtainn says:
    January 12, 2018 at 11:49 am
    That’s cute, picking the Titans because you know the Patriots OWN your Steelers.
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    11-2
    And video game like numbers vs the Steelers = owning

    That and 3-0 In AFCCG

  49. ajzinnecker says:
    January 12, 2018 at 12:30 pm

    The Vikings have never lost back to back playoff games. Meaning when they get eliminated the next time they make the playoffs they at least advance to the next round.
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    Dude, where did you hear that stat? That’s really, really wrong. The Vikings are currently on a 3-game playoff losing streak. Also, they’ve never won the Super Bowl so they have been eliminated from the playoffs every time they’ve made it. That would mean they would never have lost their first playoff game, which is clearly not true because they have the most one-and-done playoff appearances in NFL history.

  50. A couple things:
    The Saints mantra, “We’re different from Week 1, We didn’t know our identity is beyond puzzling. NO team, including the Vikings, are different from Week 1 and didn’t know they’re identity. So what’s their point?

    The Saints fans and many so-called sports experts celebrate Brees performance against the Psnthers, and oh my, he’s going to do the same to the Vikings. 1) He’s not at home–he’s in a REALLY hostile environment especially after 2009 (for the fans) 2) the Vikings D is FAR superior to the Panthers D.

    The hearty Vikings fans will be tailgating in the sub zero temps and get revved up while WhoDats will be hunkered down in the skyways, waiting for the gates to open. Advantage: Vikings fans.

  51. Saints are obviously a talented offense, but they will be dominated by the Vikings defense on Sunday. We’ll see if their defense can keep Case in check enough to keep it close. I highly doubt it though, and have no doubt Vikes will come out on top in the end. The pieces are in place.

  52. Saints aren’t a good road team 4-4. They beat the Panthers, Dolphins 6-10, Packers without AR in a close game. And they blew out the 9-7 Bills. Not too impressive. They haven’t won a road game since week 9.

  53. In week four Lions beat the Vikings and then following week Saints destroy Lions. Then Panthers beat Vikings but get destroyed by Saints the next week. This shows that the Vikings don’t match up to the intensity of the Saints. They are fully focussed on beating Atlanta in the Superdome for the NFC Championship and I wouldn’t bet against them reaching that goal… before Drew gets another Lombardy trophy.

  54. This week, MDS once again doubts the Falcons. I don’t. Come Saturday night, I’ll have a two-game lead and I’ll be making plans for cramming him into the meat grinder at Satriale’s.
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    You were saying…?

  55. One for the other thumb says:
    January 11, 2018 at 11:15 pm
    I still have the Saints winning over the Falcons in the NFCCG
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    Apparently I an terrible at picking games

  56. Can the Eagles parlay the disrespect card into the kind of effort that will carry the No. 1 seed to what would be an upset? Maybe. To aid the effort, I’ll pick the Falcons to win.

    Thank you Florio. Please continue to pick against the Eagles. Don’t need any jinxes.

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