2018 playoff picks

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Before the regular season started, the PFT writers made their projections/wild-ass guesses at the 12 playoff teams and the ultimate progression of the postseason, through the Super Bowl.

Now that the postseason has begun, here are our projections/predictions/wild-ass guesses as to how the next 11 games will play out — including a set of predictions from the eventual heir to the PFT throne. (But hopefully not for 30 years or so.)

MDS: Texans over Colts; Ravens over Chargers; Seahawks over Cowboys; Bears over Eagles. . . . Chiefs over Ravens; Patriots over Texans; Bears over Rams; Saints over Seahawks. . . . Saints over Bears; Chiefs over Patriots. Super Bowl: Chiefs over Saints.

Darin Gantt: Colts over Texans; Ravens over Chargers; Seahawks over Cowboys; Bears over Eagles. . . . Chiefs over Colts; Patriots over Ravens; Bears over Rams; Saints over Seahawks. . . . Saints over Bears; Patriots over Chiefs. Super Bowl: Saints over Patriots.

Charean Williams: Texans over Colts; Ravens over Chargers; Cowboys over Seahawks; Bears over Eagles. . . . Ravens over Chiefs; Patriots over Texans; Bears over Rams; Saints over Cowboys. . . . Ravens over Patriots; Saints over Bears. Super Bowl: Saints over Ravens.

Josh Alper: Texans over Colts, Chargers over Ravens; Cowboys over Seahawks; Eagles over Bears. . . . Chargers over Chiefs; Patriots over Texans; Saints over Eagles; Rams over Cowboys. . . . Patriots over Chargers; Saints over Rams. Super Bowl: Saints over Patriots.

Curtis Crabtree: Colts over Texans; Chargers over Ravens; Seahawks over Cowboys; Bears over Eagles. . . . Chiefs over Colts; Chargers over Patriots; Saints over Seahawks; Bears over Rams. . . . Chiefs over Chargers; Saints over Bears. Super Bowl: Saints over Chiefs.

Florio Jr.: Texans over Colts; Chargers over Ravens; Seahawks over Cowboys; Bears over Eagles. . . . Chargers over Chiefs; Patriots over Texans; Saints over Seahawks; Bears over Rams. . . . Chargers over Patriots; Bears over Saints. Super Bowl: Chargers over Bears.

Florio: Colts over Texans; Ravens over Chargers; Cowboys over Seahawks; Eagles over Bears. . . . Chiefs over Colts; Patriots over Ravens; Saints over Eagles; Cowboys over Rams. . . . Patriots over Chiefs; Saints over Cowboys. Super Bowl: Patriots over Saints.

63 responses to “2018 playoff picks

  1. That’s how l like it. Rams the team no one but one guy picked them to win divisional round. A one n done team. Under the radar.

    My SB pick is Baltimore over New Orleans.

  2. They are all just guessing like the rest of us. Doubt anyone is confident enough to bet the farm.

    The Seahawks/Cowboys game is 50/50 nobody will be surprised no matter what happens.

  3. Cowboys Gave GAVE the last game away to Seattle. At their house With E.T! Not going to happen this time at our house! We Swept the Champs and Beat the best team in football eeerrrr Next to Us!! Come back by tomorrow night and finish your smack I Dare You a!

  4. Colts over Texans; Ravens over Chargers; Seahawks over Cowboys; Bears over Eagles; Chiefs over Colts; Ravens over Patriots; Bears over Rams; Saints over Seahawks; Ravens over Chiefs; Saints over Bears; Saints over Ravens.

  5. In my opinion, the Ravens are the AFC team best built to beat New England, even in Foxboro. Hopefully, either the Texans beat the Colts, or the Chargers beat the Ravens—or, best of all, both happen. Otherwise, unfortunately, I can see New England likely going one-and-out in the divisional round against Baltimore.

  6. If any team in the NFC can beat the Saints, it’s the Bears. Whichever of those 2 teams makes it to the SB, that’s who is SB Champs. I don’t see any AFC team competing with the Saints offense, or putting up the points necessary to win against the Bears defense.

  7. I hate to say it but the iggles lose by winning this week ,,they beat the CHICAGO BEARS 34-20 looking great ,,,but get MOLLYWOPPED by the rested Saints who lay and wait ,,only magnifying the importance of having two home games ,sorry iggles fans ! It was a good run while it lasted !

  8. Here’s how it will go down. The Texans will somehow beat the Colts so the Patriots play the worst team in the playoffs ..the Texans. The chiefs will lose in the second round and the Patriots will have home field advantage with refs help to reach the super bowl yet again and Kraft and Goodell wull be watching together. Your welcome for the advice now go bet some money because it’s a guarantee.

  9. MDS lost me on his first pick, the Texans over the Colts. The Colts could very well make to the Super Bowl.

  10. vaphinfan says:
    January 4, 2019 at 7:33 pm

    Here’s how it will go down. The Texans will somehow beat the Colts so the Patriots play the worst team in the playoffs ..the Texans. The chiefs will lose in the second round and the Patriots will have home field advantage with refs help to reach the super bowl yet again and Kraft and Goodell wull be watching together. Your welcome for the advice now go bet some money because it’s a guarantee.
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    Was that crazy lateral play at the end of the Dolphin game part of this vast conspiracy? You know, to throw everyone except you off the scent?

  11. Look, as long as Bill and Brady are still around and there isnt another AFC team with BOTH a good offense and defense, the Pats are the favorites to get to the Super Bowl. I dont like it, but it is what it is. In my view, the team that had the chance to make it very hard for the Pats blew that chance. That team is the Texans, who lost to Philly two weeks ago, thus giving them Pats a bye. Only chance I saw the Pats not making the Super Bowl was to have them as a Wild Card team.

  12. vaphinfan says:
    January 4, 2019 at 7:33 pm
    Here’s how it will go down. The Texans will somehow beat the Colts so the Patriots play the worst team in the playoffs ..the Texans.

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    So if the Texans are the worst team in the playoffs then how will they beat the Colts?

  13. I got Bears over Chiefs in my SB pick. Just getting too many 2013 Seahawks, 2012 Ravens vibes from them. That D is legit and the offense can do just enough to win games.

  14. Don’t you have the technology to do a grid/chart? It would be so much easier to compare picks and follow.

  15. Florio Jr. is the genius here, but the Chargers wild ride will end in the SB with the Bears stifling the artist formerly known as the SD Chargers’ offense to come home with a 23-10 victory. It’ll be touch for SD to beat Lord Baltimore, but they have recent film and will correct.

  16. This is the first time in years I truly have no idea who will make it to the Super Bowl. With the exception of maybe Dallas, I can really see anybody making it to Atlanta.

  17. Why do people think the Ravens would stand much chance against the Pats? What Bill does best is take a teams best weapon away and make them one dimensional. The Ravens are the most one dimensional team in the playoffs. Unless they play with a lead, Lamar and his 58 completion percentage and 2:1 TD to pick ratio wont cut it.

  18. “seahawkboymike says:
    January 4, 2019 at 7:07 pm
    Cowboys over Seahawks. LOL. Only if Pete Morelli is the ref.”
    Well, Texan Walt Anderson is the referee. Tasked with ensuring the first playoff win in four years for “America’s Team.”
    SMH…….

  19. Everybody over the Rams.

    Will be so nice to say, you are wrong.

    Even though when I do, you will just delete the post.

  20. As a Chargers fan I hope they win it all. But I really just want to see some great games. Games that are decided on the field by the players and not the refs.

  21. The Supe Bowl is all about story lines. And then one I’m sticking to is my prediction before the season started Saints vs Chargers. It will pit Philip Rivers the man who replaced Drew Brees in San Diego against one another. These are the two most balanced teams in football. One team needs home field throughout the playoffs and the other team plays better on the road. It will be a classic affirmation of everything that is true and rght in the spirit of football. Saints 38 Chargers 35.

  22. likuidsmoke says:
    January 4, 2019 at 6:52 pm
    I like Florio’s pick. Pats over Saints. Brady vs Brees will be a classic.
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    Yawn.
    I know, let’s just have a Rivers-Brady-Brees-Rogers round robin until all matchups have been played. That way we can see again all the guys we’ve seen 100s of times but in the SB. Forget the other teams and the new blood QBs.
    We have plenty of classics, and nothing going forward is assured. You could get classics from the young QBs, you could get a 3 TO game and a route against one of the venerable vet’s teams.

  23. I don’t see any AFC team competing with the Saints offense, or putting up the points necessary to win against the Bears defense.
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    Even though the Patriots hung 38 on the Bears at Soldier Field?

  24. If Chiefs play the Patriots no way the Patriots win. Chiefs should’ve won last time. No way Ravens make it to the super bowl Lamar Jackson can’t pass. He can run all day but his arm is awful Tebow threw better than him.

  25. Cowboys make and win the Super Bowl, 22 years for #22 to hand the reins over to the best RB Dallas has had since Emmitt left the Cowboys. Put it in 4 inch print!!!

  26. Patriots are going to the super bowl. They’ve been tinkering and getting ready for the 2nd season while the AFC pretenders gassed themselves out just to get here. Hate the Pats but how many times do we have to see it before we learn?

    NFC is wide open. Omitting my favorite team, here’s my ranking of who’s most likely to get to the big game: Saints Bears Eagles Rams Cowboys.

    I hate when games are billed as QB faceoffs, but this is one year I will relent and embrace it if it’s Brady v Brees, or Mahomes v Wilson.

  27. Go Pats! 2nd in the AFC, even after all the vitriol about not going undefeated. Haters be darned. They have experience and coaching on their side. Deep run coming again

  28. These are the most highly competitive playoffs in a long while, and any one of these teams could win it all. Except Dallas, of course.

  29. calizcowboyz says:
    January 4, 2019 at 7:07 pm
    Cowboys Gave GAVE the last game away to Seattle. At their house With E.T! Not going to happen this time at our house! We Swept the Champs and Beat the best team in football eeerrrr Next to Us!! Come back by tomorrow night and finish your smack I Dare You a!

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    You swept the champs who had a unhealthy Wentz and a secondary in shambles. At this current point the champs are back at their champion level. Eagles would destroy Dallas right now!

  30. Some comments:
    1. Amen to paleandpasty’s request for a chart. It’s 2019 boys, get it together.
    2. Saints v. Pats is such a lazy Super Bowl pick. Shame on anyone who makes that pick.
    3. Wow, the Rams get no love at all from you people. A little east coast bias? Rams have a good defense and great running game, which are the ingredients to win a Super Bowl. They are my pick.
    4. Kudos to Florio Jr. for his picks. He has guts and recognizes that this thing is really wide open.
    5. First round games are a mess. It seems like anyone could beat anyone.
    6. I’ll take: Colts over Texans; Chargers over Ravens; Seahawks over Cowboys; Bears over Eagles; Chiefs over Colts; Chargers over Patriots; Rams over Bears; Seahawks over Saints; Chargers over Chiefs; Rams over Seahawks; Rams over Chargers
    7. Belicheck/Brady will deservedly go down as the GOAT, but they have won their last Super Bowl together.

  31. I posted the Texans vs the Saints Super Bowl here in the preseason. So I’ll stick with that despite the Texans loss of Will Fuller which is a big loss. But I won’t be surprised if the Chiefs or Bears make it to Atlanta.

  32. vikesr4reel says:
    January 4, 2019 at 9:38 pm

    Bears are a fraud

    __________________

    You mean the fraud team that swept both my team and yours (Lions)? Once with Chase Daniel at QB, come dude go find something else to do you sore loser!

    Says a bitter Lions fan, pretending to be Vikings fan from the cellar (their usual home.)

  33. chawkup says:
    “Belicheck/Brady will deservedly go down as the GOAT, but they have won their last Super Bowl together.”
    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    You got the first part right, however, Brady is ‘Not Finished Yet’ and will claim one more SB Ring.
    Most likely not now but in February 2020 he will be winning is last SB.

    Go PATRIOTS

  34. Can I pick the Indy Colts, Baltimore Colts(Ravens) and Houston Oilers to win their games and still have 4 teams in?/s

  35. So, out of the seven of you, only two were able to pick three correctly, and nobody got all four. Don’t be tempted by the new sports betting laws.

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