PFT’s wild card picks

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The postseason is here. Which means that it’s time to throw out the regular-season records. Which is useful, because MDS kicked my ass in the regular season.

We finished the year 10-6 and 8-8, respectively, giving me a full-season record of 156-100. MDS won by a whopping 10 games, at 166-90.

We disagree on none of the games in the wild-card round. Check out our picks below.

Bills at Texans

MDS’s take: Deshaun Watson will be the difference in this game. The Bills have a good defense and an offense that can control the ball, and because of that I see them keeping it close for most of the day. But in the end, Watson will make some big plays that put the Texans over the top and send them on to the divisional round.

MDS’s pick: Texans 27, Bills 20.

Florio’s take: Deshaun Watson has playoff experience. Josh Allen doesn’t. Although the Bills arguably have the more talented team, Watson will use last year’s loss to help him understand what he needs to do to avoid falling to 0-2 at in the postseason, with both losses at home.

Florio’s pick: Texans 20, Bills 17.


Titans at Patriots

MDS’s take: Since benching Marcus Mariota for Ryan Tannehill, the Titans have become one of the best teams in football. In fact, the Titans are 7-3 since Tannehill became the starter — better than the Patriots over the same time. New England is just 4-4 over the last eight games. So I’m strongly tempted to pick the Titans, but instead I just feel like I can’t pick against New England, at home, in the playoffs. The Patriots will take this one, but it won’t be easy.

MDS’s pick: Patriots 17, Titans 16.

Florio’s take: The Patriots are the Terminator; presume they’re dead at your own peril. And they’re not dead until the metal-skeleton corpse is dismembered, dissolved in acid, and the acid is burned until it fully evaporates. The Patriots know how to play single-elimination football; Tom Brady has 40 postseason starts. Ryan Tannehill? None. Yes, the Titans are the better team. But the better team doesn’t always win.

Florio’s pick: Patriots 23, Titans 20.


Vikings at Saints

MDS’s take: This is the easiest pick of the weekend. The Saints are one of the league’s elite teams — good enough that in most years they would have earned a bye week — and the Vikings just aren’t on their level. I like the Saints not just to win this one, but to win by a couple of touchdowns.

MDS’s pick: Saints 24, Vikings 10.

Florio’s take: It will take more than a miracle for the Vikings to upend one of the best teams in the league. Minnesota won’t even have a chance without a potent running game that makes it easier to move the ball through the air. Even though Dalvin Cook is healthy, the Saints’ defensive front should be able to bottle him up, and in turn to make the Vikings’ offense one-dimensional. The Saints, who shouldn’t even be playing in this round, advance to the next one easily.

Florio’s pick: Saints 27, Vikings 10.


Seahawks at Eagles

MDS’s take: I wouldn’t count the Eagles out. They’re playing at home, and they’re a team that has shown it can save its best for the postseason. But the Seahawks have the better roster, from top to bottom, and I expect them to emerge on top in a close and hard-fought game.

MDS’s pick: Seahawks 14, Eagles 10.

Florio’s take: It feels like Carson Wentz has spent 10 years in the NFL. (It’s actually his fourth season.) This will be his first playoff game. And while he’s been playing very well recently, the competition has been lackluster. The Seahawks are anything but. While not among the NFL’s elite teams, the Seahawks know how to win. And there’s something to be said for that during the win-or-go-home phase of the calendar.

Florio’s pick: Seahawks 27, Eagles 20.

135 responses to “PFT’s wild card picks

  1. Hawks had five turnovers last time and barely beat the Eagles. Now, they go into Philly losing 3 of 4 and reeling from their failed goal line offense when their season was on the line.

    Hawks only get “up” for 49ers and their failure last week does not bode well for a road game in hostile environment.

    Wilson keeps it close, but the Eagles prevail.

  2. Here’s the problem with the 2019 Patriots. They knew going into last offseason that there were going to be too many new, unproven, untested faces on the O side. And yet Brady chose not to attend OTAs, where he would have gotten acquainted with his new targets. And he did this knowing he would play the equivalent of two quarters of preseason football.

    Belichick, knowing his O would have a season-long identity crisis, distracted himself with a marquee role in the league’s 100th year festivities. He said it made him a better coach, but I have yet to see any evidence of that.

    The team sees complacent. Like they know they won it all last year, 2 of the last 3, 6 of the last 18, and that they had too much of an uphill climb to achieve what bo one achieved since they themselves achieved it in February, 2005: repeat.

    It’s a lost season.

  3. This is when the best coaches begin to earn their $$. Not when they have the luxury of playing, and beating, the weak teams from the NFC East,AFC West and their 2 games per year vs Detroit. That’s 9 of 10 wins for Zimmer right there. He’s the most overrated HC in the playoffs and the media should have him on the hot seat right now, along with the GM. But all we hear about is Cousins,rightfully so, but what about those other 2 guys?

  4. Pats 20 Titans 16 I expect a late turnover from Tannehill to be the difference don’t think the Pats will get past KC though. Texans 17 Bills 10 Bills have a great defense not sure Allen can score enough to win the game. Saints 31 Vikings 17 blowout game. Eagles 23 Seahawks 21 Hawks don’t have an offensive line right now.

  5. While I wait for my Ravens to suit up next Saturday night, I’ll expect these four teams to move on to the Divisional Round:

    Bills
    Patriots
    Saints
    Eagles

    Seahawks deal with a tough luck loss having to travel across country after losing a close game that would have given them a home playoff game.

  6. Pats fan here and I think they go out with a whimper before the rebuild begins in earnest.

    Last year’s run to the SB was out of nowhere based on how they played at the end of the season, this year reality setting in that they just aren’t good enough and lack the explosive athletes most other teams in the tourney possess.

  7. N O will go for the throat. They’ll take advantage of Minnesota’s secondary get up by fourteen and make them play catch up football taking the run away and forcing Cousins to win the game. Once defenses get to pin their ears back on Cousins it’s over. For Minnesota to have a chance to win they need to play bump and run coverage and try to give the line a chance to get to DB. Offense must do many different things like moving the pocket and stuff. N O is going to throw some gadget plays at them especially if the defense is eight yards back and back peddling. Zim should put his conservative style away and play unpredictably you’re not supposed to win anyway.

  8. You guys are wayyyyy more Optimistic on the saints vikings game than viking fans are…. Game will not even be that close …. saints 65 vikes 3 A viking fan …

  9. I wouldn’t be shocked if NE shut out the Titans. It’s the playoffs. It’s time to turn the dial up to 11. There is no next week for half the teams competing.

  10. I’m with you until the Eagles-Seahawks. While we’re not favored (and shouldn’t be), saying the Seahawks have a more talented roster “from top to bottom” is ridiculous. Our RB situation is better, as Lynch hasn’t shown he has anything left. Our run defense and line are better. Our OL is better. You have to give Wilson the nod over Wentz, but other than playoff experience, it’s not that big a spread. Obviously our WR core is comprised of guys we found down at the WaWa, so no argument there. TE? Even without Ertz, Goedert is no joke.

    This game could go either way. The Seahawks just had an emotional, hard fought loss on the West coast. They are flying across the country. Philly has once again embraced the dog mask and ski mask vibe. Wentz is playing with a ton of confidence. We held them to 17 points last time here, and we turned it over 5 times. I’d say if we play clean football and run the ball, we can win.

  11. Rain in Foxboro on Saturday. NE has already beaten the Cowboys this year in similar conditions. Will be a classic grind em out game. Could go either way and OT wouldn’t surprise me either.

  12. I don’t see the Vikings winning this game but it will be a much better game than people think. If they lose by two touchdowns, I would clean house.

  13. Eagles is on a winning streak. Seattle has lost 2 in a row. Seattle has lost its best player, and Russell Wilson is doing poorly without Chris Carson. Not coincidentally, Carson played only 4 games in 2017, and Seattle finished 9-7 and missed the playoffs for the only time in Wilson’s career in Seattle. No Carson means another one and done playoff year for the most overrated quarterback in the NFL. My pick is for the Eagles to trounce the hapless Sea Dorks, who are also missing LB Mychal Kendricks because of knee injury. Eagles lost to Seattle in the regular season becaue Wentz was still slumping and Seattle still had Chris Carson.

  14. Tannehill has been playing great but the key to the game for the Pats will be limiting Henry. Pats D really needs to step it up this game as run defense has not been their strength. If the defense plays similar to the Miami game (soft) then the Pats are toast. But I expect the defense (and special teams) to play this one aggressively. If the Titans score 24 or more points the Pats will lose. The offense doesn’t have the tools to win a high-scoring game. Edelman is too banged up and was basically just a decoy against Miami.

  15. Here’s the problem with people that post this stuff. They expose their ignorance.

    Which of Brady’s current receivers were on field during OTA’s. The ones he wasn’t already “acquainted with”? Go ahead, we’ll wait.
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    endtimesparty says:
    January 2, 2020 at 12:08 pm
    Here’s the problem with the 2019 Patriots. They knew going into last offseason that there were going to be too many new, unproven, untested faces on the O side. And yet Brady chose not to attend OTAs, where he would have gotten acquainted with his new targets. And he did this knowing he would play the equivalent of two quarters of preseason football.

  16. “10 points? Saints trotting out the 85 Bears defense? Hahaha”

    No but Minny is still trotting out Cousins as far as I know, and every playoff game by definition is “prime time”. Captain Kirk will melt under the brightest of lights as he always does

  17. This Vikings homer thinks the Saints will win, but I’d be very surprised if the Vikes didn’t score more than 10 points. Then again, like Vegas I also mistakenly thought Auburn was going to crush my favorite college team. . . . .

  18. Eagles pull off the upset in the first ever Medic Bowl. May the last team with a player on both legs be the victor!

  19. As the drums start to slowly beat in the distance…….and Clara awaits their opponent….Seattle sits amongst the fog, in the mist, salty over giving away that last game. It’s going to be a quick playoff exit for the Clara Kittle’s.

  20. I like the Bills in a close, defensive battle, I like the Pats by a field goal or less (but could see Ten winning), NO in a close to the 4th Q and pull away by about 10, and I like SEA in a close, but entertaining game.

  21. Just praying that the officials stay out of it and don’t cause any team to lose or win.Fans already whine enough about a loss, doubly-so when they think the officials caused it.

  22. I lean towards the Bills. It appears Florio and MDS think Watson is a elite QB and will win this game himself. I do not share that belief.

    I refuse to bet against Brady and Belichick vs. Tannehill and Vrabel.

    The Saints have a high quality roster that is deep and also have a very good QB and coach. The Vikings have none of that.

    The Eagles are at home and will make this one interesting, but the Hawks win the game and advance.

  23. Fmiaa:

    Does not matter. Brady didn’t know who wouldn’t stick around and those that didn’t may not have stuck because of the lack of rapport.

    You have Izzo, Lacosse, Watson, and Gunner O. At the TE position. Yes, Brady knows Watson but that relationship is what? — 17 years old? Maybe there would not have been a revolving door at WR if Brady had gotten to know D. Thomas or fine tuned things with J. Gordon.

  24. Pats D really needs to step it up this game as run defense has not been their strength
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    It’s not a weakness either.

    Held Zeke Elliott to 4.1 YPC in similar conditions to whet they’ll play in on Saturday.

  25. The irony is this – you pick my team to lose, I worry they’ll lose. You pick my team to win, I’ll worry they’ll lose because it seems to easy.

  26. The Vikes will get ahead and stay ahead. These pro bowlers who opted to take less money and stay with the team are pissed and want to win to make sure Zimmer doesnt get fired. The Saints arein for a real surprise. Vikes by 10.

  27. patsfan1820 says:
    January 2, 2020 at 12:15 pm

    Pats 20 Titans 16 I expect a late turnover from Tannehill to be the difference don’t think the Pats will get past KC though. Texans 17 Bills 10 Bills have a great defense not sure Allen can score enough to win the game. Saints 31 Vikings 17 blowout game. Eagles 23 Seahawks 21 Hawks don’t have an offensive line right now.

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    As long as there is no shenanigans from Boger’s crew, NE will absolutely go toe to toe with KC.

    They match up very well.

    I love how KC got phantom calls to get back into the game last year at Arrowhead and then they get all the calls in Foxborough, completely outplayed in the 2nd half, yet barely win by 7 points, and somehow KC is this juggernaut for NE.

    Absolutely laughable.

    Anyone claiming (not you) “NE gets all the calls” is a lying moron at this point. Nothing could be further from the truth.

  28. endtimesparty says:
    January 2, 2020 at 1:02 pm

    Does not matter. Brady didn’t know who wouldn’t stick around and those that didn’t may not have stuck because of the lack of rapport.

    You have Izzo, Lacosse, Watson, and Gunner O. At the TE position. Yes, Brady knows Watson but that relationship is what? — 17 years old? Maybe there would not have been a revolving door at WR if Brady had gotten to know D. Thomas or fine tuned things with J. Gordon.
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    Jeez, this gets old. The fact that Gordon made the team in 2018 was glaring evidence of bad roster management. Gunner O is not an NFL player- period. He was considered a practice squad guy. It was a major red flag that Bill messed up the roster this year.
    OTA’s are nothing for veterans, but if you insist:
    Lacosse was injured
    Watson was NOT on the team yet- oops
    D. Thomas was recovering from and ACL- was not cleared for practice- oops
    Josh Gordon was still suspended!- oops.
    Izzo was recovering from being on IR- even so he is not an NFL tight end- he was a really bad pick, but maybe you are right on that one.
    I’ll add another – Jacoby Meyers- he was not on the team yet, and no reason to believe he was ever going to be.

    I love Bill, but he has completely and utterly mismanaged the Offensive roster the last 2 plus years by bad signings, bad draft evaluation, and a failure to identify and retain key veterans.

  29. patsbrat says:
    January 2, 2020 at 12:45 pm

    Tannehill has been playing great but the key to the game for the Pats will be limiting Henry. Pats D really needs to step it up this game as run defense has not been their strength. If the defense plays similar to the Miami game (soft) then the Pats are toast. But I expect the defense (and special teams) to play this one aggressively. If the Titans score 24 or more points the Pats will lose. The offense doesn’t have the tools to win a high-scoring game. Edelman is too banged up and was basically just a decoy against Miami.

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    BB has the rope-a-dope for 2020 locked and loaded. They would love nothing more than to be the underdog and disrespected again.

  30. GoodellMustGo says:
    January 2, 2020 at 1:07 pm
    Pats D really needs to step it up this game as run defense has not been their strength
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    It’s not a weakness either.
    Held Zeke Elliott to 4.1 YPC in similar conditions to whet they’ll play in on Saturday.
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    Agreed. Let me remove any possible doubt about my post – I fully expect the Pats to win this game. I do not expect the Titans will score more than 24 points on offense, and if they do and the Pats get a defensive or special teams score (likely) the Pats still win.

    But 3 runs at 4.1 YPC is still a first down.

  31. Saints are not over looking the vikes. Im sure they know every game will be a battle. Teams dont make it into the postseason because theyre trash.

  32. If these predictions were accurate the Bills would’ve finished 4-12 per MDS and 3-13 Florio. Luckily for #billsmafia, you play the games anyways and you show you are tough to beat.

    Viva Los Bills!

  33. Deanna Guin says:
    January 2, 2020 at 12:27 pm

    You guys are wayyyyy more Optimistic on the saints vikings game than viking fans are…. Game will not even be that close …. saints 65 vikes 3 A viking fan …
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    BS that you are a “Viking Fan” Deanna.
    No “Fan” of this team that has watched them play all season would intelligently predict that defense giving up 65 points. Only if there are 65 turnovers in the redzone.

    Your moniker should be “DeannaFromWisconsin”

  34. If the Pats can’t stop the run, they won’t have a chance. If Henry gets 120 yards, the Pats lose do to a well timed play action for a 50+ yard TD. If they keep Henry to 80-100 yards and make Tannehill force throws they will win a close one. The Pats defense won’t play like they did last week, but the run D has been suspect in games.

  35. The Saints don’t deserve a bye. They got blown out at home to the Falcons. Enough said. Had they taken care of business, they wouldn’t be in this situation. Also, if the Falcons can beat the Saints at full strength on the road, that means the Vikinga can too.

  36. Vikes need to do to the Saints / Brees what they did to Vikes / Favre in 2009. Not with intent to injure (like the Saints did), but with intent to rattle the QB into poor decisions. Brees must be hit, hit and hit some more. If some of these come slightly late and with 15yds attached, so be it. Make him uncomfortable in the pocket, have him start seeing ghosts and mistakes will follow. Vikes DBs may get burned time to time, but it is worth the trade off and literally the only way I see them winning.

    Side benefit, it would be priceless to see the Saints fans all whine about that kind of QB treatment…

  37. Usually in the playoffs when it seems so one sided on paper that it makes me hesitate. But, the Saints are going to absolutely steam roll the Vikings. This is that time of the week where fans start talking themselves into thinking their team has a legit shot. Kirk Cousins is just that bad though and he isn’t going into that crazy place and coming out victorious. That saint team is probably going to embarrass the entire NFCN in the next 2 weeks.

  38. dsigrey says:
    January 2, 2020 at 1:38 pm

    If the Pats can’t stop the run, they won’t have a chance. If Henry gets 120 yards, the Pats lose do to a well timed play action for a 50+ yard TD. If they keep Henry to 80-100 yards and make Tannehill force throws they will win a close one. The Pats defense won’t play like they did last week, but the run D has been suspect in games.

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    When the Pats want to stop the run, they stop the run. Period. It’s always been that way.

    They know Tannehill has to have Henry. The question is whether or not they come out throwing more than they should on their first drive to hide this reality.

  39. freefromwhatyouare says:
    January 2, 2020 at 1:02 pm
    I lean towards the Bills. It appears Florio and MDS think Watson is a elite QB and will win this game himself. I do not share that belief.
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    Me neither. Watson got sacked 7X last year when they played. Bills defense is much better now and so is the offense. Josh took a late hit from Mercilus that got him out the game. No flag, surprise surprise. I don’t think it’ll be as close as many think. 30-17 Bills

  40. nflfan12blog says:
    January 2, 2020 at 1:20 pm

    endtimesparty says:
    January 2, 2020 at 1:02 pm

    Does not matter. Brady didn’t know who wouldn’t stick around and those that didn’t may not have stuck because of the lack of rapport.

    You have Izzo, Lacosse, Watson, and Gunner O. At the TE position. Yes, Brady knows Watson but that relationship is what? — 17 years old? Maybe there would not have been a revolving door at WR if Brady had gotten to know D. Thomas or fine tuned things with J. Gordon.
    ———————

    Jeez, this gets old. The fact that Gordon made the team in 2018 was glaring evidence of bad roster management. Gunner O is not an NFL player- period. He was considered a practice squad guy. It was a major red flag that Bill messed up the roster this year.
    OTA’s are nothing for veterans, but if you insist:
    Lacosse was injured
    Watson was NOT on the team yet- oops
    D. Thomas was recovering from and ACL- was not cleared for practice- oops
    Josh Gordon was still suspended!- oops.
    Izzo was recovering from being on IR- even so he is not an NFL tight end- he was a really bad pick, but maybe you are right on that one.
    I’ll add another – Jacoby Meyers- he was not on the team yet, and no reason to believe he was ever going to be.

    I love Bill, but he has completely and utterly mismanaged the Offensive roster the last 2 plus years by bad signings, bad draft evaluation, and a failure to identify and retain key veterans.

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    You know what gets really old? MIllennial Brady Fanboys

    Great article in the Herald today about how wrong you all are. BB is the greatest GM in NFL history and it ain’t close.

    The greatest pick he made was possibly JimmyG in 2014, while working with him DAILY, in case Giselle got through to Brady. Yep. It lit a fire under Brady, and voila, here comes 4 SB appearances and 3 rings.

    Yet, he’s done a poor job? How mentally disturbed are some of you?

    Look at his unearthing of UDFAs like Jon Jones (bad game back from the groin on Sunday) or JC Jackson (higher rated than most known CBs in the league).

    I could go on for days…they don’t win last year’s SB without Sony Michel or the really good UDFA, David Andrews.

    The Van Noy deal was an all time steal. I could go on and on and on and on…

    Do you even watch the NFL?

  41. Houston is the most ripe for an upset loss. They’re 2-2 in their last 4 games and their last 4 wins all were 6 points or less. Buffalo is going into Houston with a lot of confidence and it would be nice to see them get a W.

  42. I don’t particularly like the home team in any of these games.

    DeShaun Watson didn’t make the plays in his first playoff game – at home – and Sean McDermott is clearly a better coach. Bills I think win.

    Patriots-Titans I suspect will be the bitterest and closest match. Tannehill has beaten the Patriots before, Mike Vrabel knows how to best them and carries the grudge of he thinks they stole money from him as a player because of the Mall the Krafts built around the stadium, and the Patriots defense has started to crack. But Brady and Belichick usually dig deeper and fight to the bitter end. I think Tennessee wins in overtime

    The Bikings aren’t afraid of the Saints and for all their success Brees and Payton aren’t all that good in the playoffs. I don’t particularly respect Kirk Cousins but I’m picking the Vikings.

    Pete Carroll is undefeated vs the Eagles. The one caveat is he’s 1-4 in Road playoffs the last five such games.

  43. Frazier28/7 says:
    January 2, 2020 at 1:16 pm
    I hope the Saints look past the Viking too.
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    Not gonna happen. Not after their last playoff loss to the Vikings. They will TRY to put them away early, to avoid another last minute miracle.

  44. If Watson beats Allen it’s going to be because Watson is better than Allen, not because Watson has “experience” laying an egg in the playoffs.

  45. gridironenthusiast says:
    January 2, 2020 at 1:35 pm
    Hasn’t anyone learned yet ,The Texans just do not win playoff games

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    Ok, but please elaborate on Buffalo’s success the past 25 years in the playoffs…

  46. Bills
    Pats
    Saints
    Hawks
    The one that worries me most in this projection is the Pats over Titans….. as a Pats fan, I’m going with my heart & not my head….. should be a VERY PHYSICAL GAME!!!

  47. Bye Vikings! Nice to see you didn’t win the Lombardi Trophy again this year, in spite of your fans anointing you as champs back in June.
    Saints 33 Vikings 13

  48. In the event the Patriots whoop up on Tennessee every NE fan on the planet is going to be shouting “Where the &&@$! was that last week!?”. The Saints are the only team I’m convinced will for sure this weekend. The other three games all look like coin tosses to me.

  49. Whilst your post is technically accurate and filled with quite some venom, you’ve done nothing to dismiss the contention that the original poster @nfl12fanblog made… that being that the GM BB has mismanaged the offensive side of the ball in the last 2 years…..

    He also did an excellent job of taking apart the numbskull that felt Brady woulda had lots of time at OTA’s to develop an on field rapport with dudes that were either A) not even on the team yet or B) not allowed/healthy enough to be on the actual field.

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    tylawspick6 says:
    January 2, 2020 at 1:52 pm.

    You know what gets really old? MIllennial Brady Fanboys

    Great article in the Herald today about how wrong you all are. BB is the greatest GM in NFL history and it ain’t close.

    The greatest pick he made was possibly JimmyG in 2014, while working with him DAILY, in case Giselle got through to Brady. Yep. It lit a fire under Brady, and voila, here comes 4 SB appearances and 3 rings.

    Yet, he’s done a poor job? How mentally disturbed are some of you?

    Look at his unearthing of UDFAs like Jon Jones (bad game back from the groin on Sunday) or JC Jackson (higher rated than most known CBs in the league).

    I could go on for days…they don’t win last year’s SB without Sony Michel or the really good UDFA, David Andrews.

    The Van Noy deal was an all time steal. I could go on and on and on and on…

    Do you even watch the NFL?

  50. Seattle 7-1 on the road,eagles not playing one of the worst teams in footbsll(last 4) Matt Stafford misses out on his 1st playoff win

    Titans make interesting for 3/4 of the game but Brady gets the job done
    30-20

    Saints roll..it’s now or never

    Buff/Texans is a toss up

  51. Eagles play hard and don’t quit, but they have never beaten Wilson so there’s that. Minn will choke like they always do in the playoffs. To me the most interesting game will be the Pats/Titans. Could go either way.

  52. numba1wiscosportsfan says:
    January 2, 2020 at 2:33 pm
    I still just can’t believe the way my badgers botched the rose bowl. Shameful
    Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

    At least they put a nice, big, fat asterisk on the Gopher’s first decent season in 100 years.

  53. Titans are averaging 31 ppg over the last half of the season but now the Pats are going to hold them to 16 or 20? Doubtful.

    Have you been paying attention at all? I can see the Pats holding them to 24 maybe. But that still puts the Pats on the couch with their 21 ppg average over the last half of the season.

  54. Michael Daly says:
    January 2, 2020 at 2:11 pm

    I don’t particularly like the home team in any of these games.

    DeShaun Watson didn’t make the plays in his first playoff game – at home – and Sean McDermott is clearly a better coach. Bills I think win.

    Patriots-Titans I suspect will be the bitterest and closest match. Tannehill has beaten the Patriots before, Mike Vrabel knows how to best them and carries the grudge of he thinks they stole money from him as a player because of the Mall the Krafts built around the stadium, and the Patriots defense has started to crack. But Brady and Belichick usually dig deeper and fight to the bitter end. I think Tennessee wins in overtime

    The Bikings aren’t afraid of the Saints and for all their success Brees and Payton aren’t all that good in the playoffs. I don’t particularly respect Kirk Cousins but I’m picking the Vikings.

    Pete Carroll is undefeated vs the Eagles. The one caveat is he’s 1-4 in Road playoffs the last five such games.

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    Sweet analysis.

    The worst OL and red zone D (Tenn) in the playoffs will beat NE because Kraft built hotels, restaurants and shops around the stadium over a decade ago.

    PDS (Patriots Derangement Syndrome) runs deep with you.

  55. Qb play is critical to the success of any football team but in the playoffs, its doubly true and for that one reason alone, I think the Vikings are doomed. If Cousins in 0-9 on Monday night, 0-2 in the playoffs and has a pretty lopsided record (in the negative) against teams with winning records, I just don’t see him shedding all the baggage in a single afternoon vs. the Saints.

    The saddest part is the Vikings are stuck with him for next year no matter what. Maybe a loss on Sunday will cause them to move up the draft board and get their QB of the future come April (Christian Ponder 2.0)

  56. fmiaakammqbpft says:
    January 2, 2020 at 3:02 pm

    Whilst your post is technically accurate and filled with quite some venom, you’ve done nothing to dismiss the contention that the original poster @nfl12fanblog made… that being that the GM BB has mismanaged the offensive side of the ball in the last 2 years…..

    He also did an excellent job of taking apart the numbskull that felt Brady woulda had lots of time at OTA’s to develop an on field rapport with dudes that were either A) not even on the team yet or B) not allowed/healthy enough to be on the actual field.

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    Ok, well let me do that:

    1. BB drafted Harry, the first ever 1st rd pick at WR for Brady.
    2. Dorsett was acquired and helped them win a SB with many clutch catches.
    3. James White might be the best scatback in the AFC.
    4. BUrkhead was a very good acquisition.
    5. Michel was drafted as a 1st rd pick.
    6. Jakobi Meyers, while raw, lit it up with Stidham in preseason. Stidham should be pushing Brady right now since if BB worked DAILY with JimmyG, it doesn’t take a rocket scientist that with an older Brady, BB is doing the SAME with Stidham all year.

    It’s starting look like Brady has mentally checked out because Antonio Brown is a loony bird, but…

    7. Brady loves Sanu. They tried to trade for him in the spring and did, now 2 months ago.

    Brady skipped OTAs again, the second time in a row, where the offense was subpar LAST YEAR, too.

    Subpar until Brady and McDaniels woke up late in the year, using James Develin, the best FB in the league to blow holes for Michel and Co.

    Have a nice day!

  57. Packer fan….I give the Vikes a shot in New Orleans as long as Cook is healthy. Solid front 7 and excellent special teams… just telling it like it is. Pressure is all on the Saints.

  58. Sweet analysis.

    The worst OL and red zone D (Tenn) in the playoffs will beat NE because Kraft built hotels, restaurants and shops around the stadium over a decade ago.

    PDS (Patriots Derangement Syndrome) runs deep with you.

    ——-

    PDS (Patriots Delusion Syndrome) runs deep with you, as it does with all you New England fanboys.

  59. It really is on the Saint’s not to lose more than it is for the Vikes to win. Everyone loves an underdog story and this one could just be a very good read!

  60. Vikings have nothing to lose, so I look for this game to be closer than most think. However, given the age of Zimmer’s declining defense if the Vikings do get blown out, I would not be surprised if the Wilf’s fire Zimmer. What would be hilarious is if they then hired PJ Fleck to row the Vikings boat.

  61. “While not among the NFL’s elite teams, the Seahawks know how to win. And there’s something to be said for that during the win-or-go-home phase of the calendar.”
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    And the Eagles don’t? Third straight year in the playoffs and they are 4-1 with a ring.
    Last time in Philly the Seahawks won but they were coming off a bye week.
    It’s gonna be a thrilla!

  62. I love when Florio tells it like it is and triggers the little lavender fella.

    Florio is indeed a lifelong Vikings fan, but he is not lonely and totally delusional. Mike is not like the one Vikings fan who spends his life on here crying about and being jealous of Packers fans who lead happy lives and have successful careers.

  63. Home teams will Roll.
    -Texans- JJ Watt is back, Watson gets Fuller back. Offense Rolls.
    -Patriots -Won’t beat Brady and Co in the first round.
    -Saints -Vikes just suck, don’t stand a chance.
    -Eagles – Wentz is on fire and their new playmakers are making it happen.

  64. Vikes have a garbage offensive line and Cousins isn’t even a top 20 QB overall in the league. The Franchise can never put together a complete team. Cooks has a bum knee, Thielen has been battling injuries. Saints will win by 18 this weekend.

  65. jjackwagon says:
    January 2, 2020 at 3:17 pm
    Titans are averaging 31 ppg over the last half of the season but now the Pats are going to hold them to 16 or 20? Doubtful.

    Have you been paying attention at all? I can see the Pats holding them to 24 maybe. But that still puts the Pats on the couch with their 21 ppg average over the last half of the season.

    Let’s slow our roll a little bit with the Titans chest pounding. They’ve been playing some great ball lately and the Patriots have been struggling. But one thing I’ve learned over the years is you never underestimate the Patriots in the playoffs. There’s just no way around that. They’re the more consistent team through the years and the Titans are not. And this is coming from a Titans fan who lives 2 miles from Nissan Stadium. Let’s just see what happens.

  66. SaintsGotRobbed says:
    January 2, 2020 at 3:16 pm
    Saints 48
    Vikings 12

    @@@@@@@@@@222

    I’m not saying the Vikings are going to win, but 48 points against the this Viking defense? This is why I have enjoyed the last two playoffs, the ignorant saints fans have had their heart broken. Three years in a row…….lol

  67. freefromwhatyouare says:
    January 2, 2020 at 4:10 pm
    I love when Florio tells it like it is and triggers the little lavender fella.

    Florio is indeed a lifelong Vikings fan, but he is not lonely and totally delusional. Mike is not like the one Vikings fan who spends his life on here crying about and being jealous of Packers fans who lead happy lives and have successful careers

    @@@@@@@@222

    Coming from someone who borrows every device he can find just to give himself thumbs up. poor poor green and yellow. Nice effort by the badgers yesterday though.

  68. jackedupboonie says:
    January 2, 2020 at 1:01 pm
    As the drums start to slowly beat in the distance…….and Clara awaits their opponent….Seattle sits amongst the fog, in the mist, salty over giving away that last game. It’s going to be a quick playoff exit for the Clara Kittle’s.

    —-

    It’s funny cause I was trying to envision the drums and fog and all that dramatic imagery but all I could see was one half of the team pushing the other half of the team in their wheelchairs as they slowly emerge from said fog. And then the fog injured Clowney, somehow.

  69. oldmanriver55 says:
    January 2, 2020 at 4:20 pm
    “Vikings already beat the Eagles this season. They don’t suck that much.”
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    It’s funny that the only team to bring a Super Bowl title to Minnesota is Philadelphia!

  70. What a wonderful lineup of teams! Congratulations to all on an excellent season.

    It’s a shame they can’t all win and go home happy. But, there’s bound to be some disappointment at the end of this weekend. As my grandmother used to say “everyone gets their day in the sun.”

    Here’s to an injury-free wild card round that creates positive memories for all players, coaches, fans, and PFT commenters as we close out the NFL’s 100th season.

  71. I know everybody is down on the Patriots, but if that playoff defense shows up like it did last year, anything is possible.

  72. I expect the Pat’s to start off in uptempo offense. Gas out the Titans offense and attempt to get up early to negate Henry. Pat’s defense took one to the chin and hope that woke them up. This D was amazing all season. I expect them to play lights out.

  73. jjackwagon says:
    January 2, 2020 at 3:17 pm
    Titans are averaging 31 ppg over the last half of the season but now the Pats are going to hold them to 16 or 20? Doubtful.
    Have you been paying attention at all? I can see the Pats holding them to 24 maybe. But that still puts the Pats on the couch with their 21 ppg average over the last half of the season.
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    This is not an average game – its the playoffs…

    But if you’re into stats and averages, the Pats D has an average of 14.1 points allowed per game.

  74. Incredibly boring article when both guys agree on EVERY SINGLE GAME. Even the scores and spreads are interchangeable. Neither guy thought the Bills could beat the Texans? Or that the Eagles playing at home and coming into the game hot might be able to topple the Seahawks? And nobody thought a single game would be a comfortable win?

  75. mogogo1 says:
    January 2, 2020 at 6:21 pm
    Incredibly boring article when both guys agree on EVERY SINGLE GAME. Even the scores and spreads are interchangeable. Neither guy thought the Bills could beat the Texans? Or that the Eagles playing at home and coming into the game hot might be able to topple the Seahawks? And nobody thought a single game would be a comfortable win?
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    It is the playoffs, no games are close, and I agree with the upset factor; both of them lean towards the favorite

  76. Cook is better at 80% than most RB’s are at 100%. At 100% he’s lethal. Wide receivers in good shape. Check. RB’s in good shape. Check. Tight Ends in good shape. Check. LB’s locked and loaded. Check. Safety’s ready. Check. O line locked in. Check. QB ready to make the haters disappear. Check. All systems go! VIKES 27 SAINT’s anything less than. Check.

    One more thing. Too bad Teddy wound up on one of the most cheating teams ever. Hope he gets out of there soon. Looking like he will. CHECK!

  77. I’ll say Texans in a close one. Patriots in overtime, Saints in a blow out! Hawks over Eagles by a late fG

  78. datdude84
    Really? Cousins is “THAT BAD”, huh?

    He had three TRULY bad games all year. Packers, Bears, Packers.

    Other than that he lost to tough (Playoff) teams on the Road:
    KC IN KC (3 TDs, 220 yards, 94.2 QBR)
    Seattle in Seattle (2 Tds, 276 Yards, 87.2 QBR)

    Fact is Cousins is really not “Bad” as all the pundits want to proclaim. If you face facts, his short-coming is that he just can’t escape pressure.
    If the pocket breaks down, he cannot escape. Period.
    If the running game is there, and play action is working, then he is not only “OK”, but in fact pretty darn productive and can beat anyone.

    Don’t get me wrong. I want a more mobile QB for my team going forward. But let’s stop with the “Cousins is so bad” the Saints will steam-roll the Vikings stuff.

    If they DO, it will be because Brees scorched the defense, NOT because Cousins did not perform.

  79. January 2, 2020 at 12:32 pm

    I’m with you until the Eagles-Seahawks. While we’re not favored (and shouldn’t be), saying the Seahawks have a more talented roster “from top to bottom” is ridiculous. Our RB situation is better, as Lynch hasn’t shown he has anything left

    Not a Hawks fan but I did watch their game last week and Travis Homer looked pretty good. He averaged 6.3 yards per carry and had over 100 yards. Against the 9er’s run defense. The Eagles will have a tough time keeping him contained.

  80. This is the GPODAWUND says:
    January 2, 2020 at 9:34 pm
    January 2, 2020 at 12:32 pm

    I’m with you until the Eagles-Seahawks. While we’re not favored (and shouldn’t be), saying the Seahawks have a more talented roster “from top to bottom” is ridiculous. Our RB situation is better, as Lynch hasn’t shown he has anything left

    Not a Hawks fan but I did watch their game last week and Travis Homer looked pretty good. He averaged 6.3 yards per carry and had over 100 yards. Against the 9er’s run defense. The Eagles will have a tough time keeping him contained.

    —-

    Homer did have 6.2 yds per carry but not 100 yds. 62 yds. They had about 120 yds total. He looked good. Lynch did not. But the Eagles run defense is actually better than the 49ers by a good bit. The niners have the better overall defense but run defense is where they struggle.

  81. 1. So cute to see the fear in all the 49ers fans, hoping and praying they won’t see the Seahawks again

    2. Anyone who doesn’t expect the Patriots to be in the AFCCG, hasn’t been paying much attention. We all just want them and their fans to go away, but that doesn’t just magically change things

    3. The Seahawks are more likely to win than not, but it will be the closest game of the weekend, won or lost on Russell Wilson’s final drive

    4. Vikings fans, it amazes me that you still have some weird grudge against the Saints. If anything they did you a huuuge favor 10 years ago. Could you just imagine the humiliation associated with having your only Super Bowl win come because of Favre?

  82. 1. Fantastic. Doesn’t change the fact he’s already been glued to the bench a couple times for being less than “first round draft” on the effort front
    2) Dorsett, whilst making some clutch catches has also been a healthy scratch due to underperformance. There’s actually footage of Brady saying “done with that guy” after he ran yet another wrong route
    3) You are correct.
    4) Burkhead is a decent 2nd RB option
    5) Michel – the jury is still very much out on him. Runs well with a decent OL, not so great at creating his own space and lanes
    6) Meyers looked awesome against second stringers. Has a case of the dropsies he needs to cure and doesn’t regularly gain seperation.
    7) Sanu was hired as a decent pass catcher, excellent run blocker, and has since been seen on tape as a poor run blocker.

    So yeah, BB hasn’t exactly hit a lot of home runs in the last two years fixing the offense.
    He’s tried. Yes. But successful? Not so much.
    _______________________________________________________
    Ok, well let me do that:

    1. BB drafted Harry, the first ever 1st rd pick at WR for Brady.
    2. Dorsett was acquired and helped them win a SB with many clutch catches.
    3. James White might be the best scatback in the AFC.
    4. BUrkhead was a very good acquisition.
    5. Michel was drafted as a 1st rd pick.
    6. Jakobi Meyers, while raw, lit it up with Stidham in preseason. Stidham should be pushing Brady right now since if BB worked DAILY with JimmyG, it doesn’t take a rocket scientist that with an older Brady, BB is doing the SAME with Stidham all year.

    It’s starting look like Brady has mentally checked out because Antonio Brown is a loony bird, but…

    7. Brady loves Sanu. They tried to trade for him in the spring and did, now 2 months ago.

  83. Cousins beat one playoff team this season, and beat their conference sister Dallas in their stadium too which is much louder than the Super Dome. Cousins gets tons of criticism dumped on him, and admittedly so, he owns some if it but, all it takes is one good game to erase a lot of the dung being thrown at him. This could be that week.

    Having a healthy roster on Sunday is also huge for the, apparently, despised and non respected Vikings. Overall the Vikings own the bounty gate scoundrels and in playoff mode the match up is a lot closer than the so called experts think it is.

    SKOL!

  84. aj66shanghai says:
    January 3, 2020 at 6:32 am

    1. So cute to see the fear in all the 49ers fans, hoping and praying they won’t see the Seahawks again

    No we just have that little confidence in the Seahawks talent that we think the Eagles could get this win.

  85. isaidjoemontegna says:
    January 2, 2020 at 11:45 pm

    Homer did have 6.2 yds per carry but not 100 yds. 62 yds. They had about 120 yds total. He looked good. Lynch did not. But the Eagles run defense is actually better than the 49ers by a good bit. The niners have the better overall defense but run defense is where they struggle.

    Yeah sorry about that my mistake. I was looking at his season totals, which are 114 for 6.3 av. But the 9ers definitely do not struggle in run defense. They are the number 2 rush defense in the league, while the Eagles are ranked #11. As I said, the Eagles will have trouble keeping him contained.

  86. “Here’s the problem with the 2019 Patriots. They knew going into last offseason that there were going to be too many new, unproven, untested faces on the O side. And yet Brady chose not to attend OTAs, where he would have gotten acquainted with his new targets”

    Bro, we’re in week 18 of the NFL. I think he knows his new teammates by now.

  87. tombombadill says:
    January 2, 2020 at 1:41 pm
    The Saints don’t deserve a bye. They got blown out at home to the Falcons. Enough said. Had they taken care of business, they wouldn’t be in this situation. Also, if the Falcons can beat the Saints at full strength on the road, that means the Vikinga can too.
    ============================
    If only the falcons could beat us at full strength. Hahaha. It was obvious, to anyone that understands football, that losing Peat and Lattimore lost the game. Will Clapp gave up 3 or 4 sacks in relief. Now that our oline and secondary are back together, the little purples will see what full strength looks like. Blowout! It’s gonna be hilarious

  88. @ threatlevelmidn1ght says:

    “Miles Sanders and Boston Scott combine for over 200 total yards and Birds get 5th straight win – Eagles 26, Seahawks 17”

    LOL. Still drunk from New Years, I see.

    Hawks will DESTROY the Eagles (who lost to the Dolphins, BTW). Pete Caroll will have the Hawks ready to go. They are a far superior team, and you don’t get to 11-5 in a tough conference if you aren’t good.

  89. Wasn’t Sean Payton found guilty and was suspended for half of a season for orchestrating bounty gate vs the Vikings? Now, he’s touted as one of the greats but actually he is mostly a cheater that got caught. His team might win Sunday but as long as he’s HC it will be a hollow victory.

    -Never Forget

  90. Too many fans like Bills so gotta go Texans by 3.

    Titans pull the upset 24-23 on a last second fg.

    Saints boat race the Vikes 33-16

    Hawks sneak by the Eagles who are missing the best OG and RT in football in Brandon Brooks and Lane Johnson. Add in the loss of Ertz, who is a top 5 TE and WEntz will falter. Too much injury talent to lose. Hawks 20 – 16

  91. Yeah sorry about that my mistake. I was looking at his season totals, which are 114 for 6.3 av. But the 9ers definitely do not struggle in run defense. They are the number 2 rush defense in the league, while the Eagles are ranked #11. As I said, the Eagles will have trouble keeping him contained.

    I think you may be thinking of their pass rush or pass defense. Because their run defense has been allowing an average of 112 yds per game and is ranked #16 in the league. It’s their weakness. Believe me, I know this team pretty well.

  92. “freefromwhatyouare says:
    January 2, 2020 at 4:10 pm
    I love when Florio tells it like it is and triggers the little lavender fella.
    Florio is indeed a lifelong Vikings fan, but he is not lonely and totally delusional. Mike is not like the one Vikings fan who spends his life on here crying about and being jealous of Packers fans who lead happy lives and have successful careers.”

    If you mean serial killers….yeah, Wisconsin has had some of the most infamous.

  93. Looks like a lot of Prognosticators who picked against the Vikings Got Burned and don’t know Football… LOL Vikings also Crush the Niners 45-3!

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