Our own Brett Vega is back with his popular look around the NFL: Do The Vega!
Three and one is not too bad. That was my record in picking games during the Wild Card Weekend last week.
I wrote all year that the Kansas City Chiefs would be one and done in the postseason and let my disgust that the Titans made the playoffs influence my pick on the game. Doesn’t matter, after another unwatchable matchup in New England, I won’t have to write the words Mariota Sucks until next year.
Jon Gruden is now officially the Oakland Raiders new coach. Next year could mean big things for this Raiders squad. Onto the Matchups.
FALCONS VS EAGLES
Saint Nick needs to play much better than he did against a really bad Oakland defense to have any chance at beating this Atlanta team. I have no faith that he will. Atlanta is now 11-0 when they score more than 20 points. They should put up at least 27 against Foles who has 7 turnovers since taking over. 27-13 Atlanta.
TITANS VS PATRIOTS
Well. at least I don’t have to write about how badly Andy Reid would’ve been out coached this week. Instead I get to get to talk about how Belichick takes away what you do best. And, if the Titans can’t run the ball I don’t see Mariota’s arm being much of a problem, even though New England’s defense is sketchy. 28-7 PATRIOTS.
JAGUARS VS STEELERS
Which Antonio Brown are we getting here? The Steelers defense has not been the same since Shazier went down. For me it’s just too many question marks against a defense of this caliber. Bortles is the wild card. If he doesn’t turn the ball over I believe Fournette can dominate and take this game over. Which in turn keeps Big Ben and that offense on the sideline in the cold. 17-10 JAGUARS.
SAINTS VS VIKINGS
These are two completely different teams than the two who met in week one. Minnesota has established that defensive dominance we’ve seen a few times over the last couple Super Bowls. Denver, Seattle, and Baltimore are a few that come to mind. That being said, no team has ever played a home game in the Super Bowl. Add to that past history for the Vikings, (Gary Anderson 1998 and Blair Walsh more recently) and I have a gut feeling that Kai Forbath is going to be the reason they lose this game. The Saints run game is something the Vikings haven’t had to deal with yet this year. And Drew Brees is about 50 steps up the QB ladder above Case Keenum. They will do just enough to hold a 3-point lead and watch as Forbath misses wide right to give them a home game in the NFC Championship game. 27-24 SAINTS.