Playoff Predictions: Championship Week Edition
Last week, I published my predictions for the Divisional round of the 2018 NFL playoffs. I ended up hitting as accurately as a coin flip, going 2/4. Here were my picks alongside the actual results from last week:
Falcons @ Eagles
Final: Eagles 15, Falcons 10
What went wrong? I stated “Matty Ice and Co. figure out how to score once more” after halftime, and the Falcons literally did not do that thanks to some highly questionable play calling (Yes, its deja vu for me, too).
Titans @ Patriots
Final: Patriots 35, Titans 14
I was close with this one, and the Patriots did in fact win by at least 2 scores at home. Unfortunately too easy.
Jaguars @ Steelers
Final: Jaguars 45, Steelers 42
So, turns out I wasn’t very close here. The only thing I seem to have predicted correctly is that the Jaguars wouldn’t hold the Steelers Killer Bs to 9 points again. Jags with the upset of the weekend.
Saints @ Vikings
Final: Vikings 29, Saints 24
This was the game I was closest to picking the final score in, however I was very incorrect in how I saw the score getting that way. A win is a win, and from afar my prediction looked spot on (It wasn’t).
But enough for last weeks recap, how about these Championship week matchups?
(3) Jacksonville Jaguars @ (1) New England Patriots
Patriots 30, Jaguars 27
I really am starting to believe in Jacksonville (so they’ll probably lay an egg this week) and I see this game being an extremely close contest throughout. The Jags defense is as legit as they come, and Tom Coughlin having his finger everywhere on that franchise means something in a contest against New England (See Super Bowl XLII and XLVI). But Brady, Belichick and Gronk are probably just a bit too much for Sacksonville in Foxboro in January. Patriots by a score at home.
(2) Minnesota Vikings @ (1) Philadelphia Eagles
Vikings 17, Eagles 10
This one is tough. 2 of the leagues best defenses, outdoors in January in Philadelphia, and the starting QBs are Nick Foles and Case Keenum. Except Case Keenum is no longer that Case Keenum you think of, and Nick Foles is still looking efficient (if you overlook his shoulda coulda woulda interceptions last week). I think, with some bias, the Vikings are the more complete team with the better coach. Give me the road warrior Vikings by a touchdown in a defensive, slow paced game.
If I keep up my playoff prediction average of exactly 50%, lets hope its the Vikings winning and the Jaguars pulling off the next greatest upset of the season in Foxboro (again, slightly biased).