NFL Divisional Playoff Picks Print E-mail
Written by Denis Krusos   
Wednesday, 10 January 2018 11:38

Season To Date: 29-26
Atlanta Falcons (11-6) at Philadelphia Eagles (13-3): The Falcons are better on defense, but
not as productive on offense compared to last season.  Atlanta is going to focus on stopping Philly's
running game and dare Nick Foles to beat them.  That is a lot of pressure on Foles.  The Eagles can
stop the run and rush the quarterback with a deep defensive line.  This game could be a defensive struggle
with Matt Ryan protecting the ball better than Foles being the difference in the game.
Falcons 20- Eagles 17 
Tennessee Titans (10-7) at New England Patriots (13-3): The Pats can surender some yards on the ground
and that is the Titans best hope.  Tennessee must control time of possession with Derrick Henry pounding the ball
behind a physical offensive line to pull off the upset.  New England knows this and will gear their defense to stop the run.
The Patriots have a talented secondary and the Titans lack an explosive passing attack to take advantage of New England
selling out to stop the ground game.  The Pats also do not get slowed down on offense in the 2nd half like the Chiefs did.
Patriots 30- Titans 16 
Jacksonville Jaguars (11-6) at Pittsburgh Steelers (13-3): The Jags gave the Steelers a beatdown early in the season
and Pittsburgh will get revenge.  Ben Roethlisberger threw 5 interceptions and Leonard Fournette rushed for almost 200 yards.
It will be very different in this game.  Fournette will be a marked man and the Steelers will hold him to under a hundred.
This forces Blake Bortles to keep drives alive on 3rd down and he fails to convert enough.  Big Ben gets too many
chances to attack the Jags excellent defense and eventually Jacksonville cracks.  The Steelers have too many weapons to be held
down all game.
Steelers 17- Jaguars 9 
New Orleans Saints (12-5) at Minnesota Vikings (13-3): The Saints are a much better team at home.  Minnesota will have
a wild crowd that riles up a fantastic defense into a frenzy.  The Vikes are talented at every level on defense and Drew Bress, Mark Ingram
and Alvin Kamara will struggle.  Minnesota's offensive line is good and Case Keenum has another solid game.
Vikings 23- Saints 16 

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