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NFL Picks and Predictions Divisional Playoffs: Predictions for the entire slate of Divisional games

With a clean slate for the playoffs, the contributors at BTSC put their Kreskin cap on and predict the immediate NFL future.

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With the first week of the playoffs in the books, so is the BTSC Contributor Challenge: Playoff Edition. there were a few 4-0 weeks posted by Tony Defeo, Flip Fisher, Zach Parnes and Robert Hitchcock. The rest of the pack only had one blemish on their record. With the Steeler game being published separately, here are the remaining three games on the playoff docket.

Last Week

W

L

Anthony Defeo

4

0

Flip Fisher

4

0

Zach Parnes

4

0

Robert Hitchcock

4

0

Jeff Hartman

3

1

Bryan Davis

3

1

Brian Nuckols

3

1

Brett Foreman

3

1

58Steel

3

1

Daniel Sager

3

1

Fear94

3

1

Eric O’Connell

3

1

Mike Frazer

3

1

Post Season

W

L

Anthony Defeo

4

0

Flip Fisher

4

0

Zach Parnes

4

0

Robert Hitchcock

4

0

Jeff Hartman

3

1

Bryan Davis

3

1

Brian Nuckols

3

1

Brett Foreman

3

1

58Steel

3

1

Daniel Sager

3

1

Fear94

3

1

Eric O’Connell

3

1

Mike Frazer

3

1



With the Steeler game being published separately, here are the remaining three games on the playoff docket.


DivisionalPlayoffs

Houston at New England

Seattle at Atlanta

Green Bay at Dallas

Score

NE

ATL

GB

Anthony

Defeo




Score

NE 31 HOU 10

ATL 28 SEA 24

DAL 31 GB 28

Brett Foreman

It’s been a nice ride, but now it's NE in the playoffs at home.

Atlanta has too many weapons, even for the Seattle defense. Freeman has a big day.

The two rookies play like seasoned vets and dominate the GB defense. Rogers’ late heroics fall just short.

Score

NE 27 HOU 13

SEA 21 ATL 17

GB 35 DAL 31

Brian Nuckols

The Patriots systematically pick apart the HOU D. The result is never in doubt

SEA starts strong and holds off a late ATL rally to return to the NFC championship.

Green Bay leverages their experience to and wins in a shoot out.

Score

NE 28 HOU 10

SEA 35 ATL 24

GB 38 DAL 20

Dan Sager

Vegas has NE favored -16; this is the rare time I would advise you to take those odds in a postseason game. This shouldn't be close.

I don't think Seattle is a particularly dominant team, but I think this will be an easy game for them. I can't bring myself to trust Atlanta.

I don't know if I said it here, but I predicted that whoever won the GB-NYG would win the NFC. I stand by that prediction.

Score




Eric O’Connell




Score

NE 28 HOU 17

ATL 31 SEA 21

DAL 24 GB 17

Fear94

This wounds up being closer than anticipated because of the problems Houston’s front 7 creates.

Julio Jones gets revenge from the bad call in the regular season.

David Irving introduces himself to the rest of the casual fanbases of the NFL.

Score

NE 26 HOU 10

ATL 27 SEA 23

DAL 31 GB 30

58Steel

Please

The Seahawks O-line weakness, and the loss of Earl Thomas finally is too much to overcome.

A barnburner with a last second FG winning it for Dalllas.

Score

NE 35 HOU 3

ATL 35 SEA 21

DAL 21 GB 20

Flip Fisher

NE shows their dominance over a bad offense.

Best team in the NFC shows the NFL fans their ability.

Will be a great game.

Score

NE 28 HOU 10

ATL 31 SEA 24

GB 26 DAL 23

Jeff Hartman

Tom Brady continues his domination as the Patriots steamroll the Texans.

A very entertaining, and contested game, the Falcons offense is just too much for what once was called the "Legion of Boom".

The Cowboys are a good team, but Aaron Rodgers is playing out of his mind right now. A huge play in the 4th quarter sets up the game-winning FG.

Score

NE 27 HOU 7

ATL 27 SEA 24

DAL 34 GB 24

Mike Frazer

This could be the worst matchup of the 2016 playoffs, and that’s saying a lot after the wildcard round. New England beat the Texans by 27 already this year -- without Tom Brady.

In Seattle, I’d give it to the Seahawks. But the ability of the Falcons to score points on artificial turf, under a dome, with the crowd in their corner is simply going to overwhelm a Seattle defense that isn’t as good as it has been in recent years.

Expect a close game early, with an explosive second quarter for both teams. However, the Dallas O-line and running back Ezekiel Elliott will simply wear down the Packers’ defense and pull away late.

Score

NE 31 HOU 10

ATL 21 SEA 13

GB 38 DAL 31

Robert Hitchcock

How is this even a divisional round playoff matchup? Next please….

The Legion of Boom isn’t as intimidating as it once was, and the Seahawks offense has been quite underwhelming.

A hot, streaking Aaron Rodgers is too tough to stop. The Packers subpar defense does just enough to slow down the top rookie duo.

Score




Zach Parnes




Score

NE 28 HOU 16

Sea 37 ATL 31

Dal 27 GB 24

Bryan Davis

I think I'd rather watch a "Flip or Flop" marathon on HGTV. The crumbling marriage of Tarek and Christina El Moussa is more compelling than this game.

Explosive offense against tough defense. Russell Wilson and Thomas Wilson will put up points on the ATL.

Dallas isn't done. To quote Richard and Karen Carpenter, "We've only just begun."