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NFL Preview: Playoff & Super Bowl Predictions

having two people photoshopped onto horses would just be silly

Our NFL experts are going to shed some light on their picks for division & wild card winners, as well as the esteemed Super Bowl champions this year. Check back in a few months to see how wrong we were how accurate our extremely intelligent and well thought out picks are. Most importantly, I've been inspired to do some pretty awesome photoshopping for this post so enjoy that insanity.

Jacqueline 

so excited about the gold rush!!!

so excited about the gold rush!!!

NFC East: Dallas Cowboys
NFC North: Green Bay Packers
NFC West:
San Francisco 49ers
NFC South: Atlanta Falcons

NFC Wildcard teams: New Orleans Saints, Seattle Seahawks

AFC East: New England Patriots
AFC North: Cincinnati Bengals
AFC West:
Denver Broncos
AFC South: Houston Texans

AFC Wildcard teams: Pittsburgh Steelers, Baltimore Ravens

NFC Champion: San Francisco 49ers v. Seattle Seahawks, winner: San Francisco 49ers

AFC Champion: Denver Broncos v. Houston Texans, winner: Houston Texans

Super Bowl XLVIII Winner: San Francisco 49ers

Lauren

 because if you're putting your face on a bronco's body, you might as well use the picture where you're also wearing a mustache

because if you're putting your face on a bronco's body, you might as well use the picture where you're also wearing a mustache

NFC East: Dallas Cowboys. Homer pick, I know. But THIS IS OUR YEAR. And no, I don’t say that every year.
NFC North: Green Bay Packers
NFC West:
Seattle Seahawks. I’m still mad at them for beating us last year, but I think the Russell Wilson + Pete Carroll combo is too good to overlook.
NFC South: New Orleans Saints. I’m going to get real wild here and keep the Falcons completely out of the playoffs.

NFC Wildcard teams: Minnesota Vikings, Arizona Cardinals

AFC East: New England Patriots. Give them some real competition already.
AFC North: Pittsburgh Steelers. My dad is going to be so happy with me for this pick.
AFC West:
Denver Broncos
AFC South: Houston Texans

AFC Wildcard teams: Cincinnati Bengals, Indianapolis Colts. It was a real toss-up for me between the Colts & the Ravens, but I think Baltimore is going to have quite the tumble this year.

NFC Champion: Dallas Cowboys

AFC Champion: Denver Broncos

Super Bowl XLVIII Winner: Broncos. I’d like to give it to the Boys, but there’s no way I’ll live past the NFC Championship game and without me there to support them, there’s no way they can win.

 

Madeline

Clay Matthews beats a photoshopped picture of Madeline any day. No offense, Madeline.

Clay Matthews beats a photoshopped picture of Madeline any day. No offense, Madeline.

NFC East: Dallas Cowboys
NFC North: Green Bay Packers
NFC West:
San Francisco 49ers
NFC South: New Orleans Saints

NFC Wildcard teams: Atlanta Falcons, Seattle Seahawks

AFC East: New England Patriots
AFC North: Cincinnati Bengals
AFC West:
Denver Broncos
AFC South: Houston Texans

AFC Wildcard teams: Indianapolis Colts, Baltimore Ravens

NFC Champion: San Francisco 49ers v. Green Bay Packers, winner: Green Bay Packers

AFC Champion: Baltimore Ravens v. Denver Broncos, winner: Denver Broncos

Super Bowl XLVIII Winner: Denver Broncos v. Green Bay Packers, winner: Green Bay Packers

This is, of course, seeing that Aaron Rodgers doesn’t get hurt by the third game. Then I choose Lions to win division and Broncos/Seattle to be Super Bowl with Seattle as the winner.

 

Makeda

having two people photoshopped onto horses would just be silly

having two people photoshopped onto horses would just be silly

 NFC East: New York Giants
NFC North:
Green Bay Packers
NFC West: San Francisco 49ers
NFC South: New Orleans Saints
NFC Wildcard teams: Atlanta Falcons, Seattle Seahawks
AFC East: New York Jets**
AFC North: Cincinnati Bengals
AFC West: Denver Broncos
AFC South: Houston Texans
AFC Wildcard teams: Baltimore Ravens, Indianapolis Colts

NFC Champion: Seattle Seahawks

AFC Champion: Denver Broncos

Super Bowl XLVIII Winner: Broncos

**HAHA yeah right. Pats.

 

Allen

 Allen's riding those Falcons to the top (see what I did there?)

Allen's riding those Falcons to the top (see what I did there?)

NFC East: Washington Redskins (editor's note: Apparently we're not as alike as I thought, Allen. Geeeeez.)
NFC North: Detroit Lions (I fear no warnings!
NFC West:
Seattle Seahawks
NFC South: Atlanta Falcons

NFC Wildcard teams: New Orleans Saints, Green Bay Packers

AFC East: New England Patriots
AFC North: Cincinnati Bengals
AFC West:
Denver Broncos
AFC South: Houston Texans

AFC Wildcard teams: (wow, there are a lot of terrible teams in the AFC) Baltimore Ravens, Indianapolis Colts

NFC Champion:Atlanta Falcons

AFC Champion: Denver Broncos

Super Bowl XLVIII Winner: And this is the year: Falcons over Broncos in the Super Bowl. We couldn't knock off aging Elway, but aging Peyton doesn't have Terrell Davis.

 WHAT ARE YOUR PICKS? 

Go For Two: Playoffs! NFC Championship Game.

San Francisco at Atlanta Sunday 3:00PM ET

image courtesy of hinterlandgazette.comColin Kaepernick. Matt Ryan. Michael Crabtree. Julio Jones. Frank Gore. Michael Turner.

If you're not already excited about this game, there is no hope for you. Everyone wrote-off Atlanta, even this gal. But, some how, some way -- they got it done. Yet, that statement will be the focus of many questions going into this game for Atlanta. Why can't Atlanta get it done sooner in a game? Why is it always down to the wire? Why do the Falcons let teams creep back in?

Atlanta better have an answer to those questions this week. San Francisco was on fire during the entire regular season, but now? They are going nuclear. I know it first hand, I'm a Green Bay fan. Colin Kaepernick was clearly the right direction to go in for San Francisco. No hindsight needed. Green Bay could've beat Alex Smith. But Colin? Clearly not. Green Bay couldn't keep their heads on straight against Frank Gore, a hot passing game, plus Colin Kaepernick running all over us. The biggest insult? Oh, just a 56 yard run by Kaepernick for a TD.

Image courtesy of deadspin.comThis is what the Falcons get to look forward to. I only hope that Atlanta learned from our mistakes. We were actually doing pretty well until a muffed punt and Rodgers throwing an interception. Atlanta needs to keep the turnovers at zero. They need to keep Colin Kaepernick in the pocket and make him throw instead of run. The Falcons need to play an entire game, and not take a nap during the third quarter.

Good luck Atlanta. I hope you win.

 

AFC Playoff Preview

Baltimore (4) vs Denver (1) - Saturday January 12 - 4:30 p.m.

This match is between the AFC North and AFC West champions. After coming off of an easy win last week versus Indianapolis, the Ravens appear ready for another playoff run. However, coming into Denver isn't an easy task and I suspect they may falter.

polamalu-sacks-flaccoThe Broncos are one of the hottest teams in the playoffs winning 11 straight games that landed them the #1 playoff seed in the AFC. Peyton Manning is having one of his best season following neck surgery. They seem to have it all together right now. Winning NFL games is quite a feat and winning 11 in a row is certainly nothing to ignore, however that stretch was a little padded. In that span they beat two playoff teams: Baltimore and Cincinnati. The rest of the teams were pretty much duds.

Keeping that in mind... I still pick Denver to win this game. Denver's defense is one of the best statistically in the league. They are ranked higher than Baltimore in nearly every category. The Denver D are tied with the Rams for the most sacks this season at 52.0. Already looking forward to Flacco eating some dirt.

Denver's offense, as you would suspect, is second in the league for total offense. Baltimore's is... not. They aren't terrible, but they aren't putting up the numbers Peyton and his Broncos have been all season.

manning-face

Pending any catastrophic special teams play or an excessive amount of turnovers, I believe Denver runs away with this game. Not a blowout, but they win by a touchdown.

Baltimore 20, Denver 27

Houston (3) vs New England (2) - Sunday January 13 - 4:30 p.m.

I was excited about this matchup when it was played on December 10th. Then the Patriots blew out the Texans ,which Alabama mimicked Monday night versus Notre Dame. Houston didn't look like it belonged on the same field as New England in their last game. I don't expect a change, but I am going to naively say that it won't be quite the blowout as last time.

brady-lose

The Texan's skid into the playoff still worries me. It may have been enough momentum to beat the Bengals, but not this Patriots team, not in Foxboro, not this year. This team is out for blood after losing the Super Bowl last year and they aren't going home in the first round of the playoffs.

New England 31, Houston 20

Go For two: Playoffs! Green Bay at Niners.

Image courtesty of aol.sportingnews.com

Come on Matthews, I want a win!

 

GB at Niners 8:00PM ET

Okay, here's the deal. I don't want to play the Niners. Atlanta? Absolutely. Seahawks? Hell, yes. The Niners? I don't like the way that cookie might crumble.

Green Bay has some flaws. One big one, protecting against the run, was taken care of last week. But it was taken care of because we didn't have to worry about the Viking's quarterback, Webb, at all. We won that game, and I'm pumped. The only problem is, the match-up that it now presents. The Packers now get their second, or maybe first, biggest flaw exposed -- our inability to protect Aaron Rodgers. Our offensive line is disastrous. Aaron Rodgers is one of the most sacked quarterbacks in the league. Not the distinction the current reigning league MVP was hoping to achieve this year.

Image courtesty of csnbayarea.com

Not these guys again!

So, I know! Let's play the third best team in total defense -- the Niners. Yay (insert sarcasm)! Let's play against the Smith brothers! Yay! Justin Smith will be active for the game, but we can only hope, that after a month off, he's a little rusty and a bit overwhelmed.

Green Bay needs to hope that Mr. Kaepernick is in awe of the playoffs and is stuck looking at the grand scale of it all instead of putting in a good performance. The Packers also need to be hoping that they got a little practice against the read-option when playing Webb last week. PLUS, one can only hope the ability to stop the run can carry over from the Vikings playoff game to Frank Gore this week, because the Packers won't get the privilege of playing against such a weak quarterback this time.

Image courtesy of mydualities.wordpress.com

Me, except I have brown hair, and I'm not a cartoon.

 

Ah, the playoffs. The time I pull out my hair, take tums, and can't decide between sitting, standing, and pacing during the game. I usually do all three.

As always, GO PACK!



 

 

Madeline Fresco is a novelist who lives in San Francisco. She is the author of CROSSED THE LINE, available for Kindle at Amazon.com, for Nook at Barnes & Noble, and as an ePub at other eBook retailers. You can also listen to her novel as a free, serialized audiobook at madelinefresco.com.

Go For Two: Playoffs! Seahawks at Redskins

courtesy of csnwashington.com

Who will lead their team to victory?

Wow! Rookie against rookie. Both of these quarterbacks have shined in their NFL debut season. It was thought that RGIII could be a star, but nobody new how much. On the other hand, it was presumed during off-season that Matt Flynn, who shined in the 2011 season finale of the Packers versus the Lions, would be the starter for the Seahawks. Then, gasp, Old Pete picked Russel Wilson instead.

But it's not just the quarterbacks that shine in these two offenses. Both have excellent running backs in Alfred Morris and Marshawn Lynch. Lynch was more of a known quantity, but Morris? Another Washington rookie -- but he seemed to come out of the blue (not out of the blue, exactly. He came from Florida Atlantic.)

Washington will have to prepare for Seattle's ability to put up big points. 58 points against the Cards, 50 against the Bills, and 42 against the 49ers. Those are impressive numbers.

courtesy of articles.latimes.comAnother scary aspect of Seattle is their secondary. Sherman is a tough and talented cornerback although, a little hot-headed. He was the one that started talking smack to Brady as Mr. Bundchen tried to walk off the field when the Patriots lost to the Seahawks. You don't have to like the guy, which I don't, but you do have to prepare for him.

 

courtesy of grantland

Sexy, funny, and smart. Oh, and a pretty good football player

So here is what it really comes down to for me. I don't like Pete Carroll. I don't like Sherman's attitude. I don't like the Fail Mary that got them here and cost my Packers the 2nd seed. On the other hand, I do like RGIII, I do like the fact that Washington is in the playoffs because they beat two teams that I despise -- the New York Football Giants, and America's team, the Cowboys.

GO REDSKINS



Madeline Fresco is a novelist who lives in San Francisco. She is the author of CROSSED THE LINE, available for Kindle at Amazon.com, for Nook at Barnes & Noble, and as an ePub at other eBook retailers. You can also listen to her novel as a free, serialized audiobook at madelinefresco.com.

Go For Two: Water Cooler Topics For Week 17

Week 17! There is no need to talk about players, or team personalities, it's the time of the year of win or go home, win and get a bye, and still for the sorry few -- playing for some trace amount of respect.

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Somehow, the Cowboys managed to do it again. They are like the annoying little brother you have to take everywhere with you, because Mom said so. Why, oh, why do the Cowboys have to be considered the game of the week! Why do they get the prime time slot? Ugh. It's because it's win or go home for the Cowboys. But if you don't like the Cowboys, which a lot of people don't, we have to watch this game. This is why a lot of us hate the Cowboys -- because they are shoved down our throats. I know this is one football fan who hopes they do the latter, and GO HOME!

 

 

courtesy of totalpackers.com

Also, I like Washington. I like RGIII. He's like Aaron Rodgers, you're happy he's your quarterback, not just because he is an exceptional athlete, but because you would want to hang out with the guy. Sorry Andrew Luck, you look like a psychopath. In fact, if I saw Mr. Luck walking on my side of the street, as a woman, I might cross over to the other side of the street as soon as I got a chance. Tony Romo, I wouldn't cross over to the other side of the street if I saw you, I'd take the opportunity to punch you in your face and wipe away that stupid grin of yours. But I digress.

 

The real game of the week to watch is ...

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Go For Two: Water Cooler Topics For Week 16

Ack! Second to last game of the season. Where did the time go? There are a lot of good games, but I'm going to highlight the two that will be most talked about.

 

 

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I'm Mr. Rapistberger

 

Bengals (8-6) vs Steelers (7-7) at 1:00PM ET

The Bengals are the 6th seed and the Steelers are the 7th seed. This is a must win for both team. There has been some ill-advised words from Big Ben about the play calling. Be careful Rapistberger, you don't want to blemish that shinning image of yours.

 

 

 

 

 

Courtesy of Seahawks.com

 

49ers vs Seahawks at 8:20PM ET

 

Who could believe the 49ers beat the Patriots last week?! All I have to say is, I was really rooting for the Patriots because I want my Pack to have the two seed. Also, being from San Francisco, I dislike the bandwagon fans here.

However, due to the epic fail of the refs, I find it really, really difficult to root for the Seahawks after their Fail Mary against my Pack. I truly can not decide who to root for.

 

Some other games to keep an eye on due to playoff implications are:

Saints at Cowboys

Redskins at Eagles

Vikings at Texans

Bears at Cardinals

Giants at Ravens

 



Madeline Fresco is a novelist who lives in San Francisco. She is the author of CROSSED THE LINE, available for Kindle at at Amazon.com, for Nook at Barnes & Noble, and as an ePub at other eBook retailers. You can also listen to her novel as a free, serialized audiobook at madelinefresco.com.

Go For Two: Water Cooler Topics For Week 15

There are a lot of good games this week. It's coming down to the wire. I can't wait for some of these games. This is the time of the year I wish I had 4 televisions so I could watch all the games.

 

Image courtesy of aol.sportingnews.com

I'm pumped!

49ers (9-3-1) at Patriots (10-3) 8:20PM ET ** Game of the Week

Again, the Patriots are in the game of the week. Hmm. Interesting. The 49ers are still way up there on the best of the best in the NFC. However, with how they looked twice against the Rams, there is cause for concern. Then there are the Patriots. Man do they look good. They look fired up. They look ready for the playoffs to begin. It will be interesting to see how Brady and the Patriots do against the 49ers defense and vice versa. I'm excited for this game.

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Go For Two: Water Cooler Topics For Week 13

Games to watch in Week 13 ...

 

Image from raidergirls.com

I'm sad all the time

Seahawks at Bears 1:00PM EST

 

This will be an interesting game. Seahawks (6-5) just lost their two starting cornerbacks due to failing tests for use of PED's. Chicago (8-3) just got Cutler back and showed that the Bears can not withstand to lose him. Remember last year Cutler was lost to the team late season and it cost the Bears the playoffs.

If playoffs started right now, the Bears are the 3rd seed and the Seahawks are the 6th. I can't stand the Seahawks or the Bears. However, as a Packers fan, I hate the Bears more and I can't root for a team that holds my coveted NFC North division winner slot.  I can't believe I'm going to say this ...

Go Seahawks.

 

pocketdoppler.com provided image

I'll just rest here for a bit
Besides, I'll be right back here in two seconds
Thanks O Line!

Vikings at Packers 1:00PM EST

 

We all saw what happened to my beloved Packers (7-4) Sunday night. Wah-wah. They got decimated by the Giants. The Pack has something to prove, yet again. This time they have to prove they can beat a playoff worthy team.

The Vikings (6-5), on the other hand, came out super strong, and are now fizzling. The Vikings are most certainly in the playoff wildcard hunt.

This is a no brainer.

Go Pack.

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