2023 NFC Divisional Round Playoff Picks

Wildcard weekend wasn’t competitive in the NFC. San Francisco, New York and Dallas controlled their games and won with few scares. The remaining four (the Philadelphia Eagles had a week off) teams have a great shot at getting to both the conference championship and the Super Bowl. Even with an inexperienced Giants team remaining, no team is an easy out. It’s time to analyze which two teams have the best chance of making the next round.

#6 New York Giants v. #1 Philadelphia Eagles

A healthy Jalen Hurts (1, black) will be a problem after a week off. The Giants must be ready for any and everything versus their division rival.

This could be the last division rivalry playoff game we’ll see the rest of the 2022-23 season. Despite a close victory for Philadelphia a week and a half ago, head coach Brian Daboll sat out the offensive starters so they could have a week of rest and analyze their first round opponent better. The move paid off and the Giants look to take down the Eagles in Philadelphia.

The problem for New York could be a fully healthy Jalen Hurts after a bye week. Unlike quarterback Daniel Jones, Hurts did play in week 18 and carved the Giants secondary up with a healing shoulder. The result could be more lopsided since the Eagles starters will play both halves.

Prediction: Eagles win 40-30

#5 Dallas Cowboys v. #2 San Francisco 49ers

Deebo Samuel (19, red) is a menace to opposing secondaries. Dallas’ will be no exception.

One of the best and most prolific NFL rivalries highlights divisional round weekend. The 49ers haven’t lost a game since October and have failed to score 30 points or more once in the past month and a half. The Cowboys have the tools, coaching and talent to make this a hard, grind-out win in San Francisco. Dallas’ main issue is inconsistency and it showed again Monday night in Tampa Bay. The 49ers defense and offensive line will test the Cowboys early on how physical and mean they can get.

Prediction: 49ers win 41-21

NFC Wild-card Weekend Playoff Picks Record: 2-1

2023 AFC Divisional Round Playoff Picks

Wildcard weekend had everything audiences wanted. There was a double digit comeback victory, a back-and-forth division rivalry game and a near win on the road for a backup quarterback. Jacksonville gave audiences the best and closest game capped with a dramatic finish. The remaining four (the Kansas City Chiefs had a week off) teams have a great shot at getting to both the conference championship and the Super Bowl. Even with a battered Bengals team in the picture, no team is an easy out. It’s time to analyze which two teams have the best chance at making the next round.

#4 Jacksonville Jaguars v. #1 Kansas City Chiefs

Trevor Lawrence (16, white) has to start better in Kansas City than last Saturday. The Jaguars have to play a near perfect game in order to advance to the conference finals.

Jacksonville had a historic comeback and regardless of how the season ends, head coach Doug Pederson has a special unit where franchise quarterback Trevor Lawrence and defensive star Josh Allen are rising stars.

The Jaguars’ second round matchup is in one of the league’s loudest stadiums against the conference’s best team. Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes II is the front runner for league MVP for many reasons and Jacksonville can’t have a slow start like they did in last week’s home game. We’ll find out fast how competitive this game will be.

Prediction: Chiefs win 42-24

#3 Cincinnati Bengals v. #2 Buffalo Bills

Bengals v. Bills part two will result in a complete game and one team eliminated. The winner has a great chance of making it to the Super Bowl.

This might be the best game of the second round. Both offenses are deep at receiver and the runningbacks have played better since the start of December. Quarterbacks Joe Burrow and Josh Allen are mobile and stretch the field at ease. The deciding factor could be Buffalo’s wide receivers versus Cincinnati’s secondary. Eli Apple stands no chance covering Stefon Diggs and Cam Taylor-Britt will struggle against Gabe Davis. If Josh Allen is more accurate this week, Buffalo will punch their ticket to the conference finals.

Prediction: Bills win 35-27

AFC Wild-card Weekend Playoff Picks Record: 3-0

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2023 AFC Wild Card Weekend Playoff Picks

The 2021-2022 NFL regular season is over. 14 teams in two conferences (seven in each) have a shot at winning the Vince Lombardi championship trophy. The updated playoff format features an extra team. That means there’s one bye week for the top seeded team in each conference and a Monday night playoff game. Everyone wants to know which three teams in the AFC advance to the divisional round, so here are the best bets come Saturday.

#5 Los Angeles Chargers v. #4 Jacksonville Jaguars

Travis Etienne Jr.’s (1, white) promotion to starting runningback has balanced out Jacksonville’s offense and is a reason they won the AFC South.

Unfortunately this looks to be the AFC’s most competitive wild-card matchup. Injuries to Mike Williams and Joey Bosa could decide how often new starting runningback Travis Etienne Jr. takes control and becomes the focal point on Jacksonville’s offensive possessions. While quarterback Justin Herbert and runningback Austin Ekeler find ways to score often, the Jaguar defense is playing their best since early December and has everything going their way.

Prediction: Jaguars win 30-20

#7 Miami Dolphins v. #2 Buffalo Bills

It’s a shame either Stefon Diggs or Tyreek Hill will have their season end Sunday.

The first of two divisional matchups in the AFC, the home team has many advantages. Quarterback Tua Tagovailoa will not start for Miami and backup Jacoby Brissett is still working through a broken thumb on his throwing hand. That means third stringer Skylar Thompson will get the start against a top five defense in the league.

Buffalo’s offense will have a third opportunity to take on Miami’s middling defense. This could get ugly early.

Prediction: Bills win 41-14

#6 Baltimore Ravens v. #3 Cincinnati Bengals

Ja’Marr Chase had no sophomore slump this season. Cincinnati and Chase performed better the later the year went.

The last of the divisional games in either conference, the result should mirror the other two. A stronger, more balanced home team has an advantage over a road team that doesn’t have the final pieces on offense and defense. Like Buffalo, Cincinnati will have the harder test in the second round after seeing a divisional opponent two weeks in a row.

Prediction: Bengals win 30-17

2022 Regular Season AFC Playoff Predictions Record: 3-4

2023 NFC Wild Card Weekend Playoff Picks

The 2022-2023 NFL regular season is over. 14 teams in two conferences (seven in each) have a shot at winning the Vince Lombardi championship trophy. For those not familiar with the updated playoff format, an extra team has been added. That means there’s one bye week for the top seeded team in each conference and a Monday night playoff game. Everyone wants to know which three teams in the NFC advance to the divisional round, so here are the best bets come Saturday.

#7 Seattle Seahawks v. #2 San Francisco 49ers

New rising star Brock Purdy (13, white) is undefeated when starting for San Francisco, including a decisive Thursday night win in Seattle.

The first of three divisional games on wild-card weekend and the first playoff game, this one might be a snoozer. The 49ers have won ten straight games by an average scoring margin of 17 points. This is a bad matchup for Seattle. The Seahawks were thumped in both games against a divisional rival they were last swept by in 2011. Despite defensive tackle Al Woods and offensive play-makers Tyler Lockett and Kenneth Walker Jr. playing better since injuries, this will be a one-sided start to the postseason.

Prediction: 49ers win 37-13

#6 New York Giants v. #3 Minnesota Vikings

Mid-season acquisition T.J. Hockenson (87, white) broke out for 12 catches, 133 yards and two touchdowns in a three point win in Minnesota. Chances are the Giants defense won’t let Hockenson sniff anything close to those first matchup numbers.

The best and most interesting game for round one. The game could be a blowout, a nail-biting field goal to end, or a triple overtime thriller given how both teams played each other in the regular season.

The most important matchup is New York’s receivers versus Minnesota’s secondary. The Vikings defense has given up an average 400 yards passing and 23 points per game since their late October bye week. Brian Daboll is someone who coaches players on how to adapt and play better regardless of talent levels. Quarterback Daniel Jones had a week off and one can bet the starters on all three sides of the ball made notes on how to make needed adjustments for round two in Minneapolis.

Upset Prediction of the first round: Giants win 30-24

#5 Dallas Cowboys v. #4 Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Tom Brady’s personal worst NFL year still got him a division title and an opponent he’s undefeated against. Talk about luck.

The last game for wild-card weekend, this one should have a lot of interest. Dallas is in a slump while the Buccaneers are still working through injuries on the offensive line. Two things in Tampa’s favor are Tom Brady’s undefeated record versus the Cowboys and the week one win in Dallas Sunday night September 11th.

The results should be similar. Dallas’ offense has more pressure due to news headlines and constant feedback from owner Jerry Jones while Tampa’s more experienced in the postseason and runningback Leonard Fournette plays his best in Januarys.

Prediction: Buccaneers win 20-13

2022 Regular Season NFC Playoff Predictions Record: 3-4

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