The NFL playoffs are here with some very interesting matchups. Some teams are here for the first time in years. Others are trying to finally break through and make a deep run. Sunday, especially, treats football fans to some great matchups. Here at Border Fuel, we give you a big prediction for each of these wild games.
Big Prediction #1- The Bears Will Upset the Saints
The Chicago Bears’ roller coaster of a season will be extended when they upset the second-seed Saints. Though the Saints won their final two games, their wins came against the Vikings and Panthers, two of the worst defenses in the NFL. Prior to those two wins, they had lost two in a row against the Eagles and Chiefs.
While the Chiefs loss is understandable, losing to the lowly Eagles is concerning. Even though Drew Brees did not play in that game, Taysom Hill played well passing for 291 yards and two touchdowns.
In the Bears, the Saints will be playing a defense that is good against the run and an offense that is capable of draining the game clock. While this does not guarantee victory, it does show that the Bears have a pretty good chance of getting a third crack at the Packers in the Divisional Round.
Big Prediction #2- Lamar Jackson Will Get His First Playoff Win
Despite playing a road playoff game, Lamar Jackson and the Ravens will defeat the Tennessee Titans. In terms of playoff matchups, this one could not have been worse for the Titans in the opening round.
The Ravens have the eighth-best run defense in the league while the Titans have the 18th ranked run defense. Now, the Titans do have the second-best run offense; but the Ravens have the number one run offense. In a game that features the two best rushing offenses, it is the Ravens that have the superior run defense.
This does not bode well for the Titans who have the fourth WORST passing defense in the league as well. Lamar Jackson will be able to carve them up on the ground and through the air, securing his first career playoff victory.
Big Prediction #3- The Browns Will Beat the Steelers for the Second Week in a Row
The Cleveland Browns lost their first matchup against the Steelers this year in Week Six. They evened the season series in Week 17, though, with a 24-22 victory. In a rare event, the two teams will face off for the second week in a row in the opening round of the playoffs.
This will, no doubt, likely be the most grueling game on Sunday. The Steelers have the third-best defense in the league, but the eighth-worst offense. In addition, after winning their first 11 games, the Steelers have lost four of their last five games. Playoff football is all about getting hot at the right time, and the Steelers are going in the opposite direction.