Complete NFL Playoff Predictions!

By hcostats
Jan. 07, 2017

Wild Card Round

(6) Miami Dolphins @ (3) Pittsburgh Steelers: Many people see the Steelers as a title contender due to their current 7-game win streak.  However, it would be important to note that Pittsburgh has only played one other playoff team during that stretch, and they are 2-3 against other playoff teams on the season.  However, the Dolphins are likely going to have to play Matt Moore at quarterback, which will definitely be a problem for Miami's offense.  The Dolphins will be forced to rely heavily on running back Jay Ajayi, who ran for a whopping 204 yards and 2 touchdowns in Miami's Week 6 meeting with Pittsburgh.  Overall, this game should be closer than the 10-point line suggests, but Pittsburgh's home-field advantage will be too much for the short-handed Dolphins.  Prediction: Steelers 24, Dolphins 17

Ben Roethlisberger

(5) Oakland Raiders @ (4) Houston Texans: Raiders' fans have been made to feel like their season is already over due to Derek Carr's injury.  Their title hopes are certainly damaged, but they still have a fighting chance of getting through the first round against Houston, who is the weakest team in the playoffs.  Houston, however, is 7-1 at home this season and is relatively healthy entering the playoffs.  Brock Osweiler is definitely not a championship-caliber quarterback, but he is certainly good enough to beat an Oakland team that allows 24.1 points per game, which ranks 13th worst in the league.  Prediction: Texans 20, Raiders 16

JJ Watt

(6) Detroit Lions @ (3) Seattle Seahawks: Seattle is 7-1 at home this season and has a 3-1 record against fellow playoff teams, including a 31-24 win in Gillette Stadium against the Patriots.  The Lions are only 3-5 on the road, and are winless in 5 games against playoff teams.  Detroit's only hope is that Seattle's defense has one of its breakdown games, which they seem to be having every other week (Seattle allowed 34 points to Arizona and 38 to Green Bay).  Unfortunately for the Lions, Seattle has allowed 28.5 points per game over their last 2 games, which leads me to believe that it is time for a bounce back.  Prediction: Seahawks 24, Lions 14

Russell Wilson

(5) New York Giants @ (4) Green Bay Packers: Despite only scoring 30 or more points twice in their first 12 games, the Packers have put up at least 30 in each of their last 4 games, including scoring 38 against Seattle and Minnesota, who rank 3rd and 6th in points allowed, respectively.  Basically, Green Bay's offense is just clicking right now, which is why it will be interesting to see how they fair against one of the league's hottest defenses.  The Giants finished 2nd in points allowed per game, and their secondary should definitely present a challenge for Aaron Rodgers and company.  I think this will be the must-see game of the wild card round.  I see Green Bay edging out the Giants to book a trip to Dallas since it's never easy to win a postseason game at Lambeau.  Prediction: Packers 27, Giants 24

Jordy Nelson

Divisional Round

(4) Houston Texans @ (1) New England Patriots: For once, the Patriots defense may actually be scarier than their offense this year.  That's really bad news for the rest of the league since their offense is still pretty damn good.  Houston does have a solid defense, but their faulty offense will struggle severely against New England.  This game will be the biggest blowout of the entire playoffs, as Tom Brady and his team will coast at home to advance to the AFC title game.  Prediction: Patriots 28, Texans 10

LeGarrette Blount

(3) Pittsburgh Steelers @ (2) Kansas City Chiefs: It's been 13 years since the last time the Chiefs earned a first-round bye.  The Steelers will have a lot of confidence since they beat Kansas City 43-14 back in Week 4.  But the Chiefs are 10-2 since then, and they've only allowed their opponents to scored above 20 points 4 times in that span.  They've found star power in rookie Tyreek Hill, and Pittsburgh lacks defensive stardom.  This one should be close, but I like the Chiefs this time around.  Prediction: Chiefs 24, Steelers 23

Alex Smith

(4) Green Bay Packers @ (1) Dallas Cowboys: This will be the ultimate battle between skill and experience.  The Packers have all the playoff experience you would want to go on a long playoff run, and the Cowboys have all the potential and talent in the world.  However, the Cowboys are a team run by rookies, and life hits you fast in the playoffs.  The Packers finished the year winning their last 3 road games, so they are poised for a playoff win on the road.  Green Bay is also the 8th best defense against the rush, so it will be interesting to see how Ezekiel Elliott performs in his playoff debut. Prediction: Packers 30, Cowboys 27

Aaron Rodgers

(3) Seattle Seahawks @ (2) Atlanta Falcons: This game will feature one of the best matchups of the entire playoffs.  Seattle has had the NFL's most elite defense over the past few seasons, and Atlanta's offense has been a work of art this year.  Not only was Atlanta the only team to score more than 30 points per game, but they scored 33.8.  That's 4.5 points ahead of the 2nd place Saints, which is the difference between the Saints and the Redskins... who are 12th in points scored.  So Atlanta is miles ahead of everyone offensively, and while Seattle's defense is good, they aren't revolutionary.  The Falcons should take this one.  Prediction: Falcons 28, Seahawks 17

Matt Ryan

Conference Championships

(2) Kansas City Chiefs @ (1) New England Patriots: Kansas City is the one AFC team that I think can beat New England.  However, the Chiefs are too inconsistent to take back-to-back playoff games.  Their one hope is that New England struggles to throw the ball without Gronk.  The Chiefs have an elite secondary, so that is possible.  I just can't picture Tom Brady being completely shut down in the playoffs, although he should be slowed down.  Prediction: Patriots 17, Chiefs 13

Tom Brady

(4) Green Bay Packers @ (2) Atlanta Falcons: At this point, Green Bay will have won 8 straight games.  The Falcons have struggled this year when they've played other solid offenses.  As I mentioned earlier, the Packers offense has been on fire, so this one will be a shootout.  Atlanta's home-field advantage is not great, as the Falcons are only 5-3 at home this year.  I think Green Bay's momentum and confidence will carry them past the Falcons, but this may be the most exciting game of the playoffs since we all love offense.  Prediction: Packers 38, Falcons 35

Davante Adams

Super Bowl LI

New England Patriots vs. Green Bay Packers: In a rematch of Super Bowl XXXI, Tom Brady and the Patriots will square off with Aaron Rodgers and the Packers.  Last time these teams faced off for the title, Brett Favre led Green Bay to their first championship since 1968 as he ran across the field hoisting his helmet.  Since then, the Patriots have been the better franchise, but I think the Pack will get the best of New England again.  The Patriots only legitimate loss this season was at home against Seattle, but I don't think they're good enough to be a 1-loss team (as crazy as that may sound).  Aaron Rodgers will win the Super Bowl LI MVP award and will win his second championship with the Packers.  Prediction: Packers 28, Patriots 20

Aaron Rodgers & Clay Matthews