Well the NFL 2015-2016 regular season has come to an end and the playoffs are upon us. With the mystical “Superbowl 50” dangling in front of 12 teams eyes; it all starts with this very weekend. The Carolina Panthers, New England Patriots, Denver Broncos and Arizona Cardinals all have a bye this week and each get the treat of facing one the four teams who survive this weekend. And when I say survive I mean survive. So let’s get into some game previews and predictions for a weekend that will be sure not to disappoint.
(4) Houston Texans vs (5) Kansas City Chiefs
The Chiefs are on arguably the quietest 10-game winning streak and The Houston Texans are seeming to be getting a rhythm and flow between Deandre Hopkins on offense and J.J. Watt on defense, as they a gear up for this Week 1 rematch.
Chiefs rookie CB Marcus Peters has had an outstanding season that just so happened to start off with a pick on Houston Texans QB Brian Hoyer & Houston’s own J.J. Watt and Whitney Merciless have combined for 29.5 sacks this season. Leading to the for both teams: Defense .
Pick: Kansas City Chiefs are just hard to bet against right now. Not only are they streaking, they have allowed the third fewest points of any team this season. Kansas City 23-17.
(3) Cincinnati Bengals vs (6) Pittsburgh Steelers
Sneaking through the back door of these playoffs, The Steelers are the overwhelming favorite in this match-up against a Cincinnati Bengal team who hasn’t won a playoff game since Jan. 6 1991 (I wasn’t even born yet!). The Bengals started off this season on a 7 game winning streak and were true Superbowl contenders until starting QB Andy Dalton broke his thumb in a Week 13 loss to none other than the Pittsburgh Steelers
Back-up QB AJ McCarron will start in his first playoff game against 2x SuperBowl champ Ben Roethlisberger; Steelers will clearly have the advantage here. Statistically, thats pretty much where the Steelers edge ends. The Steelers have allowed 7.5 yards per pass the worst of any of the 12 playoff teams and Bengals defense has given up only 279 points, second fewest in the NFL.
Pick: Although the “playoff curse” looms over the Bengals, I think they’ll still get the victory. Bengals in a tough OT win. 31-28
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