Divisional Playoff Preview

Happy New Year. My take on the second round of the playoffs.

1. Ravens at Broncos- A week 15 rematch. The Broncos have the AFC's one seed because of an 11 game winning streak to close the season out and this was an 8-8 football team a season ago. The Ravens on the other hand feel they aren't done fighting and they can be one of the remaining AFC teams that gets to New Orleans to play in the big game. This is a week 15 rematch that the Broncos dominated from start to finish. Peyton has a 9-2 career record against the Ravens.

2. Packers at 49ers- Both these teams are extremely different from their week one matchup. The 49ers looked like that team to beat from the start and seemed to pick up where they left off from their magical 2011 season that had them a game away from the Super Bowl. The Packers at that time looked flat and undisciplined. Fast forward to now. San Fran has a new Quarterback and the Packers have finally fixed their issues and got it together.

3. Seahawks at Falcons- No team enters the playoffs with more pressure on them to win than the Atlanta Falcons. They always have that great regular season just like they did this year and are always one and done come playoff time. Their biggest weakness this year has been their run defense and with a running Quarterback in Russell Wilson and a great Running Back in Marshawn Lynch. The Seahawks feel they can beat anyone and anywhere.

4. Texans at Patriots- The Texans struggled in all phases of the game when they played the Patriots a few weeks back on a Monday night. Matt Schaub hasn't played well and one thing the Texans don't want to do is turn the ball over and make mistakes on a Patriots team that will capitalize and make you pay with every mistake you make. In their previous matchup, the Patriots were without Gronk. He'll be back this time and a healthy Gronk means Brady is looking his way often.

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Ed Arter January 07, 2013 at 09:39 PM
Broncos / Frisco / Seahawks / Pats


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