Sunday, September 8, 2013

2014 Playoff Predictions: Divisional Round

Broncos over Bengals: The Denver Broncos offense looked unstoppable against a very respectable Baltimore Ravens defense in Week 1. Wes Welker, Demaryius Thomas, and Eric Decker make up the best receiving corp in the league, and we predict Peyton manning to throw for more than 50 touchdowns in 2013. The Bengals defense is very talented, but their inexperience makes Denver the favorite to win. 

Patriots over Texans: Rob Gronkowski and Danny Amendola are both expected to be in the starting lineup by October, so Tom Brady will finally have the receivers he needs to win. New England's running game also looks relatively strong with Steven Ridley, Shane Vereen, and Legarrette Blount. The Houston Texans are knocked out of the divisional round for the third straight year.

49ers over Saints: Quarterback Colin Kaepernick has proven he can not only run with the football, but has also found success through the air. Kaepernick dominated the Green Bay Packers in his Week 1 matchup, and the defense fared well against former MVP Aaron Rodgers. The New Orleans Saints defense will be the Achilles heal in this matchup.

Seahawks over Falcons: With Percy Harvin back in the starting lineup, Russell Wilson and running back Marshawn Lynch will pick apart Atlanta's defense. The Atlanta Falcons offense is extremely difficult to defend, but Seattle is able to get the job done.

Update: 5 out of the 8 teams that we predicted to play in the Divisional Round of the NFL Playoffs actually made it to the Divisional Round

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