Published: Sat, January 14, 2017
Technology | By Ramiro Moody

NFL Divisional Round Preview


The one game everyone thought would be a good one, Packers vs. Giants, ended up being the biggest blowout (25 points) while the game that was expected to be one of the most boring in a decade, Texans vs. Raiders, was decided by less than two touchdowns (13 points). However, the Cowboys have been strong in pass coverage this season-the team is rated second in coverage by Pro Football Focus. Beating Atlanta will be no easy task. Unfortunately, Sunday appears to bring a more hard obstacle, as the shift from Miami's 29th-ranked defense in yards allowed - at home - to playing in Kansas City against a Chiefs team allowing the seventh-fewest points should lower the ceiling of the three aforementioned stars.

Seattle at Atlanta - This should be a terrific match of strength against strength: Atlanta's offense vs. Seattle's defense. The game kicks off at 7:15 p.m. CT on CBS.

You don't normally see a team as a two-touchdown favorite in the NFL Divisional Round, but if any matchup would deserve such betting prognostication, it would be this one. Its defense will have its hands full going up against quarterback Tom Brady at home, where he rarely loses, whether it's regular or postseason.

Since then, the Patriots have not lost, and outside of a Monday night game with Baltimore, the Pats haven't really been tested.

The Texans defense might keep it close for a while, but there is no way Brock Osweiler can keep up with Tom Brady and the Patriots. Wilson has shown the potential for explosive games at unexpected times, but he appears to be more of a trap play this week.

Steelers (+1.5) over Chiefs: I pick every game because it's fun and a challenge, but it doesn't mean I have a strong opinion on all 267 National Football League games over a season.

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Here's hoping for a good slate of games this weekend. That game was played in Seattle, with Earl Thomas in the lineup.

Another unbelievable performance was by Pittsburgh's running back Le'Veon Bell who rushed for 167 yards and two touchdowns, while his teammate Antonio Brown also scored two more through the air for a 30-12 win over the Miami Dolphins. However, the Dolphins replaced quarterback David Woodley with veteran Don Strock in the second quarter and things changed. He says the Falcons will not only win but they will cover the five points. Ben Roethlisberger, Le'Veon Bell, and Antonio Brown are all back in-play, with Bell being my top choice.

These two teams have also faced each other earlier in the season in Week 4. Pittsburgh linebacker James Harrison joked this week about forgetting the 43-14 romp over the Chiefs in Week 4. The Steelers always seem to find that extra gear in the playoffs. How much will home field advantage now matter? The line has since matriculated across even, now favoring Kansas City, as it should. He carried the ball 12 times for 40 yards while adding 10 receiving yards. "You tip your cap to them for that performance", Pittsburgh coach Mike Tomlin said. The Packers have the better quarterback, but the Cowboys have the better team. Dallas fans everywhere were happy to see that since the Giants have given the Cowboys two of their three losses during the regular season. The Packers have won seven games in a row and are one of the hottest teams still remaining in the playoffs.

The Cowboys, led by rookie quarterback Dak Prescott and running back Ezekiel Elliott, look to end their 21-year drought to the big game, and will face veteran quarterback Aaron Rodgers who could quash the Cowboys' aspirations of making it to the Super Bowl.

Nate's prediction: While Green Bay has been playing their best football as of late, and Dallas does have a propensity to choke a game away in the playoffs, I think the Cowboys and that offensive line will be just too much for the Packers to stop.

Nathan Ham can be reached at 336-489-3062.

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