Here were are, the start of the NFL playoffs. Who will win this weekend’s match-ups? We turn to T.J. Bryce for his expert opinion on “All Things Football.” Will things turn out the way he predicts?
Raiders @ Texans– Brock Osweiler or Tom Savage vs Matt McGloin or Connor Cook or the ghost of Kenny Stabler or whoever the Raiders roll out there. This is going to be a very low scoring game with poor quarterback play. If Connor Cook can find the end-zone against supposedly the best defense in the league under these circumstances he should get a crown. The Texans will do just enough on offense and Osweiler will figure out a way to score a touchdown or two perhaps. Final Score: 13-6 Texans.
Lions @ Seahawks– The Seahawks got the luck of the draw here. Any other NFC playoff team or the good Redskins team (not the one we saw this past Sunday,) and they are one and done. Sometimes though, it’s better to be lucky than good. I will say this, the Seahawks need Russell Wilson now more than ever. With a defense that is reeling, and no running game at all. Wilson needs to go punch for punch with the likes of Matthew Stafford, Aaron Rodgers, Eli Manning and Matt Ryan just to get to the Super Bowl and a potential rematch with (what I predict will be) Tom Brady. But for this game, the home field advantage will be enough. Final Score: 27-20 Seahawks.
Dolphins @ Steelers– Adam Gase should get serious consideration for coach of the year after the way the Dolphins kept fighting following the Ryan Tannehill injury. However, the feel good story ends here. Ben Roethlisberger, Antonio Brown, and the rest of that all-world Steelers offense will be too much for the Dolphins to handle. 34-20 Steelers, and to be honest, this one could get bigger than that. We might see a little Landry Jones at the end of this game for Pittsburgh if the score gets to three touchdowns late depending on the flow of the game.
Giants @ Packers- The feature game of the weekend will be its best. Aaron Rodgers vs. Eli Manning. Two of the best of their generation in a classic quarterback duel. The Packers are the favorites in Vegas, although there should be no favorite in this game. However, this is exactly what the Dallas Cowboys wanted. Their two biggest potential obstacles to the Super Bowl playing each other in round one and one of them will be knocked out before they even get to the Cowboys. Final Score- 38-34 Packers.