HAWK’s NFL DIVISIONAL ROUND PICKS: 2017 Edition
Picked 3 of 4 correct winners in the Wildcard Round last week. 4 more to pick this week as we enter the second round of the playoffs.
Saturday Night Divisional Playoffs
#3 Seattle Seahawks (11-5-1) at #2 Atlanta Falcons (11-5)
(-5.0) (O/U 51.5) 1:35 PM Fox
We start the second round of the playoffs with a good one. These two teams faced off during week 6. It was played in Seattle and the Seahawks pulled off a dramatic 26-24 victory.
Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman and Falcons leading receiver Julio Jones went toe to toe the whole game, but Jones got the better of him, statistically anyways. He had 7 catches for 139 yards and a Td on 9 targets. But it was Sherman that had a crucial stop on 4th and 10 in the final 1:39 of the game that would end the Falcons final attempt at a comeback.
Stopping the best receiver in the NFL is no small task but Seattle’s depleted secondary that is missing Earl Thomas will have to do just that. Sherman was not guarding Jones every play last game but he may have to be in this time. Atlanta struggled to run the ball against the Seahawks in the week 6 matchup, which is no surprise. Few teams in the league have been able to run against Bobby Wagner and company this season as they rank 7th best in the league.
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By Brent “The Hawk” Walker
AFC BYE’S- none
NFC BYE’S- Carolina Panthers, Dallas Cowboys
10-5 last week marks the best I have had so far. This puts me at 45-47 for the year. Hopefully I can get back into the green here and surpass .500 finally.
New York Giants (3-3) at St Louis Rams (3-3)
(+2.5) (0/U 43.5)—In London
Hard to figure out this Giants team. Odelle Beckham Jr seems to be back though. He blew up for 222 yards and 2 Td’s on only 8 catches in a 27-23 win over the Ravens last week. He’s still a little bitch though in my opinion. His ongoing saga with the kicking net though is fairly entertaining I’ll give him that.
New Orleans Saints (2-3) at Kansas City Chiefs (3-2)
(-6.5) (O/U 50.5)
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Note: Hawk’s picks for Sunday’s games will be released tomorrow afternoon.
By Brent “The Hawk” Walker
Last week in my Atlanta and Washington preview I predicted that it would be a hard fought game and Atlanta would “struggle to put 20 points on the board (and they average 34.3).”
It was 19-19 at the end of regulation.
Atlanta would win in overtime after their defense had a pick 6 to increase their record to 5-0, making them the surprise of the season thus far. It appears as if new head coach Dan Quinn is making an immediate impact.
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The NFC South, which includes New Orleans Saints, the Carolina Panthers, Atlanta Falcons, and Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Atlanta enters 2015 without head coach Mike Smith for the first time since 2008 after back to back losing records of 4-12 in 2013 and 6-10 in 2014, to go along with an unimpressive 1-4 overall playoff record. Smith will be replaced by former Seattle Seahawks defensive coordinator Dan Quinn. In 2013 (his first as the Seahawks Defensive coordinator) Seattle led the NFL in fewest points allowed, fewest yards allowed and most turnovers, the first time this had been done since the 1985 Bears which is widely considered the greatest defense in NFL history.
His second year with Seattle wasn’t too bad either as his defense would again lead the league in fewest yards and points allowed. No doubt he was hired by Atlanta as head coach to try to fix a defense that was the worst in the league last year in yards allowed.
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