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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Finished the regular season 7-9, Which puts my season record at 137-117-2. But just like that it is the best time of the year: The NFL playoffs.
DoubleB may disagree with me as he believes that March Madness is the best time of the year. He has a point, and a good argument, but in my humble opinion NFL playoffs get the edge, just slightly. That being said I still have gone to Las Vegas for March Madness for the last seven years, and it is a damn good experience.
So let’s rock and roll. ITS WILDCARD TIME!!!!
Saturday Night Wildcard games
#5 Oakland Raiders (12-4) at #4 Houston Texans (9-7)
(-3.5) (O/U 36.5) 1:35 PM
Let me preface this by saying that I respect Raider fans as i’ve said many times before.
This is the first time in 13 years that they have had a winning season. Facebook wasn’t even invented last time they made the playoffs, yet “Raider Nation” has stood by their team the whole time.
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Los Angeles Rams (4-9) at Seattle Seahawks (8-4-1)
(-16.0) (O/U 38.5)
Its been an intense week but I am happy to say that I will be at this game, my first one of the year. I will be there, but one person that won’t be there will be Rams former head coach Jeff Fisher, after the team finally fired him
. It only took 6 straight losing seasons before the organization made the call. Last week’s loss to the Falcons was his 165th, which tied Dan Reeves
for the NFL record for most losses by a head coach in NFL history.
I’m actually kind of bummed. It would have really been nice if it was the Seahawks that give him sole possession of the record after what a pain in our asses he has been throughout the years.
Meanwhile the Seahawks were handed their biggest blowout in the Russell Wilson era in Green Bay last week with a frustrating 38-10 loss. This is actually only the second game in Wilson’s 5 year career in which he lost by double digits (Also against the Packers last year), Which is an incredible stat.
Clearly they missed Earl Thomas in that game, which is understandable. It will take a couple more games for the Seahawks defense to make the necessary adjustments. No Fisher should mean no problem!
Pick: Seahawks 26-10
By Brent “The Hawk” Walker
AFC BYE’S- Denver Broncos (7-3), New York Jets (3-7), San Diego Chargers (4-6)
NFC BYE’S- Atlanta Falcons (6-4)
Back to a losing record after last weeks performances, 5-9 to be exact which puts me at 78-67-2 for the season. However I did pick the exact score of the Seahawks vs Patriots game, which is incredibly hard to do.
Pittsburgh Steelers (4-5) at Cleveland Browns (0-10)
(+7.5) (0/U 48.0)
Pittsburgh has not looked like the dominant AFC force they were expected to be this season at all. But it’s the Browns, soooo…
Baltimore Ravens (5-4) at Dallas Cowboys (8-1)
(-7.0) (O/U 45.0)
Hard to believe that 5-4 is good enough to be in first place in the AFC South. Typically this is the strongest division in football. Nonetheless Baltimore is a well coached team that should give the rookie Prescott fits.
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