SoSH NFL Playoff Predictions 2018

Section15Box113

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Happy New Year! That means it's time to fire this thread up for the 2018 playoffs.

With Baltimore's implosion, Buffalo makes its first trip to the playoffs since 1999 and the matchups are set. Final seedings are below.

Make your picks for each game through SB LII in Minnesota (including the final score of the SB).

As always, one point for each winner you pick.

Correctly selecting a winner in the Divisional Round gets you a point, regardless of whether you nailed the matchup.

I’ll track the results and post standings throughout the playoffs. Any entry posted in this thread before kickoff of the first playoff game next weekend will be in the mix.

Good luck.

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AFC:
1. NE (13-3)
2. PIT (13-3)
3. JAC (10-6)
4. KC (10-6)
5. TEN (9-7)
6. BUF (9-7)

Round 1:
6 – BUF @ 3 – JAC
5 – TEN @ 4 – KC

Round 2:
3, 4, or 5 @ 2 – PIT
4, 5, or 6 @ 1 – NE

NFC:
1. PHI (13-3)
2. MIN (13-3)
3. LAR (11-5)
4. NO (11-5)
5. CAR (11-5)
6. ATL (10-6)

Round 1:
6 – ATL @ 3 – LAR
5 – CAR @ 4 – NO

Round 2:
3, 4, or 5 @ 2 – MIN
4, 5, or 6 @ 1 – PHI

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Last season, we had 3 go a perfect 11-0: amarshal2, Hendu for Kutch, and ilol@u.

Who can match that this year?
 

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To get us started, here are j-man's picks from the playoff position thread:

my playoff picks

in case i foget

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Wild Card Round
Kc over Tenn
Jax Over Buff
Atl Over LAR
No Over Car

Div Round

Atl Over Philly
Ne Over Kc
Jax Over Pitt
Minn over No

Afc Tittie
Ne over Jax

Nfc Tittie
Minn over Atl

SB 53
NE Over Minn 24-20
 

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AFC Playoffs

Wildcard Round
Jacksonville over Buffalo
Kansas City over Tennessee

Divisional Round
New England over Kansas City
Pittsburgh over Jacksonville

AFC Championship
New England over Pittsburgh


NFC Playoffs

Wildcard Round
Atlanta over LA Rams
New Orleans over Carolina

Divisional Round
Atlanta over Philadelphia
Minnesota over New Orleans

NFC Championship
Minnesota over Atlanta

Super Bowl
New England 27 Minnesota 17
 

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Jax over Buf
KC over Ten

Jax over Pit
KC over NE

KC over Jax

LA over Atl
NO over Car

Min over LA
NO over Phi

Min over NO

Min over KC 16-13
 

HowBoutDemSox

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AFC
Round 1:
JAC over BUF
KC over TEN

Round 2:
PIT over JAC
KC over NE

AFC Championship:
PIT over KC

NFC:
Round 1:
LAR over ATL
NO over CAR

Round 2:
LAR over MIN
NO over PHI

NFC Championship:
LAR over NO

Superbowl:
LAR 31, PITT 27
 

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AFC:
JAX over BUF
KC over TEN

NE over KC
JAX over PIT

NE over JAX

NFC:
LAR over ATL
NO over CAR

MIN over LA
NO over PHI

MIN over NO

Superbowl: NE over MIN 27-24 2OT
 

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AFC

Jax over Buff
KC over Tenn

NE over KC
Jax over Pitt

NE over Jax

NFC

LAR over Atl
Car over NO

Car over Phi
Minn over LAR

Minn over Car

SB

Minn 20 over NE 17
 

mwonow

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JAX>Buffalo
KC>Tennessee

NE>Kansas City
PIT>Jacksonville

NE>Pittsburgh

LAR>Atlanta
CAR>New Orleans

LAR>Philadephia
MIN>Carolina

LAR>Minnesota

NE>LA Rams, 32-27
 

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AFC
Jax over Buf
KC over Ten

NE over KC
Pit over Jax

NE over Pit


NFC
Atl over LAR
NO over Car

Atl over Phi
Min over NO

Min over Atl


Super Bowl: NE over Min, 24-20 (it's NEVER easy with the Pats in the SB)
 

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AFC:
1. NE (13-3)
2. PIT (13-3)
3. JAC (10-6)
4. KC (10-6)
5. TEN (9-7)
6. BUF (9-7)

NFC:
1. PHI (13-3)
2. MIN (13-3)
3. LAR (11-5)
4. NO (11-5)
5. CAR (11-5)
6. ATL (10-6)
Jags over Bills
Chiefs over Titans

Rams over Falcons
Saints over Panthers

Patriots over Chiefs
Jags over Steelers

Saints over Eagles
Vikings over Rams

Patriots over Jags
Viking over Saints

Patriots over Vikings, 27-20
 

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AFC
Wildcard
Jags over Bills
KC over Ten

Divisional:
Pitt over Jags
Pats over KC

AFC Championship
Pats over Pitt

NFC
Wildcard
Rams over Atl
NO over Carolina

Divisional
NO over Philly
Minn over Rams

NFC Championship
NO over Minn

Super bowl
Pats over NO 24-21
 

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I'm going a little bit crazy here, because I just put down $100 on JAX to win the AFC because 11/1 seemed like a +EV bet.

JAX over BUF
KC over TEN

JAX over PIT
NEP over KC

JAX over NEP

ATL over LAR
NO over CAR

ATL over PHI
MIN over NO

MIN over ATL

MIN over JAX
 
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AFC
Round 1:
Buf over JAC
KC over TEN

Round 2:
PIT over KC
NE over Buf

AFC Championship:
PIT over NE

NFC:
Round 1:
LAR over ATL
NO over CAR

Round 2:
LAR over MIN
NO over PHI

NFC Championship:
LAR over NO

Superbowl:
PITT 28, LAR 27
 

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OK. first time ever, but here goes. Added rationale just for fun (and to hang myself further if wrong).

AFC
JAX over BUF. No McCoy means no chance against tough JAX defense.
KC over TEN. Biggest mismatch in the playoffs.

JAX over PIT. AB will either not return, or be a shadow. JAX D will thrash Big Ben, who will announce his retirement after the game.
NE over KC. Classic playoff shoot out. Gronk the big star.

NE over JAX. Brady recovers in 2nd half and wins low scoring game in terrible weather. Dion dominant.

NFC
LAR over ATL. Surprisingly uncompetitive.
NO over CAR. Cam stinks up the joint, and Brees calmly guides NO.

LAR over MIN. Could go either way, but Rams weapons too much for MIN, though Keenum and Co put up a good fight.
NO over PHI. No Wentz evens this game up. Brees & Co prevail.

NO over LAR. Last team with the ball wins sort of game. Another game that could go either way.

Super Bowl: NEP over NO 31-30. Brady back to full strength with more rest, and the barn burners continue.
 

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AFC
Buf over Jax
KC over Ten

NE over KC
Pit over Buf

NE over Pit


NFC
LAR over Atl
Car over NO

Phi over LAR
Min over Car

Min over Philly

Super Bowl: New England 30 Minnesota 24
Bills would come to Foxborough if they beat Jacksonville.
 

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AFC
Wildcard
Jags over Bills
KC over Ten

Divisional:
Jags over Pitt
Pats over KC

AFC Championship
Pats over Jags

NFC
Wildcard
Rams over Atl
Carolina over NO

Divisional
Philly over Carolina
Minn over Rams

NFC Championship
Minn over Philly

Super bowl
Pats over Minn 27-20
 

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Buffalo over Jacksonville
KC over Tennesse

New England over Buffalo
Pittsburgh over KC

New England over Pittsburgh
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Rams over Atlanta
New Orleans over Carolina

New Orleans over Philly
Minnesota over Rams

Minnesota over New Orleans
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Minnesota 31, New England 27
 

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AFC

Wildcard Round
Jacksonville over Buffalo
Kansas City over Tennessee

Divisional Round
New England over Kansas City
Pittsburgh over Jacksonville

AFC Championship
New England over Pittsburgh


NFC

Wildcard Round
LA over Atlanta
Carolina over New Orleans

Divisional Round
Carolina over Philadelphia
LA over Minnesota

NFC Championship
LA over Carolina


Super Bowl
New England 31 LA 17
 

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AFC Playoffs

Wildcard Round
Jacksonville over Buffalo
Kansas City over Tennessee

Divisional Round
New England over Kansas City
Jacksonville over Pittsburgh

AFC Championship
New England over Jacksonville

NFC Playoffs

Wildcard Round
LA Rams over Atlanta
New Orleans over Carolina

Divisional Round
Minnesota over LA Rams
New Orleans over Philadelphia

NFC Championship
Minnesota over New Orleans

SUPERBOWL
New England over Minnesota
 

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AFC Playoffs

Wildcard Round
Jacksonville over Buffalo
Tennessee over Kansas City

Divisional Round
New England over Tennessee
Jacksonville over Pittsburgh

AFC Championship
New England over Jacksonville


NFC Playoffs

Wildcard Round
LA Rams over Atlanta
New Orleans over Carolina

Divisional Round
New Orleans over Philadelphia
Minnesota over LA Rams

NFC Championship
Minnesota over New Orleans

Super Bowl
New England 27 Minnesota 13
 

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AFC Playoffs

Wildcard Round
Buffalo over Jax
Kansas City over Tennessee

Divisional Round
New England over Buffalo
KC over Pittsburgh

AFC Championship
New England over KC


NFC Playoffs

Wildcard Round
LA Rams over Atlanta
New Orleans over Carolina

Divisional Round
New Orleans over Philadelphia
Minnesota over LA Rams

NFC Championship
New Orleans over Minnesota

Super Bowl
New England 36 New Orleans 30
 

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AFC
Jax over Buffalo
KC over Tenn

PIT over JAX
NE over KC

NE over PIT

NFC
LAR over ATL
NO over CAR

NO over PHI
MIN over LAR

NO over MIN

Super Bowl
NE 33 NO 24
 

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I'm going a little bit crazy here, because I just put down $100 on JAX to win the AFC because 11/1 seemed like a +EV bet.
What does putting a bet down on the Jaguars have to do with what you pick here?
 

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If my picks here don't match my wager, I'll be rooting against myself if the Jags and Pats play in the AFCCG.
Sure, but I guess I just don't see why that matters: One way, your wallet wins; the other way, your heart wins
 

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AFC
Wild Card Round
Jacksonville def. Buffalo
Kansas City def. Tennessee

Divisional Round
Jacksonville def. Pittsburgh
Kansas City def. New England (Nation's Tears thread updated 10 million times, though nation doesn't care)

AFC Championship
Kansas City def. Jacksonville

NFC
Wild Card Round
Rams def. Falcons
Saints def. Panthers

Divisional Round
Rams def. Vikings
Saints def. Eagles

NFC Championship
Rams def. Saints

Superb Owl
Rams 24, Kansas City 19 (not sure I believe this will happen, but Rams defense and running game could certainly carry them to a title; more likely the Patriots will win it all with ease and I will be forced to avoid this forum for four months)
 
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AFC Playoffs

Wildcard Round
Jacksonville over Buffalo
Kansas City over Tennessee

Divisional Round
New England over Kansas City
Jacksonville over Pittsburgh

AFC Championship
New England over Jacksonville

NFC Playoffs

Wildcard Round
LA Rams over Atlanta
New Orleans over Carolina

Divisional Round
New Orleans over Philadelphia
LA Rams over Minnesota

NFC Championship
LA Rams over New Orleans


Super Bowl
New England 20 LA Rams 17
 

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Wildcard:

Jacksonville over Buffalo
Kansas City over Tennessee

LA Rams over Atlanta
New Orleans over Carolina

Divisional:

Jacksonville over Pittsburgh
New England over Kansas City

LA Rams over Minnesota
New Orleans over Philadelphia

Championship:

New England over Jacksonville
LA Rams over New Orleans

Superbowl:

New England over LA Rams 34-17
 

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Wild Card AFC

KC over Tennessee

Buffalo over Jacksonville

Division Round

KC over Pittsburgh

NE over Buffalo

AFCCG

NE over KC

Wild Card NFC

LA Rams over Atlanta

New Orleans over Carolina

Division Round

New Orleans over Philadelphia

Minnesota over LA Rams

NFC Championship

Minnesota over New Orleans

Super Bowl

New England over Minnesota

24-20
 

Ale Xander

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NFC WC
Falcons over Rams
Saints over Panthers

AFC WC
Jax over Bills
KC over Tenn

NFC DIV
Vikings over Saints
Falcons over Eagles

AFC DIV
Patriots over KC
Jax over Pitt

C CG
Falcons over Vikings
Patriots over Jax

SB
Patriots over Falcons, 28-3
 

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AFC
Jags over Bills
Chiefs over Titans
Steelers over Jags
Patriots over Chiefs
Patriots over Steelers

NFC
Rams over Falcons
Saints over Panthers
Saints over Eagles
Vikings over Rams
Saints over Vikings

SB 52: Pats over Saints 38-35
 
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AFC Playoffs

Wildcard Round
Jacksonville over Buffalo
Kansas City over Tennessee

Divisional Round
New England over Kansas City
Pittsburgh over Jacksonville

AFC Championship
New England over Pittsburgh


NFC Playoffs

Wildcard Round
LA Rams over Atlanta
New Orleans over Carolina

Divisional Round
LA Rams over Minnesota
New Orleans over Philadelphia

NFC Championship
LA Rams over New Orleans

Super Bowl
New England 29 LA Rams 22
 

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AFC:
JAX over BUF
KC over TEN

NE over KC
PIT over JAX

NE over PIT


NFC:
NO over CAR
LA over ATL

LA over MIN
PHI over NO

PHI over LA


Super Bowl:
NE 24
PHI 21

Donovan McNabb pukes during pregame show
 

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AFC:

Buffalo over Jax
KC over Tenn

KC over Pitt
NE over Buffalo

NE over KC

NFC:

Atlanta over Rams
NO over Carolina

Minn over Atlanta
NO over Philly

Minn over NO

Super Bowl: Minn 31 NE 24
 
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AFC Round 1:
Jaguars over Bills
Chiefs over Titans

AFC Round 2:
Steelers over Jaguars
Pats over Chiefs

AFC Championship:
Pats over Steelers

NFC Round 1:
Falcons over Rams
Panthers over Saints

NFC Round 2:
Panthers over Vikings
Falcons over Eagles

NFC Championship:
Panthers over Falcons

Super Bowl:
Patriots 26, Panthers 24

Edit: Okay, I guess if I were continuing the line of thinking earlier in the thread I'd have gone with 32-29... but I actually did pick Pats/Panthers independently before seeing the pattern above. Cuz I never read threads well before posting.]
 
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AFC:

Buffalo over Jacksonville
Kansas City over Tennessee

Kansas City over Pittsburgh
New England over Buffalo

Kansas City over New England

NFC:
Atlanta over LA Rams
New Orleans over Carolina

Minnesota over New Orleans
Atlanta over Philly

Atlanta over Minnesota

Super Bowl: Atlanta 31, Kansas City 24
 

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Wildcard Round
Jacksonville over Buffalo
Kansas City over Tennessee

Divisional Round
New England over Kansas City
Pittsburgh over Jacksonville

AFC Championship
New England over Pittsburgh


NFC Playoffs

Wildcard Round
LA Rams over Atlanta
New Orleans over Carolina

Divisional Round
LA Rams over Minnesota
New Orleans over Philadelphia

NFC Championship
LA Rams over New Orleans

Super Bowl
New England 30 LA Rams 28

With 1:36 left Brady leads a game winning FG drive down 28-27.
 

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I’m notoriously terrible at these predictions, but what the hell — I’ll sign up to get embarrassed with all of you. Here’s hoping I’m as wrong as usual.

AFC Playoffs

Wildcard Round
#3 Jacksonville over #6 Buffalo
#4 Kansas City over #5 Tennessee

Divisional Round
#1 New England over #4 Kansas City
#2 Pittsburgh over #3 Jacksonville

AFC Championship
#2 Pittsburgh over #1 New England

NFC Playoffs

Wildcard Round
#3 LA Rams over #6 Atlanta
#4 New Orleans over #5 Carolina

Divisional Round
#3 LA Rams over #2 Minnesota
#4 New Orleans over #1 Philadelphia

NFC Championship
#3 LA Rams over #4 New Orleans

SUPER BOWL
Pittsburgh - 31
LA Rams - 18
 
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AFC

Wildcard Round

Jacksonville over Buffalo
Kansas City over Tennessee

Divisional Round
Jacksonville over Pittsburgh
New England over Kansas City

AFC Championship
New England over Jacksonville

NFC

Wildcard Round

Los Angeles over Atlanta
New Orleans over Carolina

Divisional Round
Minnesota over Los Angeles
New Orleans over Philadelphia

NFL Championship
New Orleans over Minnesota

Super Bowl
New England over New Orleans 28-24
 
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AFC
Wildcard:

Jax over Buf
Ten over KC

Divisional:
Jax over Pitt
NE over Ten

Championship:
NE over Jax

NFC
Wildcard:

Rams over Atl
NO over Car

Divisional:
Min over Rams
NO over Phi

Championship:
Min over NO

Superbowl:
NE 31 Min 17.
 

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New York City
Jacksonville over Buffalo
KC over Tennesse

New England over KC
Jacksonville over Pitt

New England over Jacksonville
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Rams over Atlanta
New Orleans over Carolina

New Orleans over Philly
Rams over Minnesota

New Orleans over Rams
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New England 24, New Orleans 21.
 

H78

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This is a strange year because I don’t really love the Patriots going into the postseason as much as the last few years, but I also don’t think any of the other playoff teams are overly remarkable in any way either.

It’s cliche to say “every team has a flaw,” but it’s never been truer than this year. Whichever team wins will have some glaring imperfections.

At the end of the day I guess I think the Pats’ imperfections are more manageable than the rest of the field. I picked Jax to beat Pitt, but I think it’s either NE or Pitt that wins the SB. I think the NFC is more balanced overall, but I think NE and Pitt in particular are stronger than any team in the NFC. The only reason I think Jax beats Pitt is Jax seems to present a lot of matchup issues for them, but I really believe either Pitt (if they beat Jax) or NE wins it all.