The good news is I went 3-1 in my game predictions, the bad news is all of my score type predictions were wrong. The Pats blew out the Chargers, the Rams didn’t win as big as I thought they would, the Saints game came down to the wire. The Colts lost in embarrassing fashion and it wasn’t a shootout. We have the top 2 seeds in each conference fighting it out for a chance to play in the Super Bowl. So, let’s hope I can be right, no hot takes included.
Patriots at Chiefs: The Patriots looked great in their blowout win against the Chargers. The Patriots did what they needed to do and exploited the Chargers weakness of running backs catching passes out of the backfield. The running game looked surprisingly good as Sony Michel had a 3-touchdown game. The defense looked great as well, giving up 14-21 points depending on when you think garbage time starts, then gave up a little more when they took their foot off the gas to avoid injury. The Chiefs also looked good in their win. Their defense had a shutout going until the middle of the 4th quarter, the only other points coming from the Colts special teams. Arrowhead stadium is a decisive homefield advantage for the Chiefs, but Belichick is just about the only guys who can not be affected by that. This Patriots defense is better than it was in the week 6 matchup, which the Pats won 43-40. Tom Brady will be Tom Brady; the offensive line needs to continue their good play, Gronkowski also looked really good as a blocker in the Chargers win. I really think the Patriots defense can better matchup with the Chiefs thanks to their health and unique defensive personnel packages. Patriots win.
Rams at Saints: Both of these teams played well this past weekend. The Eagles jumped out to a quick 14-0 lead then scored 0 points the rest of the game as the Saints came back to win. The Rams handled the Cowboys rushing attack and had a great rushing attack of their own and Dak Prescott wasn’t able to win the game by himself. This game should be great, the Superdome is a tremendous home field advantage for the Saints. The Saints have a great offense headlined by the two headed backfield of Alvin Kamara and Mark Ingram, Drew Brees and Michael Thomas. The Rams have established a great rushing attack with Todd Gurley and the re-emergence of CJ Anderson, and a passing attack of Brandin Cooks, Robert woods and Jared Goff. Both defenses have playmakers and Aaron Donald will be a handful for the Saints, but I think the Saints can squeeze out a win. Their defense matches up with Rams offense better than the opposite. Saints win