NFL Playoffs 2020: Eight bold divisional round predictions, including Russell Wilson’s winter collapse – CBS Sports
For one, the Seahawks are still in the playoffs, and as you’ve most likely seen this year, pretty much every game they play ends up being crazy.
Although playoff games are nearly impossible to anticipate, we’re going to attempt and do that anyway by making eight vibrant predictions for the divisional round. If you’re looking for actual game picks, feel totally free to click here
Eight vibrant predictions for the divisional round
Saturday, Jan. 11
Minnesota at San Francisco, 4: 35 p.m. ET (NBC)
Bold forecast: There will be at least one protective goal in this video game
The finest way to get a defensive touchdown is to get after the quarterback– because it could lead to a prospective pick-six or even a fumble– and both of these teams did a fantastic task of squashing opposing quarterbacks in 2019.
One other thing to keep in mind here is that this game will mark the first playoff start of Garoppolo’s career.
Given That the 49 ers defense will likely have Minnesota’s passing video game on lockdown, I’ll be looking for the Vikings to make use of San Francisco’s one weakness: Stopping the run.
Not just did Baltimore average 206 lawns per video game on the ground this season, however they likewise totaled 3,296 rushing lawns as a team, which broke the NFL single-season hurrying record, a record that had actually stood since1978 As a group, Tennessee wasn’t quite as excellent as Baltimore on the ground, but the Titans did rank third in the NFL with an average of 138.9 rushing backyards per video game.
Bold forecast: There will be at least two missed out on kicks in this video game
Of all the predictions on the list this week, this one may be the craziest, and that’s since this game is going to feature the most accurate kicker in NFL history in Justin Tucker
Anyhow, there are generally 2 reasons that I see this taking place. For one, Ravens coach John Harbaugh is comfy having Tucker attempt a field goal from practically any range, which is an easy way to lead to a miss. The ground is anticipated to be soggy in Baltimore on Saturday night and if Harbaugh sends Tucker out to attempt any basket over 50 lawns, it’s not going to be an easy kick. Simply last year, we saw Tucker miss out on a 50- yard basket throughout the Ravens’ playoff loss to the Chargers, so the guess here is that if Tucker misses a kick, it will come on a long-distance effort (the Titans likewise led the NFL in obstructed basket in 2019).
The other reason I’m anticipating 2 missed kicks is that there was no group much better at missing out on begins 2019 than the Tennessee Titans. The Titans hit just 8 of 18 basket this year, marking the first time given that 1983 that an NFL group didn’t make a minimum of 50 percent of its field goal tries throughout a season. The Titans are currently on their 4th placekicker this year ( Greg Joseph), and think what: HE HAS ACTUALLYN’T TRIED A SINGLE BASKET ALL SEASON LONG. Having a kicker in the divisional round of the playoffs who hasn’t attempted a field goal on the season is practically unheard of, and there’s no way to understand how Joseph will react to the enormous pressure that comes with playoff kicking. Joseph’s last field goal effort in an NFL video game came on Dec. 30, 2018– more than a year earlier– and coincidentally, it was available in Baltimore while Joseph was playing for the Browns. In a 26-24 win by the Ravens, Joseph hit just one of two field goals for Cleveland (The miss originated from 46 lawns away).
Sunday, January 12
Houston at Kansas City, 3: 05 p.m. ET (CBS)
Vibrant Forecast: Tyreek Hill breaks AFC divisional record for most getting backyards
Tyreek Hill has actually already torched the Texans defense when this year, and the forecast here is that he does it once again on Sunday. When these two groups satisfied back in Week 6, Hill completed the video game with five catches for 80 backyards and two touchdowns, and although that may not sound like a substantial game, it certainly was, and that’s since Hill just played roughly half of Kansas City’s offensive snaps. That’s right, Hill did all that damage while just playing half the video game. The reason Hill wasn’t on the field full-time versus Houston is that the Chiefs were alleviating him back into the offense. The Week 6 match marked Hill’s return to the lineup after missing 5 weeks due to a clavicle injury.
This time around, the Texans are going to need to deal with a completely healthy Hill, which isn’t good news for a Houston secondary that has been struggling all year. To break the AFC divisional record, Hill is going to need to acquire at least 178 backyards, which definitely appears within his reach. The record is held by previous Broncos receiver Steve Watson, who captured 11 passes for 177 lawns throughout a 24-17 loss to the Steelers in 1984.
Vibrant prediction: Chiefs score a season high in points
When these 2 groups met back in Week 6, Tyreek Hill wasn’t the only Chiefs player dealing with health concerns. Throughout the 31-24 loss to Houston, the Chiefs didn’t have Chris Jones(who led the group in sacks this season), left deal with Eric Fisher didn’t play and Patrick Mahomes spent over half the game hobbling around on a hurt ankle. Despite all the health problems, the Chiefs were still able to install 24 points.
With everyone healthy, the forecast here is that the Chiefs offense is going to go wild on Houston. The Chiefs season-high for points was 40, which they did twice this season, and it won’t be a surprise at all if they’re able to beat that number with Mahomes going up against a Texans secondary that has been below-average for almost the entire year. Although Josh Allen wasn’t able to benefit from Houston’s secondary last week, you can wager Mahomes’ mouth is watering at the thought of going up against them.
Seattle at Green Bay, 6: 40 p.m. ET (Fox)
Strong forecast: Russell Wilson tosses more interceptions than touchdowns
It’s seldom we see Russell Wilson struggle, however if there are 2 instances where the Seahawks quarterback appears to have problem on the field, it’s when he’s playing in winter and when he’s playing in Green Bay, which absolutely isn’t ideal since he’s going to be dealing with both of those things on Sunday.
In three profession video games where the kickoff temperature level was under 30 degrees, Wilson has actually thrown four touchdown passes, six interceptions, completed simply 56.7%of his passes while also only averaging just 186.7 passing backyards per game (Wilson’s profession completion percentage is 64.5%and he’s balanced 232.3 lawns per game in his career, so his cold-weather numbers are far below his career numbers).
Vibrant forecast: This video game goes to overtime
After enjoying two games go to overtime during the wild-card round, this might not appear like a vibrant prediction, but the reason it definitely certifies as vibrant is that divisional-round video games almost never go to overtime. Coincidentally, the last divisional game to go to OT actually included the Packers(Green Bay lost to the Cardinals in January 2015), and the lost overtime video game in a Sunday divisional game really involved the Seahawks (Seattle lost to Chicago in January 2007).