Can Tom Brady Escape His Struggles-and Other Key NFL Playoff Questions

Ross Houston
January 13, 2018

In the meantime there's a great weekend of playoff action to look forward to. A playoff team can't reasonably expect to win with only 195 passing yards and a minus-2 turnover ratio, so Tennessee was fortunate to win that game. The Pats and Steelers are solid favorites to win their home contests, setting up what would be a titanic clash in the AFC Championship Game.

Here's my picks for the divisional round. I really do. I like Case, despite what several triggered Coogs might say about the media having some sort of conspiracy against Keenum, one of a handful of phenomenal Keenum myths that make it hard to root for him sometimes (again, through ZERO fault of Case's). But can you trust Nick Foles to lead Philadelphia to victory? "I think it is two road teams in the NFC this weekend to advance". This is a top-two defense in the league in almost every category. It's a shame that the Eagles will be one-and-done, but they're simply not the same team without Carson Wentz.

The Patriots are 9-1 at home in the playoffs since the 2011 season. That's what Eagles fans will be hoping helps their team win. Without their leader in Wentz, I see the Philly offense getting smothered by the Falcons defense.

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Tennessee's comeback victory last week was thrilling, but make no mistake, the Titans will be outmatched in New England. What isn't debatable is that they will likely lose to the Patriots in Foxboro.

Instead of hosting a Kansas City team that dismantled them in Week 1, they instead get a Titans team that has been up-and-down all year. They have no chance. It would be a surprise if Agholor weren't heavily involved in a win-or-go-home game against the Atlanta Falcons. Ben Roethlisberger threw five interceptions, while Bortles managed just 95 yards through the air with one pick-a performance not too far off from what he put up in the Wild Card Round.

Given the Jaguars' elite defense and Pittsburgh's inconsistent offense, Jacksonville actually has decent odds at pulling off an upset this week.


When in doubt, I usually go with the better quarterback in the playoffs.

Kamara punched it in from two yards out in the fourth quarter last week, but was also lined up in the backfield when fullback Zach Line vultured a 1-yard score in the second quarter.

"I think having gone through these situations, understanding what it's like, the atmosphere, those kinds of things, knowing that it's going to be tough, all those things kind of carry forward", Ryan told reporters, via the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. If he's at full strength after the first-round bye then this line is fair value, and if he's still hobbled, it could set the stage well for the Titans' defense to hold its own and let the ground game go to work. The Jaguars secondary is risky and will likely have their hands full just trying to cover both Antonio Browns and Juju Smith-Schuster.


Their opponents on Sunday boast the top-scoring defense and the 10th-best scoring offense, and while those advantages would appear to cancel each other out, the Vikings still have the advantage.

Expect a shootout in the best game of the week when the two best teams in the NFC face-off.

Julio Jones ($8,500), a wide receiver many NFL DFS players have been frustrated with this season, had nine receptions, 13 rushing yards, and 94 receiving yards.


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