NFL Divisional Round Predictions (2020)

Seahawks WR D.K. Metcalf makes a diving touchdown catch. The Seahawks would go on to win this game and move on to the Divisional round.

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Seahawks WR D.K. Metcalf makes a diving touchdown catch. The Seahawks would go on to win this game and move on to the Divisional round.

Carson Zorn, Writer

Wild Card Weekend was absolutely insane , with both of the six seeds winning, a team blowing a 16-point lead and a Quarterback getting injured in the first quarter. I didn’t do so well last week on my predictions, but I don’t think a lot of people expected the Vikings to win, but Kirk Cousins defied the odds and silenced the doubters, and actually won a game against a team with a winning record. The divisional round will have some pretty entertaining games, and some may say it’s easy to predict, but last week just proves why it wasn’t. Here are my Divisional round predictions:

Record:

Last Week: 1-3

Total: 150-92

Playoff Record: 1-3

 

AFC:

(6) Tennessee Titans vs (1) Baltimore Ravens

The Titans pulled off a huge upset win against the Patriots last week, but I think their momentum stops this week. The Ravens just seem truly unstoppable and Lamar Jackson is playing at an MVP-Level. So, the Titans Cinderella story ends here.

Quick Stats:

-Titans RB Derrick Henry put up over 180 rushing yards against the Patriots Number one ranked defense.

-Titans QB Ryan Tannehill threw for under 100 yards last week, but the Titans still won.

-The Ravens are 7-1 at home on the season, while the Titans moved to 6-3 in away games last week.

-The Ravens were the only team to record 14 wins this season.

-The Ravens also beat the Patriots earlier in the year.

-The Ravens have not lost since Week 4.

 

The Titans can be a really good team next year if they keep Ryan Tannehill and Derrick Henry around, and while this game should be an offensive showcase, the Ravens are going to come away with the win.

Ravens Win 28-23

 

(4) Houston Texans vs (2) Kansas City Chiefs:

Two young and talented QBs square off in this matchup. Both DeShaun Watson and Patrick Mahomes are already trailblazers, and there is definitely an argument for them both to be in the Top-Five QBs currently playing. I think the Chiefs have the overall offensive advantage, but one play can shift momentum in any game, as shown by JJ Watt’s sack on Josh Allen last week. 

Quick Stats:

-The Texans defeated the Chiefs earlier this year.

-The Texans are 5-3 in away games this year, while the Chiefs were 5-3 at home.

-The Chiefs are on a six-game win streak.

-Chiefs QB Patrick Mahomes still threw for over 4,000 yards, despite missing multiple games, and not having lead WR Tyreek Hill for a majority of the year.

-Despite Mahomes missing games, Mahomes and Watson both threw for the same amount of touchdowns this year (26).

-DeShaun Watson has thrown double the amount of interceptions that Mahomes has thrown.

-Chiefs HC Andy Reid is one of the best coaches coming off of a bye week. (17-3 Record)

-Both teams went 3-3 in the regular season against teams that finished with a winning record.

 

Although it’s tough, I think the Chiefs are the better team here and will win this game, which could turn into a shootout very fast.

Chiefs Win 35-30

 

NFC:

(6) Minnesota Vikings vs (1) San Francisco 49ers:

I drastically underestimated the Vikings last week, I’ll admit it. The Saints kind of forgot how to play football in the first half, and despite whether or not Kyle Rudolph committed OPI on his game winning catch, I think the Vikings would’ve won in Overtime regardless. This week the Vikings get another challenge, and an even tougher one in that. The 49ers have been playing insanely good all season and they will be a true test for any team to try to stop.

Quick Stats:

-The Vikings now have a 2-4 record against teams that finished with a winning record, whereas the 49ers are 5-2 against winning teams.

-The 49ers are 6-2 at home while the Vikings just moved to 5-4 in away games.

-Neither Kirk Cousins or Jimmy Garppolo surpassed 4,000 passing yards on the season.

-Jimmy Garoppolo threw one more touchdown than Kirk Cousins did.

-The Vikings finished with the 5th ranked defense, while the 49ers finished in eighth place. 

-The 49ers were the number one ranked passing defense this year.

-Both teams rank outside of the top 10 in run defense.

 

I think this game could be a bit closer than most people think, but I think this should be a win for the 49ers. 

49ers Win 24-20

 

(5) Seattle Seahawks vs (2) Green Bay Packers:

Unpopular Opinion: I think the Packers are the worst 13-3 team currently. I’m not saying they’re bad, but they’re not as good as their record suggests. The Seahawks barely defeated the Eagles last week, but I think that was because they put the game on cruise control early, and didn’t need any big plays.

Quick Stats:

-The Packers are 3-2 against teams with a winning record. Two of the three wins came against the Vikings. The other one against a Mahomes-less Chiefs squad.

-The Packers are 7-1 at home while the Seahawks just moved to 8-1 in away games.

-Wilson and Rodgers were almost equal in their stats in the passing game on the year.

-The Seahawks are now 5-4 against teams with a winning record.

-The Seahawks have a more well-rounded receiving corps, whereas the Packers main target it Davantae Adams, if the Seahawks can neutralize him, the Packers passing game slows drastically. 

-The Packers have one of the best running backs in the league on their team in Aaron Jones, whereas the Seahawks have Marshawn Lynch, who is still playing like he’s retired.

 

I’m going for the upset here. I think the Seahawks are the more well-rounded team, and that they will be able to pull off the upset against the Packers at Lambeau Field.

Seahawks Win 27-23

Those are my Divisional Round predictions! Is your team still in the playoffs? What wild upsets will happen this weekend? Voice your opinion in the comments! As always, enjoy some football this weekend.