- Kartik Mathur
NFL Playoff predictions: Packers edge Rams, Lamar Jackson runs past Bills and more
NFL playoff predictions: Can Aaron Rodgers pull off another superb win at the age of 37? Lamar Jackson gets his second playoff win? Tom Brady or Drew Brees?
Saints’ defense hold Tom Brady and Buccaneers offense in check
The Saints have already played the Buccaneers twice this season, and won both times. While Brady is on a 5 game win streak, his offense won’t match up against the Saints’ defense. Turnovers will be the key to this matchup.
Marshawn Lattimore has locked up Mike Evans twice already this season, while the Saints pass rush has sacked Brady 6 times in their past 2 matchups. Brady has also thrown 5 interceptions against them this season.
PREDICTIONS: Saints win 34-28
Green Bay Packers win a close one against the Rams
Aaron Rodgers is the frontrunner for the MVP award this season. Rodgers has been phenomenal, throwing for 48 touchdown passes and just 5 interceptions. While pro-bowler Davante Adams will be battling with lockdown cornerback Jalen Ramsey, running back Aaron Jones might be the key to their victory.
The Rams defense is ranked number 1 in the league, their secondary has been tight, but the pass rush has been the area of expertise. Aaron Donald and the defensive line's pressure could put Rodgers in trouble. However, Rams quarterback Jared Goff is still dealing with a serious thumb injury, and their only backup is Blake Bortles. The Rams offense won't get going.
PREDICTION: Packers win 27-17
Lamar Jackson spins past the Buffalo Bills
The Bills won a close one against the Colts last week. While Josh Allen and Stefon Diggs continue to torch any defense they play, the Bills defense won’t be able to contain Lamar Jackson.
Stefon Diggs will have another monster game, while the Ravens receiving core will be shut down by the Bills secondary. However, Lamar Jackson’s agility will lead them to a win. The Bills’ linebackers will struggle to contain and keep up with Jackson. Justin Tucker might come up with the game winning field goal.
PREDICTIONS: Ravens win 30-27
Mahomes and Mayfield duel out in a high scoring game
The Chiefs are looking for another back to back Superbowl win, with Patrick Mahomes leading the offense. Tyreek Hill will outspeed the Browns defense, while rookie running back Clyde Edwards-Helaire will provide some explosiveness on the ground as well.
The Browns offense will also get clicking, but only late in the game. While the Browns’ pass rush is definitely their strong point, Mahomes has been sacked only 22 times. His mobility will be the key to this win.
PREDICTIONS: Chiefs win 38- 30