As the first weekend of playoff football is getting ready for eight teams around the NFL, it’s time to take a look at these set of teams playing this weekend, and give some predictions as to which ones can make an impact in the postseason, and which ones will be one and done.
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Here’s our eight rankings of this weekend’s postseason teams.
1. Chicago Bears – Led by first-year coach Matt Nagy and second-year QB Mitch Trubsiky, the Bears have rebounded into becoming a force in the NFC this season, winning the North. They have the two things that usually equal success in the playoffs, a solid run game and a good defense. Look for them to get a win against the Eagles and give the Rams all they can handle next weekend.
2. Baltimore Ravens – Again, defense and a run game, and the Ravens have both. Lamar Jackson has given the team an offensive rebirth, and while they had to hang on to get into the playoffs, now that they are there, they are a dangerous team that will challenge the Chiefs in Arrowhead in the Divisional Playoff round.
3. Dallas Cowboys – The Cowboys are maybe the most quiet team this postseason but one that has come back from an awful start to be one of the best. Adding Amari Cooper was key for the offense, and the defense has been solid as well. Don’t count out Big D.
4. Houston Texans – They went on a great win streak in the middle of the season which put them in the driver’s seat in the AFC North. They should be able to hang on for a home win over the Colts, and will look to finally beat the Pats next weekend, but it won’t be easy.
5. Philadelphia Eagles – The Super Bowl Champs have been up and down following their title win, and injuries to their two top QB’s will make it really tough to win in Chicago this weekend. Yes they have the experience factor, but will need a lot to win on the road in Chicago.
6. Los Angeles Chargers – After a win in Pittsburgh a few weeks back it seemed the Chargers were ready to take over the West, but a bad week 16 loss at home to the Ravens derailed their season in a big way. All they have to do is now win in Baltimore two weeks after losing at home to them, oh and their best playmaker on offense is hurt again in Melvin Gordon.
7. Indianapolis Colts – Andrew Luck has had a rebirth this year, and the Colts might be a year away with some roster moves of being in the hunt again as a top one or two team in the AFC. For now, they will give the Texans a fight but fall short to their AFC South foes on Saturday.
8. Seattle Seahawks – The Hawks defense ain’t what it use to be (as they say) and to think they are going to be able to win a playoff game on the road is a little far fetched. Yes they have overcome a lot, but I can’t see them putting up a huge fight in the battle with Dallas.