The National Football League (NFL) season began on September 6th when the defending Superbowl Champions, the Philadelphia Eagles, downed the Atlanta Falcons 18 to 12. We are now 12 weeks into the season,a critical point when playoff teams begin separating themselves from the pack. If we imagine that the season ended today, who would win the Superbowl?
Well, here’s how the playoffs look after 12 weeks of football:
Washington Redskins at Chicago Bears
The Washington Redskins are faltering as there is no replacing a quality quarterback like Alex Smith. Colt McCoy can only do so much and unfortunately for him, he has to face a relentless defense in the Chicago Bears. Khalil Mack and the boys should have career days against an offense and a quarterback that have yet to gel together. This is ultimately the difference maker. There’s no reason to even look at how the Bears offense will be against the Redskins defense because it’s just going to be a career day for the Bears defensive players. Bears easily win this contest.
Minnesota Vikings at Dallas Cowboys
This match-up is highly contested and can go either way, but the Vikings defense has been putting on marvelous performances in recent times. Let’s also not forget that these types of games are exactly why the Vikings brought in Kirk Cousins so the pressure and advantage has to be with the Vikings. The Cowboys are a very explosive offense with Amari Cooper and Ezekiel Elliot and ultimately, this game should come down to the wire. It can go either way, but this game is why Kirk Cousins is in Minnesota and he’ll prove that. He has to win this game.
Minnesota Vikings at New Orleans Saints
The Saints and Vikings played in Week 8 of the regular season in a close game that went 30-20 for the Saints. This game was at the Vikings stadium and the Saints were able to win it by 10 so a home game against the Vikings should only increase their margin of victory. The New Orleans Saints come out on top as this is a game that is too much for Kirk Cousins to manage.
Chicago Bears at Los Angeles Rams
Mitchell Trubisky and the Bears did an amazing job this year, surprising us all by winning the division, but this is the end of the road for them. The LA Rams are too explosive offensively and too talented defensively to let this game go. The Bears are very conservative in their approach to the game and the Rams are going to light up the scoreboard and hold the Bears offense down. Lucky for us, we get to see this match-up earlier when the Rams go to Chicago in Week 14.
Los Angeles Rams at New Orleans Saints
This will be the 3rd time that the Rams and Saints play at the Superdome this year. In the pre-season, the Saints won 28-0 and in the Regular season, they won 45-35 after going up 35-17 by the half. This will be no different. The New Orleans Saints offense matches the LA Rams offense at every position. However, the difference is going to be the home-field advantage and the Saints defense. The Saints defense is just playing better than the Rams at the moment and that’s not expected to change. The Saints will come up with a few key turnovers to earn the victory and head to the Superbowl!
Baltimore Ravens at Houston Texans
Lamar Jackson is a rookie quarterback going up against an elite defense with JJ Watt in the lineup. Enough said, the Texans get this one easily.
Los Angeles Chargers at Pittsburgh Steelers
This one is a toss-up. Philip Rivers and the Chargers have been steamrolling teams this year, but everything changes when a team comes to Heinz field. Every team knows that Heinz field is unique and so do the Steelers. Unfortunately, ultimately karma has to bite the Steelers for the Le’veon Bell situation and this is when his worth is realized. Karma comes back to bite the Steelers as the value of the missing piece that is Le’veon Bell will finally come to fruition. A few fumbles by the running backs will be the decider.
Los Angeles Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs
This will be the 3rd time that the Chiefs play the Chargers this year. They already played in Week 1 of the season at Los Angeles where the Chiefs spoiled the Chargers’ debut 38-28. They will play again in Week 15 in Kansas City so this match-up should give us more information. Ultimately, the Kansas City Chiefs seem to find a way to win. Their offense is too explosive for the Chargers defense and their defense is too talented to give up that many points. The Chiefs should get this contest by another margin of 10.
Houston Texans at New England Patriots
It was fun while it lasted, but the Houston Texans are not going to beat Tom Brady and the Patriots in Foxborough. In the Postseason, Brady has 21 wins at home and only 6 losses. Brady will find a way to get it done with very quick passes and drop offs to the running backs to secure the victory. There’s no holding the ball to allow sacks. Furthermore, overall, the Texans are too inexperienced to compete with the dynasty that is the New England Patriots and De’shaun Watson will give up a few key turnovers.
New England Patriots at Kansas City Chiefs
In the regular season, we were able to see this match-up in Week 6 when the Pats won it by a smudge 43 to 40. One major difference is that the game was in New England and this one will be in Kansas City. Tom Brady is virtually unbeatable at home in the Postseason with a 21-6 record, but away games are a much different story. Away, Brady is only 6-4. After this game, Brady will be 6-5 as the Chiefs will learn from their loss in Foxborough and overcome the Pats at home. To only lose by 3 in Foxborough is impressive so the learning experience of that game mixed with the home crowd will be enough for the Chiefs.
Kansas City Chiefs at New Orleans Saints
The New Orleans Saints will get off to a hot start and never look back. In forcing the Chiefs to catch up, Mahomes will try to play hero ball and give up key turnovers that will eventually seal the game. The rookie quarterback will finally look like a rookie at the grandest stage of them all.
The Saints should nab this game by a score of 41 to 30. It will be similar to the historic Chiefs vs Rams game earlier in the season, but not as competitive. This game will ultimately ease the MVP debate too, because seeing Drew Brees beat Patrick Mahomes will be a wake-up call to many fans. Drew Brees is the Superbowl and Regular Season MVP.