NFL Predictions for the Playoff Push
Check our bold NFL predictions for the remainder of the reason, including a few surprises on who’s gonna be in, and who will not.
The Jaguars will not win another game this year
Jacksonville enters their game Sunday at 2-8 and a team desperately trying to get to their winter vacation. Gus Bradley is likely done after this year, and the future of Blake Bortles could be in doubt. As for their schedule, the Jags play Buffalo, Denver, Minnesota, at Houston, Tennessee, and wrap up at Indy. Let me know when you find a game there they will win.
The Lions are the luckiest 7-4 team ever
Sometimes it is better to be lucky than good. Detroit has had all 11 of their games decided by 7 points or less. This season, Jim Caldwell has had the breaks go his way. Our prediction is their luck starts to run out in December, as they will end the year 2-3, and finish 9-7 overall.
The Raiders will NOT win the AFC West
I know this is not a popular prediction today, as Oakland sits at 8-2 and the number 1 seed in the AFC overall. Their remaining schedule includes games against each division opponent, along with the Bills and Colts. The New Years Day game against Denver will be for the division, and the defending SuperBowl champs will find a way to stick it to their hated rival.
Only 2 teams will make the playoffs from the NFC East
We were wrong. The NFC East is good, which is usually good for the NFL. Entering December, no one is playing better than 10-1 Dallas, and Kirk Cousins has the Redskins in every game. What about New York? at 7-3, the Giants own the only victory over the Cowboys, but a schedule that will knock them out of the postseason. They will take care of Cleveland to get to 8-3 Sunday, but then it gets fun. Traveling to Pittsburgh, a home game Sunday Night against Dallas, Detroit, and two division games at Philly and Washington will have Big Blue ending up at 10-6. Washington will end up 10-5-1, and their tie in London will play a factor in locking up the wild card.
Don’t count out Carolina yet
The Panthers are 4-6, and would likely have to win the NFC South to get into the playoffs. The Falcons are up 2 games on Carolina, including a win head to head already. Why are we saying the Panthers aren’t done? Ron Rivera will rally the troops to put together a string of wins, including the next two against playoff teams (Raiders, Seahawks), to get to 6-6 and be in the conversation. Atlanta will drop a game they shouldn’t, and the Christmas Eve game in Charlotte will end up being for the division and a playoff birth.