NFL Divisional Playoff Picture 2018: There is no doubt that every NFL fan is looking forward to the weekend and everyone has chosen his side. The NFL divisional playoff picture 2018 is one that will definitely attract most of NFL fans and it is bound to be nail biting. The Patriots and the Steelers are huge favorites to go through to the championship and proceed to the Super bowl. However, we all know that the challenges will not be easy even though the two teams have been arguably the best throughout the AFC season. On paper, both the Patriots and the Steelers have a chance of cruising through with most people writing off their opponents that come in form of Titans and Jaguars respectively.
More specifically, if the two teams fail to qualify for the championship, Football fans will have a hard time watching the game without some big names such as Ben Roethlisberger and Antonio Brown all of whom are expected to travel to New England where they will go against other big wigs such as Gronkowski and Amendola.
Who will play at the AFC Championship Game?
NFL Playoff Time, Date, Location, TV Schedule, every thing you need to know!
Second Round Playoffs Time (ET) Venue TV
Sat, Jan 13, 4:35 PM Atlanta Falcons vs Philadelphia Eagles Lincoln Financial Field TV NBC
Sat, Jan 13, 8:15 PM, Tennessee Titans vs New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium TV CBS
Sun, Jan 14, 1:05 PM Jacksonville Jaguars vs Pittsburgh Steelers, Heinz Field, TV CBS
Sun, Jan 14, 4:40 PM New Orleans Saints vs Minnesota Vikings U.S. Bank Stadium, TV FOX
There is no doubt that the Patriots together with the Steelers have been by far the best teams in this AFC season. The first game will see the Patriots take on the Titans while the Jaguars will take on the Steelers. The two are of course set to meet in the final game of the season and it will clearly take a lot to stop them. However, they will have to overcome their worthy competitors on the field before we can start fantasizing about the two giants meeting.
Looking at the Patriots opponents, the Titans are a good team to be fair. However, this has not been their best season because they have had many problems on the field. If anything, the Titans had to leave it late and they beat the Jaguars in the regular season finale for them to book their spot at this stage. In addition, the Titans game against the Kansas City was not their best because they had to pull off their victory from behind.
The patriots on the other hand will go into the match full of confidence knowing that they have had a good season. They will want to finish off the game and head to the championships so I am sure they will their A game.
Records have it that the jaguars have the meanest of defenses by far. In addition, their top players Calais Campbell and Yannick Ngakoue have a total combination of 26.5 sacks. In addition, the Jaguars will go into the match knowing that they have already beat the Steelers once this season and they will be looking to do so again. To give you just a recap, the Jaguars beat the Steelers 30-9 in week five. Doing so as 7.5-point road underdogs will definitely provide the Jaguars with more motivation.
On their end, the Steelers will want to get one over the Jaguars as revenge to their earlier lose. Even though they will be missing their star defender and leader Ryan Shazier, the Steelers will be in good shape both physically and mentally. They will also be boosted by the return of Brown to the training ground.
The teams to play in the NFC Championship Game
While the Patriots, the Titans, the Jaguars and the Steelers will be battling it out in the AFC Championship games, the Falcons, the Eagles, the Saints and the Vikings will be battling it out in the NFC Championship games thereby completing the NFL Divisional Playoff Picture.
On paper, the two teams are having different types of waves but they will be looking to put that aside when they meet this weekend. For the Falcons, the ride has been smooth for them bearing in mind that they have had strings of victories in the recent past taking wins against the Panthers and the Rams. The Falcons will also get motivation from the fact that if they manage to get a win from the game, they will be in the NFC championship for the second year running.
On the other hand, the Eagles will have to fight the negativity going on around them if they are to get a result from this match. While the Falcons will be looking will be looking to join the NFC championship for the second year running, the Eagles will be looking to do so for the first time since 2008 and they can use that as a motivational factor. In addition, the Eagles star player Foles will be hoping to be in good shape and his team mates are sure that he will. In a recent interview, the Eagles wide receiver Alshon Jeffery expressed his satisfaction on his teammate’s progress saying that Foles was doing well and that he had a relaxed mind and a confident attitude going into the matchup.
The Saints will go into the matchup full of confidence knowing that their star player Bradford is in great form having made 346 passing yards. Their form throughout the season has also been impressive and they will be looking to continue with the same feat when the Vikings come calling.
On their side, the Vikings have a very strong defensive record with very few teams being ahead of them on that front. Adrian Peterson is in the form of his life and if his form in the recent games is anything to go by, he will help the Vikings get a result from the game.
The NFL Divisional playoff picture is one that most NFL fans are looking forward to see. This weekend the top teams will be competing in both AFC and NFC championships. While the Patriots and the Steelers are expected to carry the day in the AFC championships, their opponents should not be written off because of their abilities to pull surprises. The NFC championships is also another to look up to with the Vikings, Saints, Eagles and Falcons looking for glory. Let the buildup to the games continue.
Prediction: Patriots, Steelers, Falcons and Saints may be played in the AFC & NFC Playoff.