Wednesday, 16 January, 2019

Superbowl 2019: National Football League divisional round preview and predictions

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The Rams are one win away from another Super Bowl trip after McVay's high-flying, inventive offence largely kept it on the ground, methodically punishing the Cowboys' normally sturdy run defence with their unlikely running back tandem. Before answering that, let's move through this weekend's games.

"On Sunday, it's the Chargers and Patriots in the early game in Foxboro, where the Patriots have been invincible at home". Patrick Mahomes gets to make his playoff debut after an incredible season, while Andrew Luck attempts to keep the Colts' hot streak going after they destroyed Houston.

But on the opening play of the fourth quarter, facing fourth-and-1 from the 35, Elliott got stopped for no gain.

Mahomes threw for 278 yards while running for a touchdown, and running back Damien Williams ran through snow and muck for 129 yards and another score. And with offensive weapons like Travis Kelce, Tyreek Hill, T.Y. Hilton, and Eric Ebron, these offenses will be unstoppable.

This will be a tight game throughout, it will be high scoring and will come down to which quarterback can produce - if you ask me - I'm riding with Brady. However, I am slightly anxious about the snow that is in the forecast along with the freezing temperatures, but Luck can definitely make the push to be the highest scoring quarterback this weekend.

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The Cowboys, the No. 4 seed in the NFC, are set to take on the No. 2-seeded Los Angeles Rams on Saturday night. Third cornerback Charvarius Ward and safety Jordan Lucas, who is starting in place of the injured Eric Berry, have played well over the past couple of games. The Eagles secondary is very attackable and I look for the Saints to capitalize on the mismatches in the secondary. Dak Prescott has been serviceable, but has yet to put up a big game against a quality team.

Prediction: Saints 30 - Eagles 17. The Patriots are four-point favorites over the Chargers in New England to kick off the action on Sunday at 1:05 p.m. ET, while the Saints are eight-point favorites at home over the Eagles in the latest National Football League odds. This will be another close game, in my opinion. Money however is on the Patriots to advance to yet another AFC Championship game. However, the Patriots didn't seem as strong this season as they have in the past, ending with a record of 11-5, which they haven't done since 2008.

"Coach called a great play, everybody did their job, and all I had to do was just cut one time and just run", Gurley said of the touchdown.

On Sunday, the Rams will watch the Saints-Eagles divisional-round game, knowing whichever team they face has defeated them before. And then the Eagles, in Week 15 behind Nick Foles, handed the Rams their second straight loss. However, the Saints seem nearly unstoppable.

Considering that both teams have solid run defenses, it will be no surprise to see the running game abandoned on both sides, and for all that passing action to add up to extra possessions for both sides, which is why the over cashes in well over half of SportsLine's simulations this week. Due to this seemingly unstoppable team makeup, the Saints are going to take the cake in this one.

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