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NFL Predictions: The AFC

By Rodolfo Garcia

NFL Football is back after a long exciting offseason with surprising cuts and trades. Fans couldn’t wait for this offseason to be over for the season to finally start after fans saw exciting trades and picks of their NFL teams.

AFC NORTHAFC SOUTHAFC EASTAFC WEST
1. Bengals
2. Ravens
3. Browns
4. Steelers
1. Jaguars
2. Titans
3. Colts 
4. Texans
1. Bills
2. Dolphins*
3. Patriots
4. Jets
1. Chiefs
2. Broncos*
3. Chargers*
4. Raiders
* = Wild Card Team

I am predicting that the Dolphins, Bills, Broncos, Bengals, Jaguars, and Chargers will be all in this year. Other notable teams to watch after a long offseason in the AFC (American Football Conference) are the Baltimore Ravens and Las Vegas Raiders.

BUFFALO BILLS

Predicted Record (14-3) What more can NFL fans say about the Buffalo Bills? The Bills are a talented team with a great organization and one of the best fan bases in the league. We all see what the Bills can do to any team in this league. The Buffalo Bills is a guaranteed or bust team to run it back, make it to the playoffs, and win the Super Bowl this year. Buffalo is locked and pinned as the favorite (+600) to win Super Bowl 57. The Bills are the common and familiar team to win it all this year, according to BET MGM. Man, what can we say more about this team? NFL fans saw how special this team was last year. And I do not doubt that they will do great this season.

The addition of outside linebacker and future Hall-of-Famer Von Miller, who had a great season last year with the Los Angeles Rams, will only help the Bills. Von Miller can cause damage to any O-Line with Gregory Rousseau on the other side of the ball. This team is explosive on both sides of the ball, offense and defense, and makes their opponents break down.

Last year Bill’s defense was in the top 5 with all-around great and talented players on defense: tackles, linebackers, and cornerbacks. The Bills have the 2 best LBs in this league Tremaine Edmunds and Matt Milano. Josh Allen, a MVP candidate this year, is a talented and special player who can do it all and be physical when running the ball.

This offense is full of studs with one of the top route runners in this league Stefon Diggs. Gabe Davis who had a great career game vs the Kansas City Chiefs in the playoffs last year. The Bills have one of the most underrated slots WR, speedy receiver Isaiah McKenzie, and Jamison Crowder, who got picked up in free agency. Having one of the most underrated safeties in Jordan Poyer and top CB Tre’davious White.

The Buffalo Bills and NFL fans are not forgetting the noticeable coin flip in OT in the playoff game last season against the Kansas City Chiefs. Sadly, for Buffalo, the Chiefs won the toss that made them the AFC Champion and did not give the Bills a chance. Many people believed if the Bills won that game the Buffalo Bills would be the defending Super Bowl Champion. 

MIAMI DOLPHINS

Predicted Record (11-6). The Miami Dolphins are a sneaky and devious team to make the playoffs this year and letting NFL teams and fans know that they are not playing around this year after a shocking and surprising trade from the Chiefs giving away one of their star players, a six-time Pro Bowler, wide receiver Tyreek Hill for a 2022 first-round pick (No. 29 overall), and a second-round pick (No. 50).

BALTIMORE, MARYLAND – SEPTEMBER 18: Wide receiver Tyreek Hill #10 of the Miami Dolphins celebrates while scoring his second pass touchdown against the Baltimore Ravens at M&T Bank Stadium on September 18, 2022 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)

This trade will make the Dolphins and QB Tua Tagovailoa improve with two speedy receivers to connect with Tyreek Hill and Jaylen Waddle. Noticeable players to look at on this roster are the names of: Tua Tagovailoa, Jaylen Waddle, Tyreek Hill, Xavier Howard, Christian Wilkins, Jaelon Phillips, Terron Armstead, Mike Gesicki, and Jevon Hollands.

The Dolphins are really good on both sides of the ball with offense and defense, a talented and raw roster to do something great this season.  

LOS ANGELES CHARGERS

Predicted Record (11-6). The Chargers and Los Angeles fans are having an exciting offseason this year. This Los Angeles Chargers team should be a team to not shock NFL Fans to make the Playoffs this year. After picking up one of the Top Free Agents CB J.C. Jackson after the New England Patriots were not willing to pay him to become one of the highest paid CB (Contract Details: 5 years $82.5 million and $25 million signing bonus and $40 million guarantees). This trade makes sense due to poor defense last year this will also help 3rd-year CB Asante Samuel. This defense can be something serious if it goes their way and will make the defense better if not one of the top defenses this year.

They also picked up one of the top player six time pro bowler OLB Khali Mack after the Chicago Bears traded Khalil to the Chargers (Bears receive a 2022 second-round pick–No.48 overall–and a 2023 sixth-round selection).

Finally, the Chargers picked up one of the most underrated slot CB in the NFL and top free agent CB Bryce Callahan, after the Broncos let him go due to past injuries in his career. Los Angeles can be something this year with 3-year player and Pro Bowler QB Justin Herbert. Finally, players to watch in this great roster are Justin Herbert, Nick Bosa, Rashawn Slater, JC Jackson, Khalil Mack, Kenneth Murray, Keelen Alan, Mike Williams Josh Palmer, Deandre Carter, Asante Samuel, and Bryce Callahan.  

CINCINNATI BENGALS

Predicted Record (11-6). WHO DEY?! The Cincinnati Bengals will run it back and will make the playoffs this year. It is a team that should make teams struggle throughout the end of the game having a fantastic season last year.

Last season, the Bengals were mind-blowing–the NFL world was still talking about how bad this team would be even with Joe Burrow coming back from a torn ACL and going 0-17.

The Cincinnati Bengals had a great offseason picking up some of the best and top free agents Offensive Linemen named Alexa Cappa (4 years $35 million including $9 mill signing bonus and $11 mill guaranteed), Ted Karras (3 years $18 million $3 million signing bonus $5 million guaranteed), and La’el Collins (3 years $21 million, $5 million signing bonus, $5 million guaranteed). After the offensive line got exposed last year in the Super Bowl and led the team with the most sacks in the NFL, Bengals fans and Joe Burrow should be happy and excited after getting key players to run it back this year for the playoffs. Finally, Joe Burrow will have plenty of time to throw the ball and not scramble much and stay more in the pocket this year.

Both sides of the ball offense and defense are special and have great players and are special for the future. Noticeable players in this talented roster to watch this year are Joe Burrow, Jamar Chase, BJ Hill, DJ Reader, Von Bell, Daxton Hill, Jessie Bates, Tee Higgins (pictured), Tyler Boyd, Joe Mixon, Cam Taylor Britt, and the entire OL.

DENVER BRONCOS 

Predicted Record (10-7) WOW! How is Broncos Country feeling right now? The Denver Broncos and fans had one of the most exciting and surprising offseason this year. They made a lot of huge moves from this organization, and there is a fresh start to this Denver team from owner to head coach to coaching staff. The Denver Broncos will finally make the playoffs this year.

The Broncos found their missing piece to make a run to the playoffs, by trading for legend and future Hall-of-Fame QB Russell Wilson, who then signed a new deal worth $245 million that will keep him in Denver through the 2028 season that will also include $165 million guaranteed. This trade will make this whole team and organization better and on this struggling offense last year. This Denver team should utilize Russell Wilson more on scrambling the ball to be successful in this league with many great pass rushers in divisional games; also, they should utilize him with his feet with his great speed.

Denver also signed free agent DE Randy Gregory after his agent found out of issues with the language in his contract a stated clause that said, “A player could lose bonuses or guaranteed bonuses if a player is fined or suspended with the Dallas Cowboys.”

The Denver Broncos’ running game is one of the best in this league with the “2 power punch.” Bringing back Melvin Gordon III will help more with this running game. Denver defense will be Top 5 this year due to bringing back some key players. This team has the most underrated CB in the league with CB Patrick Surtain and Ronald Darby. Patrick Surtain with no doubt will be a top 3 cornerback after having a standout season his rookie year.

This roster is the most underrated roster from the practice squad, with active players, and a 53-man roster. A lot of talent and studs are on this roster. Notable players to watch this year include Russell Wilson, Javonte Williams, Melvin Gordan, KJ Hamler, Courtland Sutton, Jerry Jeudy, Cam Fleming, Kendall Hinton, Michael Ojemudia, Essang Bassey, Calvin Anderson, Billy Turner, Quinn Meinerz, Dalton Risner, DJ Jones, Patrick Surtain, Justin Simmons, Caden Sterns, PJ Locke, Ronald Darby, Josey Jewell, Kareem Jackson, Jonas Griffith, K’waun Williams, Garret Bolles, Damarri Mathis, Baron Browning, Jonathan Cooper, Alex Singleton, Nik Bonitto, and Montrell Washington. “BRONCOS COUNTRY LET’S RIDE.”

JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS 

Predicted Record (9-8). The Jacksonville Jaguars will make a run to the playoffs. After a really good offseason with many pickups, the Jaguars can be a legitimate team with many explosive players on this team’s roster. There were many changes in the organization such as a new head coach and players. Jacksonville made plenty of good moves and spent the most money in free agency this year out of every team.

The Jaguars picked up one of the top free agents in speedy WR Christian Kirk (pictured, below), making him one of the highest paid WR in the NFL (4 years, $72 Million contract with $37 million guaranteed. The NFL world was shocked with him being the highest paid WR in the league, but will shock and surprise many people with his skills such as routes and how he is a deep threat. These moves will help QB Trevor Lawrence with explosive deep-threat ball throws.

Aug 20, 2022; Jacksonville, Florida, USA; Jacksonville Jaguars wide receiver Christian Kirk (13) makes a catch during the first half against the Pittsburgh Steelers at TIAA Bank Field. (Mandatory Credit: Matt Pendleton-USA TODAY Sports)

Also, the Jags picked up WR Zay Jones ( 3 years $24 million, and $14 million guaranteed) after having a great season last year, really an explosive contested catch player and somewhat a deep threat. They drafted great key players to help them make a run to the playoffs such as DE Trevon Walker (No 1. overall). This team can be special with this explosive offense and defense.

NFL Season Predictions: The NFC

NFC Predictions

By Richard Sanchez

With the recent wins and upsetting losses with the current NFL season as of September 24 2022, this my NFL NFC conference prediction.

NFC NORTHNFC SOUTHNFC EASTNFC WEST
1. Packers
2. Lions*
3. Vikings
4. Bears
1. Buccaneers
2. Falcons
3. Saints
4. Panthers
1. Eagles
2. Cowboys*
3. Giants
4. Commanders
1. Rams
2. 49ers*
3. Seahawks
4. Cardinals
* Wild Card Teams

Teams to Watch:

First on the list in no particular order are the Green Bay Packers. Aaron Rodgers has had a difficult start to the season so far but it is still possible for him to bring the Packers to a possible NFC championship the record predicted for this season is 13 wins and 4 loses. 

Philadelphia’s own Eagles are next up with an amazing start to the season and not showing any stop to their win streak. Don’t get too cocky Eagles fans, there is always the possibility of injury; but with reviewing the previous season records, the Eagles are an average-to-above-average team with a good set up. The Philadelphia Eagles are predicted to be at 9 wins and 8 loses with a playoff appearance.

WHOSE HOUSE?! … RAMS HOUSE. The L.A. Rams are up next and I predict them carrying out the west with a 15 and 2 record with a heavy battle between them and the Packers. With their past Super Bowl win it’s very possible they go back, but they could get eliminated sometime mid to late playoffs. Players to look out for during their games are Aaron Donald, Jalen Ramsey, Cooper Kupp, and Matthew Stafford.

Could Brady and the Bucs win another one? Tom Brady is without a doubt the GOAT of quarterbacks; but could he take the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to another Super Bowl is the real question? The record for this season hopefully will be 14 and 3. Buccaneers playoffs don’t look very bright with only having Mike Evans as their reliable wide receiver.

These are my NFC predictions and let’s see who comes out on top, good luck to every team out there and I hope for the best.

Stay safe out there people.

Super Bowl LVI Prediction

By NFL Correspondent D.Higgins

We have come to my final NFL predictions article — it’s Super Bowl time!

Two weeks ago, I shared my predictions for the NFC and AFC championship games. Let’s see how I did:

Prediction: Chiefs 35 – Bengals 24

Actual Score: Bengals 27 – Chiefs 24 (OT)

Comments: The Chiefs took their foot off the gas and blew a 21-3 lead, shockingly dropping a home playoff game against the underdog Bengals. Cincinnati, who won just 6 games combined from 2019-2020, now has a trip to the Super Bowl for the first time since 1988, when they lost to the Montana & Rice 49ers.

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Prediction: Rams 31 – Niners 24

Actual Score: Rams 20 – Niners 17

Comments: In a great defensive battle, the Rams prevailed, coming from behind to win the NFC and host Super Bowl LVI thanks to a 13-point comeback after falling behind 17-7 as the fourth quarter began. QB Matthew Stafford threw for 337 yards on 31-for-45 passing. In a 17-17 tie with about 6:30 to go, the Rams marched down field for Matt Gay to kick the eventual game-winning 30-yard field goal.

In the Championship Round, I went 1-1, and overall, my playoff predictions sit at an even 6-and-6. I guess Super Bowl LVI is the tiebreaker! Let’s get to my pick.

Super Bowl LVI

Prediction: Rams 27 – Bengals 24

The Super Bowl returns to Los Angeles where it all began, and for the first time since 1993’s game at The Rose Bowl.

I think this one is going to be a tight game and a classic. The Rams have the Los Angeles home crowd on their side and the better postseason experience. Joe Burrow and the Bengals had a great season and should be proud of how quickly they turned into an AFC powerhouse, but it is the Rams’ time. I think head coach Sean McVay makes all the right calls, and Von Miller, Aaron Donald, and the Rams defense makes the perfect stops at the perfect times.

Of course, in all honesty, I wouldn’t be sad one bit if the Bengals pull through and win this game. It’s hard to root against either team. I’m a Dodgers fan first and foremost, so I always love to root for the Los Angeles teams. But with a young and exciting Joe Burrow at quarterback, a wide receiver named Tee Higgins (my distant cousin, perhaps?), and memories of the Ickey Shuffle, one can’t help but load up on some Skyline Chili and holler “Who dey?” every time the Bengals score.

Still, it feels like the Rams’ time, who have never won a Super Bowl in Los Angeles (the St. Louis Rams beat the Titans in 1999 in Super Bowl XXXIV, and L.A. won a pre-Super Bowl Championship in 1951 over the Browns).

Crank up the Randy Newman, fire up some street dogs, and get ready to party, L.A., because the Rams will be the Super Bowl Champions. 

Farewell John Madden

By Isaiah Almanza 

On December 28, 2021 John Madden, famous NFL coach for the then Oakland Raiders, passed away. As a coach, Madden is famous for his Super Bowl XI win with the Raiders against the Minnesota Vikings (32-14) on January 9, 1977. Madden coached for the Raiders for 10 seasons, finishing with 103 wins, 32 losses and 7 ties. 

He is also famous for his yearly NFL video games which bear his name. The first entry was John Madden Football (1988), and now with its latest release with a shorter name Madden 22 (2021).

Madden was also a great broadcaster, providing commentary for NFL games from 1979 to 2009, earning 16 Sports Emmy Awards along the way.

On January 9, 2022 before the Los Angeles Chargers and Las Vegas Raiders game Virginia Madden honored her late husband by lighting the Allegiant torch.

John Madden’s legacy will continue to live on through his wife, Virginia, 2 kids and 5 grandchildren.

NFL Conference Championship Predictions

By NFL Correspondent D.Higgins

Divisional Round Recap

Last week, I made my Divisional Round predictions. Let’s see how (terribly) I did:


Prediction: Bengals 24 – Titans 21

Actual Score: Bengals 19 – Titans 16

Comment: This is the only game I got correct! Even though quarterback Joe Burrow was sacked nine times and threw one interception, he still threw for 348 yards on 28 of 37 passing and led the Cincinnati offense. Their defense did the rest, holding Tennessee to just 16 points, and forcing them to go just 1 for 8 on third down conversions.

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Prediction: Bills 38 – Chiefs 28

Actual Score: Chiefs 42 – Bills 36 (OT)

Comment: It was a high-scoring game, as I predicted, but the Chiefs simply out-dueled the Bills in one of the greatest NFL Playoff games of all time. This game was 26-21 in favor of the Chiefs with less than 2 minutes to go in the 4th quarter. In a final, insane flurry, both teams traded punches and spectacular plays (or was it defensive breakdowns?) until the score was tied 36-36 at the end of regulation. The Bills (whose 422 yards of total offense was still not enough) lost the coin toss to begin overtime, and QB Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs did their thing, taking just 8 plays in 4 minutes to march downfield and score the game-winning touchdown.

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Prediction: Packers 31 – Niners 24

Actual Score: Niners 13 – Packers 10

Comment: In a surprisingly low-scoring game, the San Francisco defense held the powerful Green Bay offense to just 263 total yards. The 49ers were even worse at just 212 yards on offense, but they ended up with the ball on the final possession, which ended on a Robbie Gould 45-yard field goal to win it after a 9 play, 44-yard drive. Quarterback Aaron Rogers and the Packers just never got going, leaving Rogers’ future as a Packer in doubt.

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Prediction: Buccaneers 27 – Rams 17

Actual Score: Rams 30 – Buccaneers 27

Comment: This was the third game that ended in a game-winning, walk-off field goal, as the Rams recovered to beat Tampa Bay after nearly blowing a 27-3 lead in the 3rd quarter. Teams know that they can’t give Tom Brady a second chance, because he will always take advantage of it. Brady threw the ball a startling 54 times, completing 30 of them for 329 yards. But Matthew Stafford outdid the GOAT, going 28 for 38 and 366 yards, throwing 2 touchdowns and no interceptions. His biggest pass was to Cooper Kupp with just enough time left to spike the ball and get a Matt Gay 30-yard field goal to secure a championship game for the Rams.

Overall, I went a lousy 1-3, but I am happy to have been wrong on the Rams, as we have an L.A. vs San Francisco match-up in the NFC to look forward to now. 

*AFC and NFC Championship Games*

AFC: Bengals @ Chiefs

Sunday, Jan. 30, 12pm on CBS

Why does this feel like the Chiefs will beat the pants off the Bengals? Cincinnati has a similarly good defense (allowing 350.8 yds/game and 22.1 points/game vs the Chiefs 368.9 yds/game and 21.4 points/game); and their powerful offensive attack featuring QB Joe Burrow are not too far off either (Cincy averaged 361.5 yds/game and 27.1 points/game against 396.8 yds/game and 28.2 points/game for the Chiefs).

Still, as much as I like the Bengals’ underdog story and rooting for a player named Higgins, I think the experience of Kansas City wins out, especially combined with the versatility of their offense, led by QB Patrick Mahomes, WR Tyreek Hill, and TE Travis Kelce. Look for the Chiefs to win the AFC and play in Super Bowl LVI at SoFi Stadium.

Prediction: Chiefs 35 – Bengals 24


NFC: 49ers @ Rams

Sunday, Jan. 30, 3:30pm on FOX

It’s time for L.A. vs San Francisco, again. Last time, the Dodgers beat the Giants in MLB’s 2021 NLDS. This time it’s the Rams’ turn to advance, but it won’t be easy. The Rams have not beaten the 49ers since 2018.

These teams are very familiar with each other, playing twice a year in the NFC West, yet they’ve only faced each other in the postseason once, in the 1990 NFC Championship Game that saw Joe Montana’s 49ers pound the Rams 30-3 (and then go on to whoop my Broncos in Super Bowl XXIV).

But that was decades ago. To show you how evenly matched they are today, San Francisco’s defense allowed 21.5 points/game during the regular season, while the Rams allowed 21.9. The Rams averaged 27.1 points/game on offense and SF averaged 25.1. It’s going to be a tough one. 

Simply because I’m rooting for a) A Super Bowl home game for the Rams; and, b) The Los Angeles team to beat the SF team, I’m going with the Rams to represent the NFC in the Super Bowl LVI on February 13.

Prediction: Rams 31 – Niners 24


There you have it, more fearless predictions for this penultimate round of the NFL Playoffs. There’s no way these conference championship games will be as crazy as last weekend, right? We’ll see. I am predicting a Chiefs vs Rams Super Bowl on Feb. 13, so don’t be surprised when it’s the Bengals vs the 49ers. Until next time…

NFL Divisional Round Predictions

By NFL Correspondent D.Higgins

Last week, I gave my Wild-Card Predictions, going 4-2 in my picks. Read my recap of Wild-Card Weekend here. But for now, let’s get to the Divisional Round!

*AFC*

#4 Bengals @ #1 Titans

Saturday, 1:30pm on CBS

After winning a good fight against the Raiders, Cincinnati is looking to play the upset card in round two. Tennessee is well-rested, but the Bengals are pumped up after their first playoff win in decades. The teams have different attacks on offense–the Bengals are pass-heavy, thanks to QB Joe Burrow; the Titans run the ball very well, fifth best in the NFL at 141.4 rushing yards per game.

On defense, however, Cincinnati is built to defend the run, holding opponents to just 102.5 rushing yards per game, which is the fifth best in the NFL. That, I believe, will be the difference. The Bengals will keep Derrick Henry in check, and force the Titans to continue their sloppy play, as Tennessee committed 103 penalties for 973 yards during the regular season. 

Prediction: Bengals 24 – Titans 21


#3 Bills @ #2 Chiefs

Sunday, 3:30pm on CBS

If these teams play the way they did last weekend, this game is going to be high-scoring and high-octane. I think that the winner of this game goes on to represent the AFC in the Super Bowl.

I underestimated the Bills’ offense in the Wild Card Round, so I’m not going to be fooled again. I think Buffalo gets their revenge over the Chiefs this year and wins this game because they have a superior defense and because QB Josh Allen will continue to limit his mistakes.

Prediction: Bills 38 – Chiefs 28

*NFC*

#6 Niners @ #1 Packers

Saturday, 5:15pm on FOX

The Packers are a strong team with a great offense, but many don’t realize that the 49ers actually averaged more yards per game than Green Bay during the regular season (375.7 to the Packers’ 365.6). The San Francisco defense was also better at preventing yards on defense, allowing just 310 yards/game (third-best in the NFL) while the Green Bay defense allowed 328.2 yards per game, good for 9th in the league. 

To no surprise, both teams are in the top 10 in the NFL in nearly every meaningful category. But there is one category that stands out and pushes the Packers over the edge–turnovers. The disciplined Green Bay squad had a plus-13 turnover differential, while San Francisco struggled to a minus-4 turnover differential. I believe that will be the difference in this one.

Prediction: Packers 31 – Niners 24


#4 Rams @ #2 Buccaneers

Sunday, 12pm on NBC

The Rams looked really good in the Wild-Card Round, dismantling the Cardinals and putting their stamp on the playoffs. Their hopes to do exactly what Tampa Bay did last season – play the Super Bowl in their home stadium – comes down to this tough game against QB Tom Brady and the Bucs. Even though the Rams were well-tested with a tough NFC West schedule, I think that Brady will find a way to win, as he seemingly always does. 

Yes, the Rams beat the Bucs 34-24 this season, but that was way back in Week Three. Since then, we saw Matthew Stafford struggle with picks, as the Rams’ 18 interceptions was fifth-worst in the NFL. They are going to have to play mistake-free football to win this one in Tampa Bay, but I think the Bucs’ offense is just too much for the Rams.

Prediction: Buccaneers 27 – Rams 17

NFL Wild-Card Recap

How did I do?

By NFL Correspondent D. Higgins

I will give my Divisional Round predictions in another column; but first, let’s recap how my Wild-Card predictions went.

*AFC*

My Prediction: Bengals 32 – Raiders 23

Actual Score: Bengals 26 – Raiders 19

Comments: This was lower scoring than I thought, but the game had the same outcome. The Raiders put up a good fight, but Joe Burrow and Ja’Marr Chase–who had nine receptions for 116 yards–were too much for Las Vegas, errant whistle blows or not.

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My Prediction: Patriots 24 – Bills 20

Actual Score: Bills 47 – Patriots 17

Comments: I could not have been more wrong on this one! QB Josh Allen and the Bills absolutely destroyed NE in every facet of the game, with Buffalo playing the NFL’s first ever “perfect game.” It was over by halftime. Good for the Bills–who knocked out Bill Belichick in the Wild Card Round for only the 3rd time in his head coaching career.

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My Prediction: Chiefs 35 – Steelers 17

Actual Score: Chiefs 42 – Steelers 21

Comments: As expected, Patrick Mahomes had a dominating game, throwing for 404 yards and 5 touchdowns on 30 of 39 passes. After a scoreless first quarter, it was all Chiefs who suddenly led 21-7 at halftime and then just exploded for two more quick TDs to start the second half. In what will likely be his final game, 39-year-old Ben Roethlisberger was 29 of 44 for 215 yards, including two meaningless TD passes after the game was already out of hand.

*NFC*

My Prediction: Bucs 41 – Eagles 21

Actual Score: Bucs 31 – Eagles 15

Comments: As I predicted, this was a blowout win for Tampa Bay. Philly struggled with 3 turnovers and were outmatched by a typically efficient Tom Brady performance (29-37, 271 yards, 2 TD). Even after a couple of Philly TDs in garbage time, this game wasn’t even as close as the final score indicates. Even scarier for the rest of the league? Tampa Bay feels they could have played even better.

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My Prediction: Cowboys 27 – Niners 25

Actual Score: Niners 23 – Cowboys 17

Comments: It was a nail biter in the end, with some bizarre decisions all around. The Cowboys’ decision to have QB Dak Prescott run the ball on 1st down with 14 seconds left, and then him trying to spike the ball as time expired, was chaotic and perplexing. But overall, the 49ers simply outplayed Dallas, who let penalties kill them. The Cowboys committed 14 penalties for 89 yards, tying a franchise playoff record. San Francisco also out-rushed Dallas 169 yards to 77. Although a bit sloppy, it was an exciting game, as the Cowboys just fell short after trailing 23-7 in the 4th quarter.

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My Prediction: Rams 30 – Cardinals 23

Actual Score: Rams 34 – Cardinals 11

Comments: The Rams offense, led by Matthew Stafford, Cooper Kupp, and a balanced rushing attack, dominated Arizona as expected. More importantly for L.A., the defense stepped up, too, forcing 2 interceptions and holding the Cardinals to just 183 total yards (AZ also went 0-9 on 3rd downs). Stafford was sharp in his first-ever playoff win, throwing for 2 TDs and no interceptions on 13 of 17 for 202 yards. 

So that wraps up the Wild Card Round, with my guesses going a respectable 4-2. But now, let’s get to my fearless predictions for round two

Fearless NFL Playoff Predictions

By NFL Correspondent D.Higgins

It’s NFL playoff time, which means it’s also prediction time. In predictions that are sure to be pathetically wrong by the time Super Bowl LVI kicks off in Los Angeles on February 13, 2022, let’s give it a whirl.

AFC WILD-CARD WEEKEND

#5 Raiders @ #4 Bengals
Saturday 1:30pm on NBC

Even though the Raiders pulled out a huge win in the game of the year last Sunday to knock out the Chargers (sorry, Isaiah), I think that QB Joe Burrow, receivers Ja’Marr Chase, Tee Higgins (great name!), and the rest of the Cincinnati offense is too overwhelming for Las Vegas. It was a good run, Raider Nation, but the Cinderella story is over.

Bengals 32 – Raiders 23


#6 Patriots @ #3 Bills
Saturday, 5:15 on CBS

This will be a tough battle between division rivals and two great defensive football teams. Buffalo led the NFL in fewest yards allowed per game at 272.8 while giving up just 17 points per game; but New England was right behind them, allowing just 310.8 yds and 17.8 pts/g. The teams split their season series, each winning on the road. They finished just a game apart in the AFC East as Buffalo won their final 4 games in a row, while the Pats lost 3 of their last 4.

Even though the Bills have the hot streak and the home field advantage, I think Bill Belichick outsmarts Buffalo and the Pats take this one.

Patriots 24 – Bills 20


#7 Steelers @ #2 Chiefs
Sunday, 5:15 on NBC

In the easiest AFC game to predict, QB Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs will put on a clinic against the Steelers. Big Ben Roethlisberger can end his career with pride, but KC will just be way too much for Pittsburgh.

Chiefs 35 – Steelers 17

(Bye Week: #1 Tennessee Titans)


NFC WILD-CARD WEEKEND

#7 Eagles @ #2 Buccaneers
Sunday, 10am on FOX

I guess they still have to play the game, but this one is a no-brainer: Tom Brady and the rest of Tampa Bay will make easy work of Philadelphia. The Bucs finished 13-4 and cruised into the playoffs with impressive wins all season. Even though Philly (9-8) won 4 of their last 5 games, they played the Jets, Washington twice, and a terrible Giants team before getting blown out by the Cowboys last week. Look for more of the same on Sunday morning.

Bucs 41 – Eagles 21


#6 49ers @ #3 Cowboys
Sunday, 1:30pm on CBS

To me, this is the most exciting match-up of the weekend, bringing back memories of the legendary games between these teams in the ’90s, when stars like Steve Young & Jerry Rice battled it out against Troy Aikman, Emmitt Smith, & Michael Irvin.

This time it’s Dak Prescott vs Jimmy Garoppolo, and Ezekiel Elliott vs Deebo Samuel. The teams are very even, as San Francisco finished at 10-7 in a very tough NFC West, while Dallas finished 12-5 in an easy NFC East. Both teams won 4 of their last 5 games. The Cowboys averaged 31.2 points per game (allowing 21.1 pts/g) while the Niners scored an average of 25.1 pts/g (allowing 21.5).

This game is a tough call… but for full disclosure: as a massive Dodgers fan, I simply cannot root for any team from San Francisco, so I gotta pull for the ‘Boys here in a close one.

Cowboys 27 – Niners 25


#5 Cardinals @ #4 Rams
Monday, 5:15 on ESPN/ABC

In the first ever Monday Night Football playoff game, the Rams will host their division rivals from Arizona. L.A. spent most of the season trying to catch up to Arizona, who got off to a hot 7-0 start. But catch up they did — the Rams went 5-2 after their bye week to finish with a 12-5 record, while the Cardinals dropped 4 of their last 6 to finish one game behind L.A. at 11-6 in the tough NFC West.

In this match-up, I think the momentum continues and the Rams ride Matthew Stafford’s arm to victory at SoFi Stadium.

Rams 30 – Cardinals 23

(Bye Week: #1 Green Bay Packers)


Next week, I’ll recap these Wild-Card Round predictions and move on to the Divisional Round games Feel free to drop your predictions in the comments section below.

Until then, go Broncos! (Oh, wait…)

NFL Roundup & Predictions

By Isaiah Almanza

Week eight of the 2021-2022 NFL season has started and the season is shaping up to be a surprising start for the 32 teams and their 18-week schedule. The most interesting teams in the Los Angeles area are the Los Angeles Chargers (4-2), Los Angeles Rams (6-1), and Las Vegas Raiders (5-2). Let’s round up our favorite local teams.

Firstly, the Los Angeles Chargers are competing with the Las Vegas Raiders for the number one spot in the AFC West. After a disappointing loss in Baltimore in week 6, the Chargers are still a very talented team with a good chance to make it to the playoffs. Some of their biggest victories were defeating the Cleveland Browns, their AFC West rival Raiders, and 2020 Super Bowl champions, the Kansas City Chiefs. The Chargers are coming off a bye week, hopefully recuperated. Quarterback Justin Herbert has been exceeding expectations in his second year, throwing for 14 touchdowns and only 4 interceptions.

Next up are the Los Angeles Rams who are in the #2 spot in the NFC West standings with a record of 6-1, with #1 currently being occupied by the undefeated Arizona Cardinals (7-0). The Rams took a 38-11 victory over the NY Giants despite losing second-string tight end Johnny Mundt and running back Jake Funk. New star quarterback Matthew Stafford has led the team taking over for Jared Goff. They have the #11 offense in the league. The Rams moved to 6-1 after their 28-19 victory over the Detroit Lions. Former Rams’ QB Jared Goff and the Lions remain winless as LA’s Matthew Stafford threw for 334 yards and 3 touchdowns against his old team. The Rams take on the last place Houston Texans (1-6) this Sunday, 10/31.

Lastly, we will profile the Las Vegas Raiders who had a strong week 6 victory over the Denver Broncos, which officially broke their two game losing streak at the hands of the Chargers and the Chicago Bears. In Week 7, the Las Vegas Raiders continued their winning ways, beating the Philadelphia Eagles 33-22 to move to 5-2 and in sole possession of first place in the AFC West. In his second game under interim coach Rich Bisaccia, Derek Carr was an efficient 31-for-34 on 323 yards and 2 touchdowns to go along with one interception. The Raiders will now have a bye week, but will return next Sunday, November 7 in New York to face the Giants (2-5). The Raiders have had to overcome the sudden resignation of head coach Jon Gruden, who came under scrutiny for malicious emails.

Predictions:

I am predicting that the AFC Champion will most likely be the Los Angeles Chargers. And the NFC Champion will be the Arizona Cardinals. And in the Super Bowl, I predict that the Chargers will finally earn their first Super Bowl win in a 47-42 victory.

NFL 2020 Season Recap:

Brady is Still the GOAT After Exciting Playoffs

By Issac Rangel

The 2020 NFL season is over, with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and quarterback Tom Brady winning the Super Bowl over last year’s champions, the Kansas City Chiefs. Here is an overall recap of how the season went.

Before it even started, there was some doubt on whether or not the new season should even happen due to the COVID-19 pandemic. There was confusion on how things would be scheduled around outbreaks, if it did happen, but they decided to just begin the new season anyways. In doing so, they had very strict health rules and protocols for the teams to follow. Every player had to keep getting tested over and over again every week. Only some teams allowed for there to be a limited number of fans in the stadium.

However, even with all the new rules and protocols players had to follow, there were still some players that would test positive. There were difficulties with teams schedules, and some of their games were postponed because of players testing positive. Even after all these problems the NFL was having, they still decided just to keep going. And even with all the protocols the teams had to follow, and with their not being able to be as much or any fans at all for some teams, it was still such an exciting and thrilling season, especially when the playoffs started.

Wild Card Round

The 3 NFC Wild Card games featured the Colts vs Bills, Rams vs Seahawks, and Buccaneers vs Washington. The Bills beat the Colts in a thrilling ball game, hanging on until the end and beating the Colts 27-24 for their first playoff victory since 1995. Shortly after the game, Colts quarterback Philip Rivers announced his retirement after just one season with Indianapolis. The Rams beat the Seahawks 30-20 even with their quarterback injury issues, while the Buccaneers beat Washington by a score of 31-23.

The Buffalo Bills celebrate their first playoff victory in 25 years, defeating the Indianapolis Colts by a score of 27-24 in a Wild Card thriller. (AP Photo/Adrian Kraus)

The following day were the 3 AFC Wild Card games which featured the Ravens vs Titans, Bears vs Saints, and Browns vs Steelers. The Ravens got their revenge in a heated matchup against the Titans and beat them by a score of 20-13. The Saints easily beat the Bears by a score of 21-9, and finally, the Browns pulled off a major upset, dominating the Steelers by beating them 48-37.

Divisional Round

When the Divisional Round started, the 4 teams left from the NFC were now the Rams, Packers, Bucs, and #1 seed New Orleans Saints. The 4 teams left in the AFC were the Browns, Bills, Ravens, and top-seeded Kansas City Chiefs. The first game was between the Packers and the Rams. The Rams had a tough time because of the injuries suffered in their previous game against the Seahawks, and it didn’t help with one of their injured players being their best player–Defensive Player of the Year, Aaron Donald. He struggled all game trying to get through the O-line and to Rodgers, so his impact on the game was minimal. The Packers beat L.A. easily by a score of 32-18. Within a couple of weeks after the Rams elimination, they traded quarterback Jared Goff to the Detroit Lions for Matthew Stafford.

The next game was the Bills vs Ravens, and the Bills held the Ravens to only 3 points the whole game, winning by a score of 17-3; although, part of it had to do with Ravens QB Lamar Jackson getting injured and taken out of the game. The next day held the 2 top-seeded games of Browns vs Chiefs and Bucs vs Saints. The Chiefs beat the Browns in a close game by a score of 22-17. The Browns had a chance to win after Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes was knocked out with a concussion, but they couldn’t convert late.

Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson (8) lies on the ground after being injured during the second half of an NFL divisional round football game against the Buffalo Bills Saturday, Jan. 16, 2021, in Orchard Park, N.Y. Jackson left the game after his injury. (AP Photo/Adrian Kraus)

The Bucs vs Saints game was after that, and it was a very exciting and nerve-wracking game for Bucs fans. Both times that the Bucs and the Saints met in the regular season, Drew Brees and the Saints dominated Brady’s Bucs both times. However, this time, when it counted, Tampa Bay ended up winning a close game, 30-20.

Conference Championships

Next up were the Conference Championships, the last two teams standing from the AFC were the Chiefs and the Bills, and the last two teams from the NFC were the Packers and the Bucs. The Chiefs and Bills game started off close and competitive, but eventually the Chiefs pulled away and dominated the rest of the game and beat the Bills 38-24.

2020 MVP Aaron Rodgers and the Packers in action against the Bucs

Now it was time for the very hyped-up matchup between the Bucs and the Packers, mostly between Tom Brady and 2020 MVP Aaron Rodgers. Brady won the rivalry against Rodgers in a close game, which ended up being a 31-26 victory for the Bucs.

Super Bowl LV

Finally, this brought us to the last game of the season–Super Bowl 55. This year’s Super Bowl had a lot of quarterback hype to live up to: Brady vs Mahomes, which some people referred to it as GOAT vs Baby GOAT. There were high expectations from fans for this game, and most people expected it to go down to the wire and have a lot of intensity. Yet, that is totally the opposite of how it ended up going, as the Buccaneers dominated the whole game, and it was never even close. They held the Chiefs to only 3 field goals, which is crazy because this Chiefs team had never been shut down like that.

The final score was 31-9, and Tom Brady got his 7th ring–which is now more rings than any of the 32 NFL teams have. For Tampa Bay, this was their second Super Bowl victory, and their first since Super Bowl 37 when they defeated the Oakland Raiders in 2003.

(photo by MARK J. REBILAS, USA TODAY SPORTS)

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