NFL Divisional Round Playoff Preview and Predictions

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NFL_Playoffs_2014_-_Divisional_RoundIn this episode of the Red Light Sports Ramble, Evan and Troy preview the NFL Divisional Round Playoff games.  Based on a random twitter/Facebook poll put out by Troy “If you could go to any NFL game this weekend, which game would you go to?”, the majority of fans where picking the San Francisco 49ers vs. Carolina Panthers. Granted, many of the Red Light Sports Ramble followers are Green Bay Packer fans.  Therefore, the main reason listed was to see the San Francisco 49ers lose.

NFL playoff weekend starts on Saturday at 4:35 EST on Fox, with the New Orleans Saints traveling to Seattle to play the Seahawks.  This is a rematch of a week 13 match-up where the Seahawks dominated the Saints in every way possible en route to a 34-7 victory.  This seems like an easy game to pick right? Drew Brees struggles on the road, and the Seahawks have won 16 of 17 home games, including a 5 game home playoff winning streak.  Well don’t be so sure that the odds makers are right (the line was 7.5 when this episode was aired) about this game.

Later that evening on CBS, the Indianapolis Colts march into New England.  The Indianapolis Colts enter the NFL Divisional round riding on a stream of confidence.  They overcame a 28 point deficit to beat the Chiefs in wildcard weekend.  The Patriots find themselves in a familiar situation, hosting an NFL Divisional Round playoff game.  The Patriots overcame adversity on and off the field to gain the second seed in the AFC playoffs.  Tom Brady may have not had a “Brady Like” year, but the end result was winning enough games to host a playoff game.  The colts need to remember that if they fall behind this Patriots team, it could be hard sailing to mount another epic comeback.

Based on the independent poll done by the Red Light Sports Ramble, the Sunday game at 1:05 EST on Fox, is the game that the fans would most want to be at.  The San Francisco 49ers match up against the Carolina Panthers.  This game has all the makings to be a classic, but there are a number of things that could make this intriguing.  Carolina as of today, was a home underdog in this game.  People always say that defense wins championships, and this game will be pitting two of the better defenses in the league against each other.  On Sunday, the outcome may very well hinge on what offense can muster up that one big play.

NFL Divisional Round playoff weekend wraps up with the Denver Broncos hosting the San Diego Chargers.  The only blemish on Denver’s 7-1 home record came at the hands of the San Diego Chargers in week 15.  After last years disappointing loss to the Ravens at home, the only expectation this year was making it to the Super Bowl.  Well, they have drawn a tough opponent to open the playoffs with.  The Broncos average 37.9 points per game and were held below 30 points only 3 times this year.  Two of those three times were against the San Diego Chargers, including their lowest output of the year in week 15, scoring only 20.  You might want to wait until its official before buying your tickets to New York, because Mike McCoy knows that offense as well as Peyton Manning.  It has shown in the two prior games, with the outcome being a one score game.

Evan and Troy break down each of the four NFL playoff games and give their predictions on the Red Light Sports Ramble.

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