Joey Bosa and the Chargers' defense have Tom Brady in their sights
It's time for the best NFL weekend of the year, the Divisional Round of the playoffs! Last week, we gave you a handful of "outrageous" predictions for Wild Card Weekend, and they all came to fruition. It's time for another batch for this weekend's four-game slate.
Outrageous Predictions for NFL Divisional Round
Saturday's Colts-Chiefs game will go down as the highest-scoring postseason contest in NFL history
The Divisional Round gets started Saturday afternoon with a matchup of two high-powered offenses as Andrew Luck and company look to keep pace with Patrick Mahomes and all of the Chiefs' explosive playmakers. These two MVP-caliber quarterbacks combined for 89 touchdown passes (50 from Mahomes, 39 from Luck) in the regular season. That's the most between two signal-callers in postseason history, so it's only fitting they combine to make some more, right?
This game between the Colts and Chiefs will end up as the highest-scoring NFL playoff game ever, breaking the 2009 record set by the Cardinals and Packers in the Wild Cad Round when they combined for 96 points (Cardinals 51, Packers 45). The Vegas total is set at 57 and this number should be destroyed by mid-way thru the third quarter. The combination of Mahomes, Tyreek Hill and Travis Kelce will shred the Colts' Cover 2 scheme and conversely, Luck, T.Y. Hilton, Eric Ebron and Marlon Mack will put up huge numbers as well behind that stout offensive line and a suspect Kansas City defense. Hello record books!
The Cowboys-Rams game will be determined by which game-wrecker can wreak the most havoc
America's team invades Hollywood as the Dallas Cowboys visit the Los Angeles Rams in the NFC Divisional Round on Saturday night. This game features all the glitz and glamor you can possibly imagine. Dak Prescott, Ezekiel Elliot and Amari Cooper represent the most noticeable brand in NFL history. Los Angeles features the handsome, high IQ head coach, Sean McVay, along with Jared Goff, Todd Gurley and many high-profile defensive players.
But this matchup of NFC division champions will come down to who dominates in the trenches. Will it be Aaron Donald, the unstoppable force on that Rams' defensive line who recorded 20.5 sacks this season and could go down as the best interior defensive lineman ever? Or will it be Cowboys defensive end DeMarcus Lawrence, who has totaled 25 sacks over the last two seasons? I think the Cowboys give the Rams a very tough game and this one could easily come down to the final drive of the game and which defensive game-wrecker can end the contest with a sack, forced fumble or some other kind of big play.
The Chargers go into Gillette Stadium and physically dismantle the Patriots
The Los Angeles Chargers may be the most complete team left in the playoffs. On the other side, New England may be the No. 2 seed, but this is a team that appears to have many vulnerabilities. These weaknesses will be on display Sunday.
Philip Rivers, Melvin Gordon, Keenan Allen and others on the Chargers' offense will tell the Patriots to pick their poison when it comes to trying to stop the run or pass, and score at least 24 points in the process. On defense, Los Angeles will pick up where it left off last week against Baltimore and frustrate Tom Brady and company all afternoon long. Led by the relentless pass-rushing duo of Joey Bosa and Melvin Ingram, the Chargers will put the greatest quarterback of all-time under duress for a full 60 minutes while the back end will have no problem matching up with the Patriots' aging pass catchers. I believe Los Angeles feels very comfortable with a guy like rookie safety Derwin James on a battered and broken Rob Gronkowski.
Alshon Jeffery will be the most productive daily fantasy player in this contest
The Divisional Round finale between the Eagles and Saints could very well turn into a shootout. In their first meeting, New Orleans scored points at will, trouncing Philadelphia 48-7. However, since the Eagles have been forced to hand the offensive reigns over to Nick Foles following Carson Wentz' back issues, one man has come to life. That man is Jeffery. He, and not teammate tight end Zach Ertz or Saints playmakers Michael Thomas, Alvin Kamara and Mark Ingram, will be the one you want to spend your money on in DFS this weekend.
— Written by Nick Kayal, who is part of the Athlon Contributor Network as a college football and NFL writer. Nick is a Morning Show Host in Nashville on 102.5 The Game. Follow him on Twitter @NickKayal.