The 2016 Road to the Super Bowl is set to begin and the favorites to present the AFC is the New England Patriots and the favorite for the NFC to be in the Super Bowl is the Dallas Cowboys. However, the Packers and Steelers are both on massive winning streaks, the Giants are always a team to fear, and you never know if Seattle is going to boom or bust! Will there be a surprise team that goes all the way?
The Houston Texans and the Oakland Raiders are two teams that are starting inexperienced quarterbacks, in what probably won’t be the most anticipated playoff game in the world. Even though the Raiders are the better team, without Derek Carr, Brock Osweiler and the Texans will come out on top.
The Detroit Lions and the Seattle Seahawks are two teams that are entirely different. The Detroit Lions attack on offense, but their defense struggles at times, as was put on display against the Green Bay Packers last week. The Seattle Seahawks offense is very dysfunctional, but their defense often won them the game anyways. But the Lions and Seahawks have one thing in common. They are both on cold streaks. The Seahawks will use their home-field advantage, counter Matthew Stafford, and move on.
The Dolphins and Steelers matched up earlier in the season, and the Dolphins obliterated the Steelers, but since then, the Steelers have found their groove. The Steel Curtain is on a 7-game winning streak, and the explosive offense of Ben Roethlisberger, Le’Veon Bell, and Antonio Brown has really come alive. Though the Steelers are the clear favorites to win this game, don’t count the Fins out. Their defense can be dominating at times, and Jay Ajayi has the ability to run all over the Steelers defense, again. Any who, Steelers win.
The New York Giants and the Green Bay Packers both have the ability to go all they way. There are some that believe that the winner of this game could go on to represent the NFC in the Super Bowl. The New York Giants have beaten the easy teams on the docket, but they have not played as well against top teams. Their offense can be slow, even with the explosive OBJ running all over the field. But the Giants defense is exceptional. With a defensive-line led by Snacks Harrison and Olivier Vernon, and a secondary led by Janoris Jenkins, Landon Collins, and Eli Apple, the Giants defense has the tools to shut down any offense…. except for the Packers offense. The Packers offense, led by Aaron Rodgers, Ty Montgomery, Jordy Nelson, Randall Cobb, Davante Adams, Jared Cook, and Geronimo Allison have dominated everyone they’ve faced since Aaron Rodgers predicted that the Pack would run the table after their 4-6 start to the season, and I expect more for he same.
The Seattle Seahawks are coming off of an easy win against the Lions, but it gets much harder for them this time around as they match up against the Atlanta Falcons, and Matty Ice Pick. Matt Ryan played at an elite level this season, and he led them to this point. With offensive weapons Devonta Freeman, Tevin Coleman, and Julio Jones by his side, the Falcons offense was nearly unstoppable. The Falcons also boast impressive rookie defensive players that have the ability to take over games, such as Vic Beasley, Keanu Neal, and Deion Jones. The Seahawks offense will falter, and the Falcons will get revenge. The Dirty Birds move on to the NFC Championship.
The Houston Texans and the New England Patriots. Brock Osweiler vs. Tom Brady. Bill O’Brian vs. Bill Belichick. Must I go on? Pats move on to the AFC Championship.
The Pittsburgh Steelers and the Kansas City Chiefs match up very similar on paper, and trust me, this will be a great game. The Steelers offense can score on anybody, but don’t forget about Kansas City. The Chiefs defense is led by Eric Berry, Marcus Peters, Justin Houston, and Dee Ford. Alex Smith is a great game-managing quarterback, and he can keep his head above water against any team. However, the Steelers explosive offense will be too much, and the Steel Curtain will move on the AFC Championship contest.
The Green Bay Packers and the Dallas Cowboys played against each other earlier in the season, but don’t let the box score of that game sway you, the Packers and Cowboys would be a fantastic playoff game. The Packers stormed past the Giants, and Aaron Rodgers wants some serious revenge against ‘dem Cowboys. Besides that, Jordy Nelson and Jared Cook have improved significantly since these teams last met, and Geronimo Allison was not as vital as he is now. For the Cowboys, they are led by Dak, Zeke, and Dez. But don’t forget that the Cowboys defense isn’t as superb as they were. Aaron Rodgers will slice and dice on the Cowboys, they will limit Dak, Zeke, and Dez, and move on to the NFC Championship game.
NFC and AFC Championship
This would be fun! Big Ben Roethlisberger and Tom Brady facing off with a Super Bowl appearance on the line. Mike Tomlin and Bell Belichick. The difference in this game is going to be the Patriots home-field advantage, and the Patriots strong defense.
The Packers and Falcons. These high-flying offense met in Atlanta earlier in the season, and the Dirty Birds earned a huge victory over the Packers. But you have to remember that the Packers defense was crippled, and that Aaron Rodgers was still finding his groove. Since the last time these guys met, the Packers offense is on a different level. This would be an old-fashioned shoot-out, resulting in a Packers victory. Aaron Rodgers has his way in Atlanta in the playoffs. Remember 2010?
Super Bowl LI
This is the dream. Tom Brady vs. Aaron Rodgers. Bill Belichick vs. Mike McCarthy. Man, that game would be fun. The high-flying offenses would be firing on all cylinders, and the only difference will be that the Packers have the hotter field-goal kicker, and their offensive weapons match up really well against the Patriots. When these teams met in 2014, the Pack won, snd I expect more of the same. The Packers will run the table!