I am no longer speaking on behalf of the Philadelphia Eagles moving forward, I already know what those Super Bowl LII champions are capable of. But my heart desires to speak on behalf of the AFC side of the bracket.
Alex Smith and the Kansas City Chiefs are the projected fourth seed but this will change after Week 13. After their 5-0 start, the Chiefs tried to make a push for the AFC title but after Week 6’s loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers “nothing was the same,” in my best Drake voice.
Smith and his Chiefs were a five hit wonder, a la “The Five Heartbeats,” but now the temptations took over and there is no hope for the Chiefs to contend in the playoffs.
The Baltimore Ravens have finally made their way to the wild card spot! Oh joy! This contest in Foxborough will be a toe to toe matchup but Tom Brady and the Patriots will end up heading to the AFC Championship.
Even though Baltimore is an entire different team in the playoffs, Joe Flacco has yet to show me a consistent glimpse of his Super Bowl XLVII promise. Defense does win championships, which holds true to this Ravens team but it only holds weight if an above average quarterback is under center and in this case, Flacco is not the answer.
Drew Brees and the New Orleans Saints hosting the Carolina Panthers will be an entertaining matchup. We saw a preview of how Cam Newton and his team would respond to the Saints in Week 3, and that 34-13 loss was a true indicator of how this matchup will end.
On the Atlanta Falcons side of things, it’s a no brainer for me that the Los Angeles Rams will beat the Falcons. Both teams have top ranked offenses but statistically the Rams have the edge over the Falcons.
History is also against the Falcons according to a memorable record I wrote about weeks ago. Since 1998, every season the Falcons have a playoff contending season the following year they fail to make the playoffs. This season that record will continue as a consequence of the many teams in the NFC fighting to take their position in the wild card race.
We’re only four weeks away from the release of the official playoff bracket, and the one thing I am sure of is that the Eagles will snatch the Lombardi trophy.