Are the New Orleans Saints playoff contenders? Full playoffs predictions all the way to Super Bowl LI
The NFL season is now in full swing heading into Week 6. There are some surprises and some new teams making a move. Are the Saints one of them after winning a thriller against Carolina? Whodatdish will answer that question in this article.
First, we’ll look at the seedings from the NFC and AFC along with the contenders:
- Minnesota Vikings
- Seattle Seahawks
- Philadelphia Eagles
- Tampa Bay Buccaneers
- Dallas Cowboys
- Atlanta Falcons
- New Orleans Saints
- Arizona Cardinals
- New England Patriots
- Kansas City Chiefs
- Pittsburgh Steelers
- Houston Texans
- Oakland Raiders
- Denver Broncos
- Buffalo Bills
- Cincinnati Bengals
Let’s jump right into the Wild Card round all the way to the Super Bowl. After that, Whodatdish will look at the contenders for the NFC and the AFC.
The home field advantage in this first game will be key. Playing football in January will no doubt favor the Eagles here. The Falcons will freeze up here while the Eagles pummel the Falcons in Philadelphia. Wentz gets his first playoff win as a rookie.
Philly 30 Falcons 19
Tampa Bay in the playoffs? The Tampa Bay Buccaneers will win the NFC South. Fans are gonna have a hard time swallowing that one. Regardless, the Cowboys will actually go on the road to sunny Tampa in this one. Although Jameis Winston will play exceptional, the Cowboys just have too much firepower. Look for a tight one though.
Cowboys 27 Bucs 24
Pittsburgh is a trendy pick to represent the AFC in the Super Bowl. That will solely depend if “Big Ben” can stay healthy throughout. Right now he’s nursing a torn meniscus. Luckily, the Steelers will only be without him for a few weeks. The Steelers will beat the Broncos here. Too much change and uncertainty with the Broncos right now.
Steelers 24 Broncos 17
Yes, the Raiders are finally back into the playoffs. The Raiders will also be the third team to come out of the AFC West. This game will be entertaining to say the least. Although the Raiders will be the “new kid on the block” in the postseason, they will be ready. Look for a low scoring game with plenty of strategical chess going back and forth. Raiders win a tight one.
Raiders 17 Texans 16
What a great game to start the weekend after the Wild Card matchups. Minnesota rests up during the Wild Card games and will finish with the best record in the NFL. Everything seems to be pointing towards a Super Bowl run for the Minnesota Vikings. Not so fast…The Dallas Cowboys come in with Dak Prescott still running the offense. There’s just something about this kid. Perhaps he doesn’t know any better. Dallas wins in an epic game.
Cowboys 34 Vikings 31
The Eagles come in after defeating the “Dirty Birds.” Now they will be facing a very uphill battle against the Seattle Seahawks. Taking a wild guess at this juncture, I’d say the Seahawks will be huge favorites in this one. The Seahawks come in with the second best record, but the Eagles have that “X” factor. Saints’ fans know him well. Look for a few big plays from Mr. Sproles in this one. Philly shocks the world.
Philly 20 Seahawks 13
While many can question Belichick’s wardrobe, his football genius level is off the charts. Not really much to say here. The Patriots dominate the Raiders in every aspect of the game.
Patriots 49 Raiders 17
This is a battle of two great coaches Mike Tomlin and Andy Reid. The Steelers will surprisingly come in as the road team here. When you look at this game on paper, the Steelers would win. Luckily, for all Chiefs’ fans, that’s not the case. The Chiefs home field advantage will be the difference in this very entertaining matchup.
Chiefs 24 Steelers 21
Nothing better than a good old fashioned NFC East rivalry to snag a spot in the NFC Championship game. Coming to Philly in January will give the Eagles a significant advantage. This game will be the start of a long lasting battle of the future between two talented rookie quarterbacks. Carson Wentz comes out on top. The Eagles are going to the Super Bowl.
Eagles 38 Cowboys 24
The two top seeds make it to the AFC Championship. Kansas City tries to hang in there early, but the Patriots run away with this one. The Patriots once again are going to the Super Bowl.
Patriots 31 Chiefs 16
This will be a rematch of XXXIX nearly 12 years ago. That was when the Patriots were untouchable as far as winning a Super Bowl. The Eagles on the other hand look for their first Super Bowl. And finally the Philly fans get the Lombardi Trophy. The Eagles win this game with their defense. Congratulations, Carson Wentz you’re going to Disney World.
So the Cardinals and Saints will be the teams that could change all of these predictions. As long as Drew Brees is on the field, the Saints will have a chance. The Saints could be a dark horse. As far as the Cardinals, they could actually win the whole thing, if they can get in the playoffs. Arizona is also starting to play top notch football. Time will tell.
The Bengals and Bills no doubt will compete until the last week for a playoff spot. Out of the two, the Bengals have a better shot of doing damage in the playoffs. Andy Dalton just needs that one signature win. The question will be, will he get that chance this year?
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