PRESEASON NFL PLAYOFFS
PREDICTIONS

winners in caps

ROUND 1 - WILD CARD
#6 Jaguars @ #3 Chargers
#5 Ravens @ #4 TEXANS
#6 Vikings @ #3 SAINTS
#5 Falcons @ #4 GIANTS

ROUND 2 - DIVISION
#4 Texans @ #1 PATRIOTS
#5 CHARGERS @ #2 Steelers
#4 Giants @ #1 Packers
#3 SAINTS @ #2 Rams

CHAMPIONSHIP ROUND
#5 Chargers @ #1 PATRIOTS
#4 Giants @ #3 SAINTS

SUPER BOWL
NEW ORLEANS SAINTS
over New England Patiots


WEEK 9: PLAYOFF PUSHES BEGIN

By Kevin Hastings @KevinHastings

Hello football fans! It’s that time of the year again! It’s time for my NFL Super Bowl Power Poll and NFL Pick’em. Each week I eliminate a team from Super Bowl contention and rank the rest of the teams in order of chances to win the title. To be in the Top 12 you must be qualified for the playoffs, so there will be an equal number of teams from the AFC & NFC in the Top 12. Everyone else? Good luck and don’t get eliminated!  Read the article each week online and enter to win $50 online by picking each week’s games online at whatsupshopper.com.

NOW LET’ GET TO THE POLL!
(RANK / TEAM / PREDICTION)

ELIMINATED: Buffalo,Oakland, Arizona, San Francisco, Indianapolis, NY Giants, Denver, NY Jets, Cleveland

THIS WEEK'S ELIMINATION:

Tampa Bay Bucs (3-5)
Offense 28.6 = 8th  / Defense 34.4 = 32nd

The Bucs may be looking for a QB this offseason but as you can see, it's not the offense that 's hold this team back. The defense has been just atrocious. Nobody on that side of the ball wants to tackle. That's a problem. Bye Bucs.


ON THE CHOPPING BLOCKS

22. Detroit Lions (3-5)
Offense 22.5 = 20th  / Defense 26.3 = 23rd

It's about that time of the year for Detroit. Almost time to say goodbye to the Motor City.

21. Jacksonville Jaguars (3-5)
Offense 16.8 = 29th  / Defense 21.3 = 8th

The defense really doesn't like Blake Bortles it looks like. They did give up 40 to Dallas though.

20. Dallas Cowboys (3-5)  
Offense 19.3 = 26th  / Defense 18.9 = 3rd

How did Dallas score 40 on the Jaguars? It might be the biggest mystery of the season. Jason Garrett keeps on clapping and they just keep on losing. He's a disgrace as a coach and Jerry is as a GM.

19. Green Bay Packers (3-4-1)
Offense 24.0 = 14th  / Defense 24.0 = 14th

Same old Same old with Rodgers. He leads the league in throwaways by twice as much as the next guy.


MIDDLE OF THE PACK

18. Miami Dolphins (5-4)
Offense 20.8 = 24th  / Defense 25.0 = 19th

Don't look now but we have a second team in the AFC East with a winning record. It doesn't happen often.

17. Atlanta Falcons (4-4)
Offense 28.5 = 9th  / Defense 28.3 = 29th

Many people have buried the Dirty Birds and that may be right. But the offense is too good to count them out yet.

16. Tennessee Titans (4-4)
Offense 16.8 = 29th  / Defense 17.6 = 1st

This team's defense is too good to count them out yet. The problem is the offense is offensive.

15. Philadelphia Eagles (4-4)
Offense 22.3 = 21st  / Defense 19.5 = 5th

Maybe one day Carson Wentz will play up to the level of Super Bowl MVP Nick Foles. Until then the defense has to carry them to a playoff spot.

14. Seattle Seahawks (4-4)
Offense 23.5 = 17th  / Defense 19.5 = 5th

The Legion of Boom seems to be doing alright without all those defensive stars. They need a running game.

13. Baltimore Ravens (4-5)
Offense 23.7 = 16th  / Defense 17.8 = 2nd

It's not often the #1 & #2 defenses are both out of the playoffs. Right now, this is true.


WILD CARD TEAMS

12. Cincinnatti Bengals (5-3)
Offense 27.6 = 10th  / Defense 29.6 = 30th

The only team with a winning record the Carolina Panthers have beaten this season, and Andy Dalton threw 4 picks in that game in Charlotte. The Bengals team is Kansas City / New Orleans lite but with Cincy's smell.

11. Carolina Panthers (6-3)
Offense 26.8 = 12th  / Defense 25.2 = 22nd

All of a sudden, this team is looking rather mediocre. It's not fun playing a real team on the road like the Steelers as opposed to the Bucs at home.

10. Minnesota Vikings(5-3-1)
Offense 24.6 = 13th  / Defense 22.7 = 13th

The 13th overall ranked team in both offense and defense is ranked 10th in this poll.

9. Los Angeles Chargers (6-2)
Offense 27.5 = 11th  / Defense 22.5 = 12th

What is quietly one of the best teams in the NFL. The second round of the AFC playoffs are going to be fun with Chargers, Chiefs, Steelers and Patriots!


DIVISIONAL WINNERS

8. Washington Redskins (5-3)
Offense 20.0 = 25th  / Defense 21.5 = 9th

Washington is getting drilled by the injury bug all of a sudden. The good news is the rest of the division stinks.

7. Chicago Bears (5-3)
Offense 29.4 = 6th  / Defense 19.1 = 4th

If you add the offense and defense ranks, the Bears are the best team in the NFL and nobody knows it yet!


6. Houston Texans (6-3)
Offense 25.5 = 21st  / Defense 20.4 = 7th

Don't look now but they've won six straight games after starting 0-3. This division is theirs to win.

5. Pittsburgh Steelers (6-2-1)  
Offense 25.5 = 21st  / Defense 23.2 = 14th

Big Ben was passing out touchdowns on Thursday vs the Panthers like Oprah. Everybody got one.


THE CONTENDERS

4. Los Angeles Rams (8-1)
Offense 33.2 = 3rd  / Defense 22.2 = 10th

Who dat beat the brakes off the rams? Da Saints Dats who!

3. Kansas City Chiefs (8-1)
Offense 36.3 = 1st  / Defense 25.1 = 19th

The best offense in the NFL.

2. New Orleans Saints (7-1)
Offense 34.9 = 2nd  / Defense 27.3 = 27th

The Saints signed Dez Bryant on Tuesday, he tears his ACL on Friday. I hate life sometimes.

1. New England Patriots (7-2)
Offense 30.0 = 5th  / Defense 22.4 = 11th 

Can't beat them.

 NFL Pick'em & Power Poll

BY @KEVINHASTINGS

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ENTER ONLINE BELOW, by fax, or email. Each game right is worth one point. The game with *** is worth 3 points AND is the tiebreaker game. Please enter your guess for total points for that game as well.  Good luck!  Deadline is Sunday’s by Noon. No Thursday games will be on the contest. My picks in ALL CAPS!

Lions @ BEARS
**SAINTS @ Bengals**
FALCONS @ Browns
PATRIOTS @ Titans
Jaguars @ COLTS
Cardinals @ CHIEFS
Bills @ JETS
Redskins @ BUCCANEERS
CHARGERS @ Raiders
Dolphins @ PACKERS
Seahawks @ RAMS
Cowboys @ EAGLES

LAST 2 WEEK WINNERS
10/21 Erika Silva
10/28 Kenny Quinn