Baron’s Playoff Push Picks (Week 8)

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The Playoff Push Prediction League is underway! I am the second of three to post picks this week, after Owen of course. Find his predictions here, and an explanation of the rules here.

Now that the boring bit is taken care of, let’s get to some controversy!

Vikings over Browns

Minnesota is 5-2 and could be the second-best team in the NFC. The Rams have something to say about that, but the Browns don’t. Cody Kessler or DeShone Kizer? Everson Griffen must be salivating.

UPSET: Chargers over Patriots

I promised controversy! New England looked mediocre against the Texans and Jets for most of the game. Coming off a 21-0 win over the Broncos, the Chargers will make it four straight.

LOCK: Saints over Bears

It’s a good month for New Orleans. Drew Brees’ offense up 52 on the Lions, and get to face the Bears? The NFL is just giving them wins!

Unless Eddie Jackson scores two touchdowns again.

Panthers over Buccaneers 

Cam Newton is 6-3 against the Bucs, and two of those losses came in his second year in the league. Carolina will right the ship in Tampa’s Bay.

Bengals over Colts

Uhm, Blake Bortles threw for over 300 yards on this defense.

Bills over Raiders

Tyrod Taylor should scramble all over a defense with a shocking lack of pursuit. Derek Carr hasn’t shown he can produce 250+ yards consistently, so even with the Bills secondary woes, it should be a comfortable win for Buffalo.

Eagles over 49ers

No debate here.

Falcons over Jets

Or here.

Marquee Matchup: Seahawks over Texans

Russell Wilson faces a defense missing J.J. Watt, and Houston gets the Legion of Boom’s rookie-destroying-sack-happy defense. Seahawks win by at least a touchdown.

Steelers over Lions

Ben Roethlisberger must be salivating. The Lions’ defense is even more banged up than usual, and Glover Quin is a likely absentee. Pittsburgh should win despite a near comeback from Matthew Stafford’s offense.

Broncos over Chiefs

Anybody surprised? Denver always seems to upset Kansas City when Alex Smith is firing. This is the trap game the Chiefs never wanted; looking ahead to a Thursday Night game against Dallas.

 

Be sure to check out the other picks, and follow along Sunday afternoon!

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