Baron’s Playoff Push Picks Week 12

I needed the one week break to get it together. Out of second place by six points, I need to start climbing in the standings. I unfortunately picked the Cowboys along with the Redskins and Vikings, and the After the Whistle team would confirm that if asked.

In the interest of entertaining the reader, I will only monologue—I mean explain the picks on which I differ from my After the Whistle competitor. On to the picks for Sunday!

Browns over Bengals (upset)

Cleveland will pick up a win eventually, and I think it will be here, off the back of a season-saving win over Denver. DeShone Kizer will figure it out eventually, and the Bengals will fall.

Panthers over Jets

Titans over Colts

Patriots over Dolphins (lock)

Bucs over Falcons

Ryan Fitzpatrick has to get a win sometime, with Mike Evans and Cam Brate to throw to. Plus, Tampa loves beating Atlanta.

Eagles over Bears

Chiefs over Bills

Seahawks over 49ers

Raiders over Broncos

Rams over Saints (marquee matchup)

Jared Goff and the Rams will get back on track against a Saints team feasting on mediocre opposition, a team whose running game won’t succeed against Aaron Donald and the Rams defense.

Jaguars over Cardinals

Steelers over Packers

Ravens over Texans

This week is going to be really boring.


Baron’s Playoff Push Picks Week 9

Apologies for the delay. I blame procrastination.

Bills over Jets

As my fellow bloggers can prove, I unfortunately picked the Bills. I also dropped Robby Anderson in fantasy.

Saints over Bucs

New Orleans sits atop the NFC South, and that won’t change against the Bucs.

Falcons over Panthers

The defending NFC champions need a win, and will get one here in a close contest. Matt Ryan should get back on track against a banged-up Panthers defense.

Rams over Giants

The Giants will struggle to reach 10 points against this vaunted defense, but Los Angeles will have no such problems.

Titans over Ravens (lock)

Marcus Mariota must love playing in the AFC. This week’s victim is the hapless Ravens defense, who seemed surprisingly competent against a quarterback-less Dolphins team. Don’t expect that to continue.

Jaguars over Bengals

Cincinnati will lose to the AFC’s most intriguing team. Jacksonville will reach 150 yards rushing, and A.J. Green will be bottled up by Jalen Ramsey. Blowout alert.

Eagles over Broncos

No debate here.

Texans over Colts

Deja vú.

Seahawks over Redskins

What is it with all these easy games?

49ers over Cardinals (upset)

Surprised? Jimmy Garoppolo will provide a spark to this offense, and the Cardinals look destined for a top-10 pick.

Chiefs over Cowboys (marquee matchup)

Dark Prescott will struggle against Kansas City’s shutdown secondary, and Dallas’s defense won’t be able to contain Kareem Hunt.

Dolphins over Raiders

Miami will not lose 40-0 again. Oakland should consider tanking.

Lions over Packers

Green Bay is 0-2 since Aaron Rodgers went down, and it could be a long year for the Packers. Detroit will further its case for a wild card.

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!