AFC Divisional Round Playoff Preview
There are a ton of people that think the Kansas City Chiefs have a real shot to upset the New England Patriots who are believed to be ripe for the picking. Experts and everyday fans alike seem to really like the Chiefs. But come on man, you know damn well Alex Smith and Andy Reid aren’t rolling into Foxboro in January and beating Tom Brady and Bill Belichick. I made the mistake last week of siding with Kirk Cousins, and I will not be fooled again.
For those of you that believe the Chiefs are going to win, I have one serious question. How do you think they’re going to score enough points to beat the Patriots? Jeremy Maclin is sidelined leaving Chris Conley and Albert Wilson at wideout. No team has allowed fewer yards to tight ends than the Patriots, and Belichick will take away what the Chiefs do best, run the ball. My money is on the Pats and it’s not close.
The Steelers, Broncos game could be great if it wasn’t such a mess. It looks like Ben Roethlisberger is going to be very limited and Antonio Brown is now a long shot to play. On the other side of the ball Peyton Manning is just god awful. What could be a great game, could very well end up being a shell of itselfl. I honestly don’t know who I’m going to pick in this game, and I don’t have much time to figure it out.
Kansas City Chiefs @ New England Patriots
Saturday, January 16, 2016 4:35 pm CBS
We have the greatest quarterback of all time Tom Brady against a mediocre game manager in Alex Smith. Need I say more? I mean Smith is not bad by any stretch. Well maybe by some stretch, but not all of them. He’s a middle of the pack QB with limited arm talent. There is no comparison here.
This game has a cluster of running backs that nobody knew or believed in heading into the season. The Pats will be rolling a committee of Steven Jackson, James White and Brandon Bolden, while Charcandrick West and Spencer Ware will be splitting carries in Kansas City. While the Pats use their running backs to their maximum potential, the Chiefs RBs are just way more talented. If Belichick had West and Ware, they would be tremendous.
The Pats have Gronk. Game, set and match. Furthermore they also will have Julian Edelman, Danny Amendola and Brandon LaFell. Edelman is the only one of them that really matters, but still, he’s way better than any of the Chiefs’ wideouts. They do have Travis Kelce in KC, who wasn’t as great as expected this year, nevertheless, he was solid. However, Conley and Wilson on the outside just aren’t cutting it.
This one is actually closer than you might think. The Pats have a ton of young talent on every level of their defense. The best defenseive lineman, linebacker and cornerback in this game all play for the Patriots. So this is close. Nevertheless, a slight edge does go to the Chiefs. With that said, I do expect the Pats’ defense to have a better week in fantasy leagues.
Kansas City: 10
New England: 24
Chiefs: Spencer Ware
Patriots: Tom Brady
Pittsburgh Steelers @ Denver Broncos
Sunday, January 17, 2016 4:40 CBS
It has been reported this week that Big Ben has a sprained AC joint and has torn ligaments in his throwing shoulder. He’s is fully expected to start but does not know how far he can throw and will likely need pain-killing injections. With that said, I still trust him more than Old Noodle Arm in Denver. Peyton Manning is terrible now and terrible in the playoffs. It will really be a shame if injuries force us to watch his systematic breakdown next week.
It looks like DeAngelo Williams will be back this week and should be close to full strength. The Broncos will roll out their disappointing duo of Ronnie Hillman and C.J. Anderson. Assuming Williams is healthy, he’s by far the best back in this game. If Fitzgerald Toussaint and Jordan Todman are the backs, the Broncos have an edge.
With Antonio Brown healthy, the Steelers probably have the bets WR corps in the NFL. Without him they are still good, but not great. Martavis Bryant is a monster and Markus Wheaton is good. With that said, Demaryius Thomas and former Steeler Emmanuel Sanders are better. I’m writing this article assuming Brown will not play, although, deep down I secretly believe he will.
If the Broncos don’t have the best defense in football, they are very close. Their cornerbacks are the best in football and they have a ton of talent in their front seven, particularly their linebackers. The Steelers have a talented but raw young front seven. However, their secondary is atrocious. This is no-contest.
Steelers: DeAngelo WIlliams
Broncos: Demaryius Thomas