2018 NFL Playoffs: Bold predictions that pave a path for every underdog to win – CBSSports.com

After a Wild Card Weekend that featured four spreads of six points or more, it felt logical to see a bunch of lower spreads for the divisional round games this coming weekend. And yet, here we are, with even bigger spreads than we had last weekend. We have a historical home underdog in the Eagles, the Patriots as yet another double-digit home favorite, the Steelers are a touchdown favorite despite losing to the Jaguars at home once already and the Vikings spread over the Saints is quickly flying up. 

If Vegas is right — and Vegas is right a lot — there could be four not-very-close games coming up on the schedule. But football works in funny ways, and very rarely do we get exactly what we expected to see. 

Let’s look at some specific paths for the underdogs to make a run at the favorites, to make the weekend spicy and then make some bold predictions as it relates to those underdogs pulling upsets. 

To be clear: these are not my picks. I made my divisional round playoff picks here, and I’m backing the quarterbacks with the experience (a.k.a the favorites). It could totally backfire. Again, football is weird. Let’s figure out how these underdogs can win.

Eagles (+3) vs. Falcons

The easiest game to imagine a victory in for the underdog, because the Eagles are at home and they’re the No. 1 seed. The difference between the juggernaut Philly team we saw all season and the squad that will play the Falcons is obvious. Nick Foles replaces Carson Wentz. That is a substantial downgrade, especially because of what Wentz was capable of doing on third down and with his ability to extend plays with his legs. Foles is a streaky passer — he can

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