NFL Divisional Playoff Picks Print E-mail
Written by Denis Krusos   
Wednesday, 13 January 2016 17:51



Season To Date: 38-17


Pittsburgh Steelers (10-6) at Denver Broncos (12-4): The Steelers are banged-up at quarterback, running back and wide receiver.  They face a tough Broncos’ defense in Denver.  Peyton Manning just has to be solid against a weak Pittsburgh secondary.  The Steelers are long on guts and toughness, but Denver is healthy, rested and ready.  Denver 30- Pittsburgh 17.


Kansas City Chiefs (11-5) at New England Patriots (12-4): New England has Julian Edelman and Danny Amendola returning, but the team’s offensive line remains a question mark.  The Chiefs can rush the quarterback and have a ball-hawking secondary.  Alex Smith is not Tom Brady, but he does protect the football and his mobility can cause problems.  Kansas City will miss Jeremy Maclin, but they have the defense, special teams and veteran quarterback to upset the Pats.  Kansas City 24- New England 21.


Seattle Seahawks (10-6) at Carolina Panthers (15-1): Seattle should have lost to Minnesota, but they have the heart of a champion and are tough to knockout.  The Panthers beat the Seahawks earlier in the season in Seattle.  They also gave Seattle a decent game last postseason before losing late.  This is a heavyweight battle that will be decided late.  Carolina’s defensive line will put more pressure on Russell Wilson than Seattle’s defensive line will place on Cam Newton.  Cam Newton won championships in junior college and in college.  He takes a big step toward leading his team to a NFL title by edging the two-time NFL champs.  Carolina 27- Seattle 24.


Green Bay Packers (10-6) at Arizona Cardinals (13-3): Green Bay’s offense awoke against Washington, but Arizona will be a different story.  The Packers’ offensive line and receivers do not match-up well against a strong Arizona defensive line and secondary.  The Cardinals pressure and frustrate Aaron Rodgers in a decisive win.  Arizona 30- Green Bay 16.



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