NFL Predictions: Foles could be fool's gold
It's football playoff season and this weekend's games are going to be a doozy.
Brian Noe, host of "The Noe Show," gave his NFL playoff predictions on how Wild Card weekend will pan out. Let's take a look at his hot takes.
- Will the clock strike midnight for Cinderella Foles?
- Seahawks vs. Cowboys features strength vs. strength
- The best quarterbacks in the NFL duel in Colts vs. Texans
- Is it revenge time for Philip Rivers?
Bears 31, Eagles 17
There sure has been a lot of hype for a quarterback that has thrown seven touchdowns and four interceptions this season. Those are the numbers of Eagles QB Nick Foles. He had one sparkling performance against the Texans (471 yards and 4 TDs), but the Foles hoopla has more to do with last season’s Super Bowl run than his play this season.
The clock is about to strike midnight for Cinderella Foles. The Bears are #1 in rush defense (80 YPG), interceptions (27), and points allowed (17.7 PPG). Plus, Chicago is the first team with 50 sacks and 25 interceptions since the 2006 Baltimore Ravens. Bye, Eagles Bye.
Cowboys 24, Seahawks 20
This game will feature strength vs. strength. The Seahawks have the league’s best rushing attack (160 YPG), while the Cowboys have the fifth-best rush defense (94.6 YPG). No opponent has exceeded 80 yards rushing in the Cowboys past four home games. Dallas also dominated the mighty Saints while only allowing 176 yards of total offense.
The midseason acquisition of wide receiver Amari Cooper has made a big difference. Seattle cornerback Shaquill Griffin is also battling an ankle injury. The Seahawks other top corners are Tre Flowers (5th-round rookie) and Justin Coleman. Both are beatable. Expect Ezekiel Elliott to have a big day and Dak Prescott to make enough plays for the Cowboys to advance.
Colts 27, Texans 24
Two of the best quarterbacks in the NFL will duel in this matchup. Colts quarterback Andrew Luck threw 39 touchdown passes this season (2nd in the league), while Texans QB Deshaun Watson turned in the sixth-best passer rating.
Although Luck vs. Watson will grab the headlines, this game will be decided in the trenches. The Texans have given up the most sacks this season (62), while the Colts have allowed the fewest (18). Quenton Nelson, the sixth-overall pick, has helped to drastically improve a Colts offensive line that will provide enough time for Luck to exploit the Texans 28th-ranked pass defense.
Chargers 20, Ravens 13
The Ravens flexed some major muscle as they held the Chargers to a measly 198 yards of total offense in a Week 16 meeting. Let’s not forget that although the Ravens won 22-10, the Chargers were driving late while only trailing by six points. The ageless Antonio Gates fumbled, and Ravens cornerback Tavon Young raced 62 yards for a scoop-and-score touchdown. It isn’t easy to make a living off of plays like that.
Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson is a major running threat but has only exceeded 200 yards passing once in seven starts. Expect Chargers defensive coordinator Gus Bradley to come up with a smart game plan to slow down a one-dimensional Ravens attack and Philip Rivers to get some revenge.