Since the Redskins are not participating in this year’s playoffs, CSN Redskins Insiders Rich Tandler and JP Finlay are going to pick the NFL playoff games and offer a little analysis along the way. Need we say that this is for recreational purposes only?
Let us know where we went wrong in the comments section. Records to date: Tandler (6-2), JP (5-3).
Sunday conference championship games
Packers at Falcons (-5.0)
Tandler: This looks like one that will go to whoever has be ball last. One key will be the actual health of the favorite targets of Aaron Rodgers and Matt Ryan. Both Jordy Nelson (ribs) and Julio Jones (toe) will play. But there is a difference between showing up with a helmet a shoulder pads on and contributing to the level that will make a difference in the game. My impression from reports is that Jones will be more fully functional than Nelson. That’s advantage Ryan and the Falcons. Falcons 41, Packers 35
Finlay: When the playoffs began I predicted the Falcons to lose to the Patriots in the Super Bowl, and I can't back off that now. Green Bay's run has been magic, but it's tough to keep winning road playoff games. This game will be run on offense as many expect, but it will be the Atlanta run game that proves too much for the Packers to stop. I'm not sure about laying five points, but considering Vegas will desperately need Dan Quinn's team to cover, I don't mind it either. If you want a play on this game, be a contrarian and take the under. Atlanta wins this game on the ground. Falcons 30, Packers 24
More Redskins: Will the first round fall into place?
Steelers at Patriots (-6.0)
Tandler: The Patriots haven’t faced anything resembling a top-notch NFL quarterback since Week 10 when they played Russell Wilson and the Seahawks. That also happens to be the last time they lost. They face a big-time QB today in Ben Roethlisberger. They also face the best running back in the game in Le’Veon Bell and one of the best receivers in Antonio Brown. Tom Brady and Bill Belichick will be tested like they haven’t been in over two months. If it sounds like I’m leading up to picking the Steelers, I’m not. We’ve seen this movie before and the Patriots usually are the ones smiling at the end. But I will take the points. Patriots 24, Steelers 20
Finlay: Tandler laid it out well, plenty of reasons to like Pittsburgh. Ben, Brown, Bell lead the effort of an impressive offense. But something about the Tom Brady Deflategate Revenge Tour leads me to believe New England won't lose this one. I like the points too, but asked for a winner, gimme the Pats in a somewhat high-scoring affair. Patriots 30, Steelers 26
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