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. Playoff records to date: Tandler (8-2), Finlay (7-3).
Super Bowl LI
Falcons vs. Patriots (-3.0)
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Tandler: For the last two weeks I’ve been trying to talk myself out of picking the Falcons. After hearing all of the talk about Belichick having two weeks to prepare for an opponent and how he will take Julio Jones out of the game I haven’t heard anything to change my mind. The Patriots aren’t playing the string of trash heap and inexperienced quarterbacks that helped them lead the league in scoring defense. Scheme is great but you can’t scheme out Jones, Sanu, Gabriel, Coleman, and Freeman. I’m sure JP will tell you about how the sharps Vegas has this all figured out because of a half point move in the spread or something. But the Falcons have the horses and that’s enough for me to pick them. Falcons 28, Patriots 20
Finlay: Before we get to Vegas, and before we get to Julio, did Tandler forget that the Pats held Ben Roethlisberger, Antonio Brown and Le'Veon Bell to 17 points last week? Last I checked that Steelers offense is pretty dynamic. So I don't think this is as simple as saying Atlanta has the horses. One spot I do think the Falcons have an edge over New England is the screen game, as I'm not sure the Patriots have linear speed to keep up with Freeman and Coleman out of the backfield. Yet, I will still take the Patriots. I don't think Tom Brady wins this game; I think LeGarrette Blount and Dion Lewis do. If Tandler and I are smart enough to know Atlanta's offense is a real threat, I'm guessing Belichick has sorted that out as well. Best way to stop the Dirty Birds? Keep them off the field. Patriots 27, Atlanta 20
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