An Intro and Predictions for the NFL Playoffs


Hello all! As this is my first blog post as a staff writer for ITI, I wanted to introduce myself a little and then get to the point.

I’m a 16-year-old high school student in Lehigh Valley, Pennsylvania. I am a high school sports columnist for a local magazine in the northern Lehigh Valley area. I’m really excited to join Bob Wankel and help him grow this already superb blog in to something fantastic. I’m a huge Philly sports fanatic and I’m looking forward to being able to share my opinions with you all here. I encourage you to post comments or contribute and other feedback to me about my posts.

For this first post, I’m going to lay out my entire NFL Playoff predictions. Let’s start with this upcoming weekend’s games.

Let’s break down the AFC first. I see the Bengals to beat the Texans. Also, I think the injured Steelers will handle Tebow and the Broncos on Wild Card Weekend. During the Divisional Round games, I’ll take the Patriots to beat the Bengals and the Ravens to win over the Steelers. In the Conference Championship game, I see the Ravens defense handling the Patriots offense and earning themselves a ticket to Indianapolis.

In the NFC, I believe the Saints will out gun the Lions in what should be a high scoring game. Also, the Giants should be able to rattle Matt Ryan and the Falcons. The Saints will be able to find holes in the 49ers defense on their way to beating them and landing themselves in the conference championship game. The Packers won’t succumb to the Giants defense and the Pack will be meeting the Saints in the championship game. I think this will be a very high scoring game as Aaron Rodgers and Drew Brees both have had monstrous seasons, but I believe the Packers will score just a few more points than the Saints and will be on their way to the Super Bowl.

In Super Bowl XLVI, the Ravens and their aging defense will try to stop the most dynamic offense in the NFL. Ray Lewis and company will give Aaron Rodgers fits as he tries to orchestrate an MVP performance and defend the Lombardi Trophy. Although Green Bay has the worst defense in the entire league, Joe Flacco won’t have a field day as he is not an elite quarterback and can’t pull of a good performance on the big stage. The Packers offense will adjust to the tenacious defense of the Ravens and will find ways to score later in the game. The Packers will be out on the field with the confetti flying once again.

Score:

Packers 35
Ravens 24

MVP: Aaron Rodgers