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The General’s NFL Proclamations-Divisional Playoffs

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The opening round of the playoffs is over and the Divisional Round is now upon us. The pressure along with the intensity will pick up now that there is more importance on the games at hand. The hits will be harder, the runs of running backs will be harder and there will be some great plays happen. But by who though? That is for us to find out. But maybe I can give you a guide to who stands up and shows out and who shrinks in the big moments. Here are your General Proclamations for the Divisional Playoff games this weekend! Baltimore Ravens at New England Patriots

  1. Patriots’ wide receiver Brandon LaFell will have 100 yards receiving and a touchdown. The chemistry between Patriots quarterback Tom Brady and LaFell has continued to grow over the year. And the talented receiver will be facing a Ravens secondary that can be very bad at times. A perfect recipe for LaFell to break out in the playoffs.
  2. Ravens pass rusher Terrell Suggs will have at least two sacks in this game. Suggs has proven that in big games, he shows up. He made the big interception last week in the game against Pittsburgh and it always seems like Suggs has a good game when he plays the Patriots. I look for him to give both tackles of the Patriots fits as he uses his speed and agility against them.
  3. Patriots running back LaGarrette Blount will run for 100 yards and have a touchdown. This powerful running back will challenge the Ravens defense this week. Haloti Ngata is in the interior of the Ravens defense, but even with him being back there will be some moments where Blount is able to get through those holes and make some big runs. And if he is able to get into that secondary, there could be problems. None of them want to tackle this monstrous running back.

Carolina Panthers at Seattle Seahawks

  1. Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch will not rush for 100 yards. The veteran running back had been on a roll heading into the last week of the season. But in this game, he is running right into a Carolina defense that has been playing great over the last month. The Panthers physical nature can match Seattle’s at times, and that will be something that Marshawn will not be able to overcome every single run.
  2. Carolina quarterback Cam Newton will not have a turnover in this game. Versus the Arizona Cardinals last weekend, Cam did not look comfortable and he threw an interception (which happened because receiver Jericho Cotchery failed to complete his route). This week I believe the fundamentals from Newton are better and he will run when there are any doubts of players being open or not. And with him running the football, the Panthers actually become more dangerous.
  3. Both the Seattle Seahawks and the Carolina Panthers will not score over 20 points. The defenses for both are stout and make plays. Both offenses will have a tough time trying to figure out how to manufacture yards on the ground. A key offensive mistake will allow the winning team to take over the game.

Dallas Cowboys at Green Bay Packers

  1. Dallas will run for over 100 yards versus the Packers. The Pack has had issues stopping the run all season long. And with running back DeMarco Murray and the Cowboys coming to town, the Pack could get exposed. The Cowboys line is solid, so that may give the Green Bay defensive line/outside linebackers fits like they have been doing to defensive lines all season.
  2. Aaron Rodgers has a tear in his calf in addition to his calf not feeling that great. But even with the injuries, Rodgers will still show up. The Green Bay quarterback will have two touchdowns passing and will have 250 yards accounted for through the air. As a result of his calf, it would not be surprising if Rodgers is more of a sitting duck when he gets ready to pass though.
  3. Because of Rodgers limited mobility, the Cowboys will bring the heat after Rodgers. And it’s because of his limited mobility that he will probably get sacked three times. The Cowboys defensive front is relentless. And with Rodgers sporting this injury, they will smell blood in the water.

Indianapolis Colts at Denver Broncos

  1. Colts running back Boom Herron will run for 110 yards and two touchdowns versus the Broncos. Throughout the season, the Colts have been struggling to find a running game. That was until Heron came along. I believe Herron will get the job done based on his speed and shiftiness.
  2. Denver quarterback Peyton Manning will have a not-so-good game. The veteran NFL quarterback is seeking another title to add to his legend. But when it gets colt (like it will be Sunday evening), Peyton seems to not be the same guy. I believe the cold is the great equalizer for Peyton and with what we saw the weather report to be, Peyton may have some problems.
  3. Denver cornerback Aqib Talib will make his presence felt. One of the big free-agent signings, it seems like he has signed and disappeared from a lot of things. But little did they know that Talib lives for this type of stuff. And in the biggest game of the season, he will have an interception and potentially make life hard for Colts quarterback Andrew Luck.

The Division Playoffs are upon us. The predictions have been made. It should be fun to see how all these proclamations pan out or not. For more sports conversations, feel free to contact me on Twitter @General_MP or check me out on Facebook at Mike Patton-The General .

2 Comments

  1. Rob Thomas Brown

    January 9, 2015 at 6:18 pm

    Patriots, Denver, Green Bay and with the upset, Carolina will win. Not sure about Blount getting a 100 on Baltimore D, I do think Brady is going to tear up their secondary

    • Mike Patton

      January 9, 2015 at 6:57 pm

      Brady better hope they block Terrell Suggs all game so be can do damage. And as far as Blount, I can see that big guy getting loose a few times. And when that train gets rollin, it’s hard to slow down.

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