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2023 NFL Playoff Prediction: Bills vs. Eagles in Super Bowl LVII, how we predict every game

2023 NFL Playoff Prediction: Bills vs. Eagles in Super Bowl LVII, how we predict every game

The time has come. The 2022 NFL regular season is over and it’s time to begin the process of crowning a new champion. The Kansas City Chiefs and Philadelphia Eagles secured a first-round bye in the AFC and NFC, respectively. Will it help them? It certainly didn’t help Green Bay Packers and Tennessee Titans last year, who were both eliminated in the division.

Which team is poised for a dramatic victory, and which favorite has an early upset? Will Josh Allen make us believe Buffalo Bills team of destiny? Can Brock Purdy shock NFL the world with a Super Bowl run? Below, we’ll try to predict the entire NFL playoff grid, game by game. We’ll update this every week as we progress further and further into the postseason. Let’s jump in.

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Super Wild Card Weekend

Saturday, 4:30 p.m. ET (Fox)

Selected game | San Francisco 49ers vs. Seattle Seahawks

It’s going to be a rainy game, so Christian McCaffrey, Elijah Mitchell and Kenneth Walker will be the main weapon in the attack. These division rivals, of course, played twice in the regular season, with the 49ers winning both games. They beat the Seahawks in Seattle by eight points and at home by 20 points.

This year was actually the first time since 2011 that San Francisco swept Seattle. Since 1970, there have been 23 times when a team has gone up 2-0 in the regular season against an opponent and then met a third time in the playoffs. The team that wins 2-0 is 14-9 in this third meeting. The Seahawks made the postseason at the expense of their beak, and I’m not going to take them to upset the 49ers in the first round.

Choice: Seahawks +10
Predicted score: 49ers 17-13

Saturday, 8:15 p.m. ET (NBC)

Selected game | Jacksonville Jaguars vs. Los Angeles Chargers

Here’s a rematch from Week 3 of the regular season, where the Jaguars crushed the Chargers in Los Angeles, 38-10. Austin Thank you got a season low in strokes gained while Keenan Allen did not play. Last week, Brandon Staley somehow played early in the second half in a meaningless game against Denver Broncosand saw Mike Williams and Joey Bosso get injured. I expect both to play this weekend, but that’s a shame Rashon Slater will not be there.

I’m not surprised the Chargers are favored in this matchup, but I’m going with the underdog. The Jaguars are fired up, and it was almost surprising to see them have home-field advantage against the Titans in Week 18. It’s also notable that the defense won the game for Jacksonville when the offense wasn’t firing on all cylinders.

Choice: Jaguars +2.5
Predicted score: Jaguars 27-20

Sunday, 1 p.m. ET (CBS)

Selected game | Buffalo Bills vs. Miami Dolphins

Tua Tagavailoa coming out Without Tua, how could you choose dolphins? These two teams split the season series with the home team winning each matchup. Miami has lost four straight playoff games, each by at least 17 points! They are the first franchise in NFL history to lose four straight playoff games by 17 points each.

Choice: Banknotes -13
Predicted score: Bills 35-17

Sunday, 4:30 p.m. ET (Fox)

Selected game | Minnesota Vikings vs. New York Giants

This matchup probably doesn’t qualify as a must-see game for Super Wild Card Weekend, but I’m glad it did. The Giants and Vikings gave us an entertaining game in Week 16, with Greg Joseph game-winning field goal from 61 yards. Justin Jefferson and TJ Hockenson exploded, combining for 242 receiving yards and three touchdowns. However, it is noteworthy that A fan of Jackson and Xavier McKinney missed this game. They are tied for the top two on the team in completion percentage allowed among quarterbacks this season.

I’m going to take the upset here. Daniel Jones and Saquon Barkley have longed for this stage, and playing a team you just faced a few weeks ago must be somewhat comforting. Minnesota’s defense will make New York’s offense look better than it is, as the Vikings defense ranks last in fifth in points per game (25.1), yards per game (388.7) and yards per game (5, 9) allowed this season.

Choice: Giants +3
Predicted score: Giants 24-21

Sunday, 8:15 p.m. ET (NBC)

Selected game | Cincinnati Bengals vs. Baltimore Ravens

Lamar Jackson reported before a difficult battle play on Sunday, so the Bengals will win this game. They have momentum and the Ravens don’t. Cincinnati just beat Baltimore, 27-16, last week. I’m also taking the Bengals to cover the spread.

Choice: Bengal -8.5
Predicted score: Bengals 28-13

Monday, 8:15 p.m. ET (ESPN)

Selected game | Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. Dallas Cowboys

Tom Brady 7-0 against the Cowboys, while Dallas is 4-5 as a playoff favorite since 1996. Also, Brady is 7-3 when Vegas makes the mistake of listing him as a postseason underdog. Things seem to be stacking up in favor of the Buccaneers, but I’m going to go with the team I think is the best.

Maybe the Buccaneers found something on offense with that win over Carolina Panthers in the 17th week, but I believe more Tony Pollard and CeeDee Lamb. Notice I didn’t say Duck Prescottwho finished the regular season among the NFL leaders in interceptions with Davis Mills despite missing five games.

I predict that the Buccaneers take a 10-0 lead before the Cowboys control the second half and win. I totally understand not trusting the Cowboys, but the same can be said for the Buccaneers – even if they have the best quarterback of all time.

Choice: Cowboys -2.5
Predicted score: Cowboys 23-20

Divisional Round

(4) Jacksonville Jaguars at (1) Kansas City Chiefs

Here’s a rematch from November when the Chiefs beat the Jaguars 27-17. Trevor Lawrence played well with 259 passing yards and two touchdowns, but his defense was hard to stop Patrick Mahomes, who threw for 331 yards, four touchdowns and an interception. Congrats to the Jaguars for making it this far, but I don’t see them upsetting the #1 seed in the AFC on the road.

Predicted score: Chiefs 30-21

(3) Cincinnati Bengals and (2) Buffalo Bills

The last time these two teams played, we all witnessed some misery Damar Hamlin the incident It looked like we were going to have a big firefight before this terrible event happened. Honestly, this could be similar to the Bills-Chiefs AFC divisional round matchup last year.

Joe Burrow will be 4-1 in his career in the playoffs if he advances to the divisional round. The Bengals have already made it clear they are a dangerous team in the playoffs as they went 4-0 ATS last season – even covering the gap in their Super Bowl loss. However, I think their run ends here against the Bills. Buffalo has been a Super Bowl favorite all year, and the Hamlin situation certainly gives the Bills extra motivation. Buffalo had a close win in the divisional round.

Predicted score: Bills 28-24

(6) New York Giants at Philadelphia Eagles (1)

Another postseason divisional matchup. The Eagles beat the Giants by 26 points in December, and then Davis Webb held on in the regular season finale, losing 22-16. Philly will rock, and Jalen Hurts scores three touchdowns. I’ll be interested to see what the spread is in this game, but I’m not going to take the Giants to beat the Eagles. There’s a reason they covered the season series this year.

Predicted score: Eagles 27-20

(5) Dallas Cowboys at (2) San Francisco 49ers

It’s deja vu in a way, except this Cowboys-49ers game will be played in California. The key to this game for the 49ers is holding Ezekiel Elliott and Pollard. Both quarterbacks combined for just 45 yards in last year’s playoffs. In some strange way, I have more faith in Purdy’s offense than in Jimmy Garoppolo crime as his chemistry with George Kittle and Brandon Ayuk continues to develop. Ayuk is an underrated wide out who is difficult to contain in midfield. Jerry Jones gets angry when Purdy beats Prescott.

Predicted score: 49ers 23-21

Championship Sunday

(2) San Francisco 49ers at (1) Philadelphia Eagles

Sunday, January 29, 3:05 PM ET (Fox)

Picking Purdy to upset the Eagles in Philly would be a hot pick ahead of Sunday’s championship game. The 49ers defense would keep Hurts in check, but in the end the Eagles would close out the game in the fourth quarter and go back to the Super Bowl.

Predicted score: Eagles 20-16

(2) Buffalo Bills at (1) Kansas City Chiefs (Neutral Site)

Sunday, January 29, 6:40 p.m. ET (CBS)

Remember, this game will be played on a neutral site. Well, having both of the top seeds in each conference make the Final Four is definitely chalk it up, but here we get another upset. Mahomes had two steals in a four-point game against Buffalo earlier this season, and I predict he will have two steals in a three-point game in the AFC Championship game.

Devin Singletary rushed for 85 yards on 17 carries (5.0 yds) against the Chiefs earlier this season, helping balance the offense, but all three touchdowns came through the air. The Chiefs, on the other hand, rushed for just 68 yards, but Isiah Pacheco hasn’t been a big part of the offense this early in the season. I predict this playoff rematch will be more like a regular season game, unlike last January 23rd. A total of 78 points will not be scored because the Buffalo defense will be up to the task of containing it Travis Kelce and Chiefs wide receivers. Scores in the Super Bowl.

Predicted score: Bills 29-26

Super Bowl LVII

(2) Buffalo Bills at (1) Philadelphia Eagles

Sunday, February 12, 6:30 PM ET (Fox)

In a way, it feels like we’ve been building towards this all year. At the start of the 2022 season, the Bills looked to be the best team in the AFC, followed by the Eagles in the NFC. Opinion probably wavered after Allen’s elbow injury and Hurts’ shoulder injury, but the cream of the crop rises to the top, and that’s what’s happening here.

Allen has played the Eagles just once in his career, a 31-13 loss in 2019. The Phillies combined for three touchdowns, while Allen threw for just 169 yards and two touchdowns. This will be the first time Hurts will play in Buffalo.

So what does this game come down to? I expect a sloppy first half and then a productive second half. That game goes into overtime when Buffalo scores the game-winning field goal on the second spurt of the extra period. The Bills make the “team of destiny” narrative.

Predicted score: Bills 33-30 in OT

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