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Jan 8, 2017; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Pittsburgh Steelers outside linebacker Bud Dupree (48) celebrates after a play against the Miami Dolphins during the second half in the AFC Wild Card playoff football game at Heinz Field. Mandatory Credit: James Lang-USA TODAY Sports

Jan 8, 2017; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Pittsburgh Steelers outside linebacker Bud Dupree (48) celebrates after a play against the Miami Dolphins during the second half in the AFC Wild Card playoff football game at Heinz Field. Mandatory Credit: James Lang-USA TODAY Sports

The first round of the playoffs is over and for the most part, every team that was expected to move on, did. Rodgers started out slow, but turned into the old A-Aron that got his team to the playoffs in the first place and the Giants didn’t even stand a chance. Odell allegedly punched a hole in the wall which which is the only practical application of his brick-hands. Brock Osweiler changed his status from worst QB in the playoffs to game manager. Jadeveon Clowney is a monster, the size differential he had while standing next to the NFL analysts after the game made him look like a robot that was just fed whey growing up.  Seattle looked dangerous again and the run game looked like the good ole Beast Mode days. Pittsburgh made Miami look like a bunch of children, it seems like Ben Roethlisberger has been doing this since Ryan Tannehill was still trying to get all his credits in order. We have another great weekend of football coming up as we get one step closer to crowning this year’s Super Bowl Champs.

8.     570        Houston Texans

Last Result: W 27-14 vs Oakland

Brock Osweiler moves the Texans on to the AFC Divisional round to face Tom Brady and the New England Patriots this weekend. The last time the Patriots faced Osweiler was September 23rd of 2016 and Osweiler failed to put up a single point against the Patriots. Things have changed now and injuries have hobbled some players, while trades have sent key players to different franchises, but overall the main parts are still there and Osweiler looks like he is up against it this week. 

7.     pfiobtreaq7j0pzvadktsc6jv        Seattle Seahawks

Last Result: W 26-6 vs Detroit

The Seahawks looked a little better, but facing an injured QB and a WR core with bricks for hands doesn’t give the feeling of relief that Hawks fans were looking for. They go up against Atlanta this weekend and that team is seemingly out for blood after the way the game ended the last time these two teams matched up. If you don’t remember, it involves Julio, Richard and a missed PI call. Seattle’s offensive line held up well against the Lions’ defense, but traveling anywhere is a problem for this team and especially for the offense.

 

6.     dcy03myfhffbki5d7il3        Green Bay Packers

Last Result: W 38-13 vs New York Giants

Aaron Rodgers is a man on a mission and at this point it looks like no one is going to be stopping him. It’s easy to say that when he plays at Lambeau, but over the past seven weeks this man has torn up every single defense he has faced. The games have looked eerie, similar to the way the Packers’ season began; a slow start that leaves fans a little worried before Rodgers starts slinging fire and his team leaves everyone in the dust. The Packers are looking for a date in the NFC Championship game next weekend, but a tough Dallas team awaits them at home. 

5.     857        Kansas City Chiefs

Last Result: Bye Week

KC has a tough matchup this weekend, hosting the Steelers. The Chiefs made a late push this year to be able to end up with their conference title and that week off has historically been helpful to teams, but could this weekend be the monkey wrench in their plans? Alex Smith is going to have to keep his eyes open and his feet moving, because the Steelers have playoff experience and are going to make Smith’s life a nightmare if he gets off to a bad start.  

 

4.     970        Pittsburgh Steelers

Last Result: W 30-12 vs Miami

Le’Veon Bell and Antonio Brown is all that any team needs to be successful. It seems like you give the ball to either of them and they will do the rest for you. If the Steelers go up at all on you, expect the run and expect to not be able to stop Le’Veon Bell at all, at any point in the game. The man is just that, a man, and when he runs, it seems like he’s just playing with some college players on his week off. The Steelers are leading the NFL in sacks since Week 11 and unfortunately, the Dolphins were on the wrong end of that stick this weekend. Jay Ajayi rushed for only 33 yards on 16 carries, after the year he put up if you can’t lean on him in pressure situations, then this Miami team is going to need to better establish their passing offense if they want to continue down this road of success.

3.     299        Atlanta Falcons

Last Result: Bye Week

The Falcons finally have their shot at revenge after the last time they met Seattle. Matt Ryan is in full MVP form at this point and Seattle can’t stop the pass to save their life. Julio and Richard are going to be where all eyes are this week, but the difference maker is going to be how well the Falcons’ defense can get to Russell Wilson. My money is going to be on under three seconds almost every snap.

 

2.     406        Dallas Cowboys

Last Result: Bye Week

The Cowboys were lead to a first round bye by a rookie for the first time in God knows how long. Dak and Zeke are going to be going up against a talented and red hot Packers team. They play at home which is going to help them out a ton, but stopping Aaron Rodgers with the pass rush they have had this year could be a struggle.

1.     y71myf8mlwlk8lbgagh3fd5e0        New England Patriots

Last Result: Bye Week

The Patriots will face off against the Texans at home this weekend and it’s the best matchup that the Patriots could’ve asked for. The last time these two teams faced, the Patriots whooped the Texans 27-0 in Week Three, if you remember that was before Brady was even allowed to step foot back into a football stadium.