Sal’s 2019 NFL Playoff Predictions: Episode 1
The 2019 NFL Playoffs are here and Salstradamus has taken a look into the future to tell everybody who is going to win it all. From veteran gun-slingers and young QB's on offense to trench-bullies and freaks of nature on defense, Sal has the answers. We can't get to the big game in February with dealing some Wildcards in January to start the NFL Playoffs.
Now, before the great Salamander delivers the knowledge to the masses he needs his subjects. Let's start off with Wildcard Weekend.
Indianapolis Colts at Houston Texans
The resurgence of Andrew Luck has been immense for the Colts and it's inevitable that he will win Comeback Player of the Year while Houston's JJ Watt, Jadaveon Clowney and Deshaun Watson have also been able to remain healthy and propel their team to football in January. Houston's defense is their strong suit with Watt and Clowney terrorizing offenses and the Colts seem to have the most overlooked offense in the NFL. It all comes down to power in this game and Houston simply has way too much in JJ Watt and Jadaveon Clowney. I'll go as far as to say that if the duo remains healthy, one of them will have a Strip-Sack Miller type of run en route to the Super Bowl. Houston pulls away late to beat Indy for the second time this season and for the third time this year will it be decided by three points.
Colts 20 Texans 23
Seattle Seahawks at Dallas Cowboys
Dallas has been riding the defense's back all season and Zeke has been "eating" well during their winning-stretch. The Seahawks find themselves in the playoffs and its as if everybody is questioning how they even got there in the first place. They flew under the radar. In Sal's eyes, it all comes down to winning experience and Dallas hasn't really had a playoff team to be confident in since Romo and Murray were in the backfield. On the other side, Seattle hasn't made a super deep run since Richard Sherman, Kam Chancellor and Earl Thomas were leading the Legion of Boom. Despite LOB's extinction Seattle still has two key factors in what a team usually needs to succeed in the playoffs; Head Coach & Franchise QB. The Salamander is picking Pete Carroll and Russell Wilson over Jason Garrett and Dak Prescott 10 times out of 10 and 11 times on Groundhog's Day.
Seahawks 26 Cowboys 20
Los Angeles Chargers at Baltimore Ravens
Oh man has the NFL delivered a game that probably raises the intrigue stakes due to the difference of styles in QB's. Baltimore rose to the occasion when they needed to in order to claim the AFC North title and did it in a flash once Lamar Jackson jumped in the drivers seat on offense. The Chargers seem to have the upper-hand in experience and also after finishing the season tied for the best record in the AFC at 12-4. Philip Rivers will lead the way for the Chargers and the Ravens will need to ride Lamar's wave on offense to keep up with the Bolts. As great of a playmaker that Jackson is with the ball in his hand, Los Angeles will strike much faster once Rivers starts flowing. Although Baltimore's defense has been solid Sal doesn't see their offense having as many opportunities to score with Jackson as Los Angeles will with Rivers on their offense.
Chargers 34 Ravens 17
Philadelphia Eagles at Chicago Bears
It's been a while since Chicago has hosted a playoff game and it had been a while since the Eagles had won their last championship up until last year. It's also been a while since Khalil Mack last played in the post season (2016) and he now finds himself leading a fierce Chicago defense that also features former UTEP Miner Roy Robertson-Harris. Philadelphia made a Cinderella styled Super Bowl run last winter behind the arm of the guy who was behind their franchise QB and this year it would seem crazy to believe that Nick Foles won't be ready again. Foles will have to put his off-season vacation on hold for the second straight year while Chicago wants to prove that their defense is not the only strong suit. As tough as Chicago is on defense the Salamander believes that destiny reigns supreme in this one despite a Herculean effort from Mack. Foles makes it happen in the final seconds of the game with Tate for a moment that will go down in history as "The Golden Eagle".
Eagles 23 Bears 16
The Magic Eye of Sal sees Houston as the only home team that will have fans going home with a smile on their faces while three teams let their fans down in embarrassingly disappointing fashion. That's a look at Wildcard Weekend in NFL Playoff action with Salvador Montes. Come back again next week after these perfect predictions from Salstradamus become true.