Super Bowl Picks: 1-0
Playoff Record: 7-3-1
The Patriots played their best three games of the year in the Divisional Round, Conference Championship, and Super Bowl. Their defense performance against the Rams was truly one for the ages as they stymied Jared Goff and Sean McVay all night.
Wade Phillips put a great game plan in place, holding Tom Brady and Josh McDaniels to three points for most of the game, but the Rams were never able to get anything resembling offense going.
Looking back at my playoff picks from early September, I got most things wrong.
The Jags were my biggest miss of the year. Never would I have guessed that their Super Bowl window was only one year, but they followed up 2017’s AFC Championship appearance with a 5-11 season. Allegedly, management lost the locker room when they signed Blake Bortles to a 3 yr $54m extension. The feeling amongst the defense was that money should have gone to one of them after their outperformance the year before, but instead it went to the dead weight they carried.
I was also wrong on the Steelers, but they also had a whole host of locker room issues to deal with including AB skipping their week 17 matchup. Brown is now, reportedly, seeking a trade, and who knows what they are going to do about Le’Veon Bell after watching him sit out the year to protest the Franchise Tag.
Despite picking two NFC North teams to make the playoffs, the Bears were the division’s sole representative. Minnesota did not get the expected boost from the QB they brought in through free agency. In fact, I think we should change his nickname to Kirk “3yrs fully guaranteed $94m” Cousins, because he did not play with the same sort of fire we saw from his slew of one year deals in Washington. In essence, we did not like that.
The Packers performed a successful mutiny on Mike McCarthy, and we also saw GM Ted Thompson’s head roll. The big miss here was the Saints. They were dominant last year, didn’t lose anybody, and somehow I thought they would squeak into the postseason. Instead, they continued their dominance, and it took the worst playoff officiating blunder of my life to end their season. Expect them to come back with a vengeance next year.
I, however, did get the Patriots Super Bowl pick correct (albeit I picked them over the Falcons, lol), so hoping you all enjoyed cashing those futures tickets.
The combine starts on February 26th, and the draft starts April 25th, so the 2019 season is basically right around the corner!
Stats from ESPN