After week 16, the NFL Playoff picture is set in stone… at least in the AFC. The Patriots with the bye, and either Kansas City or the now questionable Raiders will be the second seed in the AFC. Truly, there should be less questions of who will represent the AFC in their championship game, and I’m here to tell you, it’s going to be the Patriots and the Steelers. Really, do you want to trust Miami, or whatever team comes out of the AFC South? Do you bank on the Raiders without MVP Candidate Derek Carr? Sure the Raiders could drop down to 5th with a loss and a Chiefs win, giving KC home field advantage, but if there’s a team and a QB that can win on the road, it’s Big Ben.
So lets take a quick look at the Patriots, that’s really all we need on them anyway. Bill Belichick and Tom Brady have appeared in six of the last 15 Super Bowls and an even more astonishing 10 of the last 15 AFC Championship games, the last 5 consecutively. That is leaps and bound better than ANY team… EVER. to have appeared in more than 1/3 of the Super Bowls and 2/3’s of the AFC Championship games, means this team is battle tested and should be the favorite no matter who they’re facing, they’ll be home the whole time! “But they don’t have Gronk!” Really? It’s Tom Brady… he’s made more with less than any other QB in the history of the game, name one great receiver or back not named Randy Moss. ‘Nuff Said
The Steelers are in a position to really throw a wrench in everyone’s prediction. Sure Kansas City has only lost four times in their last 25 games (dating back to Week 7 2015), but the chink in the armor is a team that can go point for point with the Chiefs offense. Pittsburgh has that, and a two time Super Bowl Champion QB in Big Ben. The Steelers offensively can put up points on any defense and with the reassertion of Le’Veon Bell, the Steeler’s balanced attack is going to be a handful for any team home or away.
So for the first time since 2004, Big Ben and Tom Terrific should be the favorites to face off in the AFC Championship game. This one would be one for the ages as you have two potent offenses taking the field in New England. Of course once again Brady and The Hoodie at home are next to impossible to pick against. Especially when you take into consideration this will be the first playoff meeting between the two since 2004, but the head to head has favored the Pats winning seven of the last 10 games and the last three straight against Pittsburgh (2 of 3 in Gillette). Keeping this in mind, there’s absolutely no way anyone in their right mind should pick against the Pats at home in the playoffs.
Look for the Patriots to make their 7th Super Bowl appearance in the Brady Bilichick era.
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