The 2020 NFL regular season is over and now it’s time for the Playoffs. Along with Gary “The Gut” Goombah’s help, we’re predicting who will advance and win Super Bowl LV (55).
AFC Playoff Seeds
- Kansas City Chiefs (14-2) – West Champion
- Buffalo Bills (13-3) – East Champion
- Pittsburgh Steelers (12-4) – North Champion
- Tennessee Titans (11-5) – South Champion
- Baltimore Ravens (11-5) – Wild Card
- Cleveland Browns (11-5) – Wild Card
- Indianapolis Colts (11-5) – Wild Card
AFC Wild Card Round
#2 Buffalo over #7 Indianapolis – Gary “The Gut” and I had Buffalo both S/U and ATS. The Bills were favored by 7 points. * UPDATE* Buffalo won 27-24. Therefore, Gary and I started the weekend with a gambling loss.
#3 Pittsburgh over #6 Cleveland – Pittsburgh is favored by 6 points. The Steelers defense is excellent. Gary and I believe that defense wins championships and we’re picking Pittsburgh to win both S/U and ATS.
#5 Baltimore over #4 Tennessee – Baltimore is favored by 3 points even though these teams are both 11-5 and this game is at Tennessee. I think that line is curious. Nonetheless, Gary is confident in the Ravens in this game. He believes in Baltimore and is putting his money where his mouth is.
AFC Divisional Round
#1 Kansas City over #5 Baltimore – This Chiefs/Ravens matchup was the one we wanted LAST year but it never materialized because the Ravens were upset by the Titans. This may be a year too late but the Ravens will push the Chiefs, almost reminding us all how good this Ravens team really was in 2019.
#2 Buffalo over #3 Pittsburgh – The Steelers have a great defense but they won’t be able to score with the Bills in this matchup. Buffalo is just too good all-around and they’re at home in Orchard Park.
#2 Buffalo over #1 Kansas City – This is our Upset of the Year. It sounds almost impossible to beat Pat Mahomes, Tyreek Hill, Travis Kelce, and the Chiefs at home in Kansas City but we just have a feeling about Buffalo this year. It’s the year of the Buffalo and the bison. The Bills, shall shock the world.
NFC Playoff Seeds
- Green Bay Packers (13-3) – North Champion
- New Orleans Saints (12-4) – South Champion
- Seattle Seahawks (12-4) – West Champion
- Washington (7-9) – East Champion
- Tampa Bay Buccaneers (11-5) – Wild Card
- Los Angeles Rams (10-6) – Wild Card
- Chicago Bears (8-8) – Wild Card
NFC Wild Card Round
#2 New Orleans over #7 Chicago – The Saints are really good. The Bears are mediocre and inconsistent. Plus, they now have important injuries. Check out my full Preview here.
#6 Los Angeles over #3 Seattle – Gary “The Gut” liked the spread in this game and picked the Rams to cover. * Update* The Rams won 30-20. There’s a win for Gary. What’s next on his shopping list? Maybe another yacht?
#5 Tampa Bay over #4 Washington – Washington is one of the NFL’s worst playoff teams ever. Tampa will win. *Update* Tampa Bay indeed won 31-23.
NFC Divisional Round
#6 Los Angeles over #1 Green Bay – Green Bay is overrated. Sure their offense is awesome with Aaron Rodgers, Aaron Jones, and Davante Adams. However, their defense is average and mediocre. The L.A. Rams are fantastic and perhaps underrated. Their defense is so dominant that Gary and I foresee them upsetting the Packers behind the legs of Cam Akers and the pressure applied by Leonard Floyd and Aaron Donald. Wouldn’t it be ironic if former Bear Lenny Floyd was the one who finally put Rodgers on the bench with an injury?
#2 New Orleans over #5 Tampa Bay – This could be the game of the year. They’ve already played each other twice this season and the Saints won both times. In the season opener they easily defeated the Bucs 34-23. Then in the rematch in Florida, the Saints inexplicably destroyed Tampa 38-3. Can they beat the same team three times in one season?
#2 New Orleans over #6 Los Angeles – In a rematch of the 2018 NFC Championship, the Saints will get their revenge over the Rams. Remember the Nickell Robey-Coleman pass interference play? The Saints and their fans will never forget. That’s huge motivation. Advantage: New Orleans
Super Bowl LV (55)
#2 Buffalo over #2 New Orleans – When all is said and done, this Super Bowl matchup would be very intriguing. You’d have a young, exciting Josh Allen versus an old, experienced Drew Brees. You’d have a virtually unknown coach in Bills HC Sean McDermott against one of the NFL’s best famous coaches in Saints HC Sean Payton. You’d have two underrated defenses. Some of the best receivers in the league would be stars on the super stage in Stefon Diggs, Cole Beasley, Gabriel Davis, Michael Thomas, Emmanuel Sanders, and Alvin Kamara. Gary and I feel that in the end, a new king of the mountain will be crowned. The Buffalo Bills will eclipse their history of four straight Super Bowl losses by finally winning one. The MVP will be Josh Allen. The Bills Mafia will go crazy. As Chris “Boomer” Berman would say, “Nobody circles the wagons like the Buffalo Bills”.