How to read the table: The table shows how a team will do Passing and Rushing in the upcoming week of the NFL. Red is HOT, Yellow is WARM, White is NORMAL, Light Blue is COLD and Dark Blue is FREEZING COLD. Play players from teams that are Red and Yellow, avoid players from teams that are Light or Dark Blue and expect average days from teams that are White.
|Tennessee Titans at Kansas City Chiefs – Saturday 4:35pm|
The Chiefs have managed to find a head of steam rolling into the playoffs and it will serve them well in this one. Tennessee will play scrappy in this and will never be completely out of it but there are just so many chips that are stacked against them. The most glaring weakness is their secondary and the mismatch that Tyreek Hill, Travis Kelce and even Albert Wilson can bring to this game. Alex Smith knows he is interviewing and that he must perform here and perform he will.
If Tennessee can figure out a way to put pressure on Alex Smith then maybe they have a chance at slowing the Chiefs down but it will be just too difficult an assignment for Tennessee to try and contain Kansas City’s offense. Expect the Titans to bolster their defense through the draft as it will be painfully obvious in this game just how vulnerable their secondary and linebacker pass coverage play actually is. It is hard to recommend any Titan in this one even against what has been a vulnerable Kansas City defense. Delanie Walker will likely be leaned on and just due to repetition should have a decent day but the rest will struggle.
Favorite: Kansas City Chiefs by 7
Prediction: Kansas City Chiefs 24 – Tennessee Titans 20
|Atlanta Falcons at Los Angeles Rams – Saturday 8:15pm|
Stacking up against the returning NFC Champion Atlanta Falcons is not exactly the matchup the Rams want. The Falcons know what it takes to get through the playoffs and even know how to win a Superbowl through three quarters of play. On the recent playoff experience scale, Atlanta far outweighs the Rams and that is a big check mark in the Falcons’ column. For as good as Todd Gurley has been this season, single-handedly winning fantasy championships for many, Atlanta as a group will out run the Rams as they have a talented tandem and while Todd Gurley is the big name, there’s a fella by the name of Devonta Freeman that is no slouch and the Falcons can keep him fresh by sprinkling doses of Tevin Coleman in. Do not dismiss the Falcons in this one, as they certainly have a chance thanks to that aforementioned experience advantage.
However… the Falcons are on a slower track than their home field and will not be in friendly confines and that will have an effect, but where the Rams have the biggest advantage and why that will win this game is in the “big play”. Jared Goff has his full complement of weapons back and they are all healthy at just the right time. It has been a while since we’ve seen deep bombs to Sammy Watkins on busted plays, Robert Woods pacing the team and Cooper Kupp‘s sure handed grabs on out routes and in the end zone. It will be the circus that the Rams bring that will be impossible for the Falcons to handle. Couple that with aggressive defensive play by the Rams that cause multiple turnovers to put the ball back into the hands of the high flying Rams circus again, will be just too much for the Falcons to compete with. If Atlanta plays a clean game and is able to protect the ball then things get close but it won’t take more than just a couple of turnovers or some bad penalties to seal the deal for the Rams this day.
Favorite: Los Angeles Rams by 5.5
Prediction: Los Angeles Rams 33 – Atlanta Falcons 17