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Super Bowl LIV Prediction


This could be the beginning of something special for Kansas City on Super Sunday unless San Francisco has something to say about it.


By: Elias McMillan

Conference Championships: 1-1

Playoffs: 5-5

Super Bowl LIV from Miami, Florida

San Francisco 49ers vs. Kansas City Chiefs

I’ve gone back and forth on this one in terms of who I think is going to win vs. who is actually going to win. Really, I just don’t want the snooze fest that was last year’s Super Bowl. And I don’t think we will get that. Super Bowl LIV will feature an old time theme in football: a really good offense vs. a really good defense. The question here is if that explosive offense will be too much for even a good-to-great defense to handle. For the Chiefs, QB Patrick Mahomes has drawn rave reviews and all is there left for him to do is to deliver Kansas City its first championship in over 40 years. Mahomes has the weapons to get it done in the passing game. The Chiefs offer multiple speedsters at the WR position and TE Travis Kelce can also provide big plays. In their way is a talented 49ers defense led by a young and active defensive line. Probable Defensive Rookie of the Year, Nick Bosa, leads this unit that includes former Chief Dee Ford and two 6”7 defensive tackles that wreck havoc in the middle. San Fran’s defense also gets outstanding play at LB with Fred Warner and Kwon Alexander and in the secondary with CB Richard Sherman. Kansas City doesn’t have a bad defense either. They shut down the league’s leading rusher two weeks ago and safety Tyrann Mathieu is currently playing his best ball of his career. The matchup between the Chiefs offense and the 49ers defense will take center stage on Sunday but another big question will be how QB Jimmy Garoppolo will affect the game. San Francisco ran the ball well two weeks ago with Raheem Mostert carrying the load but I think they will not be able to depend on him against the Chiefs front four. So, when called upon, can Garoppolo provide big plays down the field? Many are not expecting much from the 49ers passing game but I think that might serve as an advantage. WR Emmanuel Sanders and rookie Deebo Samuel should not be slept on by the Chiefs secondary. For entertainment purposes, I think that many including myself will be looking for the Chiefs to use that explosive offense, light up the scoreboard, and keep San Francisco from striking distance. Kansas City is the favorite in this game for a reason but some of it maybe sentimental. The Chiefs have the aging coach (Andy Reid), aging veterans on their last championship run (Terrell Suggs and Shady McCoy), and the new superstar who is ready to take over the league (Mahomes). I think it is possible that the Chiefs will be able to get up big in this game and not look back but something tells me that we’ll see something different. Maybe the 49ers defense will be able to win the battles up front and make it really tough on Mahomes. Maybe the 49ers will be able to keep Mahomes on the bench and control the clock with Mostert and a now healthy RB Tevin Coleman. I feel better saying that the Chiefs will win on Sunday but I have a strange feeling. It wouldn’t be the first time a star QB’s first championship appearance ended on a sour note. Prediction: 49ers 34 – Chiefs 31

NFL 2018: Ten Things I’m Sure of Before the 2018 Regular Season


By: Elias McMillan

10. I’m pretty sure that Jon Gruden will be an utter failure in his second stint as Raiders Head Coach – It’s no mystery why Gruden has been romanticized over for the last couple years. He was a popular personality on ESPN for years and before that he coached successful teams in Oakland and in Tampa Bay. During his time as a media personality, he has painted as this ultimate “X’s and O’s” guy who is also a master at coaching QBs. But there was a reason why he was ran out of Tampa Bay in the first place. All of that yelling, screaming, and funny sound bites can be entertaining but they are not necessarily needed to be a successful NFL coach. It’s starting to look like maybe his past successes maybe had more to do with teams loaded with veteran talent and being in the right situation rather than just his leadership. Now, he will have an uphill battle in the locker room with the trade of Khalil Mack. Gruden was hired again and given a $100 million dollar contract to distract Oaklanders from the fact that their team is leaving them soon. But I’m sure when that time comes, the team may not be as competitive as they once were. It was only a few seasons ago where it looked like the Raiders were looking like they were getting ready to turn the corner. Those draft picks they got for Mack better play well early in their careers.

9. I’m sure the new helmet rule will make things even more chaotic. – The quest to make football “safer” has come to this. Policing lowing your helmet while making a legal tackle creates such a tough job for the officials that seem to be under fire year after year. I’m going to have to assume refs will have to swallow their whistles this year especially in contests were the final may still be in question. Minnesota head coach Mike Zimmer has said that this rule could potentially knock teams from contention and cost coaches jobs. The rule will may also affect scoring. Don’t be shocked if penalty yardage and overall scoring to be up this year.

8. I’m sure one of these QB’s will NOT make it to 2019: Ben Roethlisberger, Drew Brees, Phillip Rivers, and Eli Manning. – You can’t play forever. These guys are one blindside hit or one scramble gone wrong away from being on the self for good. Or maybe, one of these guys can have a post-season run that will allow them to have a swan song ending in the Super Bowl.

7. I’m sure that the Dallas Cowboys will NOT make the playoffs but Jason Garrett will remain head coach in 2019. – The Cowboys will not suck enough that will warrant Jason Garrett getting the axe. But really, Jason Garrett isn’t the reason for the Cowboys woes. People act like Jason Garrett was suppose to be the reason for this team being great. Garrett, at the least, is supposed to keep the locker room together and lead from there. The bottom line is that the players need to perform better. They might have a tough time without Dez Bryant in the passing game. Jason Witten and Dan Bailey are also gone. Despite those things, I don’t see Garrett being on the hot seat unless this team really starts to underperform. Plus, I’m afraid of who Jerry Jones would bring in if Garrett is indeed fired.

6. I’m sure that the New York Giants will regret not moving on from Eli Manning. – Eli Manning stunk last season and I have no reason to believe that won’t continue in 2018. When you have the chance to grab a top college QB prospect, you should do it. Ask Cleveland about Carson Wentz. The Giants did work to improve at their skill positions and offensive line in the offseason. But it won’t work unless the QB does.

5. I’m sure that the conversation surrounding Colin Kaepernick will not go away. – The NFL has set a dangerous precedent with how they have treated Colin Kaepernick and Eric Reid. While Reid might still have a shot at playing again, Kaepernick’s career is probably over and the list of QB’s that have been signed since his free agency provides enough proof that his absence from a team roster isn’t football related. Though he will not be on a roster, what he stood (knelt) for will have affects on the league for years to come. More and more players will follow his lead and they will not cave in to the fear of having their career taken away from them for making a stand.

4. I’m sure that Aaron Rodgers will be the league MVP if he plays all 16 regular season games. – Rodgers is the top guy in the league at his position. And his team’s success is directly linked to him. Especially this year as Green Bay does not look very strong on paper. If Rodgers is himself and is able to stay healthy, he’ll lift this team to the postseason with his spectacular play.

3. I’m sure that the AFC representative in the Super Bowl this year will be: the Pittsburgh Steelers. – Here’s how I see it:

1) Patriots, 2) Steelers, 3) Texans, 4) Chargers, 5) Jaguars, 6) Titans.

Wild Card Round: Texans over Titans, Chargers over Jaguars

Divisional Round: Chargers over Patriots, Steelers over Texans

Championship Game: Steelers over Chargers

The Steelers have to figure it out this year because it will likely be the final season with Le’Veon Bell. Pittsburgh’s defense might hold them back again this season but you could say the same for New England. For a while, I thought Jacksonville would be able to be back in the championship picture again in 2018 but I’m not buying into their decision to stick with Blake Bortles. Pittsburgh isn’t perfect but all that talent has to amount to something more than just another playoff appearance.

2. I’m sure that the NFC representative in the Super Bowl this year will be: the New Orleans Saints. – Here’s how I see it:

1) Saints, 2) Vikings, 3) Rams, 4) Eagles, 5) Falcons, 6) Packers.

Wild Card Round: Rams over Packers, Falcons over Eagles

Divisional Round Saints over Falcons, Vikings over Rams

Championship Game: Saints over Vikings

I think the two best teams in the conference are in the same division: the Saints and the Falcons. Their matchups in the regular season and eventually the playoffs will provide for some great drama. Atlanta has just as much talent as New Orleans does but it seems like their coaching and decision-making holds them back. Minnesota will be a tough out this season as well but I don’t see the transition into Kirk Cousins running the offense to go as smoothly as some may think.

1. I’m pretty sure that the Super Bowl Champions this season will be: the New Orleans Saints. – Drew Brees gets his swan song moment, hands over the franchise to Teddy Bridgewater, and lifts Lombardi one last time in his rival’s home stadium.


NFL Playoffs: Super Bowl LI Prediction!

Pepsi Zero Sugar Super Bowl LI Halftime Show Press Conference

“I’ve got a hundred million reasons to walk awaaaaaaaaaaaaay….”


By: Elias McMillan

Conference Championships: 0-2

Playoffs: 4-6

Super Bowl 51 from NRG Stadium in Houston, Texas

New England Patriots vs. Atlanta Falcons

Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta, or Lady Gaga as you may know her, has had a long road to music super stardom. Early in her life, music was a huge part of who she was and who she eventually wanted to be. She began to play the piano at the young age of four and was playing open mics around NYC by the time she was 14. At 17, she was allowed early admission into the top school for the arts at NYU. Two years later, she dropped out of NYU to focus on finding her sound as a professional musician. After creating a cult like following in the NYC Underground music scene, she was signed and then quickly dropped from Def Jam. The experience was heartbreaking but it encouraged her to begin experimenting further with her sound as a performer and with her overall image. Soon after, she found herself on an imprint of Interscope Records where R&B superstar, Akon, recognized her abilities and featured her vocals on one of his albums. Akon then told Interscope executives that Gaga had the potential to be a “franchise player” and a year later, her debut album began production.

“The Fame” debuted in August of 2008 and included mega dance-pop hits like Just “Dance”, “Poker Face”, “LoveGame”, & “Paparazzi”. The debut was a monster success for Gaga who went on to win multiple awards at the Grammys. “The Fame” was named one of the 100 Greatest Debut Albums by Rolling Stone magazine. A year later, “The Fame” was reissued as “The Fame Monster” and included new hits like “Bad Romance” & “Telephone” featuring Beyoncé.

Gaga’s official second LP was “Born This Way” and it proved to be an excellent follow up to her debut. The electric rock & techno influenced record continued Gaga’s streak of massive hits with songs like the title single “Born This Way”, and “The Edge of Glory”.

Gaga’s third studio album “ArtPop” featured hits “Applause” and “Do What U Want” featuring R. Kelly but was considered lackluster by many music critics. Soon after that release, she left her long time manager and began a new chapter to her career. She collaborated with long time friend and music legend Tony Bennett and released “Cheek to Cheek”. The joint album reintroduced Bennett to a younger audience and was received well by critics, winning at the Grammys that year.

After exploring some ventures in front of the camera as an actress, Gaga returned with a brand new album last October. “Joanne” was released as a much softer version of Gaga’s previous’ works but still featured her incredible vocal ability and her unique sound that creates hit records. Singles “Perfect Illusion” and “Million Reasons” have already shot to the top of the charts and now, Gaga is preparing for her biggest and greatest stage yet, the Super Bowl 51 halftime show.

Prediction: Patriots 34 – Falcons 24

NFL 2016: Preseason Awards & Playoff Predictions


In Super Bowl LI, I think we’ll see a rematch that is 8 years in the making.

By: Elias McMillan


First, here are my picks for the 2016 post-season awards:

MVP: Aaron Rodgers – QB (Green Bay Packers) – The MVP award is such a sham. It is really the “best QB of the season” award. But I think that guy in 2016 might be Aaron Rodgers. With his receivers now back and healthy, we will see that Packers passing attack that we were used to seeing a couple of seasons ago. Rodgers will put up great numbers and because of the Teddy Bridgewater injury, the Packers might overtake in the NFC North this season as well.

Offensive MVP: Antonio Brown – WR (Pittsburgh Steelers) – Now, I know that this could easily be the MVP as well but I know that would never happen. Either way, Antonio Brown is probably the best offensive weapon in football. The guy is unstoppable and is showing no signs of slowing down. Because of the suspension situations in Pittsburgh, the Steelers will be leaning on Brown even more this season.

Defensive MVP: Khalil Mack – LB (Oakland Raiders) – Khalil Mack is on the cusp of NFL stardom and I think his play will elevate this Raiders team into the postseason in 2016. I still don’t have a clear answer of what type of defense will the Raiders run in 2016. Will it be a 4-3 or a 3-4? All the clues tell me that it will be a 3-4, which will give Mack even more opportunity to get after the QB. I think we will see Mack as the league leader in sack this season.

Offensive Rookie of the Year – Ezekiel Elliott – RB (Dallas Cowboys) – This will be everyone’s answer to this question. But I honestly was going to go another way until a couple of things happened. 1) The Darren McFadden injury is much more serious than originally indicated. I was thinking that Dallas would do the whole “running back by committee” thing with Zeke, Alfred Morris, and DMC. But it is clear that Zeke will be the lead back and will get most of the carries this season. And 2) I really liked WR Laquon Treadwell to help Teddy Bridgewater to become a more down the field threat. But with the current state of Minnesota’s QB situation, I’m not sure about his impact in his first year. It is pretty much set in stone that Elliott behind this offensive line will do some serious damage in his first year.

Defensive Rookie of the Year – Robert Nkemdiche – DT (Arizona Cardinals) – With Calais Campbell and Chandler Jones doing damage on the outside, Nkemdiche is going to have a lot of opportunities to be an impact rookie in the trenches for this Cardinals defense.

Comeback Player of the Year – DeMarco Murray – RB (Tennessee Titans) – Philadelphia brought over Murray from Dallas in order to short change their division rival. That had to be the only reason because once Murray got to Philly, they didn’t have a plan on how to use him or they just didn’t know how to use him. Now that he is no longer a pawn in Chip Kelly’s game, Murray will get to do what he does best in Tennessee. Murray is a physical downhill runner and he’ll be behind a power offensive line in Tennessee. I think that rookie Derrick Henry will “vulture” away some touchdowns for him but we will see the 2014 DeMarco Murray make his return in 2016. Prediction: Murray will have more yards this season than Philadelphia will have as a team.

Coach of the Year – Jack Del Rio (Oakland Raiders) – The Raiders are young, hungry and they have the right leadership at the coaching position. The Raiders will be a playoff team in 2016 under coach Del Rio who will offers a wealth of experience for this young team.

And now, here is my forecast for the playoffs this season. As a reminder, here are the teams I see qualifying in 2016:


  1. Pittsburgh Steelers – 12-4 (AFC North)
  2. New England Patriots – 11-5 (AFC East)
  3. Kansas City Chiefs – 11-5 (AFC West)
  4. Houston Texans – 9-7 (AFC South)
  5. Cincinnati Bengals – 10-6 (Wildcard 1)
  6. Oakland Raiders – 9-7 (Wildcard 2)


  1. Arizona Cardinals – 12-4 (NFC West)
  2. Carolina Panthers – 12-4 (NFC South)
  3. Minnesota Vikings – 11-5 (NFC North)
  4. New York Giants – 9-7 (NFC East)
  5. Seattle Seahawks – 10-6 (Wildcard 1)
  6. Green Bay Packers – 10-6 (Wildcard 2)

Wild Card Weekend

AFC: (3) Chiefs over (6) Raiders, (5) Bengals over (4) Texans

NFC: (6) Packers over (3) Vikings, (5) Seahawks over (4) Giants

Divisional Round

AFC: (1) Steelers over (5) Bengals, (2) Patriots over (3) Chiefs

NFC: (1) Cardinals over (6) Packers, (2) Panthers over (5) Seahawks

Conference Championship Sunday

AFC: (1) Steelers over (2) Patriots

NFC: (1) Cardinals over (2) Panthers

Super Bowl LI from NRG Stadium in Houston, Texas

Arizona Cardinals over Pittsburgh Steelers

Recap: In the AFC, I see the Steelers being the clear-cut favorites and I don’t see that changing as the season goes on. Its not like I see the Steelers as some type of great team or anything. It is more because the other top teams in the conference failed at getting better in the offseason. Denver will not be better. New England did not improve. Who does that leave? Houston? Cincinnati? Please. If the talent on the Steelers roster is as good as everyone thinks it is, the Steelers should be able to win the conference. I know that the Steelers are a team dealing with multiple suspensions but they are equipped with talent to help lessen that blow. The Steelers also don’t have a great defense but that same defense over achieved last season and I think they’ll do the same this year. The Steelers dealt with a lot (injuries, suspensions, etc.) in 2015 and they were still oh-so close to beating the eventual Super Bowl Champion Broncos. I think that will serve as motivation as Pittsburgh will advance to its ninth Super Bowl. The competition in the NFC is a lot tougher than it was a couple years ago. Carolina, Seattle, and Arizona will all be serious contenders in 2016. I thought Minnesota would join that conversation this year but they lost their starting QB in a tragic non-contact injury in practice. Green Bay could sneak in and win that division but I don’t see them on the class of those first three NFC teams I named. The reason I like Arizona so much is that I think they have a dynamic defense this season so match their offense. RB David Johnson will continue to improve. The Cardinals passing game will continue to light up the scoreboards. And now the defense will have an improved pass rush with Chandler Jones and an improved secondary with a now healthy Tyrann Mathieu. So in this Super Bowl XLIII rematch, I have Arizona flipping the script and allowing Larry Fitzgerald to walk off into the sunset.

NFL 2015: Awards & Playoff Predictions


I have two of the league’s top young QB’s facing off in Super Bowl 50.

By: Elias McMillan

First, here are my picks for the post-season awards:

MVP: Andrew Luck – QB (Indianapolis Colts) – The Colts are loaded for a Super Bowl this season and the spotlight will be even brighter than before on their star QB Andrew Luck. And I think Luck will rise up under the pressure and lead this team to a great regular season. With the talent surrounding him, Luck should be able to put up the numbers that would rival Peyton Manning’s or Tom Brady’s MVP seasons.

Offensive MVP: Adrian Peterson – RB (Minnesota Vikings) – Adrian Peterson should be well rested going into this season and he’ll be hungry to remind everyone of the player that he was before he was put on the exempt list last season. Peterson will put up big numbers and could be the reason why the Vikings may contend for a playoff spot.

Defensive MVP: Justin Houston – LB (Kansas City Chiefs) – Houston ended his 2014 season on a crazy streak. I think he’ll be able to ride that momentum into another crazy productive season in 2015.

Offensive Rookie of the Year – Jameis Winston – QB (Tampa Bay Buccaneers) – Is has been awhile since a top pick has won this award especially at QB. So why not Winston? Winston will definitely have the opportunity in Tampa when it comes to playing time and the weapons that he will be able to go to in his first season. Winston may not put up monster numbers in his first season but I think that he’ll be impressive enough to win this award.

Defensive Rookie of the Year – Vic Beasley – DE (Atlanta Falcons) – Atlanta head coach Dan Quinn is going to need Beasley to play at a high level early in his career. Beasley will be a walk-in starter on this defense and his job will be simple enough: chase the QB. Beasley has the chance to make the biggest impact out of any other defensive rookie this season. Beasley has raw pass rushing ability and he’ll be a nice start for Quinn when it comes to rebuilding that Falcons defense. Other candidates could by Dallas’ Randy Gregory or New York’s Leonard Williams.

Comeback Player of the Year – NaVarro Bowman – LB (San Francisco 49ers) – The 49ers maybe awful this season but they’ll receive a huge boost from the return of Bowman. Bowman has been out for longer than a year from a gruesome leg injury suffered in the 2013 NFC Conference Championship game. Bowman is now healthy and judging from what we have seen in training camp, he will back to his old self in 2015.

Coach of the Year – Mike Zimmer (Minnesota Vikings) – Success as a head coach has come a long way for Zimmer but he’ll finally get some this year in Minnesota. Zimmer and his staff has done a great job bringing in young talent and now that Adrian Peterson is back, the postseason is a real possibility. Zimmer’s true mark on this team will be how well the defense performs. If the defense is improved, the league will take notice and Zimmer will win this award.

And now here is my forecast for the playoffs this season. As a reminder, here are the teams I see qualifying:


  1. Indianapolis Colts – 13-3 (AFC South)
  2. New England Patriots – 11-5 (AFC East)
  3. Denver Broncos – 11-5 (AFC West)
  4. Pittsburgh Steelers – 10-6 (AFC North)
  5. Baltimore Ravens – 9-7 (Wildcard)
  6. Kansas City Chiefs – 9-7 (Wildcard)


  1. Green Bay Packers – 13-3 (NFC North)
  2. Seattle Seahawks – 12-4 (NFC West)
  3. Dallas Cowboys – 11-5 (NFC East)
  4. Carolina Panthers – 8-8 (NFC South)
  5. New York Giants – 9-7 (Wildcard)
  6. Minnesota Vikings – 9-7 (Wildcard)

Wildcard Weekend

AFC: (3) Broncos over (6) Chiefs, (4) Steelers over (5) Ravens

NFC: (3) Cowboys over (6) Vikings, (5) Giants over (4) Panthers

Divisional Round

AFC: (1) Colts over (4) Steelers, (3) Broncos over (2) Patriots

NFC: (1) Packers over (5) Giants, (2) Seahawks over (3) Cowboys

Championship Sunday

AFC: (1) Colts over (3) Broncos

NFC: (2) Seahawks over (1) Packers

Super Bowl L (AKA Super Bowl 50)

Indianapolis Colts over Seattle Seahawks

Recap: The AFC is going to be interesting this season because when I look at the top teams, I don’t see strong defensive teams. Which could mean good news for the Steelers. The Patriots wont be able to ride Tom Brady’s and Bill Belichick’s rage so far. Besides, New England’s losses on defense will be too great. But if you think about it, New England didn’t have a great defense last season. Denver’s defense has notable names but they massively under performed last season. Wade Phillips will have that defense right and they might have a bigger chance to make the Super Bowl than what people think. Indy’s defense was really bad last season too. But they’ve also made improvements. Its time for the young superstar QB to finally go on his playoff run, so I have the Colts making it out of the AFC. The NFC is wide open again this season. Once again, I think there isnt many strong defensive teams in this conference other than Seattle. Dallas will be the wildcard. The defense is improved I think and if they are, they’ll be serious contenders this season along with Seattle and Green Bay. It’s a big question mark so I’ll need to see prove before believing in that. Another big question mark that needs to be answered: the Cowboys’ running game. Green Bay will be good again but they’ve already been affected by injuries. Seattle has the same team from a season ago pretty much plus all world TE Jimmy Graham. Seattle on paper this season looks better than the teams they were able to take the Super Bowl in the last two seasons. I have Seattle making its third straight Super Bowl but they’ll far short to Andrew Luck’s Colts.

Super Bowl XLIX Prediction!


Katy Perry will easily be the fan favorite nation wide on Sunday.

By: Elias McMillan

Conference Championships: 1-1

Playoffs: 7-3

Super Bowl XLIX from University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona

New England Patriots vs. Seattle Seahawks

Katy Perry rose up to the top of the pop music scene in 2008 with her first single “I Kissed a Girl”. That would be just the beginning of a career that would see Perry become one of the biggest, most selling pop artists in the last 7 years. Oh. Did you think I would be breaking down the matchups between the Patriots and the Seahawks? Naw. Sorry. Ok. Maybe later. But lets be real, who wants to talk about either of these teams in the Super Bowl outside of Boston and Seattle? In terms of national appeal, Katy Perry is probably the more interesting and most popular figure performing on Sunday. So, yeah. Later for all that football talk. Time for some more about Ms. Katy Perry and the halftime show.

Katy Perry has been included in the Forbes list of top-earning women in music for four straight years now. Throughout her career, Perry has sold over 11 million albums and 81 million singles worldwide. That’s impressive but not all that surprising once you run down her long list of hit records. Hot n Cold, Waking Up in Vegas, Teenage Dream, Last Friday Night, California Gurls, Firework, E.T., Part of Me, Roar, Birthday, and Dark Horse. That’s a murders row of hit records that have ripped and rampaged through the Billboard top pop music charts in the last 7-8 years. The only other female artists that can rival her success in that same time period would be Beyonce, Taylor Swift, Rihanna, and Lady Gaga. That’s really good company to be in. And now, this Sunday night will be the pinnacle of her career as she will perform in front of a sold out stadium with over 100 million watching worldwide. With Lenny Kravitz by her side, its going to be exciting to see what song she opens with, which of her hit records will be in the set list, and which surprise artists will join her on stage. The rumors surrounding that last point are at an all-time high now with names like Kanye West, Missy Elliott, and Juicy J being mentioned. Two more things to consider going into this historic halftime performance by Katy Perry: will she debut a new song and how many wardrobe changes she will go through during the performance. Oh yeah, there’s also going to be a football game sandwiched around the concert, which is kind of weird but hey.

“Last Friday Night” (Well, almost Friday night really), the Patriots held a press conference to discuss the ongoing controversy that is “Deflate Gate”. I feel that every second spent thinking about “Deflate Gate” by New England has hurt their preparation for this game vs. Seattle. The controversy has been way over blown from the start and is pretty much a non-factor. If people want to seriously discredit the achievements of Bill Belichick and Tom Brady once their careers are over then so be it. Let idiots be idiots. I see the Patriots offense performing well on Sunday. Seattle’s strength is their defense but they aren’t nearly as dominant as they were last season. They are vulnerable against the run and key members of the “Legion of Boom” are fighting injuries going into this game. New England is the type of team that blatantly looks for any advantage to take so I can see them attacking this defense from the start to set the tone. Seattle can still bring pressure up front so protecting Brady will be key for New England. Getting the ball to TE Rob Gronkowski will get the Patriots to light up the scoreboard like “Fireworks”. Defenders trying to tackle Gronk often feel like “Waking Up in Vegas” afterwards. Are these Katy Perry puns doing anything for you? People in the media might not understand Seahawks RB Marshall Lynch and try to paint him as an “E.T.” But Lynch is just simply a football player and he will be key for Seattle’s success on Sunday. New England is short handed at the LB position and they are known for their struggles stopping the run. I can see Russell Wilson and the Seattle rushing attack playing ball control football, keeping Brady on the bench, and hammering this Patriots defense. I don’t like the matchup between Seattle’s receivers and the New England secondary. Darrelle Revis and Brandon Browner are two of the league’s best corners. Seattle’s group of receivers are under rated but I’m learning that the term “under rated” really means “not that good”. Doug Baldwin can continue to have these “Teenage Dreams” about being an elite receiver in this league but he is simply not. I think Wilson will be able to get around New England’s pass rush and make some plays outside of the pocket on Sunday. But more importantly, this game will be about Lynch imposing his will in the 4th quarter. Beast Mode will most definitely “Roar” as he will make the difference in this game and earn MVP honors. It will feel like Pete Carroll’s “Birthday” as the confetti and “the big, big balloons” fall upon the field when the clock reaches triple zero. Prediction: Seahawks 31 – Patriots 24

NFL 2015: Conference Championship Sunday Predictions!

Divisional Playoffs - Indianapolis Colts v Denver Broncos

Chuck Pagano and his Colts are this postseason’s Cinderella.

By: Elias McMillan

Divisional Round: 2-2

Playoffs: 6-2

NFC Championship Game

Green Bay @ Seattle – No matter how they won last week, you have to give Green Bay credit. I didn’t think Aaron Rodgers was that hurt going into the game but you could clearly see that he wasn’t at 100%. Despite that, his offensive line did a great job against a weak Dallas pass rush and in the second half, Rodgers appeared to be much sharper. That was a nice moment for Rodgers next week but unfortunately, that did nothing to prepare him for what he is going to face this Sunday. The Seattle front seven will get after Rodgers in a way that Dallas couldn’t do last week. They will hit him. They will hurt him. Rodgers and the passing game will have a tough time. Not to mention that Seattle’s secondary is also a beast. If Rodgers doesn’t come out sharp, those bad throws will turn into interceptions against L.O.B. I think the Seattle defense will have great chance at stealing the early momentum in this game and not giving it back. Green Bay will have a chance if they feed the RB Eddie Lacy. Green Bay should at least try to ride the running game and try to tire out the Seattle defense. The Seahawks defense is vulnerable against the run so this might not be a bad idea. Green Bay’s defense is underrated but they don’t have enough playmakers. Clay Matthews was invisible last week except for a couple of times where he hit Romo late (no flag, of course). The one guy that did supply the Packers with some big plays last week was the veteran Julius Peppers. Peppers may be older but he might be athletic enough to keep tabs on the elusive QB Russell Wilson. I don’t think the Packers will have an answer inside for RB Marshawn Lynch. As always, Seattle’s passing game will be about Wilson making plays and not about any of the receivers. Wilson will lead the offense and play a masterful game in front of a raucous home crowd. Green Bay is not the team that can match up well with Seattle in Seattle. The team in the NFC that could do that is at the crib. Prediction: Seahawks 31 – Packers 17

AFC Championship Game

Indianapolis @ New England – The award for most unlikely run in January this postseason goes to Chuck Pagano and the Indianapolis Colts. Going into the playoffs, the Colts didn’t have much of a defense or a running game. Two things that usually breed success in the playoffs. But despite that, here they are playing in Foxboro this Sunday against the Patriots for the right to play for a championship. Andrew Luck and passing game has been enough to get the Colts this far. And I think that unit can find success this Sunday. New England has two great CB’s in Brandon Browner and Darrelle Revis but they are still not impossible to pass on. The real question in this game is if the Colts defense can play as tough as they did last week. Honestly, I don’t see why they cant. New England has been the most consistent team in the AFC this season but really nothing about them puts them head and shoulders over a lot of teams in the conference. The Colts front seven is playing great right now. New England isn’t able to play ball control football with their running game. When they played Indy earlier in the season, it was a coming out party for RB Jonus Gray but we haven’t seen much of him since that game in November. Pagano is a great defensive mind and he’ll find a way to get after Brady. The key will be limiting New England’s scoring chances. The Colts are playing with great confidence right now especially on the defensive side of the ball. I’m going out on a limb here but I think we’ll see an upset in New England this weekend in a classic, close ball game. For the second straight year, we’ll see the league’s top passing offense in the Super Bowl facing the league’s top defense. Prediction: Colts 35 – Patriots 33