The NFL playoff predictions 2011 haven’t held so far. While the NFL playoff predictions 2011 may have had the Steelers and Packers in the title games, they have done so in unexpected ways. Pittsburgh looked stalled after an ugly first half, yet they advanced because Baltimore was even uglier. As for Green Bay, they were predicted to be a dark horse, but no one thought Aaron Rodgers would look so dominant. With surprises galore so far in this postseason, perhaps the NFL playoff predictions of Bears and Patriots blowouts won’t come true.
Yesterday’s doubleheader was expected to be the close one of the weekend. Both the Ravens-Steelers and Packers-Falcons games looked like toss-ups, and the Ravens-Steelers showdown did wind up close after all. However, the Packers stunned everyone by blowing out the Falcons in Atlanta.
Today’s NFL playoff predictions 2011 indicate that there will be one or two more blowouts to cap the second round. The Bears are double digit favorites over the Seahawks, while nearly everyone thinks the Patriots will take care of the Jets – except the Jets.
The league may need the Bears to breeze by the Seahawks, to avoid the embarrassment of a 9-9 team hosting the NFC championship game. Since Seattle is on the road today, hopes are low for them again, although they won in Soldier Field back in October.
While the NFL playoff predictions 2011 mostly favor the Bears this afternoon, there are still a lot of questions around them. Given how the Packers won last night, many would likely favor them next week, even if they visit the Bears. Even if the Bears get an easy win after all, doing it over a sub .500 team might not win any new converts.
Most of the focus is in New England today, however, as the Patriots finally get to quiet the Jets down. The experts were heavily favoring the Patriots before this week of hype, and now they believe even more that they will blow the Jets out again.
Still, virtually all of the NFL playoff predictions 2011 favor a Patriots Super Bowl win. No matter what, they will be favored in every game, even against teams they didn’t beat by 45-3. But given their history of responding to off-field taunts on the field, the odds against the Jets likely went down even lower after this week.
If the Bears and Patriots win as easily as expected, it would be an anticlimactic end to the weekend. Three wild card games went down to the wire, so it wouldn’t look good for three divisional showdowns to be lopsided. Yet considering the surprises and twists so far, the Seahawks and Jets have to hope that anything can happen.
Eventually, the NFL playoff predictions may be completely correct. For all those who picked the Steelers and Packers, they have gone right this weekend – albeit not in a way anyone anticipated. Will things finally settle down, or will more surprises be in store today?
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