The Atlanta Falcons are one of the most puzzling teams in a season full of NFL befuddlement. They started 4-4, barely squeaked into the postseason, and then upset the Los Angeles Rams on the road in the wild-card round to move on.
Bing Predicts didn’t see that one coming. Bing was two of four in wild-card predictions, also missing the Tennessee Titans’ upset win over the Kansas City Chiefs. Bing was not alone on that one.
Apparently, the Falcons are starting to find believers because they are favored on the road at Philadelphia on Saturday in the NFC divisional round, although this likely due largely to Carson Wentz’s absence. Don’t sleep on Matt Ryan and his bunch. It looks like they are playing their best ball at the right time. They’ve got to still be hurting from February’s loss in the Super Bowl when they saw a 28-3 third-quarter lead evaporate at the hands of Tom Brady and the New England Patriots.
Those same Patriots are a huge favorite over the Titans this week. Could we see a Falcons-Patriots rematch in the Super Bowl? It’s certainly possible, but there is still a lot of football to be played.
The Minnesota Vikings face a tough matchup with the New Orleans Saints on Sunday in what could be the best game of the weekend, while the Pittsburgh Steelers are favored over the Jacksonville Jaguars.
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