Home teams are in all caps.
New England is not the juggernaut that they are perceived to be.
The Patriots come into this weekend with the best odds of a Super Bowl victory, according to ESPN. The two teams meet again in Pittsburgh, a day after the Patriots play host to the upset-minded Tennessee Titans.
Of course the Patriots are still the far superior team, and given time to adjust over the course of the game, Bill Belichick vs. Mike Mularkey presents a colossal mismatch. Look for the Patriots to make the Titans look silly during this game. 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. The Eagles may have zero expectations at home, but they are also minus a quarterback named Carson Wentz. Foles is completing just 56.4 percent of his passes and is averaging only 5.3 yards per attempt. While the matchups may not be the ones many were expecting (see last week's picks), it doesn't take away from the slate that's on tap.
Sunday features a pair of regular season rematches, as Jacksonville heads to Pittsburgh looking for a second straight win in the Steel City and Minnesota is looking for back-to-back home victories over New Orleans.More news: PA lawmakers respond to Trump's reported "shithole" remark from immigration meeting
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With two semi-elite cornerbacks (Butler has his days), it allows the defense to take chances with other players and use different coverages. This is a big opportunity for Foles and maybe he will come through for the Eagles.
Bing's National Football League predictions use team and player statistics and web activity to build a statistical model that takes into account historical data and real-time information (like injuries, suspensions, and lineup changes). At best, an injured Antonio Brown. They rank second in the league with just 16.8 defensive points allowed per game, but it will be hard to repeat last week's performance at Heinz Field this Sunday. Its defense has allowed 8.9 fewer points per game than expected in 2017, the second-best mark behind the Jaguars (12.8) this season and the 16th best effort since 2002.
Instead of hosting a Kansas City team that dismantled them in Week 1, they instead get a Titans team that has been up-and-down all year. The Jaguars defense has been incredible all year, but Blake Bortles is their quarterback and is the worst quarterback in the playoffs, if not one of the worst in the entire league. Minnesota has surrendered 300 or more yards of offense only five times this season, and only twice since Week 4. The Eagles are the lone home underdog of the weekend, as Atlanta is listed as a 3 point favorite. Brandin Cooks (65-1,082-7) has offered a big-play threat on the outside to complement the team's endless supply of slot receivers and pass-catching running backs.
"But Drew Brees showed us last week how special of a quarterback he is". The Vikings own the league's top-rated defense while the Saints have the leagues second-rated offense. The Vikings defense continued to improve all season and ended the year as the best defense in the NFL. They are quite possibly one of the worst teams we have seen in the last decade to make it into the playoffs.
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. There's no doubt that Vikings fans will come out in full force for the biggest home game in almost a decade, especially knowing that with two more wins, the Vikings could be the first team in National Football League history to play the Super Bowl in its home stadium. Both teams have dramatically improved from Minnesota's Week 1 win over New Orleans, but with everything on the line, trust the Vikings with an extra week of rest and a raucous crowd on their side to edge the Saints 31-27 in a thrilling game.