4 Dallas Cowboys at 2 Los Angeles Rams, 8:15 p.m. ET
The Dallas Cowboys seemed to be in pretty good control over the Seattle Seahawks this past weekend despite what the final score showed. We all know what this defense can do, and they proved that they could shut down another premier quarterback in Russell Wilson. The difference between the Seahawks and the LA Rams, though, is that they Cowboys now have to game plan for both a stellar passing game with Jared Goff, and a really strong running game with Todd Gurley.
The Cowboys are no slouch on offense either. Ezekiel Elliott is considered one of the best running backs in the league and he’s proven it time and time again. They also have seemed to revitalize their passing game with the mid-season addition of Amari Cooper. The real problem that I see for the Cowboys is who they have playing quarterback. I’ve said it once, and I’ll say it again, Dak Prescott is one of the most overrated quarterbacks in the NFL. He might not even be overrated, I think others agree with me. If teams want to beat the Cowboys, it seems like the recipe for that is to just keep the ball in Dak’s hands and force him to throw.
The Ram’s defense is extremely impressive, especially their d-line. They have the potential NFL defensive player of the year in Aaron Donald. In addition, they have Ndamukong Suh and Michael Brockers. Their secondary is strong as well, and that might be what causes this game to be an issue for the Cowboys.
I predict that, since the Rams are playing at home in LA, they are able to handle the Cowboys with no problem. Rams win and move on to the NFC Championship game. Final score 27-17.
6 Philadelphia Eagles at 1 New Orleans Saints, 4:40 p.m. ET
The defending Super Bowl champs have made it past a very strong Chicago Bears team on the road. No Bear weather though, like I said. Eagles have had a resurgence since the starting of the humble leader Nick Foles. The man, can play. I have to give it to him. Also, the teams really likes to play for him. We forget that they are still the team that won the Super Bowl last year. They haven’t changed much. They still have the impressive defense that can really help control the game for them. While their offense isn’t as impressive, they still seem to keep them in the game. Zach Ertz might be the best TE in the league.
Unfortunately for the Eagles, they don’t really have a rushing attack, and the lack of dynamic against this New Orleans Saints’ defense might be a problem. The Saints’ defense is extremely good against the run, and they can get to the quarterback. If the Eagles can’t establish a rushing game then they lose that dynamic and would have to rely on Nick Foles to lead the team, which is fine, but then they are one dimensional. I don’t see any way this Eagles offense can get anything done.
The Saints’ offense on the other hand is extremely dynamic with future Hall of Famer Drew Brees leading the passing game, Michael Thomas receiving, and then the two headed monster of Alvin Kamara and Mark Ingram. The Saints’ offense is just going to roll over this team.
I see no way that the Nick Foles magic continues, and the Saints stomp the Eagles. Final score 41-20.
NFC Championship Game: Saints vs. Rams
So then this would leave us with a rematch of the Saints vs. Rams game which took place back in week 9. In that game the Saints handled the Rams pretty well. Just like that game, this game will be played in New Orleans. Usually, I do not like picking teams when there is a revenge game, because teams are usually out for blood. The Saints however, do not have to worry about the Rams’ passing defense, and the Saints can trow the ball. Drew Brees carved up the Rams defense last time and I see no reason for them to do it again.
The Rams, let’s be honest, aren’t as good as they were when the teams first played. The last time they played, Cooper Kupp was still healthy. I think this will almost be a mirror image of the last game, except the a little lower scoring. I think the Saints set their sights at the Super Bowl.
Saints beat the Rams to win the NFC Championship. Final score of 31-21.