The 2019 NFL season is over. At least for 20 teams. The team supporting the Pittsburgh Steelers is among those 20 teams and for the Black and Gold last season marks the second year in a row they have missed the playoffs and, once again, just as it was in 2018, the hopes of Pittsburgh in the postseason were down to the last game of the regular season.
After being embarrassed by the Baltimore Ravens in Week 17 when the Ravens sat down several key starters, the Tennessee Titans took advantage of the Houston Texans who also rested players and replaced the Steelers as the sixth and final wild-card seed in the league. AFC. The picture of the playoffs is set with the first round scheduled to begin on Saturday, January 4, so from a Steelers fan’s perspective, I give you my playoff predictions for Super Bowl LIV.
Wild card round
BUFFALO TICKETS IN HOUSTON TEXANS
The Bills may be the surprise team for the playoffs and for the regular season in 2019. They’ve had a good ride, but playing on the road against a well-rested Houston starting lineup doesn’t bode well for them. Her Cinderella season comes to an end on Saturday. Houston 28 Buffalo 17.
TENNESSEE TITANS AT NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS
As much as Patriots fans would like to come back for another shot at a record seventh Super Bowl, it won’t happen this year. Even if they find a way to win this one, they would have to hit the road and win two more just to get to the promised land again. But they have been shaky all season and given the fact that they would have earned a goodbye by beating the humble Miami Dolphins in the final week of the season, but on their turf, the ‘Phins took the surprise by with a last minute score. . The Titans enter this game with momentum and with Ryan Tannehill having a hot hand at the moment; I like that the Patriots see the door open on Saturday. Tennessee 27 New England 20.
MINNESOTA VIKINGS AT NEW ORLEANS SAINTS
The NFC starts off with this intriguing game, but from the way Michael Thomas has been playing this season, he’s as dangerous a weapon as Lamar Jackson in Baltimore. The Vikes will not have an answer and Drew Brees will carry his record passing marks into the next round. New Orleans 35 Minnesota 21.
SEATTLE SEAHAWKS AT PHILADELPHIA EAGLES
Closing out the wild card round will be the tough Eagles at home playing the resurrected Seahawks. This will be a very difficult game for both teams and I think it will be more defensive than offensive. The 9-7 Eagles will survive the battle. Philadelphia 21 Seattle 18.
If my wild card round predictions ring true, here are the matchups for the divisional rounds:
TEXANS IN THE HEADS OF KANSAS CITY
I think Kansas City is better now than it was last year when they couldn’t make the Super Bowl. The Texans simply don’t have the weapons or the defense to topple KC in 2019. The Chiefs are determined not to repeat 2018. Kansas City 41 Houston 20.
TENNESSEE TITANS IN BALTIMORE RAVENS
Seeing how easily the Ravens beat the Steelers without Lamar Jackson and Mark Ingram is terrifying for the rest of the AFC. Pittsburgh had one of its best defensive performances in a season in years. That’s how good this Ravens team is. Jackson was a beast in 2019 and should easily win the league’s Most Valuable Player Award. This win for Baltimore will be easier, if not less difficult, than how they handled the Steelers with their 14th win. Baltimore 38 Tennessee 13.
HEADS OF RAVENS
At the beginning of the season, many predicted this game as the AFC championship game. So here it is. Want to talk about an offensive fireworks show? This game could have it. The Ravens have the strongest defense, but the Chiefs are not far behind. But the gun advantage on offense is likely to go to Kansas City. However, Lamar Jackson is a one-man wrecking machine. Baltimore closed the season with 12 consecutive victories after starting the season 0-2. They are rolling. The Chiefs are on a six-game streak ending the season 12-4. This game could go either way, so it won’t be a surprise if either team advances to the NFL title game. I have to choose one of them, so I will go with the home team just because it is in their stadium. Baltimore 35 Kansas City 31.
SAINTS IN GREEN BAY PACKERS
We go to the NFC, and although Green Bay had only three losses in 2019, to start 2020 they will fall their fourth. New Orleans is too dangerous and Aaron Rodgers didn’t have a season like “Aaron Rodgers”. New Orleans 27 Green Bay 17.
EAGLES IN SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS
How good is San Francisco? Your defense is not a joke. But they don’t have the postseason experience that Philadelphia has. However, Carson Wentz is playing in his first playoff game. I’m not that impressed with the Niners’ offense, but the defense should carry the day for them, giving Jimmy Garappolo enough field position to win this one. San Francisco 20 Philadelphia 17.
SAINTS TO THE 49ERS
For the NFC title game, I think Drew Brees in a major game situation will rise to the occasion and avoid a Super Bowl rematch between Baltimore and San Francisco. Ultimately, the top two teams of 2019 will make it to the NFL championship to be held on February 2 in Miami. For this, the final score in my estimate, New Orleans 34 San Francisco 24.
Super Bowl LIV
CROWS OF BALTIMORE VS. NEW ORLEANS SAINTS
This will be great. Serious offensive weaponry with two very good defenses trying to stop each other. If this turns out to be the showdown, I promise you, Super Bowl LIV will give you a game to remember. The Baltimore Ravens are riding so high right now that they ooze with confidence and arrogance. That is a difficult thing to slow down or stop. As Drew Brees makes it to his second Super Bowl, this time there won’t be enough magic. Close … but no cigar. Baltimore 35 New Orleans 28.