As another season comes to an end, I want to first thank the players and coaches for putting out such an entertaining product. They put their lives and time with their families in serious jeopardy to make the NFL what it is.
Now that the playoffs are officially here, the ranking of teams seems moot. All teams are seeded and there are odds, but teams don’t have records anymore. Every team, whether it be Denver (who set the all-time record for most points scored in a season with 606) or San Diego (who barely got in on the last day of the season) has to start over and find a way to keep advancing.
Teams on a bye week (Denver, Seattle, New England, Carolina) all welcome the week of rest, but whether or not it hinders their momentum remains to be seen.
One thing is for certain: The best football was played out west in 2013. In the NFC West, Seattle became the top seed while San Francisco (the No. 5 seed) won 12 games. In the AFC West, Denver deservedly claimed the No. 1 spot, as they won a division that features three playoff teams.
Now that fantasy football is over and playoff scenarios are certain, the question you’re all likely asking is: Who will make it to the Super Bowl?
According to the Vegas Insider, the Seahawks (12/5) have the best odds of winning it all on February 2. However, their arch-rival and 5th-seeded 49ers have the third best odds (7/1) among all remaining teams.
I don’t know about you, but here’s how I see things shaking out.
Wild Card Round
(5) Kansas City at (4) Indianapolis, January 4 at 4:35 P.M. ET on NBC
(6) New Orleans at (3) Philadelphia, January 4 at 8:10 P.M. ET on NBC
(6) San Diego at (3) Cincinnati, January 5 at 1:05 P.M. ET on CBS
(5) San Francisco at (4) Green Bay, January 5 at 4:40 P.M. ET on FOX
Projected winners: Kansas City, New Orleans, Cincinnati, Green Bay
(6) New Orleans at (1) Seattle, January 11 at 4:35 P.M. ET on FOX
(3) Cincinnati at (2) New England, January 11 at 8:15 P.M. ET on CBS
(4) Green Bay at (2) Carolina, January 12 at 1:05 P.M. ET on FOX
(5) Kansas City at (1) Denver, January 12 at 4:40 P.M. ET on CBS
Projected winners: Seattle, New England, Green Bay, Kansas City
AFC Championship: (5) Kansas City at (2) New England, January 19 at 3:00 P.M. ET on CBS
NFC Championship: (4) Green Bay at (1) Seattle, January 19 at 6:30 P.M. ET on FOX
Projected winners: Kansas City, Seattle
Kansas City vs. Seattle, February 2 at 6:30 P.M. ET on FOX (East Rutherford, N.J.)
Projected score: Kansas City 22, Seattle 21
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