2023-24 NFL Playoff Picture
2023-24 NFL Playoff Picture
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by Mark Ruelle
AFC Playoff Teams:
Kansas City Chiefs
New York Jets
AFC Wild Card Weekend:
New York Jets at Baltimore Ravens: Aaron Rodgers and the Jets will find a way to upset Lamar Jackson and the Ravens on the road.
Cincinnati Bengals at Buffalo Bills: The Bengals find a way again to take out the Bills yet again on the road in the playoffs. Playoff Joe Burrow will be patented.
Kansas City Chiefs at Jacksonville Jaguars: The Jags unfortunately draw the Chiefs in the Wildcard round and it is a quick exit for the Jags.
AFC Divisional Round:
New York Jets at LA Chargers: Aaron Rodgers has the look of a Joe Montana or Tom Brady as a veteran QB making a big playoff push at the end of his career with a new team. The Jets reach the AFC title game for the first time since the early 2000s.
Cincinnati Bengals at Kansas City Chiefs: Order is restored as the Chiefs become the first home team to win a game in the AFC playoffs. They are back in the AFC title game yet again.
AFC Title Game:
New York Jets at Kansas City Chiefs: Youth is served once again as Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs reach the Super Bowl for the third time in four seasons and will go for a repeat.
AFC Champion: Kansas City Chiefs (+330)
NFC Playoff Teams:
New Orleans Saints
NFC Wildcard Weekend:
Atlanta Falcons at SF 49ers: The Niners look like a dominant squad and roll to an easy win against a scrappy Falcons’ team.
Detroit Lions at New Orleans Saints: Derrek Carr looks reborn as the Saints take down the upstart Lions.
Philadelphia Eagles at Chicago Bears: The Eagles end the NFC home team dominance with a road win over the improved Bears.
NFC Divisional Round:
New Orleans Saints at Dallas Cowboys: The Cowboys’ defense does the job and Dallas moves to the NFC title game for the first time since 1996.
Philadelphia Eagles at SF 49ers: The Niners gain a measure of revenge with a win over the Eagles to get back to the NFC title game.
NFC Title Game:
SF 49ers at Dallas Cowboys: The Cowboys finally return to the Super Bowl in a hard-fought win over long-time rival San Francisco.
NFC Champion: Dallas Cowboys (+600)
Super Bowl LVIII at Las Vegas
Dallas Cowboys vs. Kansas City Chiefs: The Cowboys in the Super Bowl in Las Vegas will bring the biggest turnout of fans for one team at one Super Bowl at one time. The Chiefs will be a slight favorite but the number will sway because of the heavy influx of Cowboy money in Vegas. The defense will be the key here, in particular, defensive team speed. The Cowboys have the speed to keep Mahomes contained and they have the offensive line to slow the Chiefs pass rush. The Cowboys will once again be America’s Team in a thrilling Super Bowl win over the Chiefs as Dak Prescott takes his place among Super Bowl-winning Cowboy signal callers and Mike McCarthy wins his second Super Bowl.