2017 NFL playoff bracket: Insiders pick all 11 winners

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Super Bowl LII

The Chiefs will be a tough out at Arrowhead, but a potential matchup against the Steelers is not ideal for their postseason run. New England quarterback Tom Brady. He has thrown 28 touchdown passes with just two interceptions since returning from his Deflategate suspension. They've missed him badly in the past two postseason runs. He was a dominant difference-maker down the stretch. So, let me get this straight. Tom Brady has had an absurdly efficient and successful season, yet he likely won't win the NFL MVP award thanks in part to his wacky four-game suspension?

He doesn't, but he thinks he does. Opposing offenses have learned not to sleep on Bouye, who has blossomed into a top-notch defensive back this season. Playing a Raiders squad that will field Connor Cook at quarterback gives Bouye a great chance to continue bolstering his market value while heading toward offseason free agency.

Teams have to account for Michael Bennett and try to exploit the Earl Thomas-less secondary, and Avril will take advantage of that. Jared Cook, TE, Packers. Since he returned healthy in Week 11, he has flashed a key part of their passing offense because of his ability to work down the seam and create mismatches with his athleticism. The Giants, Cowboys and Falcons all have struggled to cover that position. Wide receiver Eli Rogers is not the Steelers' most dangerous weapon, obviously, but he's one opponents easily can underestimate.

Watch out for him. Even without Jason Pierre-Paul, they have made good offenses look bad regularly down the stretch. Let's be honest — Houston's defense is the only reason the Texans are in the playoffs, even out of such a weak division. If Houston manages to win a playoff game or two, it likely won't be because of Brock Osweiler or Tom Savage at quarterback. The performance of this J.

Watt-less unit in , given the pressure put on it, has been remarkable. With a record in second-round home playoff games, the Patriots should be considered a shoe-in for the AFC title game. Their run will end in Gillette Stadium in the conference title game, though. Ben Roethlisberger and Mike Tomlin are overdue for this kind of run. Time to cash in on the strength of a great rushing attack and underrated D.

If only Pittsburgh could draw New England at home, it would be my pick. The Steelers don't have that ability. Steelers 20, Vikings The Super Bowl will be a throwback matchup highlighted by two excellent defenses, but the Steelers, with the more talented overall roster, come out with the win.

Afterward, Ben Roethlisberger retires. Steelers 31, Saints Patriots 24, Vikings Patriots 31, Vikings We may get our first clunker of a Super Bowl since the 48th edition. Vikings 24, Steelers The Vikings ride their No. But in the Super Bowl, the Vikings defense makes the difference, especially playing at home.

Patriots 35, Vikings The Vikings become the first team in NFL history to make the Super Bowl in their home stadium, which gives sportswriters a week of free content—a minor escape from writing the st feature on The Patriot Way. Steelers 31, Vikings I had Steelers-Eagles as my midseason pick, but with Philly terribly weakened now the Vikes will ride home field to the Super Bowl.

The Case Keenum magic will end at home against a Steelers attack that will have all their weapons back. Vikings 27, Steelers I usually favor explosive offenses but this is the year of the Vikings and their fabulous defense.

They are fast, physical and extremely well-coached. And they have enough offense, with Stefon Diggs and Adam Thielen, to win. The fact that they are playing the Super Bowl at home is gravy; this is the year of the Vikings. Vikings 21, Steelers Ben Roethlisberger leads a two-minute drill, and completes what looks to be an eight-yard touchdown to Jesse James with two seconds left to tie the game.

The ball is jostled as he hits the ground after he extends his arms over the goal line. The play is reviewed, and it is determined the catch did not survive the ground. Patriots 27, Vikings Please enter your email address associated with the account so we can help reset your password. Stay up-to-date with the latest news and scores from your favorite teams anywhere and get customized notifications, special offers and much more. I acknowledge that I have read the Privacy Policy.

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