NFL Playoffs

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Rookie running back Ezekiel Elliot bulldozing through two Eagles secondary members on the way to a first down. Photo Courtesy of MCT Direct.

Rookie running back Ezekiel Elliot bulldozing through two Eagles secondary members on the way to a first down. Photo Courtesy of MCT Direct.

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Rookie running back Ezekiel Elliot bulldozing through two Eagles secondary members on the way to a first down. Photo Courtesy of MCT Direct.

Tyler Frey, Sports Editor

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This season has not been far from predictions by NFL analysts. The New England Patriots are a steamroller, the Vikings have a solid defense, and the Cleveland Browns… are being the Cleveland Browns. The league is consisted of good competition this year, including many close games and division races.

Rookie duo sensations Dak Prescott and Ezekiel Elliott have turned around the Dallas Cowboys franchise after having a four win, 12 loss season. This year, the Cowboys jumped out to a four game win streak until they took their first loss. Behind two players who could possibly be rookie of the year candidates, Dallas can be a playoff contender once again.

Coming off of a four game suspension, Tom Brady was welcomed back to the Patriots with a pre-started three win and one loss record. Brady received the suspension after he was declared guilty of being apart of the deflategate scandal in 2014. The Patriots have been in the top five of the power rankings all season according  to NFL.com. The Pats are heavily favorited to win the Super Bowl this year according to ESPN.

Just like the 2014 season, the end of the season is predicted to be with the Patriots and Seahawks playing in the Super Bowl again. In 2014, the Patriots ended up beating the Seahawks in the famous last second interception that crowned them the World Champions. Football season will come to end when February rolls around and a champion will be crowned. Super Bowl 51 will take place on  February 7th in Houston, Texas.

The Steelers have stayed at the top half of their conference the whole year. Behind a high powered offense, and a fairlry rounded defense, they are a tough team to beat. With quarterback Ben Roethlisberger and wide receiver Antonio Brown, the Steelers hope to go into the playoffs and make a decent run for it all.

The home team, Kansas City Chiefs, have had their ups and downs this year, while trying to pan out who is the top running back in the backfield. Spencer Ware has had the most overall production over the year as running back. And with an always solid defense, the Chiefs had to face tough competition in the Raiders and Broncos. The

Broncos have had some trouble pulling their offense together this season. The Denver defense is one of the top defenses in the league, having scored multiple touchdowns. However, for the Broncos to compete in the playoffs, they need a better offense.

The Minnesota Vikings have been the biggest surprise in the league this year. After landing Sam Bradford in a blockbuster trade with the Eagles, the Vikings have had the void of Teddy Bridgewater filled. Starting the season with five straight wins, the Vikings looked good until midway through the season when they dropped several losses. With defensive stars like Anthony Barr and Everson Griffin leading the charge, the Vikings could still be a team to be reckoned with.

The best overall conference in the NFL is the AFC West according to records and power rankings. And with the Broncos and the Raiders both having 6 wins and 2 losses. With the Chiefs and the Chargers, who are both  underestimated teams, this West is a tough conference. But, one thing is for sure, and that is that both teams still haven’t given up hope for a spot in the playoffs.           

Just like the 2014 season, the end of the year is predicted to be with the Patriots and Seahawks in the Super Bowl. In 2014, the Patriots beat the Seahawks with the famous last second interception that crowned them champions. All questions will be answered when the Super Bowl takes place in February.

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