MFST’s 2019 Divisional Round Picks
What a Wild Card weekend we had. Road teams won three of the four games, setting up a Divisional Round that will not disappoint. Orlando Torres had a perfect weekend while our regular season champ Brandon Reid, left his picking hat at home with a 1-3 weekend.
Standings after the Wild Card Round
Orlando Torres: 4-0
Dan Schalk: 2-2
Brandon Reid: 1-3
2019 Divisional Round Picks
Colts at Chiefs
Dan Schalk: Indianapolis Colts. The Colts are the more complete team. Better defensively, have better running backs and I believe they have the better coach.
Brandon Reid: Kansas City Chiefs. The Colts defense played great against the Texans. But this week they ain’t playing the Texans, and they’re not playing indoors. The Colts don’t have enough on either side of the ball to slow down the Chiefs. Good Luck!
Orlando Torres: Kansas City Chiefs. Unlike Wild Card weekend this game should feature a lot of points. Andrew Luck is going to have to sling the ball, because we all know what Mahomes will do. The Chiefs edge out the Colts in a thrilling game.
Cowboys at Rams
Dan Schalk: Los Angeles Rams. I am picking the Rams solely because I am a Cowboys fan and they win in real life when I pick against them in our pick’em pieces. DC4L.
Brandon Reid: Los Angeles Rams. I was actually pleased to see the Cowboys get a playoff win last week. But they are pretenders. While the Rams defense has been sliding over the last six weeks or so, they are not playing an elite offensive unit in the Cowboys. I like Dak’s heart and moxy, but that’s not enough to get you through a 60 minute NFL game in January, on the road, against a better team. No upset here.
Orlando Torres: Dallas Cowboys. The Rams are favored by at least a touchdown at home and I don’t see how. The Cowboys are very good at stopping the run, and the passing game took a hit when Cooper Kupp went down. I expect Dallas to control the clock and run the ball as usual here. Dallas pulls out the “shocker”.
Chargers at Patriots
Dan Schalk: New England Patriots. I have been on the Chargers bandwagon all season. Brandon Reid laughed at me on the My Fantasy Podcast when I said the Chargers were a Super Bowl team back in Week 5. That being said, this will be the blowout of the weekend. Tommy and Billy B will have the Pats playing elite ball and with a hobbled Melvin Gordon, the Chargers just won’t keep up.
Brandon Reid: Los Angeles Chargers. Now we’re talking upsets. I think the Chargers defense led by Joey Bosa and Melvin Ingram will be enough to put pressure on a 41 year-old Tom Brady. This is simply not as good of a Patriots team as we’ve seen in the past. And Brady is playing a QB on the other side with as much poise, passion, and moxy as he has. Rivers and company navigated a much tougher defense this past weekend. This should be a great game.
Orlando Torres: New England Patriots. I could see many scenarios where the Bolts zap the Patriots and move on, but I don’t think Tom Brady is done just yet.
Eagles at Saints
Dan Schalk: New Orleans Saints. The Bears were beatable, the Saints? Not so much. Sure it’s possible, but the Eagles were a Wild Card team for a reason and Nick Foles can’t do it again, right?!
Brandon Reid: Philadelphia Eagles. This is a gut pick. I honestly believe New Orleans is the best team in the NFL right now and should win the Super Bowl. But there is something about Nick Foles that makes this team a team of destiny. Ask Cody Parkey and the Bears. New Orleans and Brees have not been real sharp as of late, and this could be a bad matchup for them. The Saints are great at stuffing the run, but the Eagles offense doesn’t operate through the run game. I think Sunday could provide some shocking results that bust many brackets.
Orlando Torres: New Orleans Saints. The magical run ends here for Nick Foles and company. They played good defense on the road, but unlike Chicago the Saints are very consistent when it comes to scoring.