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Predictions for Saturday’s Divisional Round Games

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The real playoffs kick off this weekend in the NFL with two Divisional Round games today and tomorrow. I call these the real playoffs because the Wildcard is essentially teams that usually don’t deserve to make the playoffs competing to see who is going to lose in the Divisional Round to a better opponent. However, that is not always the case and I believe it will not be the case for one of the Wildcard winners this weekend. Here are my predictions for the Saturday’s games:

Falcons @ Eagles – 4:35 PM on NBC

It’s not very often that you see a number 1 seed in any playoffs be the underdog against a 6 seed but that is exactly what we have in this matchup. The Eagles were an impressive 13-3 in the regular season and for that reason earned a first round BYE and home field advantage throughout the playoffs. However, the loss of their star quarterback Carson Wentz is looming large and is the main reason that the Falcons are 2.5 point favorites. Many pundits don’t have the Eagles standing a chance in this game, however they are forgetting that they still have the runningback duo of Jay Ajayi and Legarrette Blount. The Eagles were third in the NFL this season in rushing, averaging just over 132 yards per game. That combined with the fact that the Eagles do have arguably the most capable backup quarterback in the NFL in Nick Foles gives the Eagles a chance to hang with the Falcons. But they will not be able to keep up with the rapidity of the Falcons offense led by Matt Ryan and Julio Jones, who combined for a big week in the Wildcard round last week. Prediction: Falcons 34 – Eagles 24.

Titans @ Patriots – 8:15 PM on CBS

Tom Brady is 25-9 in his NFL playoff career and has had yet another excellent season, leading the Patriots to the 2nd best passing offense in the NFL. He had an NFL-best 32 passing touchdowns in comparison to just 8 interceptions which is really incredible when you think about the fact that the Patriots haven’t had one of their leading receivers Julian Edelman all season long. On the other side of the coin you have Marcus Mariota. Mariota just played in his first career playoff game last week throwing for 2 touchdowns including one to himself. However, he has a much taller task ahead of him today if his Titans are going to come out on top in a game in which they are currently 13.5 point underdogs. If the Titans are going to win this game today, it is going to be because of the run game. The Patriots ranked in the bottom half of the NFL in run defense in the regular season and they are susceptible to the big play. For this reason, I think the Titans will be able to hang around in the first half. But as the Patriots always do, they will make adjustments at halftime and come out dominating in the second half. Prediction: Patriots 41 – Titans 17

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Dwayne Wade And Lebron James Share The Court One Last Time

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Dwayne Wade and Lebron James played their final game against each other in the Staple Center on Monday night.

This is a bitter-sweet moment that both players have been dreading since Wade announced that this would be he would be retiring at the end of the year.

James spoke to ESPN about the impact that Wade had on his career. “Obviously, without D-Wade in my career, I wouldn’t be sitting here with this résumé that I have,” said James. “Individually, I think I would still be doing my thing individually, but as far as me accomplishing the team goals that truly mean most to me? Twenty-seven wins in a row. Four straight Finals. Two back-to-back championships. It goes without saying. I wouldn’t be able to accomplish it without him.”

Wade had a chance to send the game into overtime, but Lebron was able to force him into a bad shot from the arch.

“He knew my move at the end that stopped me from getting to my shot,” Wade said. “That’s how well we know each other, man. Just two competitors who enjoy the game of basketball, who love each other and love competing. So I’m glad that in my 16 years that we were on the court together, we was in this game, we’ve made a big impact on and off the court.”

It was clearly tough for both players and great moment to witness.

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Dolphins Beat The Patriots On Wild Lateral Play

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The Miami Dolphins trailed the Patriots by 5 points with less than 5 seconds left.

With no timeouts and 60 yards to go, the Dolphins called a Lateral. The one play that even player dreams off pulling as a kid.

Gronk was back playing deep expecting a Hailmary. What he didn’t expect was for the team to go for a pull off three laterals. Kenyan Drake took a lateral 52 yards to the end zone. Drake was able to speed pass Gronk for the amazing play.

Dolphins won the game 34-33 with no seconds left on the clock.

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Rumor: Lebron Wants Melo To Join The Lakers

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Carmelo Anthony might be heading to LA.

A new report from  Joe Vardon of The Athletic, says Lebron James and his camp believe that Anthony, who was told by the Houston Rockets that he no longer had a future with the team just 10 games into the season, can help the Lakers if given the chance.

Anthony, 34, is estranged from the Houston Rockets – still on their payroll for the league-minimum $2.4 million but gone from the team after the two sides decided he was not a fit after just 10 games.

Melo can’t be traded until at least Dec. 15, and sources said there had been no request made by James to Lakers president Magic Johnson or general manager Rob Pelinka to make a deal for his friend.

Lakers are still trying to find the right pieces to surround James with. Let us know what you think about.

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