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A quick and simple one for this week. Perhaps for the first time ever, the number one seed in a conference (NFC) is actually an outsider for a home game in this round. The theory is that the initially flaky Atlanta Falcons defence have picked up their performance, and a Nick Foles quarterbacked Philadelphia Eagles will not cope. This is possible, but the Foles flavour Eagles offence is not that bad. Add in the the strong home defence, which can keep the Falcons in check, and the match-up looks about 50/50, with home advantage giving an edge to the Eagles.

Philadelphia Eagles win, at 13/10 or more
NFL SEASON PREVIEW 2017
NFL DIVISIONAL PLAY-OFF ROUND
AFC NORTH

1: Ravens   2: Steelers   3: Bengals   4: Browns      Steelers won it, improving a little bit as the Ravens underachieved slightly, especiallu on offence.

AFC EAST

1: Patriots   2: Dolphins   3: Bills   4: Jets      PATRIOTS won it, playing appalling defence to give tease their opponents early in the season, but the other three showed all of their traditional foibles to not take advantage.

AFC SOUTH

1: Titans   2: Texans   3: Colts   4: Jaguars       Jaguars won it, proving a revelation, thanks to an excellent defensive effort carrying the limited offence, but thanks to ending with two losses, they only held off the Titans by one win

AFC WEST

1: Chiefs   2: Broncos   3: Raiders   4: Chargers     CHIEFS won it, surviving a horrendous mid-season slump.

NFC NORTH

1: Vikings   2: Packers   3: Lions   4: Bears     VIKINGS won it, despite key injuries at quarterback and running back,. They look like a very decent team on the rise.

NFC EAST

1: Redskins   2: Cowboys   3: Giants   4: Eagles     EAGLES won it, overcoming the weak finish to the previous season, but lost Carson Wentz late on in this season. Like the AFC East, the opposition put up a rather erratic resistance.

NFC SOUTH

1: Panthers   2: Falcons   3: Saints   4: Buccaneers     Saints won it, the most exciting divisional race in the league, with one game between the top three. The Panthers could have won it had they not put up such a miserable effort at the Falcons in week 17

NFC WEST

1: Seahawks    2: Cardinals   3: Rams   4: 49ers     Rams won it, vying for title of most improved teams with the Jaguars. There path was cleared by all three divisional opponents being ravaged by injuries, and the Seahawks enduring their kicker missing three game winning kicks.


AFC Winner: Kansas City Chiefs      - made the play-offs but may have to win away in Pittsburgh and New England for a conference title

NFC Winner: Minnesota Vikings      -made the play-offs and look well worth sticking with to go all the way

Most Receiving Yards: Mike Evans (Tampa Bay)      - scraped over 1,000 yards but was dragged down by his flaky quarterback

Most Rushing Yards: LeSean McCoy (Buffalo)      - 4th, jut to annoy anyone who got on each-way
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