Sports Corner: NFL Playoffs

It’s finally that time of year again.

And no, we’re not talking about the holidays. For the Falconer Sports editors and avid football fans alike, December means one thing: NFL playoff predictions.

While most are hanging Christmas lights, we break down the statistics to deliver our top three playoff locks, fringe teams and sleepers. 

Slotting in at our number one spot, the Philadelphia Eagles have soared past the competition to cement themselves as a sure-fire title contender. With quarterback Jalen Hurts playing at an MVP level and an offensive line that might just be the best in the league, these guys are the real deal.

The Kansas City Chiefs snag the second guaranteed slot. This team lives and dies by Patrick Mahomes; if he maintains this level of play over the next few weeks, the Chiefs have virtually no ceiling.

Finishing off the category, the Buffalo Bills look to make it all the way this year. With Josh Allen at the helm of a highly dynamic offense, anything is possible.

Opening up the fringe category, the San Francisco 49ers rise above the competition. Despite some inconsistencies in play performance, third-string quarterback Brock Purdy is putting on a show – and we love a good underdog story.

Next up, the Seattle Seahawks make an interesting case. With quarterback Geno Smith as the projected Comeback Player of the Year, this team has more than enough talent and depth to make it.

Wrapping up the fringe category, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers look to top the highly mediocre NFC South.

After an embarrassing loss to the aforementioned 49ers, we’re not sold on Tom Brady’s Bucs. Don’t be surprised if this team drops out of the picture come January.

Opening the sleeper category, the Jacksonville Jaguars may have the spark. With quarterback Trevor Lawrence looking like a future superstar, this team can only go up.

The Chargers are yet another team to keep an eye on. With a relatively easy schedule and strong momentum, they could sneak in.

Last but not least, the Panthers could make an admittedly unlikely playoff run. The route to the playoffs will not be easy, but with quarterback Sam Darnold playing at a relatively high level, this team’s momentum and grit might just push them into the postseason.

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