Onside Kick: Halfway Playoff Predictions


San Francisco 49ers (7-0)

The San Francisco 49ers finished the 2018 season with a 4-12 record and the second overall pick in the draft. This year they have already doubled their win tally and have gone unbeaten through the first half of the season. Head coach, Kyle Shanahan has transformed this team into one of the most balanced in the league, as they boast the second-best defence and fourth-best offence in the NFL. The 49ers will drop three games towards the end of the season but will still be the number one seed in the NFC come playoff time

New Orleans Saints (7-1)

When Drew Brees went down injured in week two, the Saints had the chance to prove how good a team they could be without their talisman. They did just that, going 6-0 with Teddy Bridgewater starting under centre until Brees came back in week 8. The Saints, who are also in the fairly weak NFC South, will now have an easy road to the playoffs and will get a first-round bye.

Green Bay Packers (7-1)

Rookie Head Coach Matt LeFluer has done a phenomenal job doing what Mike McCarthy failed to do over the last two seasons; get the Green Bay Packers to look like real Super bowl contenders. Aaron Rodgers is back on form as one of the most complete quarterbacks of all time and the defence has been impressive considering it was a below average unit last year.

Philadelphia Eagles (4-4)

The Eagles were considered one of the favourites to win the Super bowl before the start of the season due to their immensely talented roster, elite coaching staff and the returning of quarterback Carson Wentz from injury. However, they currently sit with a mediocre 4-4 record and have been very inconsistent from week-to-week. The Eagles will still make the playoffs as they are in the weak NFC East division, but a disappointing season will end in heartbreak as they lose in the Wildcard round.

Seattle Seahawks (6-2)

The Seahawks have been very impressive so far this season. Quarterback Russell Wilson is an MVP candidate and the rushing attack is a top 10 unit in the league. While they won’t win their division- that crown will go to the 49ers- they will still be able to challenge for the Super bowl and will make a deep run in the playoffs

Los Angeles Rams (5-3)

A drop-off in performance from the Rams was expected after their disastrous Superbowl appearance in February. However, Sean McVay’s team have dealt with the ‘Superbowl hangover’ better than most. A wobbly three game winless stretch was put to bed with a convincing win over the Atlanta Falcons and they look like a team who are nearly back to their best. It’s unfortunate they share a division with both the Seahawks and the 49ers, but they will still find a way into the playoffs. From there, who knows what could happen.

Subedited by Daniel DeFalco

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