The divisional round of the NFL playoffs was a real bracket-busting weekend, and AccuScore’s picks felt that pain. However, the team that our simulations predicted before the season to win the Super Bowl, the New England Patriots, is the lone survivor from last week’s predictions.
Our other predicted Super Bowl team, the New Orleans Saints, was bounced by the Minnesota Vikings’ miraculous last-second play that may go down as the greatest divisional playoff finish ever. It’s the first walk-off touchdown in the history of the NFL playoffs, after all.
That said, the Patriots are predicted to beat either the Vikings or the Eagles in Super Bowl 52. There is no big difference between Philadelphia or Minnesota as New England’s opponent; both have around a 40-percent chance to win against New England, meaning Brady and the Pats would walk into the Super Bowl as clear favorites.
One of the most interesting results in simulations is that if Jacksonville pulls the upset in Foxborough on Sunday and makes its first Super Bowl trip, the Jaguars are also predicted to be favorites against either NFC team. However, the possible matchup between the Jaguars and the Vikings is very close with Jacksonville having a 51-percent chance to win.
In an appearance on Denver’s 104.3 The Fan, McCloughan wasn’t holding back as he offered an evaluation of his former quarterback both the good and the bad.
He’s a good player, McCloughan said (via The Washington Post). Is he special? I don’t see special. But also, we were still building a roster around him to make him special.
McCloughan, the GM of the Redskins from 2015-16, did soften the blow, adding, I might not have been around [Cousins] long enough in terms of years from the standpoint I was around Brett Favre, Russell Wilson, Matt Hasselbeck, Alex Smith.
The Redskins’ finished this season 7-9 and didn’t make the playoffs, and McCloughan pointed to Cousins’ win-loss record in the NFL. He is 26-30-1 overall in games he’s started since his 2012 rookie season, and he’s 24-23-1 since taking over as the full-time starter in 2015.