2017 NFL playoff bracket: Insiders pick all 11 winners

Aaron Schatz, editor-in-chief of Football Outsiders: Remove or add teams to and from your list of favorites Teams In Your Area Add more favorite teams from the list below based on your geolocation. They, too, have a defense in its prime. The Falcons' weaknesses in the red zone will be exploited by both run and pass. Eagles, Patriots, Chiefs, Saints and Rams. Super Bowl LII odds

The three toughest road games for the Los Angeles Chargers in 2018

Popular Sports

Vikings 27, Steelers I usually favor explosive offenses but this is the year of the Vikings and their fabulous defense. They are fast, physical and extremely well-coached.

And they have enough offense, with Stefon Diggs and Adam Thielen, to win. The fact that they are playing the Super Bowl at home is gravy; this is the year of the Vikings. Vikings 21, Steelers Ben Roethlisberger leads a two-minute drill, and completes what looks to be an eight-yard touchdown to Jesse James with two seconds left to tie the game. The ball is jostled as he hits the ground after he extends his arms over the goal line.

The play is reviewed, and it is determined the catch did not survive the ground. Patriots 27, Vikings Please enter your email address associated with the account so we can help reset your password. Stay up-to-date with the latest news and scores from your favorite teams anywhere and get customized notifications, special offers and much more.

I acknowledge that I have read the Privacy Policy. For further information, please contact customer service at or write to Sports Illustrated Customer Service Attention: You currently have no favorite teams. You currently have no favorite writers. Sports Illustrated treats this information with care and respect. For details, review Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. Add more favorite teams from the list below based on your geolocation.

The most trusted voice in sports delivered straight to your inbox. Sign up now to receive Sports Illustrated's best content, special offers and much more. You may unsubscribe from email communication at anytime. Thank you for signing up! Odds, props, betting info. The Patriots are the best example, as the team that rolled into New Orleans for Super Bowl 36 as overwhelming underdogs to the dominant recent champion Rams and took them down.

The Patriots have won four of their six previous trips. The Falcons lost the one previous trip. David Steele straight-up pick: In a potentially exhilarating face-off between two superior quarterbacks, that will be enough to give the Patriots another Lombardi for their trophy case.

Ranking all 50 Super Bowl winners. Vinnie Iyer pick against spread: Here's how the bracket ended up, with analysis from our group of experts:. Mike Clay, NFL writer: The Titans backed their way into the playoffs after dropping three of their final four regular-season games. With a roster stocked with talent, that certainly qualifies them as one of the biggest underachievers this season. They rank 21st in offensive touchdowns thanks in part to a rough season from Marcus Mariota , who has thrown more interceptions 15 than touchdown passes Meanwhile, Kansas City's season was a roller coaster.

The Chiefs started , lost six of their next seven, then finished with a four-game win streak. The Chiefs' play has regressed significantly since they upset New England in Week 1, but they shouldn't have much trouble disposing of the struggling Titans. Tennessee is on the road and will have its hands full in the rowdy confines of Arrowhead Stadium.

But an upset wouldn't shock me -- Tennessee does have the roster talent. Aaron Schatz, editor-in-chief of Football Outsiders: Buffalo's surprise trip to the playoffs is a great story that's even better for long-suffering Bills fans, but let's not kid ourselves: The Bills are easily the weakest team in the field. Buffalo is 21st and 25th, respectively.

Last week, the Bills nearly blew a lead in a must-win game to David Fales and the Dolphins. Perhaps the worst area of their game over recent weeks has been the run defense, which ranks dead last in DVOA since Week That's not a very good weakness to have against a Jacksonville offense built on pounding the ball.

Did we mention that Buffalo's best player, LeSean McCoy , is a game-time decision because of an ankle injury? Oh well, Buffalo fans.

At least a playoff loss is better than another year without football in January. Mina Kimes, senior writer: While the Falcons' offense wasn't as good as it was last season -- very few teams have ever been that good -- it was still very strong, finishing ninth in DVOA. But the Rams were better, landing at sixth in Football Outsiders' efficiency ratings and finishing the season with an NFL-best Atlanta defensive tackle Grady Jarrett has emerged as a legitimate star in recent weeks, but the Rams are stronger on that side of the ball too, allowing the fifth-lowest QBR in the NFL the Falcons ranked 25th.

Atlanta could have the edge in special teams with Los Angeles kicker Greg Zuerlein on injured reserve, but that probably won't be enough to overcome the Falcons' other deficiencies. Domonique Foxworth, The Undefeated senior writer: The Saints beat the Panthers in both of their regular-season meetings. The Saints will make it 14 on Sunday. Dan Graziano, national NFL writer: We all remember Kareem Hunt and the Chiefs running away from the defending-champion Patriots in their season opener in Foxborough.

We've had four whole months to pick up our jaws off the floor, and the fact is that the matchup isn't right for Kansas City. The Patriots' defense is the fourth best in the league in red zone efficiency. The Chiefs' offense is the fourth worst in that category.