NFL Playoff Predictions: Conference Championship Round

NFL Playoff Predictions: Conference Championship Round

These four teams will be fighting for a chance to play in the Super Bowl!
Phil He
Phil He

There are only four teams left in the playoffs as they road to the Super Bowl continues. There will only be two teams left to play in the Super Bowl, so you know the remaining teams will give it their all to get their spot. Every team's goal is to win a Super Bowl and these four teams are close to accomplishing this goal. These remaining teams are the New England Patriots, Kansas City Chiefs, Dallas Cowboys and Atlanta Falcons. The Patriots or Chiefs will represent the AFC in the Super Bowl while the Cowboys or Falcons will represent the NFC. It has been a great NFL season so far and it is close to ending. Let's get started with the predictions!

AFC Championship Round

The Kansas City Chiefs (Second Seed) at The New England Patriots (First Seed)

This will be a rematch of the Divisional round match up from last year's playoffs. These are two completely different teams from the last time they played each other. The Patriots don't have Rob Gronkowski, but their offense is still one of the best in the league. The Chiefs have one of the best defenses in the league but have added rookie and return specialist Tyreek Hill and improved play from Spencer Ware with Jamaal Charles' absence. These two teams are the top teams in the AFC with the best two records.

Why The Chiefs win:

The Chiefs have one of the best defenses in the league with great players like Tamba Hali, Justin Houston, Eric Berry, and Dontari Poe. The Patriots offense is beatable as long as pressure is applied to Tom Brady. The Chiefs have the defense to do so. The Patriots offense line has been shaky at times and with players like Hali, Houston, and Poe, The Chiefs could give the Patriots O-Line a hard time. Also, Travis Kelce might be a problem for New England since he is another Gronk. Also the speed of rookie Tyreek Hill could be a problem since it has been proven that Hill can changed the game in one play.

Why The Patriots win:

The Patriots have one of the best offenses in the league, plus their defense has been of the best bend don't break defenses in the league even after trading away Jamie Collins to the Browns. The Chiefs have been struggling on offense this season with them relying on their defense a lot these games. Also, Jeremy Maclin has been struggling with injuries this year and hasn't been himself. Even Jamaal Charles has not played a lot this season with setbacks from his return from injury and Spencer Ware has taken his spot as starting running back. The Patriots know what it takes to win the big games when they matter the most. The Patriots offense will be too much for the defense and their defense will keep the Chiefs offense in check.

Who I think will win:

I have the Patriots winning this game due to their offense and defense. They have the better offense in this match up and even though their defense isn't better than the Chiefs, they should hold the Chiefs offense in check. This will be a hard fought battle but the Patriots will win by a very small margin.

Score: New England 30 Kansas City 27

NFC Championship Round

The Atlanta Falcons (Second Seed) at The Dallas Cowboys (First Seed)

This game is one of the best rushing offenses that feature the leading rusher in the NFL in Ezekiel Elliot versus one of the best passing offenses in the league with quarterback Matt Ryan and wide receiver Julio Jones. These two teams will fight to represent the NFC in the Super Bowl, so expect this to be a slugfest. The Cowboys led by two rookies versus the veterans Matt Ryan and Julio Jones.

Why the Falcons will win:

The Atlanta Falcons have one of the best passing offenses in the league. They not only have one of the best wideouts in Julio Jones, but they also have speedster Taylor Gabriel and Mohamed Sanu. Also, they have Devonta Freeman and Tevin Coleman at running back, so expect a mix of passing and rushing. The Cowboys defense has been great against running backs but have trouble against the pass. The Falcons are one of the best passing teams in the NFL, so expect them to exploit Dallas' pass defense. The Cowboys should also look out for Vic Beasley in this game as he is one of the league's best tackler.

Why the Cowboys will win:

Ezekiel Elliot was the NFL's leading rusher this year as a rookie. He shocked the NFL with his impressive runs. The Atlanta Falcons have an average run defense, so expect the Cowboys to be running more than passing. The Cowboys arguably have one of the best O-Lines in the league, expect a good game from Zeke. Expect Dez Bryant and Jason Witten to produce in this game also. The line will give Dak Prescott enough time to make the right plays and read the defenses to know what to do.

Who I think will win:

This will be another close championship game as I expect the Dallas Cowboys to squeak by the Atlanta Falcons. The Cowboys O-Line and rushing game will be too much for the Falcons and I believe that the Cowboys will hold the other Falcons weapons in check, but expect another huge game from Julio Jones.

Score: Dallas 24 Atlanta 21

There are my predictions for the conference championship round. The last three years, both number one seeds have made it to the Super Bowl and I expect the same to happen this year. I will be doing the Super Bowl predictions next week and then going back to basketball articles for All Star Weekend!

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I'd Rather Be Single Than Settle – Here Is Why Being Picky Is Okay

They're on their best behavior when you're dating.

Dating nowadays described in one word: annoying.

What's even more annoying? when people tell you that you're being too "picky" when it comes to dating. Yes, from an outside perspective sometimes that's exactly what it looks like; however, when looking at it from my perspective it all makes sense.

I've heard it all:

"He was cute, why didn't you like him?"

"You didn't even give him a chance!"

"You pay too much attention to the little things!"

What people don't understand is that it's OKAY to be picky when it comes to guys. For some reason, girls in college freak out and think they're supposed to have a boyfriend by now, be engaged by the time they graduate, etc. It's all a little ridiculous.

However, I refuse to put myself on a time table such as this due to the fact that these girls who feel this way are left with no choice but to overlook the things in guys that they shouldn't be overlooking, they're settling and this is something that I refuse to do.

So this leaves the big question: What am I waiting for?

Well, I'm waiting for a guy who...

1. Wants to know my friends.

Blessed doesn't even begin to describe how lucky I am to have the friends that I do.

I want a guy who can hang out with my friends. If a guy makes an effort to impress your friends then that says a lot about him and how he feels about you. This not only shows that he cares about you but he cares about the people in your life as well.

Someone should be happy to see you happy and your friends contribute to that happiness, therefore, they should be nothing more than supportive and caring towards you and your friendships.

2. Actually, cares to get to know me.

Although this is a very broad statement, this is the most important one. A guy should want to know all about you. He should want to know your favorite movie, favorite ice cream flavor, favorite Netflix series, etc. Often, (the guys I get stuck on dates with) love to talk about themselves: they would rather tell you about what workout they did yesterday, what their job is, and what they like to do rather than get to know you.

This is something easy to spot on the first date, so although they may be "cute," you should probably drop them if you leave your date and can recite everything about their life since the day they were born, yet they didn't catch what your last name was.

3. How they talk about other women.

It does not matter who they're talking about, if they call their ex-girlfriend crazy we all know she probably isn't and if she is it's probably their fault.

If they talk bad about their mom, let's be honest, if they're disrespecting their mother they're not going to respect you either. If they mention a girl's physical appearances when describing them. For example, "yeah, I think our waitress is that blonde chick with the big boobs"

Well if that doesn't hint they're a complete f* boy then I don't know what else to tell you. And most importantly calling other women "bitches" that's just disrespectful.

Needless to say, if his conversations are similar to ones you'd hear in a frat house, ditch him.

4. Phone etiquette.

If he can't put his phone down long enough to take you to dinner then he doesn't deserve for you to be sitting across from him.

If a guy is serious about you he's going to give you his undivided attention and he's going to do whatever it takes to impress you and checking Snapchat on a date is not impressive. Also, notice if his phone is facedown, then there's most likely a reason for it.

He doesn't trust who or what could pop up on there and he clearly doesn't want you seeing. Although I'm not particularly interested in what's popping up on their phones, putting them face down says more about the guy than you think it does.

To reiterate, it's okay to be picky ladies, you're young, there's no rush.

Remember these tips next time you're on a date or seeing someone, and keep in mind: they're on their best behavior when you're dating. Then ask yourself, what will they be like when they're comfortable? Years down the road? Is this what I really want? If you ask yourself these questions you might be down the same road I have stumbled upon, being too picky.. and that's better than settling.

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Andy Ruiz Jr. May Not Look Like The Typical Boxer, But It Doesn't Make His Victory Any Less Deserved

Andy Ruiz Jr. just proved that dreams can come true.


On June 1, boxing fans witnessed something special as Andy 'Destroyer' Ruiz Jr. defeated Anthony Joshua via TKO after going seven rounds in the ring at Madison Square Garden in New York City to become the first ever Mexican-American heavyweight champion of the world. Ruiz Jr. (33-1) was a heavy underdog (+1100) heading into the match-up with Joshua (22-1) but ultimately flipped the script to hand the British fighter his first professional loss ever. Surely the fight will go down as one of the greatest moments in sports history.

Some members of the media and fans have been quick to label the fight as a 'fluke' and 'rigged' which in the end is no surprise to me. That always happens in the sports world. Many did not believe we would get this result yet failed to remember the one rule of sports -- expect the unexpected. Over the past week, I've been coming to the defense of Ruiz Jr. in the wake of others choosing to call him a joke.

I was shocked and surprised to hear two of my favorite sports analysts, Stephen A. Smith and Shannon Sharpe, make fun of Ruiz Jr. and frame him as just a guy that looked like 'Butterbean.' When I viewed their tweets on social media it honestly made me upset. Sure, Ruiz Jr. may not have fit the mold of what a professional boxer should look like, but they simply should not have just judged a book by its cover.

Personally, I thought it was disrespectful for Smith and Sharpe to throw shade at Ruiz Jr. in the way they did. I felt like they should have done a better job of acknowledging the winner considering the result of the match. Yet choosing to bash someone because of their physical composition appeared like a low blow. The very foundation of sports allows people of all shapes, sizes, genders, races, and backgrounds to compete -- that's why most people follow them in the first place.

Smith was open behind his reasoning for his tweets in which I'd like to shed some light on. Smith was upset about how boxing time after time contains elements of corruption with fans having to wait years until promoters schedule big fights. He along with other followers of the sport were looking forward to the highly anticipated yet potential future match-up between Joshua and fellow heavyweight Deontay Wilder. Smith believes that by Ruiz Jr. beating Joshua it essentially diminished the chances of that fight ever happening with the same amount of buildup, but that still doesn't provide any excuse for mocking the new heavyweight champ.

Ruiz Jr. was there for a reason and ultimately seized the opportunity that was right in front of him -- that's not his fault for getting the job done. Just because someone doesn't look like the part doesn't mean they don't possess the same qualities and characteristics as their counterparts. The following pair of videos display the amount of talent Ruiz Jr. does have in the ring. Even fellow boxer Canelo Alvarez and former UFC lightweight/featherweight champion Conor McGregor acknowledge that and have come out to say something on their behalf.

Unfortunately, I don't expect much to change because most will stand their ground and continue to behave the same way. All I'm saying is I did not enjoy some of the top figures within sports media stereotyping Ruiz Jr. based on his looks. I would think that we would be better than that and recognize that anyone can accomplish something great in this world. It all just starts with a simple dream.

I understand and respect other people's takes on this subject, maybe I'm looking into things deeper than what they are, but it struck a chord with me and I felt the need to say something about it.

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