Fact: Stevan Ridley will be the leading rusher in the New England Patriots vs. Denver Broncos game.
Why it’s Bold: Denver Broncos running back Knowshon Moreno is coming off of a 1,000-yard season. New England Patriots running back LeGarrette Blount is coming off back to back 160 yards + rushing games.
Why it will happen: Patriots head coach Bill Belichick is the master of deception. He customizes his game plan for each opponent.
Blount has been outstanding but Belichick rotates running backs often. Ridley is a good runner who has something to prove.
Fact: Both the AFC Championship game and NFC Championship game will have a defensive or special teams touchdown.
Why it’s bold: The majority of NFL games don’t have either a defensive or special teams touchdown. The odds of both games with one are very slim.
Why it will happen: Hello, Trindon Holliday! Denver Broncos’ return specialist, Trindon Holliday returned both a punt return and a kickoff for a touchdown in last season’s playoff game against the Baltimore Ravens.
In addition I can see a strip sack touchdown or pick six interception on either Tom Brady or Peyton Manning. Add to that, the fact that Inexperienced quarterbacks Colin Kaepernick and Russell Wilson face off against two stout ball-hawking defenses.
Fact: Colin Kaepernick will have more total yards than the other three quarterbacks this week.
Why it’s bold: Kaepernick is facing the No. 1 passing defense, who allows on average 172 passing yards a game. This season Manning broke NFL all-time records in passing yards and touchdowns in one season. Manning finished this season with 2,280 more passing yards than Kaepernick!
Why it will happen: Kaepernick in his five playoff games has eclipsed 300 total yards in three of those games. Wide receivers Anquan Boldin, Michael Crabtree and tight end Vernon Davis are playing at a high level right now. Each receiver could reach 100+ receiving yards against Seattle. Kaepernick could also chip in 50-100 additional rushing yards over Brady and Manning.