Who to Root for in the NFL Playoffs

Who to Root for in the NFL Playoffs

Teddy Marantz, Sports Editor

With the NFL season having come to an end yesterday, many fans whose favorite team didn’t make the playoffs will take to picking a team that made the playoffs and rooting for them throughout the tournament.

Being a Jet fan, I had to suffer through a disappointing end to the season. Now that Gang Green is out, it was time to consider who I would root for in the playoffs. I immediately eliminated every AFC team, because I strongly dislike all of them. I then looked to the NFC. Many, including myself, looked for an underdog. It came down to the NFC East division winning Washington Redskins. I’ve always liked Redskins QB Kirk Cousins and I think they could surprise some people.

Senior Kevin Fuller (Giants fan) is cheering for the Green Bay Packers. Fuller feels the Packers, who went to the NFC championship last year and lost to the Seattle Seahawks, have a team capable of going the distance. Despite an off year for Packers QB Aaron Rodgers, Fuller believes that he is set to explode in the playoffs.

Junior Randy Malak (Saints fan) will be cheering for the Pittsburgh Steelers, who just got the second AFC wildcard spot thanks to a Bills win over the Jets. Malak loves watching the Steelers’ “explosive offense,” and thinks WR Antonio Brown will have a playoff for the ages.

Scott Ericson, a sports writer for the Stamford Advocate, is a big Patriots fan. However, if the Patriots were to be eliminated, Ericson would cheer for the Arizona Cardinals. Ericson said, “I’d love to see Carson Palmer and Larry Fitzgerald win it all. The Cardinals are also the team, other than the Patriots, I’ve enjoyed watching the most this season. Their defense is relentless.” Sports writer for the Round Table and Patriot fan Jonathan Saint agreed, adding in,”They have an exciting style of play, they throw it deep a lot and hit hard on defense.”

Regardless of who you’re rooting for in the playoffs, all can agree this year’s tournament is shaping up to be a good one. The first game is tonight at 4:30 between the Kansas City Chiefs and the Houston Texans.