Three-time Super Bowl champion Richard Seymour has been laying it all out on the green poker felt these days, but we caught up with him in the Bahamas to talk about the NFL Playoffs. Seymour – who spent the majority of his career with the New England Patriots – clearly still has faith in Tom Brady and his former squad, predicting that they’ll face the Atlanta Falcons in Super Bowl LI.
The Divisional Round starts on Saturday with Seattle Seahawks taking on the Atlanta Falcons in the NFC, and Seymour had the kindest of words for Matt Ryan.
“He’s my MVP for this season,” Seymour said about the leader of the Atlanta offense.
“The Seahawks won the first game, but I’m going with the Falcons at home for this one,” Seymour said, as the Seahawks beat the Falcons 26-24 in Week 6, thanks to a 4th quarter Seahawks comeback.
The team with which Seymour won his three Super Bowl rings play the late Saturday game, as the Patriots face the Texans at Foxboro Stadium.
“The Texans have a good defense, but I don’t think they can outscore Brady and the crew.”
Last year Seymour celebrated a big family holiday in the Bahamas with good friend Vince Wilfork and his family. This year, Wilfork still has an outside shot at another Super Bowl ring, but Seymour thinks it’s not in the cards.
“Unfortunately, this will be Vince’s last week, and otherwise he would’ve been here detoxing,” Seymour laughed, “I’m pulling for him, but I don’t think his offense has enough fire power.”
After a last-minute scheduling change, the early game on Sunday is between the Green Bay Packers and Dallas Cowboys. Seymour is very excited about this match up.
“Dallas always puts on a show, and ‘Jerry World’ is always a circus,” Seymour said in response to which game he thinks will be the most exciting this weekend.
“Aaron Rodgers is super hot, and if I had to pick two quarterbacks for one game, it would be Rodgers and Brady. The guy’s amazing, but I don’t like their defense that much. Dallas is probably a little too physical for them, so I’ll take them at home, but just slightly. Aaron Rodgers is the wild card, and if he’s on with Jordy and the boys,” Seymour said with a smile, but after a large pause he added, “I’m going Dallas, but that’s a coin flip right there.”
This weekend’s action wraps up on Sunday night with the Pittsburgh Steelers visiting the Kansas City Chiefs at Arrowhead.
“Kansas City is my sleeper Super Bowl pick, but I’m not sure if they can score enough against Pittsburgh. KC’s a tough place to play, but I still probably say that Pittsburgh has a 3-point edge. However, with KC coming off a bye,” Seymour said before pausing, and adding, “You know what, I can’t move off of my Super Bowl pick. I’m going with KC.”
If we’re going with Seymour’s picks, next week’s Conference Championships will look like this:
– Atlanta Falcons at Dallas Cowboys
– Kansas City Chiefs at New England Patriots
“I’m going with New England out of the AFC, and NFC I’m going Atlanta. I think Atlanta can outscore Dallas even though they play ball control, run the rock, physical football,” Seymour said about the Conference Championships, but he was not ready yet to give his Super Bowl predictions.
“I think we’ll have to come back to discuss that,” Seymour laughed.