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Here are the Lester’s Legends wide receiver rankings for the divisional round of the NFL Playoffs.
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1. Demaryius Thomas, Denver Broncos
Demaryius Thomas averaged 101.2 yards and 0.7 touchdowns per game in the regular season. Thomas had 48 yards in the first meeting with the Indianapolis Colts. The Colts allowed 1.7 passing touchdowns per game.
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2. Dez Bryant, Dallas Cowboys
Dez Bryant averaged 82.5 yards per game and led the league with 16 touchdowns, including 12 in the final nine games of the regular season. Dez had 48 yards in the playoff win over the Detroit Lions. He faces the Green Bay Packers. The Packers have allowed 1.6 passing touchdowns per game.
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3. Jordy Nelson, Green Bay Packers
Jordy Nelson averaged 94.9 yards and 0.8 touchdowns during the regular season. He faces the Dallas Cowboys. The Boys allowed 251.9 passing yards per game.
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4. Emmanuel Sanders, Denver Broncos
Emmanuel Sanders averaged 87.8 yards and 0.6 touchdowns per game. Sanders had 77 yards in the first game against the Colts.
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5. Randall Cobb, Green Bay Packers
Randall Cobb averaged 80.4 yards and 0.8 touchdowns per game. He’s also a solid play against the Cowboys.
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6. T.Y. Hilton, Indianapolis Colts
T.Y. Hilton averaged 96.1 yards in the first 14 games of the regular season. He had 103 yards in the playoff win over the Cincinnati Bengals. Hilton had 41 yards in the regular season meeting with the Denver Broncos.
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7. Julian Edelman, New England Patriots

Julian Edelman averaged 69.4 yards and 0.3 touchdowns per game, but I suspect Tom Brady will lean heavily on Edelman against the Baltimore Ravens. He averaged 114.5 yards and a touchdown in the final two games of the regular season.
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8. Brandon LaFell, New England Patriots
Brandon LaFell averaged 69.8 yards and 0.5 touchdowns in the final 13 games of the regular season.
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9. Torrey Smith, Baltimore Ravens
Torrey Smith averaged just 47.9 yards per game, but scored 11 touchdowns on the year. He continued his scoring spree in the playoff win over the Pittsburgh Steelers with 28 yards and a touchdown. He faces the New England Patriots. The Pats allowed 1.5 passing touchdowns per game.
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10. Kelvin Benjamin, Carolina Panthers
Kelvin Benjamin averaged 63 yards and 0.6 yards per game during the regular season. He had 33 yards in the playoff win over the Arizona Cardinals. Benjamin has a tough matchup against the Seattle Seahawks and the Legion of Boom.
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11. Steve Smith, Baltimore Ravens
Steve Smith averaged 66.6 yards and 0.4 touchdowns per game. He stepped it up in the win over the Steelers with 101 yards. He try to stay hot against New England, but he could be seeing plenty of Darrelle Revis.
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12. Terrance Williams , Dallas Cowboys
Terrance Williams had 92 yards and a pair of touchdowns against the Lions. I’m expecting a quieter day against the Packers.
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13. Doug Baldwin, Seattle Seahawks
Doug Baldwin averaged 51.6 yards per game during the regular season. He’s not a strong play against the Carolina Panthers.
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Here are the Lester’s Legends tight end rankings for the Divisional Round of the NFL Playoffs.
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1. Rob Gronkowski, New England Patriots
Rob Gronkowski averaged 74.9 yards and 0.8 touchdowns per game. Gronk should be a difference maker against the Baltimore Ravens. The Ravens allowed 248.7 passing yards per game in the regular season.
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2. Julius Thomas, Denver Broncos
Julius Thomas averaged 37.6 yards and 0.9 touchdowns despite an ankle injury that derailed a monster season. Thomas has not scored a touchdown since November 9th. He had 104 yards and three touchdowns in the first meeting with the Indianapolis Colts.
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3. Greg Olsen, Carolina Panthers
Greg Olsen averaged 63 yards and 0.4 touchdowns per game during the regular season. He had 37 yards in the playoff win over the Arizona Cardinals. Olsen has a tough matchup against the Seattle Seahawks.
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4.Coby Fleener, Indianapolis Colts
Coby Fleener averaged 48.4 yards and 0.5 touchdowns per game, but finished the year averaging 61.4 yards and 0.8 touchdowns in the final five games of the regular season. He was quiet in the playoff win over the Cincinnati Bengals, but should return to form against the Denver Broncos.
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5. Jason Witten, Dallas Cowboys
Jason Witten averaged 43.9 yards and 0.3 touchdowns per game, but averaged 69.3 yards in the final three games of the year. He stayed hot with 63 yards in the playoff win against the Detroit Lions.  Witten faces the Green Bay Packers. The Pack allowed 1.6 passing yards per game.
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6. Owen Daniels, Baltimore Ravens
Owen Daniels averaged 35.1 yards and 0.3 touchdowns per game during the regular season. He had 70 yards in the win over the Pittsburgh Steelers. Daniels faces the New England Patriots. The Pats allowed 1.5 passing touchdowns per game.
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7. Dwayne Allen, Indianapolis Colts
Dwayne Allen averaged 30.4 yards and 0.6 touchdowns per game. He had 30 yards in the playoff win over the Cincinnati Bengals. You’re pretty much hoping for a touchdown if you use Allen. He scored in the first meeting with the Broncos.
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8. Luke Wilson, Seattle Seahawks
Luke Wilson averaged 24.1 yards and 0.2 touchdowns per game. He has a tough draw against the Carolina Panthers.
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9. Andrew Quarless, Green Bay Packers
Andrew Quarless averaged 20.2 yards and 0.2 touchdowns per game. He faces the Dallas Cowboys.
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C.J. Anderson
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Here are the Lester’s Legends running back rankings for the Divisional Round of the NFL Playoffs.
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1. C.J. Anderson, Denver Broncos
C.J. Anderson averaged 132.1 and 1.3 touchdowns in the final eight games of the regular season. He should stay hot against the Indianapolis Colts. The Colts allowed 113.4 yards and 0.9 touchdowns per game.
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2. DeMarco Murray, Dallas Cowboys
DeMarco Murray averaged 141.3 total yards and 0.8 touchdowns per game during the regular season. He had 97 total yards and a touchdown in the playoff win over the Detroit Lions. Murray faces the Green Bay Packers. The Pack allowed 119.9 rushing yards per game.
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3. Marshawn Lynch, Seattle Seahawks
Marshawn Lynch averaged 104.6 total yards and 1.1 touchdowns per game. He faces a tough Carolina Panthers defense, but they did allow 112 yards and 0.9 touchdowns per game during the regular season.
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4. Eddie Lacy, Green Bay Packers
Eddie Lacy averaged 97.9 total yards and 0.8 touchdowns per game. He faces the Dallas Cowboys. Only the Atlanta Falcons (21) allowed more rushing touchdowns than the 18 that Dallas allowed.
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5. Justin Forsett, Baltimore Ravens
Justin Forsett averaged 95.6 total yards and 0.5 touchdowns per game during the regular season. He faces the New England Patriots. The Pats allowed 104.3 rushing yards per game.
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6. Jonathan Stewart, Carolina Panthers
Jonathan Stewart averaged 76.2 total yards and 0.3 touchdowns per game during the regular season, including 108.8 total yards and 0.4 touchdowns in his final five games. J-Stew ran for 123 yards and a touchdown in the playoff win over the Arizona Cardinals. He’s red hot, but faces a tough Seattle Seahawks team.
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7. Daniel Herron, Indianapolis Colts
Daniel Herron averaged 73.5 total yards in the final six games of the year. He had 125 total yards and a touchdown in the playoff win over the Cincinnati Bengals. He’ll see plenty of touches against the Denver Broncos.
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8. LeGarrette Blount, New England Patriots
LeGarrette Blount averaged 59.8 total yards and 0.6 touchdowns after returning to the the New England Patriots. He takes on the Baltimore Ravens. The Pats should try to use the power running game against Baltimore’s tough run defense.
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9. Shane Vereen, New England Patriots
Shane Vereen averaged 52.4 total yards and 0.3 touchdowns per game. The Patriots should also lean heavily on Vereen in the passing game against the Ravens.
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Stephen Gostkowski Throwback
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Here are the Lester’s Legends kicker rankings for the Divisional Round of the NFL Playoffs.
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1. Stephen Gostkowski, New England Patriots
2. Steven Hauschka, Seattle Seahawks
3. Adam Viniateri, Indianapolis Colts
4. Dan Bailey, Dallas Cowboys
5. Connor Barth, Denver Broncos
6. Mason Crosby, Green Bay Packers
7. Justin Tucker, Baltimore Ravens
8. Graham Gano, Carolina Panthers
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Richard Sherman
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Here are the Lester’s Legends team defense rankings for the Divisional Round of the NFL Playoffs.
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1. Seattle Seahawks
2. Carolina Panthers
3. New England Patriots
4. Baltimore Ravens
5. Denver Broncos
6. Green  Bay Packers
7. Indianapolis Colts
8. Dallas Cowboys
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Here are the Lester’s Legends quarterback rankings for the Divisional Round of the NFL Playoffs.
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1. Andrew Luck, Indianapolis Colts
Andrew Luck averaged 297.6 yards and 2.5 touchdowns per game during the regular season. His 40 touchdown passes led the league. Luck added 17.1 rushing yards per game. He threw for 376 yards and a touchdown in the win over the Cincinnati Bengals. Luck threw for 370 yards and a pair of touchdowns while adding another on the ground in the first meeting with the Denver Broncos.
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2. Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay Packers
Aaron Rodgers averaged 273.8 yards and 2.4 touchdown passes. He ran for 269 yards and a pair of touchdowns, but Rodgers’ mobility will likely be limited with a calf injury. Rodgers should still be able to pick apart the Dallas Cowboys. The Cowboys allowed 251.9 passing yards per game.
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3. Tom Brady, New England Patriots
Tom Brady averaged 268.6 yards and 2.2 touchdowns in the first 15 games of the regular season before the New England Patriots took it easy in the season finale. Brady has 43 touchdown passes in 26 career playoff games, but he has a tough matchup with the Baltimore Ravens. Baltimore did allow 248.7 passing yards per game.
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4. Tony Romo, Dallas Cowboys
Tony Romo averaged 247 yards and 2.3 touchdowns per game and closed the season with 12 touchdowns and one interception in his final four games. He stayed hot by throwing for 293 yards and a pair of touchdowns in the win over the Detroit Lions. He’ll try to keep rolling against the Green Bay Packers. The Pack allowed 1.6 passing touchdowns per game on the year.
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5. Peyton Manning, Denver Broncos
Peyton Manning averaged 295.4 yards and 2.4 touchdown passes. He threw for 269 yards and three touchdowns in the first meeting with the Indianapolis Colts. Peyton closed the year averaging 233.8 yards and a touchdown in the final five games of the year.
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6. Joe Flacco, Baltimore Ravens
Joe Flacco averaged 249.1 yards and 1.7 touchdowns per game during the regular season. He has 20 touchdowns to two interceptions in his past four postseasons. Flacco averaged 273 yards and 2.5 touchdowns in the past two playoff meetings with the New England Patriots.
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7. Russell Wilson, Seattle Seahawks
Russell Wilson averaged 217.2 passing yards, 1.3 touchdown passes, 53.1 rushing yards and 0.4 rushing yards. He has a tough draw against the red hot Carolina Panthers defense that held the Arizona Cardinals to 78 total yards.
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8. Cam Newton, Carolina Panthers
Cam Newton averaged 223.4 passing yards, 1.3 passing touchdowns, 38.5 rushing yards and 0.4 rushing touchdowns per game during the regular season. He threw for 198 yards and a pair of touchdowns while adding 35 yards in the running game in the playoff win over the Arizona Cardinals. Newton faces the Seattle Seahawks. Seattle allowed just 185.6 passing yards per game.
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Wild Card Round Results:  3-1
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Regular Season Lock Picks: 20-12 (.625)
Regular Season Total:  154-85-1 (.644)
Playoffs Picks:  3-1 (.750)
Overall Total:  157-86-1 (.645)
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NFL Divisional Round Picks:
New England Patriots over Baltimore Ravens
Seattle Seahawks over Carolina Panthers
Denver Broncos over Indianapolis Colts
Green Bay Packers over Dallas Cowboys
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