NFL DIVISIONAL ROUND PLAYOFF PREDICTIONS
Jaguars @ Chiefs
While Trevor Lawrence was successful in dramatic fashion in the first playoff game in his career, it’s highly unlikely creating such theatrics against the Chiefs will work as Kansas City is strong on both sides of the ball. Both teams are red hot coming into GEHA stadium as they are both on five game win streaks so it will be a matter of who can continue that momentum more and it could also be a matter of how well Jacksonville quarterback Trevor Lawrence adjusts to the frigid conditions at Arrowhead Stadium. Our Pick: Chiefs
Bills @ Bengals
While the last time these two faced off against each other it ended in unfortunate fashion it could be safely assumed that both of these teams are going to be eager to prove they could potentially have won that one if it had played out. Cincinnati may be playing with a sour taste in their mouth as they were not initially happy about the way the last Bills-Bengals game was handled so now could be their time to get revenge. If they are going to prove to everybody the NFL was wrong for doing that they will have their hands full on both sides of the ball as they will need to slow down both Josh Allen and keep wide receiver Stefon Diggs at bay. Our Pick: Bills
49ers @ Bucs/Cowboys
If the game is 49ers Bucs, Tom Brady may feel a little extra inspiration as this game could be a final one as a Buc should they lose and he would also be going against a team that he dreamed playing for as a kid. However, he would contend with a San Fransisco defense which has a very high shutdown percentage in the red zone so getting those last 20 yards on as many plays as possible could be the determining factor on whether or not Brady goes to another NFC championship.Our Pick: 49ers
If it’s 49ers Cowboys, their secondary will continue to be tested as they currently have two cornerbacks out on injured reserve in Jourdan Lewis and Anthony Brown.
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2021/22 Divisional Round Predictions
Cincinnati Bengals @ Tennessee Titans
The Cincinnati Bengals won their first playoff game since 1990 when they beat the Las Vegas Raiders in last week’s wild card game. Now, the Bengals travel to No. 1 seed Tennessee. The Titans are the one team that has gotten overlooked. No one really thinks they will be playing for a Super Bowl title in a few weeks.
The Titans will get RB Derrick Henry back after he missed the final nine games of the season due to a foot injury. Henry was leading the league in rushing at the time and had been the NFL’s leading rusher in each of the previous two seasons. Tennessee still finished fifth the NFL in rushing offense averaging over 141 yards per game.
Cincinnati is 0-7 all-time in road playoff games. The Titans haven’t won a home playoff game since 2003, but don’t forget they have one of the better defenses in the league. Tennessee was fifth against the run and finished eighth in scoring defense this season. At home, the Titans win and advance… TENNESSEE 24, CINCINNATI 20
San Francisco 49ers @ Green Bay Packers
Aaron Rodgers has played three playoff games against San Francisco in his career. He has lost them all. Rodgers would like nothing more than to beat his hometown (he grew up in the Bay area) team. He is enjoying another MVP-type season and led the Packers to five straight wins before a meaningless loss to Detroit in the regular season finale.
The Niners are very good defensively, but they could be without their best pass rusher Nick Bosa. He suffered a concussion in last week’s upset win over Dallas in the wild card round. Linebacker and leading tackler Fred Warner injured an ankle against the Cowboys and, like Bosa, is listed as questionable this week.
Green Bay is favored by six points and the temperature is expected to be in the teens at kickoff. Remember, Rodgers is 69-37-4 against the spread at home at Lambeau Field (regular season and playoffs) during his career. It’s tough to bet against him… SAN FRANCISCO 27, GREEN BAY 31
Los Angeles Rams @ Tampa Bay Bucs
Matthew Stafford got his first playoff win last week as the Rams beat the Cardinals on Monday night. The Rams offense was outstanding in the first half of the season. Not so much in the second half. Since Week 9, Stafford has thrown 11 interceptions, four of which were returned for touchdowns.
The Bucs got an easy win over Philadelphia in last week’s wild card game. The Tampa Bay offense might be the best in the NFL. Tom Brady led the league in passing yards and passing touchdowns. The Bucs running game was among the top five in the NFL.
It’s worth noting that in late-season games – from November on – Stafford has won just four times. That’s in his entire career. Four times the team he quarterbacked won a game in November or later. Brady, on the other hand, has done very well in late-season games as his seven Super Bowl wins can attest. He’s the reigning champ too and don’t forget the Bucs defense is one of the better units in the league… TAMPA BAY 33, LA RAMS 20