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NFL Divisional Round Preview

This weekend begins one of my favorite weekends of the year, since I am an avid fan of the NFL. It is the divisional round of the playoffs, so there will be 4 high quality matchups on Saturday and Sunday, 2 in each the AFC and NFC.  I will preview the matchups in game time order and my score predictions here today.

Cincinnati Bengals (+3.5) at the Tennessee Titans - Saturday at 330pm: Joe Burrow and the Bengals go to visit Nashville versus the #1 seed Titans. The Bengals's offensive, led by Burrows and Ja'marr Chase, has been red hot and aggressive, while Tennessee got a bye week off after being the #1 seed in the AFC. That time off was critical for Derrick Henry to have time tocome back from his knee injury, which will be critical to the Titans' success. Ultimately I think it will be him and QB Ryan Tannehill who make the difference in the game, and the Titans win in a tight one. Titans 30 Bengals 28

San Francisco 49ers (+5.5) at Green Bay Packers - Saturday at 7pm: The 49ers are red hot, coming off a big win versus the Cowboys in the first round. They are an underdog darling who has sa dominant running attack and can burn the clock, a good formula in the playoffs, On the other side, however, is Aaron Rodgers and the consistent Packers, who also had an off week. Oh, and it will likely be near zero degrees at game time. It is a very tall task to go into Lambeau Field and beat the Packers in January - the 49ers have the team to do it, ultimately though Rodgers will prevail in another close one. Packers 24 49ers 21

Los Angeles Rams (+2.5) at Tampa Bay Buccaneers - Sunday at 2pm: The LA Rams impressed in their first round win versus the Cardinals, but so did the Bucs in their win against the Eagles. These are 2 great offenses clashing and essentially the matchup will come down to which quarterback does more for their team and commits less mistakes. My money is personally on Tom Brady, who has been doing this for 20 years, winning many playoff games and 7 titles. He simply delivers in these games. Matt Stafford of the Rams has never quite proven that he can win the big one. The Rams will hang tough, in the end the Bucs will win quite easily in a score that will seem closer than the game actually was. Bucs 30 Rams 23

Buffalo Bills (+1.5) at Kansas City Chiefs - Sunday at 540pm: This is the game of the week in my opinion. Buffalo and their rabid fan base will meet an equally ferocious Kansas City tailgate scene at raucous Arrowhead stadium. These are 2 explosive offensives and both quarterbacks, Josh Allen and Patrick Mahomes, are gun-sligning, explosive players who always make the big play. It's hard to think that there will be either defense containing the other team's offense. As much as I hate to say it as a Chiefs fan, I think that the Bills will end up on top after a wild, back and forth game. Bills win it with a field goal as time expires, 34-31

 

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