Friday, January 21, 2022

NFL Divisional Round Playoff Predictions


Wild Card Record (4-2)



San Francisco 49ers Vs Green Bay Packers

When these teams faced off back in week 3 of the regular season Aaron Rodgers drove down the field in the fourth quarter with 20 seconds left on the clock to set them up in field goal position and won the game, so this one should be interesting if that’s how it went the last time! The 49ers OWN the Packers in the playoffs, the last 3 times they have played each other the 9ers have walked right into Green Bay and kicked their asses! Since the Packers last Super Bowl a decade ago they’ve actually been a disappointment once they hit the postseason, even when they have home field they have completely shot their wad. So, this whole “Nobody wants to come to Lambeau come playoff time” is mostly a myth made up by some moron who doesn’t watch a lot of football apparently. With that being said, I don’t believe that will be the case this time around. The Packers season has had tons of drama and yet they’re still here, the top team in the playoffs with one of the best quarterbacks in the league. The 49ers are coming into this game beat up on offense and defense, while the Packers are nice and rested from the bye week and that should be an advantage for the Packers in this one. The Packers offense has been on fire all season and not just because of Aaron Rodgers, but Davante Adams is having another great season, along with Aaron Jones in the backfield. The defense can hold it down, but the ground game has been a problem for them at times and this is not the team to have problems with on the run because the 49ers have one of the best ground attacks in the league and it’s not because of a running back, it’s because of Deebo Samuel a wide receiver! Deebo gives the 49ers an added element and is really difficult to contain, which means the Packers defense will have their hands full with him! The 49ers secondary is their weakness and I have a feeling that will be their downfall in this game. Aaron Rodgers is the most accurate quarterback in NFL history and is going to have a field day against the 49ers secondary.  If this turns into a shoot out I don’t believe the 9ers have a chance!

Packers over 49ers 30-20


Los Angeles Rams Vs Tampa Bay Buccaneers

During the regular season the Rams absolutely obliterated the Bucs, but I felt back then that that game in particular could end up being something that the Bucs learn from and are able to make up for it if they face off in the postseason and here we are! The Rams are on fire offensively and really took it to the Cardinals in the Wild Card round and the defense has been back to dominance for the last month. The Bucs just keep it moving even though every week they have a new player added to the injury report, but as long as Tom Brady is still out on the field this team ALWAYS has a shot! It doesn’t really matter who is on the field at receiver Brady seems to make it work and there’s always Gronk! The dude is a beast especially come playoff time and I wouldn’t be shocked if this if the game where he goes off! The Bucs defense is finally healthy and look as good as ever, which is going to be a problem for Matthew Stafford. I think the edge in this matchup is going to be the Bucs defense because if they are able to do what they do and force some turnovers from Stafford (something he is prone to do) then the Rams are going to have a long day because they will be on the sideline watching Brady drive it down the field for scores and then come back out to get beat up by the defense. I expect this to be a close game, but in the end I can’t pick against Tom Brady, who is having one of the best seasons he’s had in his entire career and he’s forty fuckin’ four years old!

Bucs over Rams 28-24



Cincinnati Bengals Vs Tennessee Titans

I feel like most people didn’t expect to see the Titans as the number one seed in the AFC this season, but here they are and they are a really good team. They have had to overcome tons of injuries throughout the season, including to the best running back in the league, Derrick Henry. He should be back for this game and they will need him because the Bengals are on fire right now. The Bengals are coming off of a huge win last week and are really firing on all cylinders on the offensive side of the ball. Joe Burrow and Ja’marr Chase can’t be stopped and seem to get better with each and every game. They do have some issues on their offensive line and that could end up being a problem against the Titans. On the defensive side of the ball the Titans are tops in the league and they have beat some really good teams this year. I think the Titans defense will be the difference maker in this game to help keep the Bengals offense off the field, while the Titans ground and pound and control the clock. I like what the Bengals are doing this season and I think they will be a good team for years to come with Burrow at quarterback, but I don’t think they will be able to get past the Titans this week.

Titans over Bengals 24-14


Buffalo Bills Vs Kansas City Chiefs

I have a feeling this game is going to be the best one in this round! Both of these teams are coming in off of big wins in the Wild Card round with both Josh Allen and Patrick Mahomes throwing 5 touchdowns each in the previous round! I don’t really see a lot of defense in this matchup possibly a turnover or two from the Bills defense which could be the deciding factor in this game, but other than that I’m expecting this to be a back and forth offensive battle between Allen and Mahomes. Neither team has a consistent ground attack, other than when Josh Allen takes off for the Bills and that could be another deciding factor in this game. The Chiefs are not the same team they have been the last two seasons, the offense isn’t as dynamic and they tend to have issues scoring against the good teams and score a lot against the shit teams, and the Bills already beat them earlier this season in Kansas City. I think this is the year that the Bills finally get over the hump and get past the Chiefs who have been a problem for them over the last couple of seasons. It won’t be easy because the Chiefs do have experience in the postseason, but in the end I think the Bills defense will get the best of the Chiefs offense and the Bills offense will take advantage and move onto the AFC Championship game!

Bills over Chiefs 35-28

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