NFL Divisional Round Predictions

Updated: Jan 17, 2021


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After Super Wild Card Weekend, eight teams are left standing in the Divisional Round, facing off to earn a trip to the Conference Championship this weekend. Many people will tune into the games to see who will get even closer to the Super Bowl. I for one already know the results and will tell you what will happen in each game this weekend.

 

Rams at Packers - Saturday at 4:35 PM (FOX)


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Prediction: Packers over Rams

The Rams are coming off a 30-20 win over the Seahawks last week and look to carry their momentum into Green Bay. Green Bay is the number one scoring offense in the league, led by superstars Aaron Rodgers and Davante Adams, along with dynamic running back Aaron Jones. But the Packers are going to have their hands full with the Rams number one defense. This defense has many talented players highlighted by elite talents Aaron Donald and Jalen Ramsey. This game will be tough because the Rams can matchup Jalen Ramsey on Davante Adams. Also with Aaron Donald in the middle, Rodgers could be under duress for the majority of the game. But these two stars are not the only players to worry about. Linebacker Leonard Floyd is a guy who can get pressure off the edge. He had 10.5 sacks alongside Donald’s 12.5. These two can open up opportunities for the other rushers and put Aaron Rodgers under duress. In the secondary Ramsey has a running mate in Darius Williams at corner, not to mention another solid veteran at corner in Troy Hill. They should help cover some of the other Green Bay receivers as well. That being said I am still picking the Packers to win. I believe the score will be around 21-10. The Rams will start Jared Goff this week who has a broken thumb. He only completed 47 percent of his throws for 155 yards last week. He is not fully healthy and I expect him to struggle once again. This means that there may be some turnovers and 3 and outs giving Green Bay some good field position. I expect the Packers to also have a tough time scoring through three quarters. But in the fourth quarter I believe they will break through and pull out an ugly win against the Rams.


 

Ravens at Bills - Saturday 8:15 PM (NBC)


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Prediction: Bills over Ravens

The battle of 2018 draft QBs between Josh Allen and Lamar Jackson goes down in Buffalo on Saturday night with a trip to the AFC Championship on the line. Both players had questions as to whether or not they would ever be accurate enough to play the QB position at a high level. Both players have proven their doubters wrong by their spectacular play and leading their teams to the playoffs each of the last two seasons. Buffalo comes in hot averaging 31 points per game for the year. A big reason why is the play of Josh Allen. Allen has thrown for over 4,000 yards and 37 touchdowns. He also completed 69 percent of his passes as well. While Allen has played at an MVP level, he is not the only one the Ravens have to worry about. The Bills traded for Stefon Diggs in the offseason and they have reaped the benefits of the move. Diggs led the league in catches and yards with 127 and 1,535 respectively. The Ravens will have their hands full with him and other receivers like Cole Beasley, John Brown, and Gabriel Davis. The Ravens have excellent corners to combat this with Marlon Humphrey and Marcus Peters. This should make the matchup fun. On the other side the Ravens have been strong. Lamar Jackson is coming off his first playoff win and is leading a red hot team that has won six in a row. The Ravens averaged 194 rushing per game to lead the NFL. The Bills defense gave up 122 rushing yards per game, which ranked 20th in the league. This could be the way the Ravens win the game, running the ball and controlling the clock. But I think the Bills will win in the end. I think the offense is too explosive for the Ravens to keep up with. It will be close but I believe the Bills will move on.


 

Browns at Chiefs - Sunday 3:05 PM (CBS)


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Prediction: Chiefs over Browns

The Browns go to Arrowhead hoping to upset Kansas City. Last week the Browns got five turnovers to help them win their first playoff game since 1994. The Browns look to slow down the Chiefs high powered offense led by Patrick Mahomes. If Cleveland is going to win they need to lean on Nick Chubb and Kareem Hunt. Chubb had over 1,000 rush yards and Hunt had over 800 yards. The Browns will need to lean on these two to limit Mahomes’ opportunities on offense. Another big component is Baker Mayfield. Mayfield will need to continue to protect the football the way he has for the last two months. In that time span Mayfield only has one interception. On defense the Browns will need to limit big plays from Tyreek Hill. Number one corner Denzel Ward is returning this week and should help with that. They also have to stop the intermediate game with tight end Travis Kelce. Kelce is Mahomes security blanket and he works the middle of the field for him. In the end I think the Chiefs win a high scoring close game. I think the Browns can run the ball well but, the Chiefs with Mahomes will score fast and score a lot. In the end it will be competitive and Kansas City will come out on top.


 

Buccaneers at Saints - Sunday at 6:40 PM (FOX)

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Prediction: Saints over Buccaneers

The Bucs look to avenge their two blowout regular season losses to the Saints this week. Tom Brady has been great since the bye week throwing 14 touchdowns and just one pick in the last five games including last week's playoff win. The Saints are a 12-4 team who defeated the Bucs convincingly in the two matchups. In week one the Saints won 34-23, then they won again 38-3 in week nine. The Bucs have a great receiving core but they have a tough secondary to face against the Saints. In the two games Brady threw five interceptions against this defense so they will make it tough. In the end I have the Saints winning. I believe that their defense can stop this Buccaneers team. The Saints offense can also score points as they showed in the previous matchups. In the end I do not think this Saints team is a good matchup for Tampa. I expect another big win for New Orleans.



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