After a crazy and exciting Wild Card round of the NFL Playoffs, there are just eight teams remaining in the postseason. This weekend will have four games in the divisional round, and there are sure to be some great games that take place.
Weather will start to play a factor in some of these games as the playoffs move along, and that could affect some of the outcomes. The top seed in each conference will get their first playoff experience this weekend when hosting a pair of surprise winners.
Just like every other week in the NFL, there is a great chance to win some money by betting on the games. Here is a quick overview of all four games set to take place, with a betting preview and prediction for each game.
The Los Angeles Rams went into Seattle and stunned the Seahawks on Saturday afternoon, and now they are looking for their second straight-up win. The Rams will be in Green Bay this weekend to take on the top seed in the NFC, the Packers.
Los Angeles was not expecting quarterback Jared Goff to play in the Wild Card game, but an injury to John Wolford forced him into action. Goff was sharp, but it was the Rams' running and defense that really carried the team.
Rookie running back Cam Akers has been on a roll of late, rushing for 131 yards and one touchdown against the Seahawks. The defense was dominant again, but an injury to Aaron Donald could play a huge role in this one.
The Packers led the league with 31.8 points per game during the regular season, and quarterback Aaron Rodgers is likely the league MVP. Rodgers threw for 4,299 yards this season, and Davante Adams hauled in 18 touchdown receptions.
Green Bay has struggled at times against the run, but playing at home will give it a huge advantage. The Rams simply don't have enough offense to keep up in this matchup.
Take the Green Bay Packers -7.0 over the Los Angeles Rams.
The Baltimore Ravens and Buffalo Bills will meet up on Saturday in an AFC divisional round playoff game. Both teams picked up victories on Wild Card weekend, and both teams had to battle to get that done.
Baltimore was able to earn a 20-13 win over the Tennessee Titans, and its defense was dominant in the game. The Ravens are the best rushing team in the NFL, and their running game will be a true test for the Bills in this one.
Buffalo defeated the Indianapolis Colts by a score of 27-24, and it was the offense that led the way in that game. The Bills have one of the best offenses in the NFL, but their defense is capable of making big plays as well.
This should be one of the best games of the entire weekend as each team will look to impose their will. Baltimore will try to chew up the clock with its rushing attack, while Buffalo will look to speed things up on offense.
The Bills have just been too good this season to ignore, and playing at home will give them an edge. Bet the Buffalo Bills -2.5 over the Baltimore Ravens in a great AFC playoff game.
It will be the top-seeded Kansas City Chiefs hosting the Cleveland Browns in an AFC game on Sunday. Cleveland pulled off a stunning upset in the Wild Card round, and it must now do it again against Kansas City if it plans to move on.
Cleveland scored 28 points in the first quarter on Sunday night en route to a monster upset win over the Pittsburgh Steelers. The Browns have been on a roll of late, and they will be playing with "house money" in this game.
The Browns can really run the football, and the duo of Nick Chubb and Kareem Hunt could give the Chiefs some problems. If Cleveland is able to keep the Chiefs offense off the field, it has a chance.
Kansas City will begin its run to try and repeat as Super Bowl champion this season. The Chiefs went 14-2 during the regular season, and they faced few real challenges along the way.
The Chiefs are still one of the most explosive offenses in the NFL, and their passing attack will put pressure on the Browns secondary. Playing at home will also provide a huge boost to the Chiefs in this game.
Cleveland has been a great story this season, but its playoff run ends in this game. Bet the Kansas City Chiefs (-10.0) as they roll over the Cleveland Browns.
The most anticipated game of the weekend will take place in New Orleans when the Saints host the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. This game will feature a pair of NFC South Division rivals, but it will also feature two of the best quarterbacks of all-time.
Tom Brady and Drew Brees have never faced each other in the postseason, and it's only fitting that it happens in what could be the final season for Brees. New Orleans swept the two regular-season matchups from Tampa Bay, and it did so in convincing fashion in the second game.
Tampa Bay picked up a win over the Washington Football Team on Saturday night, but it wasn't as easy as it should have been. Brady was sharp in leading one of the top offenses in the league, but the defense continues to struggle.
New Orleans earned a 21-9 win over the Chicago Bears, and its defense was dominant in that game. The Saints struggled to move the ball on offense, but wide receiver Michael Thomas returned to the lineup and had a touchdown.
This game should be extremely close, but it's just too hard to bet against Brady in the playoffs. Take the three points and bet on the Bucs to keep it close or upset the New Orleans Saints.
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