NFL Divisional Round Playoffs Preview


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After some tremendous games and some disappointing games, the NFL Divisional Round is set. On Saturday, January 23rd, the Cincinnati Bengals travel to Tennessee to take on the Titans and the Green Bay Packers host the San Francisco 49ers. The following day, the Kansas City Chiefs take on the Buffalo Bills and the Los Angeles Rams travel to Tampa to take on the Buccaneers. 

Joe Burrow and company are coming in hot after a seven point victory over the Las Vegas Raiders. The Burrow to Ja’Marr Chase connection has been special and unlike we have ever seen for such a young duo. The former LSU tandem have rekindled their spark in the NFL, leading to great heights for both. The Titans are getting their workhorse running back Derrick Henry back from injury and will look to prove themselves as the best team in the AFC following their 1st round bye. 

The 49ers had perhaps the best win this past weekend, upsetting the NFC East champion, the Dallas Cowboys, after time ran out on Dallas following a botched final play. With quarterback Jimmy Garrapolo’s injury status up in the air, the 49ers will look to offensive weapons Deebo Samuel, George Kittle and Brandon Aiyuk to step up. The Packers got the highly coveted one seed in the NFC and will look to keep quarterback Aaron Rodgers happy by winning the team’s fifth Super Bowl in team history. 

Buffalo had a very promising win in the Wildcard Round over the New England Patriots in extremely cold temperatures. Josh Allen looks like one of the best quarterbacks in the league and will look to knock off the Chiefs. Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs stepped it up in the second half against Pittsburgh and took control over the game. This will be a rematch of the AFC Championship Game from last season.  

The Los Angeles Rams easily beat up on the Arizona Cardinals last Monday. After some huge trades and acquisitions in the past year for the Rams, including Matthew Stafford, Von Miller and Odell Beckham Jr, the Rams will look to win the Super Bowl with some of their old and veteran players leading the way. Tom Brady is looking to win his eighth super bowl and second straight with the Buccaneers. Tampa has some key injuries including tackle Tristin Wirfs, running back Leanord Fournette, and center Ryan Jenson, who are all questionable to play Sunday against the Rams. 

With four teams looking to advance, these will be huge games for the remaining teams. From young superstar quarterbacks like Joe Burrow and Patrick Mahomes to the old veterans like Tom Brady and Aaron Rodgers, this playoff round will be extraordinary. Overall, the games in the NFL Playoffs only get more intense as the stakes become greater, so this weekend should be full of amazing games.