December 6, 2023

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What To Expect From The NFL Playoffs

With the Super Bowl just around the corner we thought we’d take a look at what you can expect from the upcoming NFL playoff games.

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Cincinnati Bengals at Tennessee Titans

The Cincinnati Bengals will be taking on the Tennessee Titans in the Divisional Round of the playoffs. This AFC matchup features two surprisingly good teams this year. The Bengals finally broke a 31-year playoff drought with Joe Burrow and Ja’Marr Chase leading the way against the Las Vegas Raiders the other week.

As for the Titans, they were the number one seed and had a bye week despite losing Derrick Henry halfway through the season. Henry could be making an emphatic return to action in this contest; that will make for a very exciting game between two offense oriented teams. The Bengals have a chance to keep their playoff run going, turning this into one of the most improbable runs in NFL history. The Titans on the other hand hope to shut them down and advance themselves behind Henry’s return.

Our pick: Bengals

Buffalo Bills at Kansas City Chiefs

Both of these teams just completely obliterated their competition in the NFL Wild Card Round last week. The Buffalo Bills broke a record while stomping the New England Patriots. They had the ball seven times in this game; all of them ended in touchdowns.

They didn’t punt, kick a field goal or turn it over a single time. In addition to that, Josh Allen had more passing touchdowns than he did incompletions. Then over for the Kansas City Chiefs, they saw Patrick Mahomes throw for over 400 yards and five touchdowns in a shellacking of the Pittsburgh Steelers. We have seen these two squads face off earlier this season and in the AFC Championship game last year, the Chiefs won the latter but Buffalo won this season.

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Our pick: Chiefs

San Francisco 49ers at Green Bay Packers

Somehow, the San Francisco 49ers have made it this far and even eliminated a strong Dallas Cowboys team. Jimmy Garoppolo is admittedly not playing that well, but luckily, they have so many weapons that they are finding ways to win games.

Garoppolo does have to be better here though as Nick Bosa could potentially be held out of this contest, leaving Aaron Rodgers a lot of time back in that pocket. If Rodgers gets going early, then he and Davante Adams could force the 49ers into a shootout that they haven’t been good in. It’s definitely a game that could end up being the most exciting of the week.

Our pick: Packers

Los Angeles Rams at Tampa Bay Buccaneers

The Los Angeles Rams saw off the Arizona Cardinals in the Wild Card Round. Matthew Stafford won his first playoff game ever after all these years and got some tremendous help from Cooper Kupp and the much maligned Odell Beckham to make it happen. Cam Akers also looked really good after recently coming back from a serious leg injury.

As for their defense, Aaron Donald, Jalen Ramsey and Von Miller are just too much to handle sometimes for opposing teams. They have their hands full in this one though as Tom Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers host this matchup.

It’s never easy to eliminate Brady from the postseason, especially when he has so many incredible talents around him. This exact same team also won the Super Bowl last year. That said, the Rams beat them earlier this season so it is far from a forgone conclusion.

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Our pick: Tampa Bay Buccs