Last weekend was fantastic. We hit on 5 out of our 7 total picks to give us a 71% win percentage. It's going to be tough to follow a week that strong, but we have done it before and we will do it again. This weekend is full of great matchups against great teams so truly anything can happen. I’ve got a prediction for every game and I think it's going to be a great weekend ahead of us. Without further ado here are my divisional round picks…
The King is back… And that is news that the Bengals oh so desperately didn't want to hear. With Derrick Henry returning the line has moved half a point from -3 to -3.5. That may not feel or seem like a lot but it truly is. The Bengals are not healthy at their defensive front and that is very scary seeing as Mr. Henry is returning. The Bengals defense alone could be in for some trouble as all of the Titans weapons on offense will be ready to go for this one. Joe Burrow struggles against teams who don't blitz and the Titans are one of those teams. Adding an extra man in coverage has seemingly been detrimental to Joe Burrow. I think that the Bengals put up a decent fight but the Titans take this one and cover the spread.
Pick: Titans -3.5
The 49ers are coming into this divisional round as the largest underdog. But the bullies from northern California are no scrubs that's for sure. San Francisco has seemingly gotten hot at the right moment and are rolling through any and every opponent. The Packers are the leaders in the NFC with good reason. The scary part about the 49ers is their gameplan can travel on the road and be played in any weather. Smashmouth physical football is what they play and in cold Lambeau field conditions that should travel well. Aaron Rodgers is arguably the best QB in the league and should put on a good performance but I think the spread is a little too much here. Could the Packers blow out the Niners? Absolutely yes, but do I think that's going to happen? No. Give me the Niners +6 because I think they keep this one close and maybe win it outright.
Pick: 49ers +6
This should be a great game with two great defenses at work. The Rams have a star studded and built roster for the playoffs while the Buccaneers have the X-factor and that is Tom Brady. It's so hard to bet against the GOAT in the playoffs because he has been so successful throughout the years. The Buccaneers unfortunately are not healthy on the offensive line and that could cause major problems for Brady and company. I have a feeling that the better defense comes out on top in this one and that is the Rams. I like the value of the Rams moneyline at +125.
Pick: Rams ML
Wow did CBS snag another fantastic game this week. This heavy weight matchup should be a great one and almost like a mini super bowl. If anyone tells you they know who is going to win this game they are simply lying to you. This should be a super close matchup with two of the best young QBs in the league going at it. Did Buffalo peak too early though in their matchup against the Patriots? I think so. This Chiefs team has won 10 of their last 11 games and are a serious threat to make the super bowl. I think home field advantage in this one will be vital and the Chiefs have just that. Arrowhead can be one of the loudest stadiums in the game and I expect Chiefs fans to show up strong in this one. I think the Chiefs win this one and cover the spread of -2.
Pick: Chiefs -2