The 2022 NFL Divisional Playoff matchups are set for this weekend, with the first two games scheduled to kick off on Saturday afternoon. Here’s a look at a few upcoming games that will decide which teams will play for the Conference Championships in one week.
Bengals Face Top-Seeded Titans
The Bengals are hoping to repeat what they did last week in beating the Las Vegas Raiders in the Wild Card round. Tennessee finished 8-2 in the last ten games of the regular season but ended it with a 38-13 loss to the Cardinals at home.
Cincinnati QB Joe Burrow ended the regular season by throwing for over 400 yards in the last two games. He had a solid start against the Raiders in their 26-19 win last weekend, throwing for 244 yards and two touchdowns.
Meanwhile, the Titans have reported that RB Derrick Henry has been practicing and should be available in Saturday’s game against the Bengals at home. The NFL’s leading rusher last season hasn’t played since Halloween when he suffered a foot injury against the Colts in Tennessee’s overtime win. With this news, the Bengals will undoubtedly have to change their defensive game plan to limit Henry’s impact.
49ers Hope to Be First to Win at Lambeau
The San Francisco 49ers are traveling to Green Bay on Saturday night for their NFC Divisional Playoff game. No visiting team has won at Lambeau Field this season, and what better time for the Niners to do it than in the playoffs. Green Bay is coming off a first-round bye in these playoffs but lost their final regular-season game against Detroit 37-30, with QB Aaron Rodgers sitting out the second half.
The 49ers are coming off their upset victory against the Cowboys in Dallas last weekend, which was their third straight win. They led 23-7 after three quarters and had to hold off a furious comeback by the Cowboys to secure the victory.
San Francisco has been using a new look in the backfield, as WR Deebo Samuels lined up at running back and had 10 carries for 72 yards against Dallas. The Packers will have to make some adjustments to deal with this new backfield threat.
The Packers should have two of their best defensive players back from injury for this game. Linebacker Za’Darius Smith and cornerback Jaire Alexander should both be in the lineup for this game after being out for most of the season with injuries. Neither has played since September, and both were reported to be practicing in some capacity this week.
Bills Take Leading Defense to KC
The Buffalo Bills will be bringing the league’s top defense into Kansas City to take on the Chiefs in this AFC Divisional Playoff matchup. The Bills completely dismantled the New England Patriots last weekend in the first round 47-17. Kansas City is 12-1 in their previous thirteen games after starting the season with a 3-4 record. They beat the Steelers last weekend 42-21 in their playoff debut.
Josh Allen has been great recently for Buffalo and had an almost perfect game against the Patriots last weekend. He threw for 308 yards on 21 of 25 passing and five touchdowns. He also rushed for 66 yards on six carries. His QB rating was 157.6 in this game, which is as close to perfect as you can get.
The Chiefs no longer have the explosive offense they had in past seasons and will have to play their best defense so far this season to slow down Josh Allen. Patrick Mahomes will face pressure from the league’s top defense in the regular season and must have a flawless game of his own if KC hopes to win.
Allen had the best game of his career last week. The Chiefs defense must keep in mind that Buffalo is a much better team than they were back in Week 5 when KC got a 38-20 victory at home.