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NFL Divisional Round Is Approaching Quickly

NFL Divisional Round Is Approaching Quickly

This is it – the final look at how the NFL Divisional Rounds are going to get started this weekend.  There are four games on tap – two on Saturday and two on Sunday – and it’s time to dig in and see who’s going to come out as the big winners.  All of the chaos and COVID-19 issues of the regular season have led to this, with just the strongest eight surviving until now.

Packers To Host The Rams

The LA Rams are off to Green Bay to take on the Packers tomorrow in a game that will pit the number-one scoring offense against the number-one scoring defense.  Although the Rams had some difficulty this season, their defense was on fire, thanks in no small part to Aaron Donald and Leonard Floyd.  This is going to essentially be a battle of strength, with the team with the most stamina taking the win.

The Packers are going to look to veteran Aaron Rodgers to get things done against a solid defense, but the Rams have surprised more than a few football fans already this season.  Still, with an offense that has dominated from Week 1, Green Bay is getting most of the support and Unibet has the Packers at -335.  They’re also giving the Packers 6.5 points, which might be a little questionable.  The Over/Under is 45.5 (-110), but don’t expect this to be a high-scoring game.

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Bills And Ravens In Tight Battle

The Baltimore Ravens and the Buffalo Bills will meet in the second Saturday game, ready to turn up the heat on blitzes.  However, the Bills have become accustomed to dealing with blitzing teams and quarterback Josh Allen had to face more than any other quarterback during the regular season.   Fans can expect a lot of entanglements in this game.

The Bills are expected to be almost completely healthy, with only Darryl Johnson listed as questionable.  The Ravens are in good shape two, but Marcus Peters and D.J. Fluker are also questionable.  This game is going to draw a lot of attention from sports gamblers, with the Ravens getting +125 to the -152 of the Bills.  This could easily be an underdog win and, with just a three-point spread, even oddsmakers aren’t totally convinced of who will win.  The Over/Under of 49.5 (-108) will likely be beat.

Chiefs Back In Action Against The Browns

The Kansas City Chiefs will host the Cleveland Browns this Sunday in a game that matches an overpowering force against a surprise postseason entry.  However, for all the Chiefs’ efforts and firepower, they have had difficulty on defense in the red zone, which could come back to haunt them this weekend.

The Chiefs will rely heavily on Patrick Mahomes to get things done, while the Browns are going to have to fight through some injuries and absences.  The team started to run into issues because of COVID-19 as the season wore on and has now recovered; however, Jack Conklin, B.J. Goodson and David Njoku are questionable after having missed two straight practices this week.  The Browns are in a tough spot and finding a win here seems almost impossible.  The Chiefs are getting -530 and ten points, and will likely run away with the game.  The Over/Under of 57 (-113) is not likely to be found.

Saints Ahead Of The Bucs

The last game of the Divisional Round is a matchup between rivals, the New Orleans Saints and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.  This is going to come down to who can throw better – Drew Brees or Tom Brady – and Brees is determined to pick up a Super Bowl win this year.  The Saints have already beaten the Bucs twice this season and would love to record a three-peat.

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The Saints are in good shape, with only Latavius Murray and Patrick Robinson still questionable.  Taysom Hill is expected to be available, even if he isn’t going to start.  On the opposite side, the Bucs kept things light for Carlton Davis, Mike Evans, Chris Godwin and Ronald Jones in practice yesterday, with Jason Pierre-Paul sitting out due to a knee injury.  This is going to be another close game, but the Saints are getting -167 for the win.  The three-point spread predicts a very close battle and the Over/Under of 52 (-108) is going to be beat.

Erik is a writer and a sports nut who has had the good fortune to be able to experience a wide variety of world sports action up close and personal. He enjoys staying on top of the changing world of athletics and capitalizing on his writing skills to offer a unique take on what's going on in the ever-changing athletics ecosystem.

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