Now that the wild-card weekend of the playoffs is in the books, we can now look forward to the divisional round of the postseason. The divisional round of the playoffs usually show if the wildcard teams have what it takes to advance to the conference championship games next week.
Chiefs vs. Patriots
The Kansas City Chiefs pitched a shutout against the Houston Texans last week 30-0. The game was over from the opening kickoff when running back Knile Davis returns a 106-yard kickoff return for a touchdown. Due to the Bengals losing last week, the Chiefs will travel to Gillette Stadium to take on the New England Patriots. I do not expect the Chiefs to shut out the Patriots, but I believe that they will leave Foxborough with a victory.
Chiefs win 24-23
Packers vs. Cardinals
I hope that no one was fooled by the Green Bay Packers 35-18 beatdown of the Washington Redskins last week. The Redskins “Are Who We Thought They Were” which is a team that took advantage of a horrible division by blowing out cupcake opponents on their schedule. However, they struggled with powerhouses such as Carolina and New England. When they faced the Green Bay Packers, it was more of the same story once again. The Packers will lose to the Arizona Cardinals for the second time this season. Aaron Rodgers and the Packers will put up a fight, but the Cardinals have too much firepower for their defense to handle.
Cardinals win 38-27
Seahawks vs. Panthers
For the second time in two seasons, the Carolina Panthers and the Seattle Seahawks face each other in a rematch in the postseason. The Panthers won the first contest 27-23 when quarterback Cam Newton threw a 26-yard touchdown pass to tight end, Greg Olsen. Now it’s time for the rematch between these two ball clubs. Carolina comes into this matchup as the number one seed in the NFC this season. I expect the Seahawks secondary to defend the Panthers wide receivers far better than what we saw in the Week 5 matchup. As a result of that, the Seahawks will advance to their third consecutive NFC Championship Game.
Seahawks win 21-17
Steelers vs. Broncos
The Pittsburgh Steelers come into their divisional round matchup against the Denver Broncos a bit hobbled. Wide receiver Antonio Brown suffered a concussion in last week’s victory against the Cincinnati Bengals. He has set out of practice once again on Thursday. Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger’s shoulder is still not ready to do any throwing. With that being said, if these two are not on the field this Sunday against Denver, the Broncos will destroy the Steelers. Overall, I believe Brown and Roethlisberger will be on the field, even if they are not 100 percent, but the Broncos will leave Mile High with a victory.
Broncos win 28-21
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