That, that was an interesting weekend for football; especially during the late game on Saturday between the Bengals and the Steelers. Besides the Chiefs and Texans game, the other three WildCard games that were played this past weekend were very entertaining to say the least; with the Steelers and Seahawks winning by a combined 3 points. In addition to that, even though the Packers did end up winning against the Redskins by a large margin, I was happy to see Washington keep it relatively close until the collapse late in the game. Hopefully, as we make our way into the second week of the playoffs, these games continue to be close and entertaining throughout. So, without further ado, here are Weekly Sports World’s Weekly Picks for the Divisional Round of the NFL Playoffs;
Kansas City Chiefs vs. New England Patriots: There are a few points on this game that I would like to hit real quick. One, Jeremy Maclin is questionable for the game, and he is one of their top two receivers next to TE Travis Kelce for Kansas City. Two, the Kansas City Chiefs ended the season with one of the best defenses in the league, while the Patriots finished with a 9th and 10th ranked defense for yards per game and points per game in the league respectively. With these two points in mind, even though the Patriots are favored by 4.5, I’m going to choose the underdog Chiefs to win in a NAIL-BITER by a score of 21-20.
Green Bay Packers vs. Arizona Cardinals: It took a little bit, but the Packers really lit up the scoreboard at the end of their game this past weekend. But, going up against a tough Cardinals squad, I really do not see the Pack surviving and moving on to the next round of the playoffs. Even with “Honey Badger” not in the secondary for Arizona, I believe that Arizona’s defense will have enough talent to shut down the Packers like they did early in the year. In the end, I believe that Arizona will win in commanding fashion by a score of 31-14.
Seattle Seahawks vs. Carolina Panthers: Overall, with both squads having stellar offenses and pretty good defenses, this will end up being one of the closest games we will see this weekend. But personally, I think that Seattle is going to figure out the Panthers defense in order to win this game, even with Marshawn Lynch possibly not 100%. This is going to be a very close game and I really just want to call this a Pick ‘Em, or a Toss up! But in the end, I’m going to take the Seahawks to win by a score of 21-20.
Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Denver Broncos: The Steelers are coming off of a tough WildCard game against the Cincinnati Bengals where they were basically in one big ol’ brawl from whistle to whistle…ish! So, now they have a well-rested Denver Broncos squad, in Denver, and possibly without their star wideout Antonio Brown. With Denver having arguably the best defense right now and Pittsburgh possibly losing their star for the game, I see Denver winning this game by a score of 21-17.
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