(OPINION) Predicting the Divisional Round of the 2020-2021 NFL Playoffs

Only eight teams remain before the Divisional Round of the NFL playoffs. (Photo Credit: NFL Website)

(COVINGTON, La.) — After going 4-2 in game predictions last week, a new round of NFL playoff football presents itself with the eight remaining teams.

Packers v. Rams: Aaron Rodgers and Davante Adams are the most consistent QB and WR duo in the NFL this year. Although the Rams have two of the best defensive players in the league, Aaron Donald and Jalen Ramsey, who have had dominant seasons, the team lacks the offensive capabilities of the Packers. The Packers will lead the game throughout and win 34-24.

Chiefs v. Browns: After beefing with the Steelers and picking up win in Pittsburg, the Browns look to advance to the AFC Championship. However, the Chiefs finished the 2020 season with the best record in the NFL with two losses and an MVP in Patrick Mahomes to show for it. The reigning Summer Bowl Champions will begin their playoff run with a win in a hard fought battle 41-38.

Saints v. Buccaneers: This matchup between the two oldest quarterbacks in the league highlights the divisional round. Tom Brady and the Bucs have been inconsistent all year and squeaked by Taylor Heinickie and the Washington Football Team. This will be the third game between these franchises this season as the Saints won the first two. The Saints should win again behind the running game of Alvin Kamara and the timely passing of Drew Brees 24-10.

Bills v. Ravens: After a big win last week, the Ravens look to continue their run against the explosive Bills. The Ravens beat the Titans because of Lamar Jackson’s running ability and the Ravens run defense. They held the league’s leading rusher Derrick Henry to only 40 yards. However, the Ravens were not able to contain the Titans physical young receiver A.J. Brown. Brown racked up a touchdown and 83 yards on 6 receptions. The league leader in receiving yards Stefon Diggs will have an explosive game, and Lamar’s legs will not be enough. The Bills will advance, winning 31-17.

Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield addresses Steelers wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster after defeating them in their playoff game last weekend. Smith-Schuster has become known around the league for his boasting. (Photo Credit: Keith Srakocic)

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