The Los Angeles Rams rolled into Seattle last week and stunned the Seahawks as Jared Goff returned from thumb surgery. Goff will start this week as John Wolford is unable to play with a neck injury. The Green Bay Packers posted the best record in the NFC and had a bye last week, and have home field throughout the playoffs. The Rams defense can win games as they did in Seattle. However, the Packers’ offense is much more dynamic than the Seahawks, Aaron Rodgers is the favorite to win the NFL MVP, and he will be why the Packers advance to the NFC Championship Game.
Snow is in the forecast in Western New York as the Buffalo Bills host the Baltimore Ravens with a chance to go to the AFC Championship Game. Lamar Jackson earned his first postseason win as the Ravens avenged last season’s loss to the Titans. The Buffalo Bills, meanwhile, won their first postseason game in 25 years. The Bills had their troubles against the Colts, but Josh Allen made the big plays when it was necessary. The snow could help the Bills by slowing down the Ravens’ rushing attack. If Baltimore is to get the win, they will need to chew up many yards on the ground. The game will be close, with Buffalo doing just enough to win.
The Cleveland Browns won their first postseason game since 1994 last week. The Browns benefited from the Steelers getting off to a bad start when the first snap went over Ben Roethlisberger’s head. Roethlisberger had three interceptions shortly thereafter as Cleveland jumped out to a 28-0 lead in the first quarter. The Kansas City Chiefs are the reigning Super Bowl Champions, the best team in the NFL, and coming off a bye. Expect Patrick Mahomes to come out refreshed as the Chiefs launch themselves toward another Lombardi Trophy with an easy win over the overmatched Browns, whose secondary will not be able to stop the Chiefs’ offense.
This is the showdown that fans have waited all season for, with Drew Brees and the New Orleans Saints facing Tom Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. This is likely the final time the two top quarterbacks in touchdowns will face each other, as Brees will likely retire after the playoffs. Before retiring, Drew Brees hopes to make one more run at the Super Bowl. The Saints crushed the Buccaneers in two meetings during the regular season. The Saints did not have their best game last week against the Bears but won as Chicago did not belong in the postseason. The Bucs are playing well, but the Saints are a poor matchup for them. Look for Alvin Kamara to lead the charge for a New Orleans win.