The division round in 2021 NFL Finals is about quarterback matchups.
The 2021 NFL playoffs feature six wild-card matchups over a two-day stretch that should provide an overload of excitement for NFL fans. Indianapolis and Buffalo open the action at. 13.05 A Saturday. Los Angeles and Seattle meet for the third time in the 16:40 slot, which puts a prime-time matchup between Tampa Bay and Washington at. 20:15
Sunday features another triple head. Baltimore and Tennessee meet in a rematch of last year’s AFC division competition at 13.05 Chicago meets New Orleans at 16.40 Cleveland plays its first playoff appearance since 2003 against rival Steelers at.
Sporting News chooses the division matches straight up:
- Last week: 4-2
- Regular season: 129-75
- Overall: 133-77
With that in mind below, our choices and predictions for week 17 are:
NFL picks, predictions for 2021 divisional playoff games
- Los Angeles Aries at Green Bay Packers (-7)
Saturday, 4:35 p.m., FOX
The Packers have home field advantage and the challenge for Aaron Rodgers is finding ways to attack a dominant Rams defense. Aaron Donald (ribs) is expected to play and that inner pressure will be the key against a Green Bay offensive line that has been the team’s strength. Sean McVay and Matt LaFleur know each other well, so chess matches will be fun to watch on both sides. In the end, it is Green Bay’s defense – which has allowed 25 points or less in the last six games – that steals the spotlight in the second half. Rodgers earns a trip to his fifth NFC Championship and his first at Lambeau Field. It will not be easy.
Pick: Packers 30, rams 24
- Baltimore Ravens at Buffalo Bills (-3)
Saturday, 8:15 p.m., NBC
The Bills have won seven in a row and the Ravens have won six straight games. Josh Allen and Lamar Jackson have found their grooves and both will be challenged by tough defenses. The difference for Baltimore, however, has been an ongoing game ignited by JK Dobbins, who has scored a TD in seven straight games. The Ravens can limit Buffalo’s possessions with this ground game, and the pass defense limits the bills’ opportunities in the red zone. Marlon Humphrey seals the victory with a late interception.
Pick: Ravens 28, bills 24
- Cleveland Browns and Kansas City Chiefs (-10)
Sunday, 3:30 p.m., CBS
The Browns will play with the confidence that comes from winning the franchise’s first playoff game in 25 years. Do not be surprised if Cleveland takes the lead in the first quarter and can succeed in driving the ball with Nick Chubb and the former Kansas City running back Kareem Hunt against a Chiefs defense that allowed 4.5 yards per carry. However, the Browns have allowed 300 yards or more to pass seven of their last eight games. Patrick Mahomes will hit Tyreek Hill for a couple of long TD passes in the second half and the Chiefs will pressure Baker Mayfield to keep up. It will be the weekend’s highest scoring game.
Pick: Chiefs 38, Browns 30
- Tampa Bay Buccaneers & New Orleans Saints (-3.5)
Saturday 20:15 FOX
The Saints swept matchups in the regular season, and Tom Brady threw five interceptions in those two games. Tampa Bay’s offense has improved since then, and the addition of Antonio Brown gives New Orleans another problem. Tampa Bay kept Alvin Kamara in check in matchups in the regular season, but Drew Brees did not make the big mistakes. This adds a classic third rate and Brady leads a late TD drive that seals the road disturbed with a TD pass to Rob Gronkowski. Who else would it be?
Pick: Buccaneers 31, Saints 27