The 2020 NFL Playoffs continue with this weekend’s Divisional Round. The NFL’s top four seeds now get in on the playoff action, looking to prove homefield advantage as a true advantage. There just could be some surprises in store as road teams will try to get their share of wins this weekend, but it is a tough ask, considering the top four teams involved. Let’s take a look at all four of this weekend’s Divisional playoff games.
Last week I went 2-2
I told you so: Texans over Bills!
What do I know: Saints over Vikings?
NFC - #6 Minnesota Vikings at #1 San Francisco 49ers
Saturday, January 11th - 3:35pm CST - NBC
San Francisco has the biggest keys in their favor coming into this game. The Niners have a rock-solid offensive line, a stout run defense, and a dynamic and dangerous offense. Minnesota simply won't be able to compete on the road in such a hostile environment. This one will be over in short order once Dalvin Cook is neutralized in the first quarter and Kirk Cousins is forced into a myriad of mistakes. San Francisco moves one step closer to Miami with a cakewalk win in the Bay. San Francisco wins 45-6.
AFC - #6 Tennessee Titans at #1 Baltimore Ravens
Saturday, January 11th - 7:15pm CST - CBS
Tennessee played their hearts out, and they left it all on the field last week in Foxboro, but it is a monumental ask for them to now beat Baltimore on the road as well. The Ravens have simply proven themselves to be the best team in the AFC, and arguably the league this season. The ground games for both teams will reign supreme in this game. Derrick Henry, fresh off his dominant performance in New England will be the focal point for the Titans, while Mark Ingram and Lamar Jackson will look to provide their usual dominance on the ground. Ultimately, this game will come down to the Ravens defense keeping Ryan Tannehill and the Titans passing game from getting anything going. Baltimore will grind Tennessee down, forcing them to abandon the one thing they do best. Baltimore wins 20-7.
AFC - #4 Houston Texans at #2 Kansas City Chiefs
Sunday, January 12th - 2:05pm CST - CBS
This has the potential to be a much better game than many would expect. Houston already has a win at Kansas City this season, with Deshaun Watson besting Patrick Mahomes back in October, by a score of 31-24. Both Watson and Mahomes put on a show in the first matchup, and that will happen once again in this one. This game will ultimately come down to which team capitalizes on turnovers, and that team will be the Chiefs. Kansas City will turn a critical Watson interception into points, that will be the difference. Kansas City wins 34-28.
NFC - #5 Seattle Seahawks at #2 Green Bay Packers
Sunday, January 12th - 5:40pm CST - FOX
This will be the best game of the Divisional Round. Two of the NFC’s winningest teams of the decade battling for a chance to get another shot San Francisco. Seattle will be able to match Green Bay offense to offense, but the Seahawks defense simply won't be able to make the plays they need to in the end. Considering all the injuries and the travel, it’s just too much to ask the Seahawks to continue to pull out wins. Green Bay will take advantage of a week of much-needed rest and a fantastic homefield advantage. Russell Wilson vs. Aaron Rodgers, two of the conference’s winningest and most impressive quarterbacks, will live up to their billing in this one. Ultimately, Rodgers will win the game thanks to some patented late game magic, sending the Pack back to another fateful matchup at San Francisco. Green Bay wins 23-20.
We move one week closer to what is arguably regarded as the most exciting day in sports, NFL Conference Championship Sunday. Which of these teams will represent the NFL’s final four? We’ll just have to wait and see. Leave us your picks, comments, and insight below.