Now that Wild Card weekend is over, the teams are set for the divisional round. All winners of their own division from the regular season face-off again. Only one of them will advance to the championship round. Here are the previews for each game this weekend.
1. Seattle at Atlanta (4:35 pm on Fox)
Rematch between both of the teams as it ended on controversial call whether Richard Sherman should be called for pass interference on Julio Jones. The Seattle Seahawks look human more so than a beast type of team. They have no offensive line, lack of a consistent running game despite having one against the Detroit Lions, and an injury bug within their defense. Russell Wilson may be healthy, but the defense isn’t.
They go up against a high-power offense in the Atlanta Falcons. Matt Ryan having a career season, literally willing this team to wins. He’s making everyone better and doing as much as he can having the defense on the field. Playing at home definitely gives them an upper advantage over Seattle. Expect this to be another physical matchup down to the last minute of the game.
Seattle 21 Atlanta 28
2. Houston at New England (8:15 pm on CBS)
Oh how lucky are the Houston Texans for getting another chance against the New England Patriots? Well, since the Oakland Raiders had no quarterback, they advance due to their defense and quarterback Brock Osweiler making plays. But now they face a tougher task going into Gillette Stadium, where it’s the hardest place to win. The Patriots are suddenly back to their old roots: run the football and play great defense.
Tom Brady looks better than ever at an older age. Everyone knows how this organization operates playing as a team, exposing weaknesses against their opponent. This matchup will result in the same way it was when they met the first time. Hopefully it doesn’t go down that path, but no one will be surprised if it’s a blowout.
Houston 14 Patriots 35
3. Pittsburgh at Kansas City (1:05 pm on NBC)
The Pittsburgh Steelers go on the road this time against the Kansas City Chief. Ben Rothelisberger dealing with an ankle injury definitely a concern if he can’t move in the pocket. But the Steelers love to run the ball. It opens up the field with Le’Veon Bell setting the tone, and Antonio Brown making plays. That game plan is gonna be put to the test in Arrowhead Stadium, the loudest place in the NFL.
The Chiefs are better than most fans thing. A great defense complemented with a good offense orchestra by Alex Smith, who is the Chad Pennington of the NFL. They can make explosive plays on both sides of the ball. This team is much better than before, but if they can’t slow down the Steelers offense, it’s gonna be a tough game to win. Chiefs may squeeze out a win if they get the ball on the last possession of the game. But don’t count a championship organization, that will do whatever it takes to win.
Steelers 24 Chiefs 28
4. Green Bay at Dallas (4:40 on Fox)
Again, last game of the weekend comes down to two historic franchises: Dallas Cowboys and Green Bay Packers. The Packers dominate over the New York Giants thanks to Aaron Rodger’s four touchdowns. Clearly the offense is in rhythm and on another level thanks to Rodgers. He gets his revenge on the road against the Cowboys, who have the best record in the NFC.
This team is led by rookies Dak Prescott and Ezekiel Elliott. Both having terrific first year seasons, who haven’t experience playoff football. They can either embrace the pressure or fold in key moments during the game. No one expects Tony Romo to come in unless Prescott throws multiple interceptions. But if they lose this game it’s because of their defense. Once Rodgers figures it out, it might be too late for a talented Cowboys offense to make the comeback.
Packers 28 Cowboys 21