Playoff football is underway, and we’ve hit the divisional round which means one final NFL tips preview for the season as we take on the Rollover £4,000+ Pick 4 pool.. This time each conference is looking very different. In the AFC, the average age of the four starting quarterbacks on gameday will be 24 years and 345 days, marking a single conference’s youngest group of starting quarterbacks in the Divisional round of the playoffs in NFL history.
Whereas the NFC features three of the most prolific quarterbacks in league records. Tampa Bay’s Tom Brady has six Super Bowl wins, New Orleans’ Drew Brees and Green Bay’s Aaron Rodgers each have one. Combined they have eight Super Bowl victories which is more than any group of starting quarterbacks ever in a single conference’s Divisional round. So check out my NFL tips and join my Syndicate.
NFL Divisional Round tips
LA Rams @ GB Packers
The weekend kicks off on Saturday when the NFL’s No.1-ranked scoring defense, the Los Angeles Rams travel to meet the league leader in scoring offense Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers. This will mark the eighth postseason game between the top scoring offense and top scoring defense since 1990.
Looking at both teams, Green Bay led the NFL with 31.8 points per game which is the second-highest total in franchise history (35.0 points per game in 2011), and paced the league by scoring touchdowns on 80 percent (48 of 60) of its red-zone possessions. The Rams allowed the fewest points per game (18.5), fewest yards per game (281.9), fewest passing yards per game (190.7), and ranked second in sacks (53) in the NFL this season.
In this game, Green Bay has the home-field advantage, and it’ll be a challenge for Aaron Rodgers to find ways to attack a dominant defense in the Rams. Despite getting banged up against the Seahawks where Aaron Donald suffered a rib injury, he is expected to play in this game, which puts pressure on Green Bay’s offensive line. The Rams won’t make it easy but this is the one where Rodgers earns his fifth trip to the NFC Championship Game, and his first at Lambeau Field. Packers to take the victory.
Pick: Green Bay 1-6, 7-12
BAL Ravens @ BUF Bills
The second Saturday game sees two of the league’s most electrifying young players square off in Western New York when Lamar Jackson and the Baltimore Ravens travel to clash with Josh Allen and the Buffalo Bills.
The Ravens are 16-10 (.615) all-time in the postseason, the second-best winning percentage in NFL history behind New England (37-21, .638). In the Wild Card weekend, Jackson rushed for 136 yards, including a 48-yard touchdown. At 24 years old, he became the third-youngest quarterback in NFL history to win both an NFL MVP and a postseason game. With at least 125 rushing yards this Saturday night, he would become the fourth player in NFL history with at least 125 rushing yards in three consecutive postseason games.
The weekend also saw Buffalo quarterback Josh Allen lead the Bills to their first playoff victory since the 1995 season. He completed 26 of 35 attempts for 324 yards, with two touchdowns and no interceptions for a 121.6 rating and rushed for 54 yards and a touchdown. This makes Allen the first player in NFL history to pass for at least 300 yards with a completion percentage of 70 or higher and rush for 50-or-more yards in a postseason game.
Both teams have enjoyed back to back wins – Bills having won seven in a row, and Raven’s six. It’s safe to say that both quarterbacks have found their groove, and each have a tough defense to face. It’s also hard to ignore the fact that the Baltimore running game has been on fire with JK Dobbins scoring a touchdown in seven straight games. I can see the Ravens making it difficult for the Bills, but that they’ll put up a good time. Ravens to seal the victory with a late interception.
Pick: Ravens 1-6, 7-12
CLE Browns @ KC Chiefs
Baker Mayfield leads the Cleveland Browns into Arrowhead Stadium on Sunday to square off against Patrick Mahomes and the defending Super Bowl champion Kansas City Chiefs. This is the first time since 2002 that the Browns are in the playoffs and it’s already off to a good start having won its Wild Card game at Pittsburgh and scoring its second-most points in a playoff game.
With a win on Sunday against Cleveland, Mahomes can become the first starting quarterback under the age of 26 to make three Championship game appearances in NFL history. They would become the first AFC team to host three consecutive Championship games in NFL history, and would also mean they become the first team since the 2002-04 Philadelphia Eagles, whose head coach was Andy Reid, to host three consecutive conference championship games.
What can you expect this weekend? Well, the Browns will be feeling confident and I can see them leading the first quarter. However, they’ve allowed for 300 or more yards passing in seven of their last eight games and I suspect they’ll struggle up against Patrick Mahomes and Tyreek Hill. This I think will be the most exciting game of the weekend and the one with the highest score overall. Chiefs to progress forward.
Pick: Chiefs 1-6, 7-12
TB Buccaneers @ NO Saints
In the final game of the weekends NFL tips, the two ageless quarterbacks with the most touchdown passes in NFL history face off. This game also marks the first postseason game in NFL history to feature two opposing starting quarterbacks age 40 or older, with Tampa Bay’s quarterback Tom Brady being 43 years and New Orleans quarterback Drew Brees is 42 years. Their combined age of 85 years is the oldest combined age of opposing starting quarterbacks in a single game (regular-season or postseason) in league records.
Looking at last weekend, in New Orleans’ 21-9 Wild Card victory over Chicago, the Saints allowed nine points and 239 total yards, both the lowest postseason totals in franchise history. And the Buccaneers secured the franchise’s first postseason victory since winning Super Bowl XXXVII in 2003.
What can you expect in this game? Classic New England vibes with Brady to Gronkowski. Honestly, I think both teams want it enough and it could really go either way. Expect a lot of back and forth scoring between both teams.
Pick: Buccaneers 1-6, Saints 1-6
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