- BetOnline lists the Chiefs (+200) as Super Bowl favorites heading into Sunday’s game with the underdog Browns (+2500)
- The Packers (+450) host the Rams (+1600) in the NFC Divisional Round while the Bills (+450) welcome the surging Ravens (+700) to Ralph Wilson in the AFC
- Tom Brady and Drew Brees meet in the playoffs for the first-time ever as the Saints (+600) and Buccaneers (+650) battle for a spot in the NFC Championship Game
Following a jam-packed Super Wild Card Weekend of football, the NFL’s Divisional Round is set. In the AFC, the future of the league is on display with Patrick Mahomes and the three jewels of the 2018 quarterback class — Josh Allen, Lamar Jackson and Baker Mayfield — set to do battle.
Over in the NFC, three of the greatest QBs of all-time — Tom Brady, Drew Brees and Aaron Rodgers — look to burnish their Hall of Fame careers with one more Super Bowl ring. Let’s look at the latest odds to see who’s favored to win the Lombardi and look ahead at what’s to come.
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AFC DIVISIONAL ROUND
After embarrassing Ben Roethlisberger and the Steelers in a shocking nightcap to Wild Card Weekend that secured their first playoff victory since 1994, the Browns (+2500) will head to Kansas City (+200) on Sunday afternoon at 3:05pm ET in a homecoming of sorts for former Chiefs running back Kareem Hunt.
Hunt and Nick Chubb combined for 206 total yards and 3 TDs against the Steelers and will have to be every bit as good for Cleveland to upset Patrick Mahomes and company, especially given Andy Reid is borderline unbeatable after a bye week.
Baker Mayfield’s first career playoff start:
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— PFF (@PFF) January 11, 2021
In all likelihood, the defending Super Bowl champions will put an end to Kevin Stefanski’s Coach of the Year-worthy, franchise-altering first season with the Browns and face the winner of Buffalo (+450) and Baltimore (+700).
Lamar Jackson ran for 136 yards and a score in a cathartic 20-13 victory over a Titans team that bounced Baltimore from last year’s postseason, while Josh Allen continued his remarkable transcendence with 378 total yards and three TDs in a tight 27-24 win over the Colts.
Set for Saturday night at 8:15pm ET, the winner of Ravens and Bills game will pose a serious challenge to the Chiefs in the AFC Championship Game.
NFC DIVISIONAL ROUND
One of these things is not like the other. Jared Goff’s name certainly sticks out like a sore thumb when compared with the legends he’ll have to dethrone in order to make the Super Bowl. First up, NFL MVP favorite Aaron Rodgers on Saturday at 4:35pm ET.
After choking the life out of the Seahawks’ offense, the Rams (+1600) will need defensive tackle Aaron Donald healthy to pull the same trick against the 13-3 Packers.
Tom Brady is the all-time leader in touchdown passes with 581 and Drew Brees is second with 571.
According to @EliasSports next weekend’s Divisional Playoff game will be the first time in NFL history that the top 2 career leaders in touchdown passes will meet in the playoffs. pic.twitter.com/ccw9fD45oc
— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) January 11, 2021
Green Bay (+450) opened as 7-point favorites versus Sean McVay’s club and will in all likelihood host the winner of Tampa Bay and New Orleans (Sunday at 6:40pm ET) in Lambeau for the NFC Championship Game.
The Saints (+600) had no trouble beating the Buccaneers (+650) in both of their regular-season meetings, but their offense looked sluggish in a 21-9 win over the Bears on Sunday. Meanwhile, Tom Brady threw for 381 yards and 2 TDs in a 31-23 victory over the Washington Football Team.
With Brees heading towards retirement and Brady seemingly forever young, this final matchup between the top two guys on the career NFL passing touchdowns list promises to be one that will go down in football lore.
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