NFL Wild-Card Weekend is in the books. Six of the 14 playoff teams have now been eliminated, leaving eight remaining. All eight of those teams will be in action this weekend for the Divisional Round, with two games coming on Saturday and two on Sunday.
Bengals at Titans
The weekend’s first matchup will feature the AFC’s number one seed Tennessee Titans and the visiting Cincinnati Bengals.
The Bengals, 10-7, are coming off a 26-19 Wild-Card victory over the Las Vegas Raiders. Cincinnati dropped their final game of the regular season, 21-16 in Cleveland, but had won three-straight prior. Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow spoke after last week’s big win; his first ever playoff game and victory.
“It’s exciting for the city, for the state, but we are not going to dwell on that, we are moving forward,” said Burrow. “This is expected, this isn’t like the icing on top of the cake, this is the cake. So we are moving on.”
Finishing 12-5 in the NFL regular season, the Titans earned the AFC’s lone first round bye. They have won three-straight, dating back to the regular season.
The Titans enter the game as 3.5-point favorites.
Spread: Bengals (+3.5) 1.90 | Titans (-3.5) 1.90
Money Line: Bengals 2.45 | Titans 1.50
Over/Under: Over (47) 1.86 | Under (47) 1.95
Kickoff is scheduled for 4:30 pm ET on Saturday from Nissan Stadium in Nashville.
49ers at Packers
Following Bengals-Titans will be the San Francisco 49ers and Aaron Rodgers’ Green Bay Packers.
The 49ers, who finished 10-7 in the regular season, are coming off a 23-17 upset win in Dallas in the first round of the playoffs. They had also won four of five heading into the postseason.
The Super Bowl favorite Packers clinched the NFC’s number one seed with a 13-4 record, earning a bye in the first round. Green Bay dropped their last regular season game in Detroit by a score of 37-30, but had won their previous five games.
The Packers are favored by six points in this one.
Spread: 49ers (+6) 1.86 | Packers (-6) 1.95
Money Line: 49ers 3.05 | Packers 1.32
Over/Under: Over (47) 1.90 | Under (47) 1.90
Kickoff is set to take place at 8:15 pm ET from Lambeau Field in Green Bay.
Rams at Buccaneers
Sunday’s first matchup will feature the visiting Los Angeles Rams and host Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
The 12-5 Rams took down the Arizona Cardinals in the Wild-Card round by a score of 34-11. They came into the playoffs as one of the NFL’s hottest teams, having won five of their last six games, and the only loss coming in overtime.
Tom Brady’s Bucs had no trouble with the Philadelphia Eagles last weekend as they advanced to the next round. Winning seven of their last eight regular season games, Tampa Bay finished 13-4; tied for the best record in the NFL.
The Bucs are favored by a field goal in this one.
Spread: Rams (+3) 1.86 | Buccaneers (-3) 1.60
Money Line: Rams 2.20 | Buccaneers 1.60
Over/Under: Over (48.5) 1.90 | Under (48.5) 1.90
Kickoff is scheduled for 3:00 pm ET at Tampa’s Raymond James Stadium.
Bills at Chiefs
The fourth and final contest of the Divisional Round will feature the Buffalo Bills and Patrick Mahomes’ Kansas City Chiefs. This one is going to be good.
The Bills finished the year with an 11-6 record, and are fresh off a dominant, and historic, playoff win over the New England Patriots last weekend. Their confidence should be sky-high and it better be as they walk into a packed house in Kansas City. Bills quarterback Josh Allen was quick to turn his attention to this week’s matchup after having arguably the best game of his career last week.
“I think we feel good,” Allen said after the game. “There’s some things that we can clean up and work on. But at the end of the day, we moved on, we’re on to the next one and it doesn’t matter what we did today. It’s what we do next week.”
The Chiefs are arguably the hottest team in the NFL. They finished the year having won nine of their last ten games, and handled the Pittsburgh Steelers with ease in the first round, 42-21.
The home Chiefs are listed as slim 2.5-point favorites.
Spread: Bills (+2.5) 1.90 | Chiefs (-2.5) 1.90
Money Line: Bills 2.10 | Chiefs 1.68
Over/Under: Over (54) 1.90 | Under (54) 1.90
This one is scheduled to get underway at 6:30 pm ET from GEHA Field at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City.