The Wild Card Weekend, which was expanded to 6 games this season, proved to be a real success, as we saw some great football, not to mention a few surprises. It’s tough to say whether what we saw will have an impact on the playoffs as a whole, but there are a couple of teams still alive that are more than a little surprising. Over the next few days, we are going to take a look at the Divisional Round and try to break down the 4 games that are coming this weekend. The easiest way to do that is to go conference by conference, so let’s get the ball rolling with the AFC Divisional Round and then you can make your bets against their NFL odds.
NFL Betting | AFC Divisional Round Matches Prediction
Baltimore Ravens at Buffalo Bills (-2 ½) – Saturday
You could make a very solid argument that this is the best game of the Divisional Round, as it features a pair of teams who are about as hot as it gets right now. At 6-5, the Baltimore Ravens looked to be in real trouble. Given the strength of the AFC this season, they really needed to win out, which they did, winning 5 in a row to close out the regular season. There were still some doubts about this team and their ability to get the job done in the playoffs after early exits in each of the last 2 seasons. They put that to bed, coming back from an early 10-point deficit to get the win on the road against the Tennessee Titans.
We all though that the Buffalo Bills had a shot at taking over the AFC East this season, but I don’t think anyone saw them winning it in the style that they did. The Bills went 13-3 on the season and got there by winning 6 in a row to end the regular season. They made it 7-straight with a gritty 27-24 win over the Indianapolis Colts in the Wild Card. There are a lot of reasons why this team is so good, but it all starts with QB Josh Allen and the partnership he has forged with Stefon Diggs.
The Ravens have won 4 of their last 5 against Buffalo, and while this Bills team is much better than anything we have seen from them in years, I have a feeling that the Ravens are maybe now the team to beat in the AFC. I am going with the slight upset in this one.
Cleveland Browns at Kansas City Chiefs (-10)
Heading into the Wild Card Weekend, you had a Browns team unable to practice and without their head coach, as well as some key players, unable to play due to COVID. It looked like a recipe for disaster, but they took advantage of some serious errors by the Pittsburgh Steelers to take a 28-0 first quarter lead. While they had some nervy moments in the second half, the Browns were great value for their 48-37 win over their rivals.
Make no mistake about it, the Kansas City Chiefs are not about to give up their Lombardi Trophy anytime soon. They lost their final game of the regular season after resting their key starters, but they will come into this week healthy and ready to go. While the Chiefs have not really made a habit of blowing opponents out, they have always seemed to find a way to do enough to win, which makes them very dangerous indeed.
The Browns are not going to be handed gifts the way they were against the Steelers, so this is a much tougher proposition. The fact that they still gave up 37 points in the win is a little concerning, and it has me believing that their very nice season comes to an end this weekend.