It was an expanded Wild Card Weekend this season, with a total of 6 games spread out over the three days. For those of you looking for surprises and upsets, there were plenty to be found, with the LA Rams and the Cleveland Browns making statements in their games and moving on to the Divisional Round. The betting odds will have changed over the weekend, but how do the results of those 6 games impact the power rankings? We are going to take a look at what we believe to be the top 5 teams left in the playoffs, although given what went down over the weekend, we might yet be proven wrong. With that in mind, let’s get right to it so you can keep betting against their NFL odds.
NFL Power Ranking Following Wild Card Games
- Kansas City Chiefs – The Chiefs nabbed the #1 seed in the AFC and have now basically had a couple of weeks off after resting a bunch of starters in Week 17. They should be well rested and ready when the Cleveland Browns come to town this weekend. Putting Week 17 aside, the Chiefs were 14-1 when playing all their starters, and while not all of those wins were of the convincing variety, they always seemed to find a way to win and get the job done. They will remain the #1 team in the league until they win it all again or lose in the postseason.
- Green Bay Packers – Regardless of what happened over the Wild Card Weekend, you cannot move the #1 seeds in each conference out of the top 2 ranking spots. That means that that #1 seed in the NFC, the Green Bay Packers, are in at #2 in our power rankings. They had a fabulous regular season thanks in large part to an MVP type season from Aaron Rodgers at QB. Teams looking to take the Packers down are going to need to go to what is sure to be a frigid Lambeau Field over the next few weeks. You have to like the Packers chances to go all the way.
- Baltimore Ravens – Here is where things get a little trickier in terms of the rankings. You could have 3 or maybe even 4 teams vying for this spot, but given how things have gone for the Ravens over the past month and a half, they look like the biggest threat to the Chiefs in the AFC. They got off to a slow start against the Titans, going down 10-0 early, but they rallied back and won, with Lamar Jackson finally getting his first postseason win. This is a team that no-one wants to face right now.
- New Orleans Saints – In what is almost certainly the final season for Drew Brees, you get the feeling that this team would love to get their leader another ring before he bows out. The Saints were made to work hard in a 21-9 win over the Chicago Bears, although you have to say that the outcome never really looked to be in doubt. Next up will be Brady and the Buccaneers, a team that they have already beaten twice this season. That gives them a definite edge this weekend.
- Buffalo Bills – You could easily flip the Bills with the Ravens in these rankings, but I made the decision to put Buffalo behind Baltimore. That could, of course, very well backfire on me if the Bills find a way to win at home this weekend against the Ravens. Buffalo finished the season strong and played well against the Indianapolis Colts, getting a 27-24 win in what was a very entertaining Wild Card game. If they win this weekend, they will send a serious message heading into the Conference Championship Game.
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