And then there were four. The NFL Divisional Round games are now in the books and we can begin to look ahead to the Conference Championship Games. There were no surprises to be found in the AFC, as it is the #1 and #2 seeds that will be doing battle. We also saw the #1 seed move on in the NFC, but we had a smaller surprise over there, with Tom Brady once again showing that he knows how to navigate the postseason like a champ. With just 4 teams left, the Power Rankings seem pretty obvious, but that doesn’t mean that we shouldn’t try and break it down, which we will do now. Let’s jump right into action so you can continue making your bets against their NFL odds.
NFL Power Ranking Following Divisional Round Games
- Kansas City Chiefs – Anyone who expected the Chiefs to blow out the Cleveland Browns in the Divisional Round were probably a little surprised at the final result. The Chiefs came away with the 22-17 win, which has actually been in line with how things have gone for them over the past couple of months. While they always seem to find a way to win, they have not made a habit of blowing their opponents out. Now, the Chiefs will host the Buffalo Bills, but will they do so with Patrick Mahomes under center? Mahomes was forced out of the Divisional Round Game with a suspected concussion, although he does appear to have passed all tests since then. I would expect him to start next weekend.
- Green Bay Packers – Of the four teams that advanced from the Divisional Round, you have to say that the Packers looked to be the most impressive of the bunch. The LA Rams did a decent job of hanging around, but they just couldn’t do enough to slow down Aaron Rodgers and a Packers offense that looks to be humming at just the right time. The Packers came away with a 32-18 win and will now host Tom Brady and the Buccaneers this weekend. This is a team that is beginning to look like the favorite to win it all.
- Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Brady and the Bucs may have had a bit of an up and down regular season, but it certainly looked as though they were starting to put things together in the final few weeks. That momentum has carried over into the playoffs, as they have looked good through the opening two weeks of the postseason. The Buccaneers D did a fantastic job of shutting down the Saints offense, picking off Drew Brees twice in the final minutes of the game. The Bucs won 30-21 in New Orleans but will have a tougher task ahead of them this weekend.
- Buffalo Bills – While we have the Bills down at the bottom of the heap here, the differences between these teams are so slight as to be almost negligible. The Bills offense was not at its best in the Divisional Round, but they didn’t need to be, as the D was on fire, holding the Baltimore Ravens to a single field goal in a 17-3 win. It felt inevitable that they would need to go through the Chiefs if they are to win the Super Bowl, and that is exactly where they will be headed on Sunday.
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