Hey everyone this is Sam Today, we need to breakdown the NFL NFC Divisional Football games. Here’s a look at the NFL playoff picture, Sport’s Obsessive’s NFL Predictions and while we’re at it, let’s talk about the schedule of games.
Can you beat our team with your NFL predictions? Bring it on!
Divisional Round Schedule
#6 Rams at #1 Packers (Sat. 4:35 pm EST)
#5 Ravens at #2 Bills (Sat. 8:15 pm EST)
#6 Browns at #1 Chiefs (Sun. 3:05 pm EST)
#5 Bucs at #2 Saints (Sun. 6:40 pm EST)
Los Angeles Rams at Green Bay Packers (Saturday 4:35 pm EST)
TOM: Last week saw the unexpected return of Jared Goff as well as the upset of the playoffs so far when Los Angeles defeated the Seattle Seahawks 30-20. Aaron Donald and the Rams defense is stout and very capable of stopping even the best quarterbacks in the league. Combine that with a good running game from Cam Akers on the ground and you can see how the Rams won. This week, they travel east to take on Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field.
Aaron Rodgers will likely be under pressure the entire game, but the difference between the Packers and the Seahawks will be who is lined up beside their quarterback pre-snap. Aaron Jones is a spectacular running back and much quicker than Chris Carson. If Donald can get to Rodgers and put him on his back a few times then the Rams have a shot at the upset. I don’t expect Green Bay to let that happen though. Rodgers will scramble and do what he always does. He will find a way to connect with Adams no matter how contorted his body may be upon release of the football. The Packers are heavily favored to win with the line at (-6.5.) I do not predict an easy win for the Pack, but they should cover.
Winner: Packers 32-21
KEITH: The Rams will head into Lambeau Field on Saturday to face the #1 seed Packers. Green Bay had an excellent year. This may be the best chance to see Aaron Rodgers get his much deserved 2nd Lombardi trophy. The Rams have the chance to play spoiler in this game. The spread has the Rams (+7) and if I were a gambling man (wait, I am), I would bet the Rams with the points this week. The Rams have the exact type of team that could give the Packers trouble, mainly because their strengths align well with the Packers strengths.
The Rams have the NFL’s best defence. The matchup of the day will feature all-world cornerback Jalen Ramsay taking on all-world wide receiver Davante Adams. Los Angeles is also one of the best teams at rushing the passer and they won’t need to blitz to get pressure. I’m interested in the defensive left tackle matchup against Leonard Floyd. Floyd has had an excellent rebirth in LA and he could give backup Left tackle Rick Wagner problems. Leonard Floyd actually had quite a bit of success against Green Bay when he was with the Bears. I could see him and Aaron Donald terrorizing Rodgers.
On the other side of the ball, the Rams run the rock behind a solid offensive line, Sean McVey’s schemes, and a newly minted toy in Cam Akers running over defenders. The Packers are good against the pass, but they can be handled in the run game. What it will come down to for me is…can Green Bay’s secondary weapons in MVS, Lazard, and Robert Tonyan be serious factors if the Rams are able to shut down Aaron Jones and Davante Adams?
This should be a close game and I will be one of the few people taking the Rams in an upset in the NFL predictions.
Winner: Rams 27-24
CAEMERON: I don’t know that I can say that I quite understand the Rams at all this year at this point. I’m not feeling like it matters all that much in terms of predicting their loss to the Packers this week. Green Bay has had it going on in offense all season, with Aaron Rodgers dicing up even good defenses in what many think might be an MVP campaign. I think they’re going to the Super Bowl this year.
This week, expect the Green Bay defense to also shut down the Rams offense pretty well. They’ll create some pressure and get a couple of turnovers I think. I’m taking the Packers in a blowout.
Winner: Packers 38-13
Tampa Bay Buccaneers at New Orleans Saints (Sunday 6:40pm EST)
TOM: Tom Brady and his band of merry men travel to the bayou on Sunday to face off against the New Orleans Saints. The last meeting between these two teams was in Week 9. The Bucs were absolutely embarrassed 38-3.
Mid-season is where you start to see who is who in the league, but it does not tell the whole story. Brady has said that the season starts for him after Thanksgiving. He also has a post-season win or two under his belt. Do not expect the story of this game to be multiple interceptions and bad decisions made by Tom Brady. Tom Terrific has started to gel within Coach Bruce Arians’ offense. The Bucs are a much better team than what we saw a couple of months ago.
The Saints have Drew Brees back. They are at home and thirsty for another shot at the NFC Championship. New Orleans also have all their offensive weapons back and are ready to ball out. Expect a heavy dose of screens and short passes to Alvin Kamara. They will mix with 8-10 targets to Michael Thomas over the middle. The over/under in this one is 52 and I think it will be easily covered. The game will be close, but I predict the Saints will emerge victorious at home this week.
Winner: Saints 34-28
KEITH: It’s hard to believe that Bruce Arians is 0-4 against the Saints as head coach of the Bucs. Both with Jameis Winston and Tom Brady, the Saints have devoured Coach Arians, scoring 30+ points in the four games they have played against him. The last meeting was perhaps the ugliest, with Tom Brady throwing three interceptions while Drew Brees threw four touchdown passes winning 38-3.
Tampa Bay have a good team and there is nothing like playoff Tom Brady. He thrives in January. New Orleans, however, are on a mission and I think this defense has the Bucs’ number. This should be a classic game between two first ballot Hall of Famers, but for some reason, the Saints have Arians’ number. Plus, Brady has looked bad against this defense. I think the Saints make it five in a row against Arians. They cruise to the NFC Championship behind another great defensive performance.
Winner: Saints 27-17
CAEMERON: It’s fascinating to see Tom Brady and Drew Brees going head to head in a playoff match in 2021 when so many of us might have guessed they would have both retired by now. Of the two, I suppose I’d say Brady has looked better this season. Even though the Tampa Bay offense has been a bit shaky at times, which I think is down to their scheming, this, I think, will be quite disrupted by the Saints formidable defense. Brees hasn’t quite looked himself for New Orleans this year, but it hasn’t really mattered. Heck, they managed to win even without him. The same will go here. As the game really comes down to defense, it will end up being a lower scoring affair than you might expect with two all-time great QBs involved.