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NFL playoff picks, predictions for divisional games: Ravens run past Bills; Packers stump Rams; Bucs upset Saints

The divisional spherical of the 2021 NFL playoffs is all in regards to the quarterback matchups.  

The 2021 NFL playoffs options six wild-card matchups over a two-day stretch that ought to produce an overload of pleasure for NFL followers. Indianapolis and Buffalo open the motion at 1:05 p.m. ET on Saturday. Los Angeles and Seattle will meet for the third time within the 4:40 p.m. slot, which units up a prime-time matchup between Tampa Bay and Washington at 8:15 p.m.  

Sunday options one other tripleheader. Baltimore and Tennessee meet in a rematch of final yr’s AFC divisional playoff sport at 1:05 p.m. Chicago faces New Orleans at 4:40 p.m. Cleveland makes its first playoff appearances since 2003 towards the rival Steelers at 8:15 p.m.  

Sporting Information picks the divisional video games straight up:  

  • Final Week: 4-2 
  • Common season: 129-75 
  • General: 133-77 

With that because the thoughts, beneath are our picks and predictions for Week 17:  

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NFL picks, predictions for 2021 divisional playoff video games

  • Los Angeles Rams at Inexperienced Bay Packers (-7)  

Saturday, 4:35 p.m., FOX 

The Packers have home-field benefit, and the problem for Aaron Rodgers is discovering methods to assault a dominant Rams protection. Aaron Donald (ribs) is anticipated to play, and that inside stress can be key towards a Inexperienced Bay offensive line that has been the crew power. Sean McVay and Matt LaFleur know one another effectively, in order that chess match can be enjoyable to look at on each side. Finally, it is Inexperienced Bay’s protection — which has allowed 25 factors or much less in its final six video games — that steals the highlight within the second half. Rodgers earns a visit to his fifth NFC championship sport, and his first one at Lambeau Discipline. It will not be straightforward.  

Choose: Packers 30, Rams 24 

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  • Baltimore Ravens at Buffalo Payments (-3)  

Saturday, 8:15 p.m., NBC  

The Payments have gained seven in a row, and the Ravens have gained six straight video games. Josh Allen and Lamar Jackson have discovered their grooves, and each can be challenged by powerful defenses. The distinction for Baltimore, nevertheless, has been a operating sport ignited by J.Okay. Dobbins, who has scored a TD in seven straight video games. The Ravens can restrict Buffalo’s possessions with that floor sport, and the move protection limits the Payments’ alternatives within the purple zone. Marlon Humphrey seals the victory with a late interception.  

Choose: Ravens 28, Payments 24

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  • Cleveland Browns at Kansas Metropolis Chiefs (-10)  

Sunday, 3:30 p.m., CBS 

The Browns can be enjoying with the arrogance that comes from profitable the franchise’s first playoff sport 25 years. Do not be stunned if Cleveland takes a first-quarter lead and might have success operating the ball with Nick Chubb and former Kansas Metropolis operating again Kareem Hunt towards a Chiefs protection that allowed 4.5 yards per carry. The Browns, nevertheless, have allowed 300 or extra yards passing seven of their final eight video games. Patrick Mahomes will hit Tyreek Hill for a pair of lengthy TD passes within the second half, and the Chiefs will stress Baker Mayfield to maintain tempo. It is going to be the highest-scoring sport of the weekend.  

Choose: Chiefs 38, Browns 30 

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  • Tampa Bay Buccaneers at New Orleans Saints (-3.5)  

Saturday, 8:15 p.m., FOX 

The Saints swept the regular-season matchups, and Tom Brady threw 5 interceptions in these two video games. Tampa Bay’s offense has improved since, and the addition of Antonio Brown offers New Orleans one other difficulty. Tampa Bay held Alvin Kamara in examine within the regular-season matchups, however Drew Brees did not make the large errors. This provides as much as a basic third installment, and Brady leads a late TD drive that seals the street upset with a TD move to Rob Gronkowski. Who else would it not be?  

Choose: Buccaneers 31, Saints 27  

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