NFL Divisional Round Playoff Predictions (2021)

Carson Zorn, Sports Writer

And then there were eight. The NFL playoffs continue this week with the divisional round, as eight teams try to prove that they are Super Bowl worthy. Last week the Colts, Seahawks, Football Team, Titans, Bears, and Steelers were all eliminated. So now we move on to the divisional round, and my divisional round predictions. 


Record:

Last Week: 4-2

Total: 160-101-1

Playoff Record: 4-2

Saturday Games:

 

Rams vs Packers:

I might be riding high off of predicting the upset correctly last week, but I think the Rams have a real shot to win this game. They are the perfect match for the Packers. The Packers secondary and pass defense is great, but their run defense is lack luster. Luckily for the Rams, they lean on the run heavily, and have a fantastic running back in rookie Cam Akers. The Rams also have the best CB in the league to match up against the best WR in the league. Watching the battle between Jalen Ramsey and Davante Adams is going to be one of the best parts of the game. If Ramsey is able to neutralize Adams, Aaron Rodgers will have to find a way to connect with Allen Lazard, Robert Tonyan and MVS, which might be tough to do against the rest of the Rams talented defense. Aaron Donald could cause a lot of problems for Aaron Rodgers, given that the best member of the Packers O-Line is out with injury. I’m torn. I’ve been predicting a Bills-Packers Super Bowl for the longest time, but at the same time, the more I think about it, the more I realize how perfectly posed the Rams are to be the team to knock the Packers out of the playoffs. However, I’m going against my brain, and going with my gut, and am going to predict a Packers win.

Packers Win 27-23

 

Ravens vs Bills:

This is going to be the best game this weekend. Two elite offenses facing off. Out of all the possible teams the Bills could’ve played after winning last week, the Ravens were the worst possible outcome. The Bills run defense has been atrocious all year, and the Ravens are the best running team in the league. Between Lamar Jackson, JK Dobbins and Gus Edwards the Ravens rushing attack is dominant. The Bills allowed 163 rushing yards to the Colts last week, and it’ll be even more this week. The Bills will be able to limit Lamar Jackson’s passing, and as long as Josh Allen plays like he did last week, the Bills offense will be able to keep up with the Ravens. The Bills game plan should be to keep the ball out of Lamar’s hands for as long as possible, but given how bad the Bills running game is, they won’t be able to kill a lot of clock. This is a tough game to pick, as both of these teams are red hot, and both are perfect matches for each other. I’m going to go with the Bills, because I think they overall have a better roster, but this game could really go either way.

Bills Win 30-28

 

Sunday Games:

 

Browns vs Chiefs:

Look, the Browns are a good team, with a good roster, good coach and promising future. But, I just don’t see them beating the Chiefs. While the Chiefs have looked beatable in recent weeks, the Browns aren’t the team to do it. There’s way too many mismatches between the Chiefs offense and the Browns defense. While I still see the Browns being a playoff team next year, this is where their run ends this year.

Chiefs Win 35-27

 

Buccaneers vs Saints:

While it’s extremely difficult to beat the same team three times in a year, I think it’s about to happen with this Saints vs Buccaneers game. The Saints have handled the Buccaneers with relative ease this year, winning one game by 35 points. While playoff Tom Brady is nothing to mess with, the Saints defense is actually pretty solid. The Saints offense is also perfectly suited to pick apart the Buccaneers lackluster defense. This could turn into a shootout, but I just believe in the Saints more than I do the Bucs, so I’m going to take the Saints to win this one.

Saints Win 30-24

 

Those are my divisional round predictions. Agree or disagree? Let me know in the comments! As always, enjoy some football this weekend!