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Michael Cohen

Michael Cohen

Michael Cohen

ARLINGTON, TEXAS - JANUARY 14: Jordan Love #10 of the Green Bay Packers celebrates with Christian Watson #9 during the second half of the NFC Wild Card Playoff game against the Dallas Cowboys at AT&T Stadium on January 14, 2024 in Arlington, Texas.

The NFL’s Elite Eight will take center stage this weekend in the Divisional playoffs in what many consider the last-best weekend of the football season.

And what a round we are going to see this weekend.

Highlighted by the seventh match-up between Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes and Buffalo Bills quarterback Josh Allen, all eyes will be on the Sunday night clash between these two titans. But Chiefs-Blls isn’t the only great game on the docket. All four match-ups are really interesting.

1) Rookie of the Years vs. the League MVP as C.J. Stroud visits Lamar Jackson and the Ravens.
2) Jordan Love carries the Packers into a divisional playoff against NFC favorite San Francisco. Another win for the Packers and you can bet the comparisons between Love and Aaron Rodgers and Brett Favre only grows louder.
3) The feel good story of the year as the Lions try to get to the NFC title game for the first time in 33 years.

It’s gonna be a fun weekend!

  • HOUSTON (11-7) @ BALTIMORE (13-4)

    The Texans come rolling into Baltimore after dismantling the Cleveland Browns 45-14 in the Wild Card round. This is a terrific quarterback match-up as the presumed League MVP, Baltimore’s Lamar Jackson goes toe-to-toe with presumed Rookie of the Year, Houston’s C.J. Stroud. The Ravens come in well rested obviously after having a bye week in the Wild Card. It will be interesting to see if there is any rust from the time off for the Ravens. Keep in mind most of the starters haven’t played in going on three weeks. This is a re-match of a game from Week 1, a game Baltimore won 25-9. This is a very different Houston Texans team the Ravens see on Saturday. Stroud has come into his own as a young quarterback, and they are opportunistic defensively. That said, this is rough spot for Houston to go on the road and come away with a win against the NFL’s number 1 defense in points allowed. PICK: RAVENS 23 – TEXANS 16

  • GREEN BAY (10-8) @ SAN FRANCISCO (13-4)

    This is going to be fun. Jordan Love looked like Aaron Rodgers last week against the Dallas Cowboys as the Packers demolished the Boys’ 48-32. Keep in mind Love and Packers rolled up those points against the NFL’s fifth ranked defense in the Cowboys. Now they see the League’s eighth ranked D in San Francisco. The 49ers do pose a lot of problems for Green Bay. They can rush the passer extremely well. They have amassed 48 sacks during the season as a team. The Packers have to keep Nick Bosa off Love if they are to have a chance. Moreover, the Packers secondary has to do a better job against Brock Purdy and the Niners passing attack. The key to this one will be Christian McCaffery. McCaffery led the league in rushing yards with 1,459. If the Packers can’t slow him down, it will be a long night. PICK: 49ERs 27 – PACKERS 24

  • TAMPA BAY (10-8) @ DETROIT (13-5)

    The feel good game of the week. On one side the overachieving Buccaneers are back in the divisional round led by a resurgent Baker Mayfield. The Bucs smothered the Eagles 32-9 as Mayfield threw for three touchdowns. It will be a different story in Detroit, as the Motor City is fully behind the surging Lions. Detroit escaped last week by one point 24-23, and could stamp their first ticket to the NFC Title game since 1991 with a win. Expect a lot of emotion in Ford Field, and for Jerod Goff and crew to figure out a way to outlast the Bucs.

  • KANSAS CITY (12-6) @ BUFFALO (11-7)

    And last but certainly not least, the Kansas City Chiefs and the Buffalo Bills. This has become a standard rivalry in the AFC lately, with Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes and Bills quarterback Josh Allen having crossed paths six times already. This seventh math-up decides who goes to Championship Sunday, and wouldn’t you know it, the head-to-head series is 3-3. The Chiefs are underdogs, and it is the first time Mahomes gets to play a playoff game on the road in his career. Still K.C. has been here before. Their defense has been outstanding, and will keep them in the game. For Buffalo there is a tone of the pressure on them in this game. They finally have home field over Kansas City in a playoff game, and they desperately want to get to the big game after years of coming up short. This is their best shot. Expect a wild game on Sunday night with the visitors coming out victorious.
    PICK: CHIEFS 30 – BILLS 28

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