Eight teams remain in the hunt to win the Super Bowl. Who will advance to the conference championship games for next weekend?
Fasten your seatbelts, NFL fans. We've got a huge weekend of games on the schedule, as the divisional round of the playoffs has arrived.
After some big upsets last week, highlighted by the Tennessee Titans traveling to New England and taking down the Patriots, we've learned anything can happen in the postseason.
The Titans weren't the only surprise victors, though. The Vikings defeated Drew Brees and the Saints in New Orleans, which was also a monster upset. On Saturday and Sunday, there are four games that could truly go either way.
So, which star players will rise to the occasion and help their teams advance? In this piece, we offer up our NFL picks for the Divisional Round.
Minnesota @ San Francisco: 11/1/19 @ 4:35 PM ET
The Vikings indeed stunned us all last weekend, as Kirk Cousins and Co. took down New Orleans at the Superdome. While Cousins hasn't been known to be a clutch player throughout his career, he came up big when his team needed him.
In the overtime win, he connected with tight end Kyle Rudolph on a perfect fade pass to win it. So, what will he have in store for the San Francisco 49ers? SF has the higher NFL Playoff odds to come away with the win, as they're the No. 1 seed in the NFC and of course have the home-field advantage.
Jimmy Garoppolo has the offense looking sharp, while defensive coordinator Robert Saleh has been one of the best coaches in the game this year. The 49ers' defense has been tough as nails.
This showdown between the two powerhouses should be a close affair. We'll give SF the advantage, however, and pick them to win it.
THE WEST IS OURS. pic.twitter.com/ZWfo8ZuGyP— San Francisco 49ers (@49ers) December 30, 2019
Tennessee Titans @ Baltimore Ravens: 11/1/19 @8:15 PM ET
How about the mighty, mighty Titans? Virtually no one outside of Tennessee thought they had a chance to beat Tom Brady and the Patriots, but head coach Mike Vrabel's boys did the unthinkable. Their reward? A trip to Baltimore to take on the AFC's No. 1 seed in the Baltimore Ravens.
With Lamar Jackson, the favorite to win the MVP, powering the offense, Baltimore has been sensational this year. Running back Mark Ingram is looking like a beast, while Mark Edwards has played like one of the best tight ends in the league.
For the Titans to have a shot in this one, though, they'll need to limit the big plays from Jackson. He is the kind of player who will hurt you with either his arm or legs if given the chance.
While Tennessee pulled off the upset, look for their magic to run out on Saturday. Baltimore should cruise to a win.
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Houston @ Kansas City: 12/1/19 @ 3:05 PM ET
In an absolute thriller last weekend, the Texans came from behind to take down the Buffalo Bills. For Houston, though, they can't afford to get off to a slow start on Sunday. Matter of fact, that's the last thing that can happen against Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs.
Kansas City was gifted the No. 2 seed in the AFC after New England lost in Week 17 at home to Miami. Now that they're well rested, the offense will look to dismantle Houston, while the D will hope to continue its strong play.
Kansas City has high Super Bowl odds and are favored to win this game by 10 points. Though it's a high spread, we're picking them to cover.
Seattle @ Green Bay: 12/1/19 @ 6:40 PM ET
These two teams are more than familiar with one another, having met in the postseason on multiple occasions. This time around, you'll once again have Russell Wilson go up against Aaron Rodgers. Which QB will prove to be more clutch?
The Packers, the No. 2 seed in the NFC, had a bye last week. Seattle traveled to Philly and defeated the Eagles. It will be on the Seattle defense to try and stop Rodgers from getting going. Green Bay's offense has looked sluggish in recent weeks, so keep that in mind.
The Packers are 3.5-point favorites at home. Is an upset in the works, though? We think so, which is why we're picking the Seahawks to win and move on to the NFC Championship Game.