After both top-seeds lost on Saturday, home-field advantage is now for anyone’s taking. This is what makes the NFL playoffs so much fun. Anything can happen and it did on Saturday when the Packers lost to the 49ers and Titans lost to the Bengals.
Sure, our Seattle Seahawks aren’t involved in the postseason this year but at least the games have been fun and stress-free (since there are no Seahawks playing). Hopefully next year Russell Wilson and company will make a deep playoff run.
For Sunday’s games, WynnBet has the Buccaneers favored to beat the Rams by 2.5 and the Chiefs over the Bills by 1.5. As most home teams get 3 points to start, WynnBet is really just saying these games are a complete toss-up.
NFL playoffs: Staff predictions for Sunday’s divisional round games
If you are looking for any kind of edge when Tampa Bay plays LA, the Bucs offensive line is really banged-up. They might have all their starters but two – center Ryan Jensen and right tackle Tristan Wirfs – won’t be 100 percent. That might allow Aaron Donald and friends to create chaos for Tom Brady.
As far as Buffalo and Kansas City, the Bills secondary is legit. Buffalo was number one overall defensively this season but they allowed just 163 passing per game and just 4.65 per pass play. If Kansas City wins, it will likely be because they ran the ball pretty well.
Here is how our staff sees the Sunday games going.
Los Angeles Rams at Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Geoff Schull: Buccaneers 34 Rams 24
Todd Vandenberg: Rams 33 Buccaneers 31
Jake Luppino: Buccaneers 27 Rams 24
Carson Schroer: Buccaneers 34 Rams 31
Andrew Bailie: Rams 26 Buccaneers 21
Max Downard: Buccaneers 27 Rams 24
Lee Vowell: Rams 24 Buccaneers 21
Buffalo Bills at Kansas City Chiefs
Geoff Schull: Bills 38 Chiefs 31
Todd Vandenberg: Bills 38 Chiefs 26
Jake Luppino: Bills 34 Chiefs 30
Carson Schroer: Chiefs 38 Bills 30
Andrew Bailie: Bills 35 Chiefs 27
Max Downard: Bills 31 Chiefs 28
Lee Vowell: Chiefs 34 Bills 20