After 17 regular-season games the NFL playoffs are down to the Divisional Rounds. There are now just eight teams left in contention for Super Bowl LVI following the first round of wild-card action last week.
The first round wasn’t that competitive but there were a couple of close encounters as the Cincinnati Bengals downed the Las Vegas Raiders 26-19 and the San Francisco 49ers beat the Dallas Cowboys 23-17. Meanwhile, the Buffalo Bills hammered the New England Patriots 47-17, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers handled the Philadelphia Eagles 31-15, the Kansas City Chiefs doubled the Pittsburgh Steelers 42-21 and the Los Angeles Rams took care of the Arizona Cardinals 34-11.
This weekend’s games line up like this:
Cincinnati Bengals (10-7) at Tennessee Titans (12-5) – Saturday, Jan. 22nd at 4:30 p.m. ET. The Titans won the AFC South and earned a bye last weekend. The current bet365 odds list the Titans as -3.5 point favorites in this showdown.
San Francisco 49ers (10-7) at Green Bay Packers (13-4) – Saturday, Jan. 22nd at 8:15 p.m. ET. The Packers topped the NFC North this year and took last weekend off with a bye. For San Francisco, this will be their third consecutive round outing. The Packers are the bet365 favorites at -6.0 points.
Los Angeles Rams (12-5) at Tampa Bay Buccaneers (13-4) – Sunday, Jan. 23rd at 3 p.m. ET. This will be a short week for the Rams as their win over Arizona took place on the west coast on Monday night. Tampa Bay enters the game at -3.0 point favorites with the bet365 oddsmakers.
Buffalo Bills (11-6) at Kansas City Chiefs (12-5) – Sunday, Jan. 23rd at 6:30 p.m. ET. The Chiefs are current favorites at bet365 at -1.5 points.
During the wild-card weekend, the Buffalo Bills managed to score a touchdown on all seven of their drives. They didn’t punt, get sacked, kick a field goal, lose yardage on a single play or turn the ball over the entire game. The Bills also scored the most points ever against New England in a playoff game in which coach Bill Belichick was in charge of the Patriots. Buffalo enters this weekend’s game against the Kansas City Chiefs in fine form and will be attempting to win their first ever Super Bowl. In case you’ve forgotten, the Bills own the NFL record for the most consecutive Super Bowl appearances with four between 1990 and 1993 and lost all four games. They’ll be taking on a Chiefs club which won the championship in 2019 against San Francisco but were beaten by Tampa Bay in last season’s playoff finale. Kansas City is 2-2 in Super Bowl games as they also lost in 1966 and won in 1969
The Los Angeles Rams were also in fine form last weekend in their win over Arizona and in the third quarter Odell Beckham Jr., their wide receiver, had actually registered more passing yards Cardinals’ quarterback Kyler Murray. Meanwhile Rams’ quarterback Matthew Stafford hit 76 per cent of his passes without being intercepted once. Beckham racked up a touchdown and 54 yards on four catches and also picked up 40 yards passing. The Rams are in for a battle this weekend though down in Tampa of course as the Buccaneers are the reigning Super Bowl champions and legendary quarterback Tom Brady already owns seven Super Bowl rings. The Buccaneers are 2-0 in championship games as they also won in 2002 while the Rams franchise is 1-3 with a win in 1999 and losses in 1979, 2001 and 2018.
As far as the rest of the playoff teams go, the Bengals are 0-2 in Super Bowl outings with defeats in 1981 and 1988; the Titans franchise is 0-1 as they lost in 1999; the 49ers are an impressive 5-2 with wins in 1981, 1984, 1988, 1989 and 1994 with losses in 2012 and 2019; the Packers are 4-1 with victories in 1966, 1967, 1996 and 2010 with their defeat coming in 1997.
You can make numerous wagers on each contest at bet365 with the most popular being the points spread, points total and moneyline.
As far as winning the Super Bowl at SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, California on Feb. 13th goes, the bet365 oddsmakers have the Green Bay Packers as the current favorites at +320 with the Kansas City Chiefs at +400, the Buffalo Bills at +500, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at +600, the Los Angeles Rams and Tennessee Titans at +750, the San Francisco 49ers at +1100 and the Cincinnati Bengals at +1500.