2022 NFL Playoff Picks: Divisional Round

So Sunny and Joshua and I always have this little pool of picking NFL playoff games. It’s always a lot of fun and it gives us a “rooting interest” in games we might not otherwise care about.

Here’s how we fared in last week’s wild card round:

  • Joshua, 5-1. The only game he missed was the 49ers vs. Cowboys.
  • Jason, 5-1. Same thing. I thought the Cowboys would be a force in this tournament. But, boy, was I wrong.
  • Sunny, 3-3. Rough weekend for Sunny. The Cowboys hosed her; she also had the Cardinals and the Patriots. So she’s in the unenviable spot of having to take a few upsets in this week’s matchups in order to catch either Joshua or me.

Cincinnati Bengals at Tennessee Titans

We were ecstatic in Week 18 when the Titans secured the #1 seed in the AFC. In addition to giving them home field advantage throughout the playoffs, the win gave the NFL’s most banged up unit a much needed week of rest. I don’t want to be too confident, because the Joe-Burrow-led Bengals are super dynamic on offense, but this Titans team looks to finally be healthy. And Nashville is giddy over the hopeful return of Derrick Henry to the starting lineup. All three of us are taking the Titans in this one and Joshua and I have extra incentive: we’ll be there in person cheering on the Titans. Hopefully Tennessee can take care of business and advance to the AFC Championship Game next week.

San Fransisco 49ers at Green Bay Packers

I’m thinking the 49ers used up all their magic fairy “upset” dust last week against the Cowboys. Joshua agrees with me; we each have Aaron Rodgers and company taking care of business in this one. In fact, this is the only game that I think could be a bit of a blowout this week. Sure would be a better matchup if it were Dallas heading to Green Bay. Sunny is in full “Hail Mary” mode, so she’s taking San Fran in the road upset.

Los Angeles Rams at Tampa Bay Bucs

I think this will be a really good game. It looks like all of those “win now” moves are paying off for the Rams. But in order to advance, they’ll have to knock off the G.O.A.T. All three of us are picking Brady to take care of business in this one, but I wouldn’t be surprised to see the Rams pull an upset.

Buffalo Bills at Kansas City Chiefs

No wonder they saved this one for prime time Sunday night. This one has the feel of an AFC Championship Game. The Bills looked incredible in their complete dismantling of New England last weekend. Sunny I have them winning on the road against a great Chiefs team. Joshua decided to stick with the home team, so this one will determine which one of us has bragging rights heading into Championship weekend.

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