The second round of the playoffs kicks off their action with two attractive duels: Rams at Packers and Ravens at Bills.
The Divisional Round of the playoffs kicks off this Saturday with the doubleheader between Los Angeles Rams and Green Bay Packers, in the afternoon, while Buffalo Bills they will receive the Baltimore Ravens at night.
Green Bay will make his postseason debut after finishing as the No. 1 seed in the National Conference and The Angels comes from a surprise victory in the Wild Card Round Over the Seattle Seahawks.
In the other duel, Buffalo comes off his first playoff win since 1995 and is measured at Baltimore, who won for the first time in the postseason with Lamar Jackson as your quarterback.
With the first tickets at Conference Finals in Game, these are the reasons why you cannot miss the Divisional Round matches:
Tapa Nava says it will be a great game in which Packers ‘explosive offense meets Rams’ anthology defense.
The Rams visit the frozen tundra of the Packers in one of the playoff keys that provides access from the Divisional Round to the NFC Championship Game. Though handicapped by injuries, particularly at quarterback, Los Angeles is sure to put up a good fight for favorite Green Bay.
Here, the most important thing about the duel:
Plot to follow: The head coach of the Packers, Matt LaFleur, is a very close friend of the head coach of the Rams, Sean McVay. In fact, it was his disciple. Both met for the first time with him Washington Football Team in 2010, where LaFleur was a quarterback coach until 2013 and McVay he arrived with a lesser position, that of offensive assistant. The next year, McVay He was promoted to tight ends coach, where he was until 2013, being promoted to offensive coordinator in 2014, to stay there until 2016. When McVay received his opportunity as head coach of the Rams in 2017, he immediately contacted LaFleur to serve as their offensive coordinator, even though he only spent a year in The Angels before assuming the same position the following year with the Tennessee Titans. Although they come from the same genealogical tree of coaches, and use the same system and language, their selection of plays differs considerably, due to the notable differences between offenses. That contrast will be one of the most important points to follow this Saturday.
Figure to follow: The Terminator. Aaron Donald declared himself ready to play and pain-free, after abandoning last weekend’s game against the Seahawks, and your goal will be to make the other Aaron as uncomfortable as possible, Aaron Rodgers. In the regular season, Packers they only suffered two really bad games in terms of pass protection: in Week 6 against the Bucs, when they allowed four sacks in a loss, and in Week 11, when they gave up five sacks in a close win over the Panthers. In those duels, the defensive tackles Ndamukong Suh and Derrick Brown they made a combined three sacks. Donald is kilometers superior to both in terms of pin pressure, and the Rams they like to move it all over the offensive line. It will be interesting to see how many times they try to take advantage of the absence of the left tackle. David bakhtiari with Donald, or they will let work there primarily to Leonard Floyd, who had a breakout season this year. Sure, the sacks are important, but you also have to take into account the rushing and hitting the quarterback to measure the impact it may have Donald in the game.
Statistics to follow: In the regular season, Jalen Ramsey Only once allowed an opposing wide receiver to exceed 50 receiving yards in a game: Amari Cooper in Week 1. He gave up only one touchdown this season: a lone 4-yard catch from Stefon Diggs in Week 3. This weekend, Davante Adams will line up in front of him, presumably, on most plays, Adams he led the league with 18 touchdown receptions, despite missing two games through injury. Your understanding with Rodgers he is almost telepathic, but in front of him he has what was possibly the best cornerback in the campaign. The final numbers of Adams They could give us a good indication of who wins this match, in one of the best individual sarongs of the entire weekend.
Forecast: The odds have the Packers as favorites by 6.5 points at home, and the high and low line has been set at 45.5. In turn, the Football Power Index of IT indicates that Green Bay has a 65.1 percent chance of advancing to the next round. Yeah the quarterback Jared Goff comes touched by the thumb of his throwing hand, and Donald had the rib problem. Further, Cooper Coup suffered a knee injury. With everything and that, I expect a closer match than some predict, with Green Bay winning, but not covering his line. – Rafael Zamorano
The game between Ravens and Bills is shaping up to be the most even of the entire Divisional Round, according to the “Football Power Index” of IT and it could certainly be the most attractive of the whole weekend.
On the one hand, Lamar Jackson is in his best form at the helm of the Ravens, who have exploded in their running attack in recent weeks and his defense showed that he may be able to stop a railroad like Derrick Henry, so it will depend on Josh Allen find ways to hurt with his fast passes to force them to open lanes to escape on the ground.
The plot to follow:Jackson vs. Allen. There’s no more. The former has already won an NFL Most Valuable Player award and is now seeking his first championship ring, while Allen had a campaign worthy of competing for the award, although he will fall short in his battle against Aaron Rodgers and Patrick Mahomes.
It is not a secret, what the quarterbacks do will be crucial for their teams and in this case I see an advantage for Allen, who has better weapons to throw the ball in case they close spaces to run, something that cannot be argued with Jackson .
The figure to follow: Stefon Diggs. The Bills never in their history had a leading NFL catcher until this year Diggs arrived, who finished with 1,535 yards on the season, becoming a key player in Allen’s development as a passer. If Diggs can get past the Baltimore perimeter led by Marlon Humphrey and Marcus Peters, then Buffalo could head to their first Conference Final since 1993, the year they lost the last of four consecutive Super Bowls.
Diggs won’t be alone, John Brown and Cole Beasley could benefit if the No. 1 receiver gets extra attention from the Ravens.
The statistics to follow: 6.7. Those are the yards per carry the Ravens had in their Wild Card Round win over the Titans, in which they finished with 236 yards on 35 carries and two touchdowns, including a 48-yard run from Jackson to turn the game around. .
That was not all, the Baltimore defense joined the effort limiting Tennessee to just 2.3 yards per carry despite having the NFL’s leading running back, Derrick Henry, who finished with just 40 yards on 18 carries.
The Ravens must bet to keep running in Buffalo, especially if the game is played under snow as forecast, that is their best option to escape with the victory.
The prognosis: Okay, I’ve already talked a lot about Baltimore and for some reason they come as favorites, but it seems to me that they are looking down on the Bills, who for something ended up as the No. 2 seed in the American Conference.
In Week 17, Buffalo destroyed a defense as solid as that of the Miami Dolphins and had the luxury of giving its starters rest in the second half, it is true that against the Indianapolis Colts they seemed to suffer more than expected at the end, But it would be naive to think that the Bills didn’t correct the mistakes.
Despite the historic dominance of the Ravens over Buffalo (6-3 in all their games and three consecutive wins), it seems to me that it will be the Bills that will come out ahead and next week they will be challenging the current champions Kansas City at Arrowhead Stadium Chiefs. – Erick Cervantes Roon