The NFL has just concluded the Wild Card round of the 2022 NFL playoffs, and it was a pretty straightforward week with only one upset. We saw the Buffalo Bills blow out the Patriots and Mac Jones, the Bengals defeat the Raiders, the 49ers upset the Cowboys, the Buccaneers defeat the Eagles, the Rams destroy the Cardinals and we saw Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs send Ben Roethlisberger to his retirement. But that is all in the past now because we get to prepare for the Divisional round this week.
No. 4 Bengals at No. 1 Titans – Saturday, Jan. 22, 3 p.m.
The Bengals finally did it. Their first playoff win since 1991, and the first time anyone could send a true text that said the Bengals won a playoff game. But they can’t celebrate for too long because now they have to play the first seed Titans, who are getting Derrick Henry back. The Bengals definitely have their work cut out for them, but I don’t think it is too much for them to handle. I do think that Derrick Henry could be sloppy, I mean he just missed like half a season. I think the Titans did a great job finding a way to clinch the one seed despite all of their injuries, but I think this is the end of the road. I think the Bengals will win this game.
No. 6 49ers at No. 1 Packers – Saturday, Jan. 22, 7:30 p.m.
In all honesty, this is the easiest game for me to pick a winner. Sorry 49er fans, but this game is going to the Packers. The 49ers found a way to get past the Cowboys, but now they have to deal with the best team in a dominant NFC. I respect the fact the 49ers made it this far, but I think their season ends here.
No. 4 Rams at No. 2 Buccaneers – Sunday, Jan. 23, 1 p.m.
Both of these teams are coming out of last week hotter than ever, both winning their games very easily, and honestly, I could see this game going either way. It is so hard for me to pick a winner of this game. Both have electric offenses and killer defenses that have been great all year. This game could honestly go either way in my opinion. But if watching football my whole life has taught me anything, no matter how much I hate it, I can’t bet against Tom Brady. I think the Buccaneers will win this game.
No. 3 Bills at No. 2 Chiefs – Sunday, Jan. 23, 5:30 p.m.
I can already tell this game will be fun to watch. The Bills stifling defense versus one of the best offenses the NFL has ever seen. Both of these teams are coming off of a week where they blew out their opponents, but one team made it look a lot easier. The Bills were able to torch the Patriots’s pretty good defense, meanwhile, Patrick Mahomes struggled in the early parts of the game, and they played the Steelers. I am not trying to say that the Steelers have a horrible defense, but I just think if the Bills can keep Mahomes guessing, and the Bills offense can keep up their pace from the last game. I think the Bills will win this game.