By Harry Gagnon
SATURDAY JANUARY 22 & SUNDAY JANUARY 23
Super Wildcard Weekend is over and now we can figure out who is marching on after this weekend of the great 8 teams left. Here are my plays for the playoffs this weekend, plus a player prop from each game that you may want to take an interest in (especially if it makes you a few extra bucks).
BENGALS +3.5 OVER TITANS
We won with Burrow and the Bengals last week and I'm not going back off now. Burrow won 2 games last season before he got hurt and one of those victories was by double digits over the Titans and Tannehill. I'm not sold on Tannehill and haven't been all season, plus none of us really know how ready Derrick Henry will be. If the Cincinnati offensive line can get through their injuries and give Burrow the time he needs, he will find Chase, Boyd, and Higgins.
PROP PLAY IN BENGALS/TITANS
-115 JOE BURROW'S LONGEST COMPLETION OVER 38.5 YARDS
I'm not sure who Burrow throws to when he wins this (could be more than 1 player) but I have plenty of faith is Burrow against the 25th ranked pass defense in the NFL.
PACKERS -5.5 OVER 49ERS
Green Bay is 8-0 at home and won 7 of them by 8 points or more. The Niners are banged up in their secondary and we should see Aaron Rodgers take exploit that the best he can is freezing weather. Green Bay is getting healthy at the right time as they are getting numerous defensive players back which should help slowing down Deebo Samuel. The Packers at home will pull away in second half against a game but beaten up Niners defense.
PROP PLAY IN 49ERS/PACKERS
-115 ANYTIME TD BY AARON JONES
Jones scored in the earlier game this season versus San Francisco and has 3 TDS in his last 4 games (2 were catches). Jones also shows up big in the playoffs tallying 5 times in 4 career playoff games.
RAMS +3 OVER BUCCANEERS
Tom Brady is 0-2 in a Buccaneers uniform against Sean McVey and the LA Rams. Tampa Bay is also going to have to overcome plenty of injuries to make a return trip to the NFC Title game. I'm rolling with Stafford who had a big game earlier this season against Brady and that he finally got the playoff monkey off his back. The additions of Von Miller and OBJ (Beckham 6 TDS in 8 games) have been enormous for the Rams and Cam Akers is also back (scored in both playoff games as a rookie last season).
PROP PLAY IN RAMS/BUCCANEERS
-110 MIKE EVANS OVER 70.5 RECEIVING YARDS
Evans had 117 versus the Eagles last week in their wildcard matchup and had 8 grabs for 106 in the earlier matchup versus LA this season. In 8 home games this season Evans has eclipsed that number of 70 yards, 7 times.
BILLS +1.5 OVER CHIEFS
With this line being so low, Vegas is begging you to take the Chiefs and I'm not doing it. The Bills at this time are a better team than Kansas City. The Bills are led by Josh Allen who had a monster game last week and Buffalo has also found their running game again with Devin Singletary (80 yards and 2 TDS vs Pats). Buffalo beat KC by 18 in Arrowhead earlier this season thanks in part to their dynamic duo at safety in Micah Hyde & Jordan Poyer. The Bills lead the NFL in yards against and points given up, which they showed in the 1st game against the Chiefs and they will exemplify that in game 2.
PROP PLAY IN BILLS/CHIEFS
TRAVIS KELCE OVER 70.5 RECEIVING YARDS
70 yards ???? How about 100 !!!! No one is more reliable than this guy who has 4 straight 100+ games receiving in the playoffs.