This year, the NFC has been a very balanced conference. In looking at the playoff bracket, other than the Philadelphia Eagles, any of the six other teams could be the ones representing the NFC in the Super Bowl. The Green Bay Packers are the top seed, but they have their flaws, Tampa Bay has been hurt by injuries, Dallas always finds a way to lose in the postseason, the Rams have been inconsistent, Arizona has struggled the past few weeks, and experts don’t trust Jimmy Garoppolo leading the Niners. With all of that being said, it’s now time to look at the NFC, and make our predictions as to what the matchups will look like in the divisional round so you can plan your bets against the NFC Divisional odds.
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(6) San Francisco 49ers @ (1) Green Bay Packers
In our biggest upset of the playoffs thus far, the San Francisco 49ers defeated the Dallas Cowboys to move on to the divisional round. The Niners rushing offense proved to be too much for a Dallas defense that was better than expected but folded in the postseason. San Francisco will once again use the same game plan, as they will run, run, run the ball to control the clock and keep Aaron Rodgers off of the field.
San Francisco’s defense is finally healthy, and that means that they’ll have a formidable pass rush to hinder Rodgers. Green Bay’s offensive line is also getting healthy, and that will help to slow down the Niners pass rush. We expect to see a huge dose of AJ Dillon in the postseason. Between Dillon running between the tackles and the versatility of Aaron Jones (if he can stay healthy), Green Bay will have a solid rushing attack. That will then open things up for Davante Adams and company.
While this one will be a very close game, we are leaning towards the Packers. Jimmy Garoppolo will have to make some plays late, and we don’t trust him to make those plays. It will be a cold, hard fought battle, but the Packers will be standing tall at the end.
(4) Los Angeles Rams @ (2) Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Matthew Stafford was the piece that Sean McVay needed, and even through some rough patches, Stafford has led them to the divisional round. After a hard fought victory over the Cardinals, the Rams moved on and earned a shot at the champs.
The Rams have a lot of star power on defense, and Aaron Donald is one of, if not the best defensive player in the league, but the Rams just haven’t been able to fit all of the pieces on this defense together. Even though Tom Brady doesn’t have Chris Godwin or Antonio Brown any more, the Tampa Bay offense will still find a way to make things work.
Both teams will give up points, and we’ll see a back and forth contest. The quarterbacks will be throwing the ball a lot in this one, and it will come down to a big mistake by Matthew Stafford that may very well cost the Rams a shot at playing in their home stadium in the Super Bowl.
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