After one week of NFL postseason play, the divisional round of the playoffs has begun to take shape. The weekend of the Super Wildcard Round was exhilarating and exciting. Week One consisted of blowouts, upsets, and games that were hotly contested.
The Divisional Round should provide the same entertainment, and below we’ll take a look at the sure losers for this upcoming week of NFL playoff football. With that being said, let’s dive into the teams that will most likely get eliminated in the Divisional Round so you can bet on their NFL Playoffs Odds.
Who Are the Sure Losers in Divisional Round of NFL Action?
Jacksonville Jaguars (+9) vs Kansas City Chiefs
On Saturday, January 21 at 4:30 p.m. on NBC, the Jacksonville Jaguars and the Kansas City Chiefs will square off in the AFC divisional round of the playoffs. Jacksonville walked away from the Super Wildcard Round with arguably the best game of the week as they came back from a 27 point deficit to beat the Chargers on a walk-off field goal 31-30.
We know that Trevor Lawrence and the Jaguars never give up because they not only managed to come back from a 27-0 deficit to win last week, but also because they ripped off five straight wins and clawed their way into the playoffs by winning the division.
The problem is the Jaguars will run into Andy Reid, Patrick Mahomes, and the 14-3 Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium. The last time these two faced, the Chiefs jumped out to a 20-0 lead and cruised to victory 27-17. Additionally, Reid’s teams have benefited greatly from Bye weeks, accumulating a 87.1% winning percentage after more than 30 postseason and regular season Byes.
To make matters worse for Jacksonville, they will have to travel on the road and face the front-runner for the MVP race. Patrick Mahomes leads the league in touchdown passes (41), QBR (77.7), and passing yards (5,250). Kansas City’s offense also leads the league in yards per game (413.6) and scoring offense (29.2). Jacksonville won’t be able to keep up in this one, and they should walk away losers in the Divisional Round.
New York Giants (+7.5) vs Philadelphia Eagles
The third meeting between these two division rivals this year will take place, and the New York Giants will be looking for a better result than the two previous meetings, both of which Philadelphia won. The New York Giants picked up an impressive victory on the road against the Minnesota Vikings 31-24, but they will surely lose their matchup against the Philadelphia Eagles on the road in the Divisional Round of the NFL playoffs.
While the Giants have greatly improved over the course of the season, the Eagles defeated them twice this season, outsourcing the Giants 70-38. Additionally, New York has been dominated by Philadelphia, losing 10 of their last 12 matchups.
The 14-3 Philadelphia Eagles, who are likely the NFC favorite, will play New York. After having one of the NFL’s most evenly matched offensive and defensive seasons this year, Philadelphia earned a much-needed bye week. The Eagles’ offensive production was third-best, averaging 389.2 yards and 28.1 points per game.
Even more remarkable was the Philadelphia defense, which limited opponents to a league-best 179.1 air yards per game, a second-best 301.5 yards per game, and just 20.2 points per game (7th).
The bottom line is the New York Giants are a lot less talented than the Philadelphia Eagles. On the defensive side of the ball, ranked 25th in the league with just 19 takeaways on the year, while conceding a whopping 144.2 yards on the ground (27th). While the offense has made strides under First Year head coach Brian Daboll, the offense is one of the worst in the passing game averaging 185.7 yards (26th).
Although the Giants have improved as the season has gone on, the Eagles’ defense ought to be able to contain Daniel Jones and Saquon Barkley, while the offense will run wild on New York’s weak defensive line. For those reasons, expect the Giants to walk away losers this weekend.