The NFL playoffs continue this Sunday with the second pair of games in the divisional round. So, the Packers-Cowboys and Steelers-Chiefs matchups are our easy choices for the latest edition of BGTBO.
Read on below and see which teams you could put your money on!
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Green Bay Packers vs. Dallas Cowboys (4:40 PM ET)
Dak Prescott’s poise under center is one of the best in a while, as he finished with 23 TDs and only four INTs, leading the Cowboys to an NFC-leading 13-3 record. One of his co-rookies, Ezekiel Elliot, meanwhile, boasted a league-leading 1,631 rushing yards. Through that tandem, along with the help of a top-of-the-line pass and run protection, the ‘Boys own a fifth-ranked yard production (376.6 total YPG) and second-ranked rushing offense (149.7 YPG).
For Green Bay, their confidence is through the roof, especially Aaron Rodgers. The QB has a very impressive 22-0 TD-INT ratio (297.5 passing YPG and 69.7 completion rate) in his last eight outings, all while leading the Packers to seven straight victories. With the Cowboys ranking 26th in the league in pass defense, one can just imagine how aggressive and confident Rodgers would be in his throws. Although number one receiver Jordy Nelson (rib) will be out, the next two guys – Davante Adams and Randall Cobb – are still a big threat. Excluding Nelson, Cobb has been one of the team’s best wideouts in the past couple of seasons, while Adams had a breakout year in 2016, registering 75 catches for 997 yards and 12 TDs.
These two squads are bound to provide a high-scoring game. One will edge the other through the defense, as both are ranked in the bottom seven of stopping the pass – the Cowboys are 26th, while the Packers are 31st.
The Packers (+5.5) win, 28-24.
Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Kansas City Chiefs (8:20 PM ET)
The Steelers are entering the contest as winners of eight straight games. They will be boasting the fifth-best passing offense in the league (262.6 YPG), but their ground attack with LeVeon Bell is also a force to be reckoned with. The back is a different kind of monster in his last six games, producing 181.8 total YPG and seven TDs.
Adding to Steel City’s confidence is their victory over the Chiefs in Week 4, where they scored the first 36 points of the game, and won in a 43-14 rout. The offense had 436 total yards.
Don’t think that the Chiefs are just pushovers, though. Head coach Andy Reid and his men topped the AFC West for a reason. Alex Smith is throwing for 249 YPG in his five career games against the Steelers D, and he has weapons that pose a big challenge. Travis Kelce – 1,125 yards and four TDs this season – is one of the best TEs in 2016 and Tyreek Hill – 12 TDs, six receiving, three rushing, and three via return – is possibly the most exciting player in the NFL today.
Along with winning five of their last six contests, the Chiefs are also the only NFL team this season to sweep their division.
The Chiefs win, 26-21.
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