Baltimore Ravens @ Tennessee Titans
The one team that should give Kansas City a run for its money in the AFC is Baltimore. After a midseason slump, the Ravens cranked it up and went 5-1 down the stretch. They own the league’s best rushing offense averaging over 177 yards a game. Baltimore gashed Cincinnati for 404 yards on the ground in the season finale.
The Titans know a thing or two about running the ball. RB Derrick Henry led the NFL in rushing for the second consecutive season and became just the eighth player in league history to top 2,000 yards in a season.
Along with QB Ryan Tannehill, the Titans may have the more explosive offense but Tennessee’s defense is suspect. They have recorded just 14 sacks the entire season. Baltimore has a superior defense, better special teams, and the NFL’s best kicker in Justin Tucker… BALTIMORE 28, TENNESSEE 27
Chicago Bears @ New Orleans Saints
Don’t let the Chicago Bears fool you. There is a reason why the Saints are an 8-point favorite in this wild card matchup. Chicago started the season 5-1 but suffered through a six-game losing streak at midseason. The Bears even lost in Week 17 badly to Green Bay yet backed into the playoffs.
New Orleans has had its own share of difficulties but navigated them with a powerful defense and the next man up. RB Alvin Kamara missed Week 17 after testing positive for the coronavirus. WR Michael Thomas didn’t play either because of an ankle injury. Both could return which would be a boost to the Saints.
The Saints beat Chicago 26-23 in overtime in Week 8 of the regular season. They did it without Thomas. New Orleans can’t let the Bears hang around as the Saints have a history of losing home playoff games. Not this one though… NEW ORLEANS 27, CHICAGO 20