NFL divisional round Saturday open thread

posted at 2:31 pm on January 16, 2016 by Ed Morrissey

Ed: Last weekend I managed to go 3-1 thanks to the Cincinnati Bengals, who rescued me from a .500 start to the playoffs. I went 1-1 on the NFC North last weekend, though, as the Vikings missed a chip-shot field goal at the end that would have won the game. We should have two terrific games to watch today, too, and with only a small chance of rioting on the field.

Jazz: I’m stuck at .500 again thus far, going 1-1 on both Saturday and Sunday last week. It could have been worse, since I needed the Vikings’ kicker to save me from myself at the last moment. Still, I made my final mistake of picking the Redskins and that sunk me for the late game. Now I’ve learned my lesson, however, and I can assure you that I will make no further faulty Redskins picks this season.

Ed: First up is the red-hot Kansas City Chiefs coming to Foxboro to face the struggling New England Patriots (4:35 pm ET, CBS). The Pats limped into the playoffs losing four of their last six games, mostly due to a slew of injuries, while the Chiefs haven’t lost since week 6. Weather shouldn’t be a big factor in New England, with a game-time temperature in the high 30s and some rain impacting both teams equally. The Pats have a much higher-ranked offense, but that will depend on whether Tom Brady has all the weapons he needs at his disposal, and Rob Gronkowski was a late addition to the injured-but-playing list with a sore back and knee. It may be foolish to bet against Bill Belichick at home, but I think the Chiefs stay hot and their 7th-ranked defense (3rd-ranked in points allowed) contains the usually potent Patriots O. KC 24-17 over New England.

Jazz: Good Lord I don’t even want to pick this game. I have to agree with Ed that the numbers are all on the side of the Chiefs and I’ll be rooting for them like crazy. Anything to stop the Patriots, you know. But at the same time you can’t escape the creeping feeling that the Patriots are harder to keep in the grave than Jason Voorhees. Just when you think the beast is finally put away he jumps out of a closet with a fire ax. Still, I’m going to cross my fingers and pick Kansas City to deflate Tom Brady once and for all this year, 30-24.

Ed: For the evening game (8:15 pm ET, NBC), the Green Bay Packers come to Phoenix to take on the Arizona Cardinals. The Packer offense woke up in Washington last week, crushing the Redskins’ hopes of advancing in a relative rout. That doesn’t necessarily remove the memories of the Week 16 rout the Pack suffered at the hands of the Cardinals, and injuries will weigh heavy on Green Bay. Aaron Rodgers will be short on receivers again this week, and this time he faces the league’s 5th-ranked defense rather than its 28th. Carson Palmer will lead the top-ranked Arizona offense at home against the 15th-ranked defense of Green Bay. It may not be a rout like the 38-8 drubbing of Green Bay in week 16, but it probably will not be a terribly close game either. Cardinals 31-20 over the Packers.

Jazz:  This one seems a bit simpler. I picked against the Pack last week and paid the price for it, but Arizona just looks like more than they can handle, particularly on the road. The Packers had a good run, but the Cardinals take this one solidly with their second straight win over Green Bay in a close one, 34-27.


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Whos on first?

SpongePuppy on January 16, 2016 at 2:38 PM

I live in massachusetts. However I think the Chiefs win. NE offensive line is a sieve.

gerrym51 on January 16, 2016 at 2:40 PM

Rams back to L.A. All is forgiven, Ed. Come home.

Go, Pats, Panthers, Cards, Broncos! Lose, Steelers and Seahawks.

Christien on January 16, 2016 at 2:41 PM

Go Lions!!

307wolverine on January 16, 2016 at 2:44 PM

The Titans are on the clock baby!

#1 pick! YEAH!

Brian1972 on January 16, 2016 at 2:56 PM

Go CHIEFS!!!!

missouriyankee on January 16, 2016 at 3:00 PM

Cheeseheads of the world, unite!

Galtian on January 16, 2016 at 3:02 PM

That Pretty Boy has enough rings, Go Chiefs!

AYNBLAND on January 16, 2016 at 3:09 PM

At least these playoffs will be free of New York Values lol :)

Brian1972 on January 16, 2016 at 3:10 PM


RIP, Ted Marchibroda

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Ted Marchibroda, who spent 12 seasons as the coach of the Colts and Ravens, died Saturday at age 84.

ExpressoBold on January 16, 2016 at 3:12 PM

I have the Chiefs+5, Patriots get skunked. Final Chiefs 31-NE 18
U/O 42 Took Over

2nd game I gave +7 to Packers, final Cardinals 35 Pack 17
U/O 50 Took Over

Lot of scoring both games.

Grab some chili and sit back and watch some high scoring football.

woodhull on January 16, 2016 at 3:16 PM

Go, Arizona!

Misha on January 16, 2016 at 3:18 PM

I’m sure Jazz and Ed are looking forward to tomorrow, when they can both probably pick the Carolina Panthers to loses at home – something that has not happened all season long.

As far as today’s games, I’m rooting for both road teams, Kansas City and Green Bay. But if I were betting, I’d go the other way.

TarheelBen on January 16, 2016 at 3:22 PM

Go Lions!!

307wolverine on January 16, 2016 at 2:44 PM

Go Lions!

Flange on January 16, 2016 at 3:30 PM

Go Pats! Unfortunately, their go has got up and went. Hope Brady gets out alive.

Kissmygrits on January 16, 2016 at 3:33 PM

It may be foolish to bet against Bill Belichick at home

yes, yes it is – GO Patriots!

greencalliope on January 16, 2016 at 3:36 PM

You know it is really too bad that Donald Trump hasn’t bought an NFL franchise.

Then these playoffs would be classy and yuuuge. :)

Brian1972 on January 16, 2016 at 3:37 PM

GO CHIEFS!!!

Researcher...MO on January 16, 2016 at 3:38 PM

And GO Green Bay and Broncos (tomorrow)!!!

greencalliope on January 16, 2016 at 3:42 PM

Pats 7
Chiefs 0

SpongePuppy on January 16, 2016 at 4:48 PM

Go CHIEFS!!!!

missouriyankee on January 16, 2016 at 3:00 PM

Yes! l-noi boi

IDontCair on January 16, 2016 at 5:03 PM

Cheap hit!

IDontCair on January 16, 2016 at 5:30 PM

Brady pounding the rock!

Christien on January 16, 2016 at 5:43 PM

Chiefs back in it!

Researcher...MO on January 16, 2016 at 6:50 PM

Go Packers

conservative tarheel on January 16, 2016 at 7:36 PM

Go Lions!!

307wolverine on January 16, 2016 at 2:44 PM
Go Lions!

Flange on January 16, 2016 at 3:30 PM

…ROAR!

JugEarsButtHurt on January 16, 2016 at 7:47 PM

Pats over the Chiefs … 27/20 …..
so it looks like it will be Pats and Denver
(I know I know … but do not think the steelers
can beat Denver …)

Go Packers ….

conservative tarheel on January 16, 2016 at 8:05 PM

If you want to beat Brady, get Eli.

rbj on January 16, 2016 at 8:07 PM

but Arizona just looks like more than they can handle, particularly on the road. The Packers had a good run, but the Cardinals take this one solidly with their second straight win over Green Bay in a close one, 34-27.

another foolish pick, come on guys GO PACKERS!!!!!

greencalliope on January 16, 2016 at 8:09 PM

(Don Adams) SORRY about that, Chiefs!

Pats fans: if you want the AFC champ game to be in Foxboro,
yinz may wanna cheer for the Stillers an’ ‘at

raccoonradio on January 16, 2016 at 8:20 PM

HA! Patriots won! Take that haters!

fragglerock61 on January 16, 2016 at 8:21 PM

fragglerock61 on January 16, 2016 at 8:21 PM

+1

dogsoldier on January 16, 2016 at 8:29 PM

rbj – not convinced that last completion to Edelman wasn’t Eli!

sesuncedu on January 16, 2016 at 9:05 PM

Aaron says R-E-L-A-X . . .

greencalliope on January 16, 2016 at 9:07 PM

DO

YOUR

JOB.

(Ducks for cover)

Del Dolemonte on January 16, 2016 at 10:01 PM

I’ll just say one thing. This Arizona-Green Bay game is incredible.

TarheelBen on January 16, 2016 at 11:28 PM

woo hoo
what a pass ….

conservative tarheel on January 16, 2016 at 11:29 PM

Pack Cards game is officially nuts. Going to OT.

Christien on January 16, 2016 at 11:29 PM

YES …
OT go packers ….

conservative tarheel on January 16, 2016 at 11:30 PM

IT DIDN’T FLIP!!!

Christien on January 16, 2016 at 11:31 PM

…Detroit Deja vu!

JugEarsButtHurt on January 16, 2016 at 11:33 PM

crap …..

conservative tarheel on January 16, 2016 at 11:36 PM

Pound the rock, Palmer!

Christien on January 16, 2016 at 11:37 PM

game over
Packers lost ….

conservative tarheel on January 16, 2016 at 11:38 PM

They still owe Calvin Johnson an apology for this “process of the catch” crap. Janus didn’t maintain control all the way to the ground.

But, LF made that academic. Warrior.

Axeman on January 16, 2016 at 11:43 PM

I will never understand why they never go for the 2 points if it gives them a chance to win. You’re supposed to take every opportunity to win. Yes, it looks bad if you don’t make it, but it’s the right move.

but it probably will not be a terribly close game either

Uh huh! LOL! Overtime game! But the overtime wasn’t close. There’s that.

MrX on January 16, 2016 at 11:48 PM

I’m a Seahawks guy – actually wear a Doug Baldwin jersey to church on game days – and today at 10am pacific time they are going to get their asses beaten by the 15-1 Panthers. Sadly..

Tard on January 17, 2016 at 9:39 AM

I’m a Seahawks guy – actually wear a Doug Baldwin jersey to church on game days – and today at 10am pacific time they are going to get their asses beaten by the 15-1 Panthers. Sadly..

Tard on January 17, 2016 at 9:39 AM

I beg to differ.

‘Hawks by more than 14…

Shepherd Lover on January 17, 2016 at 10:06 AM

I hope you are right!

Tard on January 17, 2016 at 10:26 AM

I have to agree with Ed that the numbers are all on the side of the Chiefs and I’ll be rooting for them like crazy.

You guys, and especially Jazz, do great work, but C’MON, MAN, you’re acting like a bunch of everdribbleso, non-pubescent, libgeek, stompy footers – throwing jibes like a bunch of, er, can’t say what, because your favs can’t seem to put together the season you want to have. Their day will come….Ex: I wasn’t a fan, but thought it great when Namath took them all the way; I don’t recall their having shown that kind of elan since then.

C’MON, MAN [MEN].

RL on January 17, 2016 at 10:56 AM

Hey Jazz, once again you loose and the Patriots win, Bwwwwwwaaaaahahahahahahahahahahahahhaha. I just love how your hatred taints your reason. Bwwwwwwaaaaahahahahahahahahahahahahhaha.

soghornetgunner on January 17, 2016 at 10:58 AM