NFL playoffs begin and many eyes are on the Bills and Tom Brady | The State

The NFL regular season was completed despite the pandemic and now it’s playoff time: The wild card round starts this Saturday with three games, with another round of three games on Sunday.

The menu for this first round includes the long-awaited return from the postseason in the city of Buffalo, something that has not happened since 1995, and Tom Brady’s playoff debut with a team other than the New England Patriots.

Kansas City (14-2) and Green Bay (13-3) they will be watching at home in comfort after advancing straight to the next round.

Saturday Wild Card Games

1:05 pm ET / 10:05 am PT

AFC – Indianapolis (11-5) at Buffalo (13-3), TV: CBS

The Bills are for real and their quarterback Josh allen he’s already one of the best in the NFL. This team is no longer reliant on their defense, but on an attack that scores by the piece thanks to an arsenal that includes the season’s leading catcher, Stefon diggs (127). However, the Colts are an awkward opponent, with one of the best offensive lines out there protecting a wise old man like Philip Rivers and a very competent defense.

The Bills are favorites by 6.5 points.

4:40 pm ET / 1:40 pm PT

NFC- LA Rams (10-6) at Seattle (12-4), TV: FOX Deportes / FOX

Rams coach Sean McVay said his starting quarterback will be revealed until 1:39 pm PT. But Jared goff, operated the previous week of the thumb, was training in the week and if he can play he must be the starter over John Wolford. Regardless, Los Angeles’ aspirations are based on its defense, the NFL’s No. 1, led by Aaron Donald. The Seahawks of Russell wilson They come with a 10-game playoff winning streak at their stadium.

The Seahawks are favorites by 3.5 points.

8:15 pm ET, 5:15 pm PT

NFC – Tampa Bay (11-5) at Washington (7-9), TV: Universo / NBC

Tom brady, the most winning quarterback of all time, with his six Super Bowl rings and an impressive record of 30-11 in playoffs, will have a debut: his first postseason game with the Buccaneers, a team full of stars but that this season suffered to round out the games. Despite the latter, the duel against the talented but very young defense of Washington – the team that won its division with a losing record – looks uneven and it would be a major surprise if Tampa Bay does not advance in the capital of the country.

The Buccaneers are favorites by 8 points.

Sunday Wild Card Games

1:05 pm ET / 10:05 am PT

AFC – Baltimore (11-5) at Tennessee (11-5), TV: ESPN Deportes / ESPN

The Ravens seek their revenge. A year ago, having been the best team in the regular season, they were eliminated by the Titans, who then made it to the conference final. This time, Baltimore seems to be getting more fired up with five straight wins and the more mature “MVP” Lamar Jackson. Tennessee will feature the best running back in the league, Derrick Henry, who surpassed 2,000 yards and had 17 touchdowns. Great forecast game reserved in Nashville.

The Ravens are favorites by 3 points.

4:40 pm ET / 1:40 pm PT

NFC- Chicago (8-8) at New Orleans (12-4), TV: CBS

It is assumed that the Bears have no chance of getting out of the Superdome alive, and that is because they got into the playoffs “belly” without playing well. The Saints of Drew brees They are much better set, but they have some doubts, such as their runners, who have not trained with their teammates due to COVID-19 and in any case it will be necessary to see in what form they are, especially Alvin kamara, the best offensive weapon of the team. The linebacker Khalil mack and other defenders can help Chicago put up the fight, in which case this could end up being a defensive battle.

The Saints are favorites by 10 points.

8:15 pm ET, 5:15 pm PT

AFC – Cleveland (11-5) at Pittsburgh (12-4), TV: Telemundo / NBC

The last time the Browns were in the postseason, they also faced the Steelers, their historic rivals, and lost in a dramatic game after allowing 22 points in the fourth quarter. Cleveland is highly motivated and did indeed advance to the playoffs after beating Pittsburgh on Sunday, but the quarterback Ben roethlisberger and the linebacker T.J. Watt, the 2020 sack leader with 15, had a break. In addition, the Browns coach tested positive for COVID-19 and along with other members of the club will have to be absent on Sunday. The question really is whether “Big Ben” can already make an attack walk that was not the same in the final month of the campaign. If the answer is yes, the steel team should impose conditions.

The Steelers are favorites by 6 points.


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