We have reached the final eight in the NFL playoffs and have got a double bill on Sunday. The number one seed for the AFC gets into the action as we get into the serious part of the season. The Cleveland Browns are travelling to Kansas City in the first game and then New Orleans host Tampa Bay this Sunday night to finish of the weekend.
Cleveland Browns vs Kansas City Chiefs
The Cleveland Browns had a really good season as they made the playoffs for the first time in 17 years. They finished with an 11-5 record and then had a great performance last week against the Pittsburgh Steelers. The Browns have been on a great run of form having won eight of their last nine regular season games. The run game is how they win and they have got two standout running backs in Nick Chubb and Kareem Hunt. Chubb rushed for over 1,000 yards and twelve touchdowns this season and Hunt had 841 yards and six touchdowns. Both guys have to be on top form to get the win over the Chiefs.
The Kansas City Chiefs got the number one seed after going 14-2 this season. They are the defending Superbowl champions and they look just as good this year. The offence is off the charts with Patrick Mahomes, Tyreek Hill and Travis Kelce. Mahomes passed for 4,740 yards and 38 touchdowns this year and was considered for MVP this year. Kelce is the number one tight end in the game and Tyreek Hill scored 17 touchdowns this year. The chiefs are also strong on defence and will do better to stop the run then the Steelers did.
Verdict : The Browns have got a tough assignment here and they need to be at their best. It’s unlikely that will happen as the Chiefs are just so strong in all departments. Expect an easy victory for Mahomes and his Chiefs.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs New Orleans Saints
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers had a good season finishing with an 11-5 record. They only managed to finish second in the NFC South behind New Orleans but they still looked good. They are up against their division rivals this Sunday night in what looks an exciting matchup. Tom Brady has come into Tampa Bay and looked exactly like he had been there for years. His game management and arm strength is still the same and the Bucs are looking capable of doing well this off season. They beat a poor Washington team last Sunday to progress and this game will be harder for them. Defensively the Bucs are a good team but they are up against a very good offence.
The New Orleans Saints had a good 12-4 season which led them to the NFC South title. They had a small dip in the middle of the season, which coincided with an injury to Drew Brees. Brees broke 11 ribs and had a collapsed young but only missed four weeks and is back now for the playoffs. Also, the plan is for Brees to retire at the end of this year so he is up for winning it all this year. The Saints have also got some great attacking players in Alvin Kamara and Michael Thomas who could make the difference. The Saints defence is strong and have the ability to nullify any offence around.