By: David Dzienis
Tennessee Titans @ Green Bay Packers
A possible Super Bowl preview awaits us Sunday night. Green Bay has already wrapped up the NFC North and could secure the number one seed with a win and a Seattle loss. Tennessee could win the AFC South with a win and an Indianapolis loss, or clinch a playoff berth with a win and either a Baltimore or Miami loss. This matchup features the league's only two squads with a QB who has thrown over 30 TD’s, a RB with 10 TD’s, and a WR with over 10 TD’s. Let’s hope for fireworks!
The Titans main focal point on offense is reigning rushing leader, and currently in the lead for the title this year as well, Derrick Henry. King Henry has been an absolute unstoppable monster. He literally has highlight reels of him throwing other grown men like they are puppets. Don’t sleep on the rest of the Tennessee offense. With Henry forcing teams to load the box, Ryan Tannehill has been able to unlock the vast potential of annual disappointment Corey Davis. A.J. Brown has also been a star and routinely finds his way to the end zone.
Green Bay also has a fantastic, highly underrated, RB in Aaron Jones. While he doesn’t get as much attention as Henry, Jones does seem to have an affinity for the end zone. Of course, most people pay him no mind with the complete cannon of Aaron Rodgers to worry about. With a breakout TE in Robert Tonyan and the always dangerous Davante Adams, Rodgers is having a strong MVP caliber season. This matchup comes down to which team can play better defense.
Prediction: Ten 37-G.B. 34
Buffalo Bills @ New England Patriots
This is a very interesting matchup. For the first time since 2000 the Patriots are out of the playoffs. The Bills have secured the AFC East and will know if they are still in contention for the number one seed by game time. With home field advantage meaning much less in the year of covid, will they rest their starters to stay healthy for the playoffs?
The Bills can still finish anywhere between the 1 and 4 seeds, with the number one seed being a very long shot. I’d expect the Bills to still strive for the top seed they can get and that means Josh Allen and company should be ready to roll. Stefon Diggs has helped raise this entire offense to another level this year. Allen looks like a viable MVP candidate, using both his arms and his suddenly accurate cannon to take opposing defenses apart. The young RB duo of Devin Singletary and Zach Moss will have to help this squad a little more come playoff time if they want to make a deep run. The defense has finally woken up from their slow start and has been much more reliable lately.
New England is a mess. Why anyone expected otherwise is beyond me. Yes, Bill Belichek tends to coach players to greatness, but this team lost most of its defensive stars from last year, not to mention Tom Brady. They replaced the G.O.A.T. with ex MVP Cam Newton. This has transformed the Patriots into a completely different team. Becoming one of the league’s best rushing teams this year has not worked in their favor. Every other team that is a rush first squad has legitimate wideout threats. The defense has played admirably but not nearly as dominant as last year. The Bills should be able to complete their first sweep of the Patriots since 1999.
Prediction: Buf 30-N.E. 13
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