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Fearless Rick's NFL Diovisional Playoff Picks - Early Games

Rick Gagliano | January 16, 2016

All times Eastern - Click here for late games.

Saturday, January 16

4:35 pm Kansas City Chiefs at New England Patriots (-5, 42) - While the Patriots were home enjoying a weekend off, the Chiefs were making quick work of the Houston Texans in a 30-0 victory in the wild card round.

The Chiefs come into this game as the hottest prospect in the playoffs, winners of their final ten games in the regular season, riding a lopsided victory, full of confidence.

New England, always a threat in the playoffs, may be coming into this game a little on the wounded side and sporting a record that really isn't all that impressive, despite their 12-4 mark.

The Patriots had their issues during the latter stages of the season, losing some players as well as four of their last six games after a 10-0 start to the regular season, but, as long as Bill Belichick is prowling the sidelines and Tom Brady is in the pocket, the Pats are a serious threat.

They are expected to have Julian Edelman back at wideout. Edelman last saw action on November 15, and has been sidelined with a broken foot, but is expected to start. New England will be without LeGarrette Blount, who's been placed on IR with a hip injury, so Brandon Bolden will get the bulk of the work out of the backfield.

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Without a full complement of quality, healthy players, the KC defense could find itself in an enviable position. The Chiefs' DBs cover well and the defensive line and various blitzes will keep Brady honest. Kansas City doesn't have to really respect the run game, a big key here. The Chiefs ranked third in the league in scoring defense, allowing just 17.9 points per game. After week four, no team has scored more than 22 points on them and they've held eight of their last ten opponents to 17 or fewer points. They are downright stingy.

Offensively, all Alex Smith has to do is keep drives alive and not turn the ball over. If the Chiefs can get into the red zone, they'll likely score touchdowns against a Patriot defense txt isn't exactly all-world.

Look for the Chiefs to keep Brady under pressure and produce some sacks and good field position. Kansas City is on a multi-city traveling mission and this is just one more stop.

Prediction: Chiefs 26 Patriots 14

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8:15 pm Green Bay Packers at Arizona Cardinals (-7, 50) - The Packers tore apart a Washington Redskin defense that wasn't exactly ready for prime time in their 35-18 win at RFK stadium last weekend, but they'll be facing a defense that held them to just eight points a few weeks ago and an offense that put up 38 points on them in that same week 16 slaughter.

The Packers probably had the easiest task of any team on wild card weekend, except maybe the Chiefs, and put away the Redskins after trailing early by an 11-0 score.

This visit to the desert won't be quite the same scenario as their romp in the nation's capitol. Arizona only lost three times during the regular season and their offense was second in the league in points, trailing only Carolina, at 30.6 points per game. Carson Palmer has two exceptional wideouts in Larry Fitzgerald and Michael Floyd. The backfield should be led by Andre Ellington, though look for David Johnson to get a number of touches as well.

Green Bay's defense isn't likely to hold the Cardinals to 18 points. The number will likely be somewhere north of 30 if the Cardinals can establish themselves early. The Cardinals and their fans may want to look past their week 17, 36-6, mauling by the Seahawks, a team that was truly bent on revenge after the Cardinals had topped them 39-32 in Seattle in November. Also, Arizona may not have been well-prepared emotionally for that game. They could only tie Carolina for the best record in the NFC, and that was only if Tampa Bay beat the Panthers. Neither of those things happened.

A look back at that week 16 game is all that's really needed to determine the pick in this playoff game. The Packers have had to travel, and while they may feel confident after their blowout victory, Arizona has proven they can destroy them on both sides of the ball.

While this result is likely to be a little closer, it still won't be close enough for the Packers to prevent the Cardinals from advancing to the NFC Championship game.

Prediction: Cardinals 34 Packers 23

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