NFL playoff preview for Saturday
We have reached the final eight in the NFL playoffs and have got a double bill on Saturday. The number one seed for the NFC gets into the action as we get into the serious part of the season. The LA Rams are travelling to Green Bay in the first game and then Buffalo host Baltimore this Saturday night.
LA Rams vs Green Bay Packers
The LA Rams finished their regular season with a 10-6 record finishing second in the NFC West. They managed to get a wildcard spot after beating the Arizona Cardinals on the last day of the regular season. Then they put up an impressive performance last Sunday beating the Seattle Seahawks 30-20. The Rams showed their defensive strength on Sunday holding Russell Wilson and the Seahawks to just 20 points. Also, they did this without star defensive lineman Aaron Donald for half the game due to a rib injury. Donald is meant to be fit for Saturday’s game and they are going to need all their defensive abilities to beat Green Bay.
The Green Bay Packers finished with the number one seed in the NFC with a 13-3 record. The reward for being the number one seed is getting a bye last week and being able to rest all their players. Historically this has always proved a big advantage when it comes to progressing. The Packers also have the advantage of being at home in the cold of Lambeau field. This is a massive advantage against the likes of the LA Rams as they are not used to playing in them conditions. Potential MVP Aaron Rodgers has had his best season at QB and his many weapons will be tough for the Rams to stop.
Verdict : The Rams defence is one of the best in the league but so is the Packers offence. Being at home might just make the difference in this game and you would expect the Packers to win but it will be close.
Baltimore Ravens vs Buffalo Bills
The Baltimore Ravens finished with an 11-5 record for the regular season and looked good at the end of it. Sitting at 6-5 the Ravens managed to put together a run of five wins to finish off the season. That form has gone into the playoffs as they beat the Titans 20-13 last weekend. Not only did they manage to keep the passing game down to a minimum they also held star running back Derrick Henry to 40 yards. Along with that the Ravens found their passing game as well as their normal run game. Also, the defence is looking strong and things are looking good for Lamar Jackson and the Ravens
The Buffalo Bills had a great season finishing with a record of 13-3 to clinch the AFC East. They had a bumpy period in the middle of the season but they won their last six games of the season. That form continued into the playoffs last weekend beating the Indianapolis Colts in a tight 27-24 contest. Josh Allen has had a great season and should be in the MVP conversation given his 4,544 yards and 37 touchdowns. Along with Allen, Stefon Diggs has had a great first season in Buffalo with 1,535 yards and eight touchdowns. One weakness with Buffalo is the defence, especially against the run, which is a strength of the Ravens.