The recent begin to choosing playoff video games cooled off shortly final weekend. It wasn’t a nasty weekend, nevertheless it wasn’t good both.
I went 2-2 straight up, 2-2 in opposition to the unfold in our CBSSports.com skilled picks and 2-3 with my greatest bets as a part of the Choose Six Podcast.
That is not what I anticipated. I picked the New York Giants to cowl in opposition to the Philadelphia Eagles, which was a horrible choose. I additionally picked the Dallas Cowboys to cowl in opposition to the San Francisco 49ers, a sport the place I assumed Dallas would win, and that seemed to be a push till a late discipline purpose by the 49ers. Oh, effectively. I acquired the reward of the late discipline purpose by Jacksonville in opposition to the Chiefs to get that cowl.
All of it evens out. However after the 4-2 ATS week on Tremendous Wild Card Weekend, I’m now 6-4 for the postseason. Final week, I took all of the ‘canine. Not this week.
So let’s hope for a championship sport sweep to make sure a profitable report within the postseason.
San Francisco 49ers at Philadelphia Eagles
Sunday, 3 p.m. ET (Fox, FuboTV)
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This can be a sport between two bodily groups which have good run video games and good defensive fronts. Which means it may be determined up entrance, regardless of what number of offensive playmakers are on the sector.
The Eagles impressed final week in blowing out the Giants, whereas the 49ers gained a detailed one at dwelling in opposition to Dallas. The San Francisco offense struggled some in that sport, however Brock Purdy acquired it going after a gradual begin to win his seventh straight as a starter. This, although, is a much bigger problem as a result of it is in opposition to a greater workforce on the highway, his first highway playoff begin. Not solely that, he is going through a protection that led the NFL in sacks with 70, two off the report. They arrive from all spots too, with 4 gamers who had 10 or extra sacks. Search for the Eagles to assault the precise aspect of the 49ers offensive line, the weaker aspect.
The Eagles offense had one other large dashing day in opposition to the Giants, which is the idea of their offense. Jalen Hurts can throw it, however they’ve to have the ability to run it right here. That is why their top-rated offensive line is vital. They should get push within the run sport and hold Nick Bosa and gang off Hurts once they do throw. The 49ers linebackers can run and canopy, which is a should in opposition to the Eagles offense. Fred Warner and Dre Greenlaw are particular. They should be on this one.
However I search for Hurts to outplay Purdy and lead the Eagles to the Super Bowl. That Eagles offensive line and move rush will resolve this sport.
Choose: Eagles 30, 49ers 21
Cincinnati Bengals at Kansas Metropolis Chiefs
Sunday, 6:30 p.m. ET (CBS, Paramount+)
Featured Recreation | Kansas Metropolis Chiefs vs. Cincinnati Bengals
The massive concern right here is the well being of Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes. After struggling a high-ankle sprain final week in opposition to Jacksonville, will he be capable to transfer? If not, what does that imply to the Chiefs offense since he does a lot injury off schedule and out of doors the pocket?
The Kansas Metropolis offense did some good issues when he returned in opposition to Jacksonville after the damage, however he definitely regarded restricted when it comes to mobility. That can matter in opposition to a Bengals protection that has so many transferring components and may blitz from throughout. They’ve accomplished an excellent job in opposition to him late in video games up to now thrice they’ve performed. The Jaguars did not come after Mahomes sufficient after he damage his ankle, however you may guess the Bengals will, though that is not the technique they used to beat him within the title sport final 12 months. They got here after Josh Allen quite a bit final week of their upset victory.
In that sport, Joe Burrow and the offense had success transferring the soccer. An offensive line that was down three starters performed effectively because the Bengals ran it with Joe Mixon and Burrow hit some large pictures within the passing sport. Mixon did not play within the regular-season sport between these groups this season, however he might be large on this one. The Chiefs can get after the quarterback, after registering 55 sacks this season, which can put a premium on working the ball and safety for the Bengals, who may have a few of these offensive linemen again.
The Bengals have crushed the Chiefs three straight occasions, together with the AFC Championship Recreation final January and a regular-season sport this season. Burrow appears to relish the large moments. I anticipate him to play effectively right here, whereas Mahomes’ restricted mobility might be in play. That issues and it is why the Bengals might be going to their second straight Tremendous Bowl.
Choose: Bengals 27, Chiefs 24