Wild Card weekend was definitely wild as not a single home team won, which was an NFL first for the wild card round. What wasn't surprising was that the teams with the more experienced playoff quarterback all won. The best eight teams in football are kind of the best eight teams most of us would have ranked anyway, outside of the Dalton-less Cincinnati Bengals.
The Denver Broncos will host the Pittsburgh Steelers and will be 6.5-point favorites. The line is mostly due to Ben Roethlisberger's separated shoulder. He expects to play, but how effective will he be? Antonio Brown is also into the concussion protocol. We will have to see if the NFL speeds that up for the playoffs.
Meanwhile, the Kansas City Chiefs will kickoff the divisional round by traveling to Foxboro to face the New England Patriots. The Chiefs sport the NFL's best winning streak, which stands at 11 after their 30-0 drubbing of the Houston Texans last weekend, but will be five point underdogs on the road against the defending Super Bowl champions.
Over in the NFC, the Arizona Cardinals are touchdown favorites over the Green Bay Packers, while the Carolina Panthers draw the toughest out as three point favorites over the red hot, yet fluky Seattle Seahawks. The winners of these games all move on to the conference championship and a shot at making it to Super Bowl 50.
Here's the full schedule next week.
All times are Mile High (MT).
Saturday, Jan. 16
AFC Divisional Round Game 1: (5) Kansas City Chiefs vs. (2) New England Patriots, 2:35 p.m., CBS
NFC Divisional Round Game 1: (5) Green Bay Packers vs. (2) Arizona Cardinals 6:15 p.m., NBC
Sunday, Jan. 17
NFC Divisional Round Game 2: (6) Seattle Seahawks vs. (1) Carolina Panthers 11:05 a.m., FOX
AFC Divisional Round Game 2: (6) Pittsburgh Steelers vs. (1) Denver Broncos 2:40 p.m., CBS