Bing Predicts: NFL Playoffs Divisional Round

After the wild-card win over Carolina, they are slight favorites with a 51-percent win probability, according to AccuScore's simulations.

There is quite the financial benefit to hosting the Super Bowl and playing in it as well for the Vikings.

Super Bowl champion Drew Brees and his highly touted offense featuring wideouts Michael Thomas and Ted Ginn Jr. versus the Vikings stingy defense and secondary featuring All-Pros Harrison Smith and Xavier Rhodes. However, the Falcons had some early struggles at the beginning of the season, which lead to some doubts about the Falcons being Super Bowl contenders.

Now that four entertaining Wild Card games are complete (well, Jacksonville and Buffalo not so much), Vegas has released new Super Bowl LII odds, and two things jump out immediately. While he deserves credit for using his legs to help get the Jags to the next round, if Bortles can't throw the ball better than Sunday then Jacksonville's season will likely end in Pittsburgh this weekend. The No. 1-seeded Eagles are the underdog at home against the sixth-seeded Falcons. Foles has had success since taking over for the injured Carson Wentz, but will be tested in a big playoff game at home. The victor in their upcoming match for their Divisional Round will face the victor in the match-up between Philadelphia Eagles and Atlanta Falcons on Sunday, Jan. 14.


The nightcap on Saturday finds Tennessee in New England as the upstart Titans are looking for their second straight upset.

On Sunday, the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Jacksonville Jaguars kick off the festivities. The Jaguars dominated the first meeting in Week 5, beating the Steelers 30-9 as the defense picked off Ben Roethlisberger five times.

The Falcons have more offensive weapons than the Eagles, and the defending NFC champions will get back to the conference championship game. The NFL may have to prepare for some around-the-clock work in getting the stadium set for the Super Bowl regardless of who is playing in the game.

It is only the divisional round and there is still plenty of football to be played, but a Super Bowl rematch can still happen. A sign of the changing National Football League landscape is that two teams from the previously laughable AFC South are among the final eight teams in this year's playoffs. This will bring the Falcons and the Vikings in the final match to determine who among them will play in this year's Super Bowl.

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