Patrick Mahomes makes Patriots, Chargers claim after Chiefs defeat Colts

Doug Mendoza
January 13, 2019

That is a big-time Quarterback and the Colts have just that in Andrew Luck. "We've got to get Zeke to the second level".

Not very good at all. There's a chance the Rams could be hosting the NFC Championship Game next weekend as well, which would cause problems if the Coliseum was expected to play host to two games on the same day.

A rematch of the 2013 playoffs when Andrew Luck led the Colts back from a 28-point deficit in the third quarter of the NFL Wild Card Round to a 45-44 victory over Kansas City.

The Cowboys have won all three of the games in which they were at least a seven-point dog. This is a Chiefs team that has to be ready to play, something they have not done in recent years with Andy Reid as their head coach.

Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes celebrates his first playoff win. Can the second-year QB be ready for the Colts? The Colts are a little more balanced and have a better defensive line.

Prediction: Saints 30 - Eagles 17. While the bulk of the weather is likely to have passed by kickoff, there is potential for several inches of snow to fall ahead of the game, and it will be cold.

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Anderson finished with 123 yards and two touchdowns, and ended up with 23 carries to Gurley's 16.

The Rams, despite statistical evidence to the contrary, presented a major challenge to the Cowboys' run game.

"It's going to be a great team". For all the talk of the Chargers high-powered offense they have been rather pedestrian of late. However, the key matchup for this game will be Aaron Donald against Dak Prescott. Brees has not quite looked like the same quarterback over the last four weeks of the season throwing for 300-plus yards only one time and only four touchdowns. While Los Angeles is another one of those teams with a great offense and a less than stellar defense, I still think they get the job done against this Jekyll and Hyde offense of the Cowboys and the offense of the Rams finds a way to break through the stiff Dallas defense to come away with the victory at home.

But the best decision he made Saturday night to help lead the Rams to their first playoff win in 14 years was keeping running back C.J. Anderson in the game ahead of Todd Gurley. Many players from that game have moved on, but the recent history of playoff failure looms large. Kansas City is a 5.5-point favorite over the Indianapolis Colts, and oddsmakers believe the Patriots game against the Los Angeles Chargers will be the most competitive Divisional Round battle, with New England just a four-point favorite. Our own Will Brinson has you covered there, including how the over-under total for the game is dropping like insane due to the expected weather conditions during the contest. "It's important this time of year that you do that". As much as I want to see Los Angeles win this game, Brady is unsafe in January and the Patriots should come away with a close win at home. And that could be a real challenge for whichever team the Rams face in the NFC Championship game next week. One of the top divisional round National Football League picks the model recommends: go over (51.5) when the the Saints take on the Eagles. The fans had a lot of anxiety about it.

Considering that both teams have solid run defenses, it will be no surprise to see the running game abandoned on both sides, and for all that passing action to add up to extra possessions for both sides, which is why the over cashes in well over half of SportsLine's simulations this week. I'm going with the Rams, 31-24 over Dallas. Dallas played a strong game last week against Seattle, but it was close.

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