It’s Rivalry Week in the AFC playoffs as all three games pit division rivals, former or current. The Ravens and Titans not only played each other in the divisional round last year, but they also squared off in the AFC Central for many years as well. The Colts and Bills used to play each other twice a year in the AFC East, and the Browns and Steelers — well, we know about that rivalry. The storylines are fun, the matchups are intriguing, and we get spoiled with the first six-game Super Wild-Card Weekend. The NFC schedule is not as appealing, if for no other reason than the NFC East is invited.
Week 17 was chalky, but the late window featured some exciting finishes and a Jaguars team that flirted with doing the unthinkable and undoing the Colts’ playoff aspirations. The Bills beat the Dolphins early, eliminating them and giving the Colts a “win and in” opportunity against the Jags. Now the Colts get to show their gratitude to the Bills with a chance to make them pay for their victory. We almost got a Music City Miracle rematch, but the Titans held off a game Texans team that clawed back before ultimately losing on a last-second field goal. Washington won the division in the final game of the regular season, cashing in as a 22-1 preseason underdog in a game that was not fun to watch and has been less fun to talk about. Week 17 was a delicious appetizer, but it is time to feast on the main course. Lets get to the picks.