KAZ’S FEARLESS FORECAST NFL Division Playoff Games This Weekend
BALTIMORE RAVENS (14-2) over TENNESSEE TITANS (10-7) 7:15 P.M.
Saturday at M&T Stadium in Baltimore (CBS)—The Ravens are probably the best
team in this year’s playoffs and are an early 9½-point favorite. Tennessee has a quality
defense and a good offense led by the NFL’s rushing champion Derrick Henry. But the
Ravens are better with quarterback Lamar Jackson leading the way while the defense is
anchored by Orange native Earl Thomas III at free safety. MY PROJECTED
SCORE—Baltimore 31-Tennessee 17.
KANSAS CITY CHIEFS (12-4) over HOUSTON TEXANS (11-6) 2:05 p.m.
Sunday at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Mo. (CBS)—The Chiefs are well-
rested while the Texans needed overtime to subdue a feisty Buffalo team 22-19 last
Saturday. The Chiefs are a whopping 9½-point favorite which I think is much too many
points for a team that was whipped by the Texans 31-24 on Oct. 13. MY PROJECTED
SCORE—Kansas City 24-Houston 21 (Maybe in overtime).
SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS (13-3) over MINNESOTA VIKINGS (11-6) 3:35
p.m. Saturday in Levi Stadium at Santa Clara, CA. (NBC)—The 49ers are the No. 1
seed in the NFC and should be able to do what the New Orleans Saints couldn’t do
Sunday. The Vikings are a touchdown underdog, the same as they were in New Orleans,
and showed a much-improved defense Sunday. MY PROJECTED SCORE—San
Francisco 27-Minnesota 19.
GREEN BAY PACKERS (13-3) over SEATTLE SEAHAWKS (12-5) 5:40
p.m. Sunday at Lambeau Field in Green Bay, WI. (Fox)—This could be the best game
of the four Division playoffs this weekend. The Packers always have the home field
advantage in blustery January and is probably why they are favored by four points. The
Seahawks’ proficient passing game should give Green Bay all it can handle. MY
PROJECTED SCORE—Green Bay 19-Seattle 17.
COLLEGE NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP
LSU (14-0) over CLEMSON (14-0) 7 p.m. Monday (ESPN)—This could be a
much better match-up than I think it will be. The Bengal Tigers don’t seem to have any
weaknesses and Clemson has that 30-game winning streak going for it. MY
PROJECTED SCORE—LSU 38-Clemson 31.