NFL Playoffs 2019

NFL Playoffs 2019: The 2019 NFL playoffs continue on Saturday with the division round getting underway. Divisional round football is usually the best weekend of the playoffs. You get the top two teams in each conference back in action, and we often get more competitive action.

Last weekend’s wild card matchups brought three road upsets and a narrow win for the fourth home team. The Colts, Chargers, and Eagles all went on the road and sprung upsets, while the Cowboys beat the Seahawks by two points. Underdogs are 14-1 ATS in the last 15 playoff games, so we’ll have to keep an eye out for upsets. I ended up going 1-3 against the spread, missing out on .500 thanks to Sebastian Janikowski injuring his hamstring.

The Chiefs host the Colts to open the divisional weekend. Patrick Mahomes is the favorite to take home the MVP award at the NFL Honors program the night before the Super Bowl, but he faces a tough test this weekend. The Chiefs are five point favorites, but it’s worth noting that dating back to 2013, quarterbacks making their first career playoff start at 4-10-1 against the spread and 4-11 straight up. The first time starter on a favored team is 3-3 straight up, but still just 1-5 against the spread. The Chiefs offense is better than the Colts, but the Colts defense is significantly better than the Chiefs. I’m going to take the points, and am still considering a moneyline wager.

The second game on Saturday features the Rams hosting the Cowboys. Dallas is a seven point underdog, and the public money is coming in on Dak & Co. They finished the season fairly well while the Rams stumbled a bit. LA’s defense has not lived up to its preseason billing, but is still middle of the pack and has Aaron Donald. On offense, they’ll have Todd Gurley back. The public has done well thus far, but I see the Cowboys running into a wall in this one. I’m going to lay the points with LA.

On Sunday, the Chargers look to continue their strong run as they head east again to face the Patriots. New England is a four point favorite, with the largest percentage of public money on LA. It brought the spread down from five to four, and continues to come in. Normally sportsbooks are rooting against New England, but that’s not going to be the case this weekend. And I’m sticking with the public on this one. The Chargers have been more efficient both on offense and on defense. Road games are never easy, but I think we see them give the Patriots a rough time at Foxboro. An upset would not be shocking, but they’ll at least cover.

The weekend wraps up with the Saints hosting the always dangerous Nick Foles-led Eagles. This game brings the biggest spread of the weekend, with the Saints sitting at -8. A majority of the public is riding the Eagles once again, which brought the line down a point to a point and a half, depending on your sportsbook of choice. The Saints are the very clearly better team, but the Eagles remaining perpetually scary. I think I have to buy into the narrative and take the points.

AFC Divisional Playoffs 2019

AFC Divisional Playoffs 2019: On Saturday, the divisional round of the NFL AFC Divisional Playoffs begins with a pair of matchups that will decide half the teams that will play in the Conference Championships. After a wild opening round of the NFL postseason, don’t be surprised if things get even crazier in the divisional round.

For one, Nick Foles is still in the playoffs, and as we’ve all seen over the past year, pretty much every game he plays in ends up being crazy. The Cowboys are also still alive and this is a big week for them, because if they can beat the Rams, they’ll advance to the NFC title game for the first time since the 1995 season.

This round of the playoffs should also be exciting because Tom Brady, Drew Brees and Patrick Mahomes will all be taking the field for the first time this postseason.

Although playoff games are nearly impossible to predict, we’re going to try and do it anyone by making eight bold predictions for the divisional round. Here’s how it’s going to work: Since there are four games on the schedule this weekend, we’ll be making two bold predictions for each game.

The Kansas City Chiefs and Indianapolis Colts will play in the first game of the day, while the Los Angeles Rams and Dallas Cowboys will face off in the night matchup.

Below is a look at the schedule and live-stream information for Saturday’s games, the schedule for the rest of the postseason and an expanded look at Saturday’s matchups.

The Indianapolis Colts, led by quarterback Andrew Luck and receiver T.Y. Hilton, meet the Kansas City Chiefs, led by quarterback Patrick Mahomes and tight end Travis Kelce, in an AFC Divisional Playoff Game on Saturday, January 12, 2019 (1/12/19) at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri.

In a later game, the Dallas Cowboys, led by quarterback Dak Prescott and running back Ezekiel Elliott, meet the Los Angeles Rams, led by quarterback Jared Goff and running back Todd Gurley, in an NFC Divisional Playoff Game on Saturday, January 12, 2019 (1/12/19) at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum in Los Angeles, California.

The winners advance to the AFC and NFC Championship Games on January 20, 2019, with a chance to advance to the Super Bowl on Sunday, February 3, 2019.

NFC Divisional Playoff 2019

NFC Divisional Playoff 2019: The NFL playoff bracket for the 2018 divisional round is set.Below is the updated NFL playoff seeding, including dates, times and TV info for all four divisional playoff matchups. After a wild opening round of the NFL postseason, don’t be surprised if things get even crazier in the divisional round.

For one, Nick Foles is still in the playoffs, and as we’ve all seen over the past year, pretty much every game he plays in ends up being crazy. The Cowboys are also still alive and this is a big week for them, because if they can beat the Rams, they’ll advance to the NFC title game for the first time since the 1995 season.

This round of the playoffs should also be exciting because Tom Brady, Drew Brees and Patrick Mahomes will all be taking the field for the first time this postseason.

Although playoff games are nearly impossible to predict, we’re going to try and do it anyone by making eight bold predictions for the divisional round. Here’s how it’s going to work: Since there are four games on the schedule this weekend, we’ll be making two bold predictions for each game.

The Kansas City Chiefs, New Orleans Saints, New England Patriots and the Los Angeles Rams all made cases to be the favorite to win the Super Bowl during the regular season, but now they have to prove why all the chatter was warranted.

Winning won’t be easy for the quartet of teams that earned first-round byes since their competition comes into Saturday and Sunday’s games with plenty of confidence and momentum.

Kansas City takes on an Indianapolis Colts team it has struggled with in the postseason before, while the Rams face a dangerous Dallas Cowboys outfit.

The Patriots are opposed by the Los Angeles Chargers, who could have been the No. 1 seed in the AFC, and the Saints go up against Nick Foles and whatever magic the Philadelphia Eagles can conjure up in their bid to repeat as Super Bowl champion.

Rams vs Cowboys

Rams vs Cowboys: The second of Saturday’s two divisional round playoff games, the battle between the Los Angeles Rams and Dallas Cowboys bears a lot of similarities to the game between the Kansas City Chiefs and Indianapolis Colts on Saturday’s game is set for 8:15 p.m. ET

The Dallas Cowboys got a home playoff game, and they managed to best the Seattle Seahawks to advance to the divisional round, where they will face the completely stacked Los Angeles Rams. Saturday’s game is set for 8:15 p.m. ET on FOX (live streaming via fuboTV).

It will be played at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, and the Rams will be well-rested thanks to a first-round bye.

Dallas narrowly avoided an upset against the Seahawks, winning that game, 24-22. Dak Prescott made a huge play with his legs in the fourth quarter, while weapons Ezekiel Elliott and Amari Cooper both had good games. Dallas was trailing going into the fourth, but scored two touchdowns to hold off Seattle, who scored a touchdown of their own with under a minute to go. They could not, however, secure the onside kick, giving Dallas the win.

Prescott finished that game 22-for-33 for 226 yards, a touchdown and an interception. He also rushed for 29 yards and a touchdown, while Cooper caught seven of his passes for 106 yards. Elliott carried the ball 26 times for 137 yards and a touchdown.

It was something of an uneven season for the Cowboys, who at times looked quite unlike a playoff team but who ultimately pulled it together in the latter half of the season. They started the season with a 3-4 record, but after the bye week won seven of their remaining nine games.

The Rams loaded up on talent this offseason, bringing in multiple big-name free agents and securing several big trades. Offensively, Jared Goff looks like a star, as evidenced by his 32 touchdowns and 4,688 yards this past season. Todd Gurley had 1,251 rushing yards to go with 17 rushing touchdowns.

But on defense is where the Rams get scary. Aaron Donald is a machine that cannot be stopped under any circumstances, and paired with guys like Ndamukong Suh, Dante Fowler Jr., and defensive backs Marcus Peters and Aqib Talib — that defense is just downright scary.

Cowboys vs Rams

Cowboys vs Rams: A look at how the Los Angeles Rams and Dallas Cowboys match up for an NFC divisional playoff game on Saturday. In their first playoff matchup in 33 years, the Los Angeles Rams host the Dallas Cowboys in Saturday’s NFC Divisional Playoff. Kickoff from L.A. Memorial Coliseum is at 8:15 p.m. ET.

The Dallas Cowboys got a home playoff game, and they managed to best the Seattle Seahawks to advance to the divisional round, where they will face the completely stacked Los Angeles Rams. Saturday’s game is set for 8:15 p.m. ET on FOX (live streaming via fuboTV).

It will be played at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, and the Rams will be well-rested thanks to a first-round bye.

Dallas narrowly avoided an upset against the Seahawks, winning that game, 24-22. Dak Prescott made a huge play with his legs in the fourth quarter, while weapons Ezekiel Elliott and Amari Cooper both had good games. Dallas was trailing going into the fourth, but scored two touchdowns to hold off Seattle, who scored a touchdown of their own with under a minute to go. They could not, however, secure the onside kick, giving Dallas the win.

Prescott finished that game 22-for-33 for 226 yards, a touchdown and an interception. He also rushed for 29 yards and a touchdown, while Cooper caught seven of his passes for 106 yards. Elliott carried the ball 26 times for 137 yards and a touchdown.

It was something of an uneven season for the Cowboys, who at times looked quite unlike a playoff team but who ultimately pulled it together in the latter half of the season. They started the season with a 3-4 record, but after the bye week won seven of their remaining nine games.

The Rams loaded up on talent this offseason, bringing in multiple big-name free agents and securing several big trades. Offensively, Jared Goff looks like a star, as evidenced by his 32 touchdowns and 4,688 yards this past season. Todd Gurley had 1,251 rushing yards to go with 17 rushing touchdowns.

But on defense is where the Rams get scary. Aaron Donald is a machine that cannot be stopped under any circumstances, and paired with guys like Ndamukong Suh, Dante Fowler Jr., and defensive backs Marcus Peters and Aqib Talib — that defense is just downright scary.

Chiefs vs Colts

Chiefs vs Colts: The Kansas City Chiefs will regain a major weapon for Saturday’s game against the Indianapolis Colts. The Colts will have an even tougher task: slowing down Patrick Mahomes and the Kansas City Chiefs in the divisional round. They’re set to play on Saturday, beginning at 4:35 p.m. ET

Playing the Texans for the third time this season after splitting the first two, Indianapolis halted Deshaun Watson and made him uncomfortable early and often. Andrew Luck tossed a pair of touchdowns, and Marlon Mack went off for 148 rushing yards and a touchdown. As usual, T.Y. Hilton had a good game against Houston with five receptions for 85 yards.

Meanwhile, the Chiefs were sitting at home, enjoying their first-round bye. They also had a relatively late bye in the regular season, in Week 12, but went 3-2 after said bye.

Kansas City finished the regular season at 12-4, and it’s largely due to the ridiculously impressive play from Mahomes. In his first season as a starter, Mahomes completed 66 percent of his passes for 5,097 yards, 50 touchdowns and 12 interceptions while being sacked 26 times.

The sack number is the most interesting, given the Colts sacked Watson three times and hit him several other times — a recurring problem for the Texans this season. But Kansas City has a great offensive line, and if the Colts can’t get the pressure they need, it’s very likely Mahomes will carve up their defense as he’s done all season. Mahomes was only held to 1 or fewer touchdowns twice in the regular season, and threw for over 300 yards 10 times.

Andrew Luck, though, might be the comeback player of the year after he missed 2017 with injury. He played in all 16 games this season, completing 67.3 percent of his passes for 4,593 yards, 39 touchdowns and 15 interceptions.

Despite Mahomes having the better season, it might be easier for the Colts, with their 11th-ranked defense, to stop him than it will for the Chiefs to stop Luck. That’s because the Chiefs ranked 31st in the league in total defense, and were in a number of shootouts this season.

Colts vs Chiefs

Colts vs Chiefs: The Kansas City Chiefs (12-4) host the Indianapolis Colts (11-6) in their first playoff game of 2019 Saturday afternoon, a divisional-round matchup in which the winner goes on to the AFC championship game.

he Indianapolis Colts made it into the postseason as a wild card team, and they went out and dominated their divisional rivals, the Houston Texans, in impressive fashion. Now the Colts will have an even tougher task: slowing down Patrick Mahomes and the Kansas City Chiefs in the divisional round. They’re set to play on Saturday, beginning at 4:35 p.m. ET

Playing the Texans for the third time this season after splitting the first two, Indianapolis halted Deshaun Watson and made him uncomfortable early and often. Andrew Luck tossed a pair of touchdowns, and Marlon Mack went off for 148 rushing yards and a touchdown. As usual, T.Y. Hilton had a good game against Houston with five receptions for 85 yards.

Meanwhile, the Chiefs were sitting at home, enjoying their first-round bye. They also had a relatively late bye in the regular season, in Week 12, but went 3-2 after said bye.

Kansas City finished the regular season at 12-4, and it’s largely due to the ridiculously impressive play from Mahomes. In his first season as a starter, Mahomes completed 66 percent of his passes for 5,097 yards, 50 touchdowns and 12 interceptions while being sacked 26 times.

The sack number is the most interesting, given the Colts sacked Watson three times and hit him several other times — a recurring problem for the Texans this season. But Kansas City has a great offensive line, and if the Colts can’t get the pressure they need, it’s very likely Mahomes will carve up their defense as he’s done all season. Mahomes was only held to 1 or fewer touchdowns twice in the regular season, and threw for over 300 yards 10 times.

Andrew Luck, though, might be the comeback player of the year after he missed 2017 with injury. He played in all 16 games this season, completing 67.3 percent of his passes for 4,593 yards, 39 touchdowns and 15 interceptions.

Despite Mahomes having the better season, it might be easier for the Colts, with their 11th-ranked defense, to stop him than it will for the Chiefs to stop Luck. That’s because the Chiefs ranked 31st in the league in total defense, and were in a number of shootouts this season.

Brighton vs Liverpool

Brighton vs Liverpool: Brighton & Hove Albion hosts Liverpool in a Premier League fixture on Saturday, Jan. 12. Kickoff from The American Express Community Stadium in Falmer, East Sussex, is scheduled for 10 a.m. ET.

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Brighton (7–9–5) enters the contest 13th in the Premier League standings with 26 points earned through 21 matches played. The club has gone undefeated across its past three league contests, earning two draws and a victory. Brighton most recently defeated Bournemouth 3–1 in an A Cup third round match.

Liverpool (17–1–3) comes into the match atop the league standings with 54 points accrued in 21 games. The Reds opened the campaign as a clear favorite to capture the Premier League title, but have yet to win a match in 2019. Liverpool suffered its first league defeat against Manchester City before most recently losing to Wolves in the third round of the FA Cup.

The Reds, who were red hot, have lost two in a row. Liverpool lost its first league game of the season on Jan. 3, falling 2-1 against Manchester City, its main contender for the title. Then Liverpool lost on Monday 2-1 at Wolves in the FA Cup third round. Here’s a chance to rebuild some momentum and build a seven-point lead ahead of City’s game against Wolves on Monday.

Liverpool: It’s a dangerous time for the Reds. With the four-point lead atop the table, the last thing they’ll want is to let City get any closer the rest of the way. Pressure is on, but Liverpool has done well to beat the smaller teams in the league. This game shouldn’t cause the Reds many problems, but you just never know with the magic of the Premier League. Expect a full-strength squad that will play with some serious urgency against a Brighton team that hasn’t lost in its last four games.

Brighton: Three straight losses in early December put the southerners in a tough spot, but since then the club has taken five out of nine points including a draw against Arsenal. Brighton is in good shape when it comes to staying up, currently sitting in 13th place with 26 points. But just 10 points above the drop zone, Brighton will likely need three more wins or so to guarantee safety. A draw here will feel like a victory.

Clemson Parade 2019

Clemson Parade 2019: Clemson will celebrate its second college football national championship in three years with a parade and stadium gathering on Saturday. The Clemson parade 2019 will take place Saturday, Jan. 12, at 9 a.m. ET.

The Clemson Tigers football team beat the Alabama Crimson Tide in the fifth College Football Playoff (CFP) National Championship Game in Santa Clara, California, on Monday night by a score of 44-16.

In the five years that the CFP has existed, Clemson and Alabama have clashed in the title game in three of those years and one additional time in the CFP playoffs.

Clemson lost to Alabama in the 2016 National Championship Game by a score of 45-40, but defeated Alabama in 2017 by a score of 35- 31 to claim the title.

Thus, with their most recent victory, the Tigers have won the National Championship for the second time in four years.

Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney celebrates after the NCAA college football playoff championship game against Alabama, Monday, Jan. 7, 2019, in Santa Clara, California. Clemson beat Alabama 44-16. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

Following the victory, Clemson University announced that the victory parade for the team would start at 9 a.m. Saturday and weave its way through the university, ending around or shortly before noon.

Although a storm system may spread rain or a mix of rain and sleet into northwestern South Carolina by Saturday afternoon and evening, the morning hours during the parade are expected to remain dry but cold.

“Anyone attending the parade will want to make sure they wear extra layers, as temperatures will only hover in the upper 30s to near 40 degrees Fahrenheit for the duration of the celebration,” AccuWeather Meteorologist Renee Duff said.

Temperatures before the parade are expected to start out in the middle 30s F early Saturday morning and only rise into the lower 40s F by the afternoon hours, which is about 10 degrees below the normal high of 51 F.

With the storm system approaching from the west, the sky is expected to be mainly cloudy during the parade with a light, northeasterly breeze.

Due to the combination of thick cloud cover and the chilly breeze, AccuWeather RealFeel® Temperatures will only be in the lower to middle 30s during the parade and stall in the upper 30s during the afternoon.

Download the AccuWeather app to get a minute-by-minute forecast if you’re planning to attend the parade.

“Any fans continuing celebrations well after the parade will want to bring along an umbrella, as periods of rain are expected from late Saturday into Sunday morning,” Duff warned.

Anyone unprepared for the rain and cold weather may run the risk of hypothermia if their clothes become soaked while spending several hours outdoors in the elements.

Shivering or becoming chilled for long periods of time can also enhance the likelihood of catching a cold or the flu.

Dry weather should return by Sunday in the wake of the storm, but unseasonably cold conditions are forecast to persist into early next week.

West Ham vs Arsenal

West Ham vs Arsenal: Arsenal have made an emphatic start to 2019 and will seek to keep it going when they face West Ham in Premier League action on Saturday. West Ham could hand a debut appearance to Samir Nasri as the Hammers host Arsenal at London Stadium, Saturday at 7:30 a.m. ET

Arsenal have failed to win in their last four Premier League games away from home and will be tested in Saturday’s early kick-off when they travel to face West Ham United at London Stadium.

Arsenal may be unbeaten in 11 away matches at West Ham (won eight and drawn three in all competitions) since losing 0-1 in the Premier League in November 2006, but Emery has NEVER WON away from home against Pellegrini during a managerial career that has included stints at Almeria, Valencia and Sevilla when Pellegrini was in charge of Villarreal, Real Madrid, Malaga and Manchester City.

A weekend of FA Cup third-round action saw both teams advance; the Hammers beat Birmingham City 2-0 to book a fourth-round clash at AFC Wimbledon, while the Gunners will host Manchester United after defeating Blackpool 3-0.

West Ham can temporarily climb three places into seventh with a big enough victory, although Manuel Pellegrini’s side lack form on their own turf and are without a win in their previous two home outings.

Arsenal were 3-1 victors when these two teams met at the Emirates Stadium in August, but Pellegrini’s side have developed into more of a cohesive unit since then and will pose more of a threat in east London.

Both teams were successful in the FA Cup third round and have also both been distracted by transfer headlines in recent days, albeit for different reasons.

In Arsenal’s case, fans were dismayed to hear manager Unai Emery say on Thursday that the club had no funds for permanent deals this month.

Layth Yousif of the Islington Gazette voiced his incredulity, having seemingly felt more substantial midseason improvements were required:

West Ham supporters recently learned star striker Marko Arnautovic is a chief target for an unnamed Chinese Super League side that has bid £35 million for his services. Per TalkSport, the forward’s brother and agent, Danijel, has stressed the player wants to leave: