Three great teams are in the American Conference (AFC), while the NFL play-offs begin on Saturday, with the play-offs: Kansas City, Buffalo and Cincinnati. The Kansas City Chiefs, No. 1 in the AFC, will not play this weekend. They are directly qualified for the conference semi-finals. Kansas City has the best offense of the year and Patrick Mahomes, its superstar quarterback, is the strong favorite for the MVP award of the season. But the Chiefs have struggled in recent weeks to win some matches. And they have one of the worst kicking games, with many missed field goals.
Second straight final for Cincinnati?
Given favorites at the start of the season, the Buffalo Bills are present. They can count on Josh Allen, their quarterback, and Stefon Diggs, their receiver, the two offensive stars of the team. On the other hand, a blow in defense, with the loss of Von Miller, injured and whose season has been over for several weeks. Buffalo’s desire for the title is also increased tenfold by the tragedy experienced by Damar Hamlin, who suffered a heart attack in the middle of the match. The Bills will host Miami on Sunday.
Surprise finalists last season, the Cincinnati Bengals confirmed this season. The young Bengals offense, with Joe Burrow, Joe Mixon, Ja’Marr Chase and Tee Higgins, has improved. What to dream of a new trip to the Super Bowl. But the offensive line is weakened by injuries. Cincinnati will start in the playoffs against Baltimore on Sunday. The final AFC game of the weekend will pit Jacksonville against the Los Angeles Chargers.
San Francisco remains on 10 straight wins
The Philadelphia Eagles finished top of the National Conference (NFC). They too will be off this weekend. Philadelphia had made a great start, winning its first eight matches. The team is very complete, whether in attack or defense, and Jalen Hurts, the quarterback, is a candidate for the title of MVP. But the Eagles have recently been hit with numerous injuries, including Hurts’ shoulder injury.
The hottest team at the moment is San Francisco. The 49ers have won their last 10 games, despite the injury of Jimmy Garoppolo, their starting quarterback. But Brock Purdy, his replacement, is doing well, and the Californians have the best defense of the year, with Nick Bosa in the lead. San Francisco will open the ball play-offs, Saturday against Seattle.
Finally a good course for Dallas?
Minnesota will also have to be watched. The Vikings have won most of their games by less than a touchdown or field goal. So they know how to master the endgame. Not useless in the play-offs. Minnesota also has the best receiver of the season in Justin Jefferson. But one of the worst defenses in the NFL. They will play Sunday against the New York Giants.
Monday, at the conclusion of the play-offs, Tampa Bay, author of a checkered season, will host Dallas. But, with the immortal Tom Brady, anything is possible for the Buccaneers. And the Cowboys have a habit of scuttling each other in the play-offs.