Predictions for Packers-Rams, each divisional round game

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Forget Christmas, January football is truly the most wonderful time of year.

After an unusual but memorable season, the Green Bay Packers are preparing for their first playoff game against the visiting Los Angeles Rams.

Rested after a week off and entering the divisional round as the NFC’s top seed, the Packers hope this is the beginning of a magical postseason run.

Thankfully, the wait won’t be too long as the Packers kick off the divisional round on Saturday afternoon.

Will they get the victory? Here are my predictions for the divisional round:

Rams at Packers – Saturday, 3:35 p.m. CT

Highest-scoring offense. Highest-scoring defense. Something has to give at Lambeau Field.

Fortunately, I see it going Green Bay’s way.

In games the Rams have allowed 20 or more points this season, they’ve gone 2-6. It will take a monumental effort for their defense to keep the Packers under 20 points, no matter how talented they are.

Los Angeles has only scored 25 or more points in five games this season.

For the Rams to win, they can’t allow this to become a battle of the offenses. They’ll need to win by keeping it low-scoring. But in Lambeau, even limiting Green Bay to 27 points won’t be enough.

Prediction: Packers 27, Rams 20

Ravens at Bills – Saturday, 7:15 p.m. CT

This should be a fun one. The Ravens have come to life down the stretch on both sides of the ball but few teams are as hot as the Bills right now, winners of seven straight.

Josh Allen has been playing at an MVP level all year and was named a second-team All-Pro. Allen puts together another magical performance to lead his team to a late victory.

Prediction: Bills 33, Ravens 30

Browns at Chiefs – Sunday, 2:05 p.m. CT

It took the Browns almost two decades to return to the postseason. Last week’s victory would’ve been satisfying for the fans but unfortunately their Super Bowl dreams end when they run into the defending champs.

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Cleveland has a strong run game, but if it falls behind early, it will be tough to keep up. Patrick Mahomes has a big day against the Browns defense.

Prediction: Chiefs 42, Browns 24

Buccaneers at Saints – Sunday, 5:40 p.m. CT

The Bucs won’t have forgotten their embarrassing 38-3 defeat to the Saints back in Week 9. Having already lost to their division rivals twice this season, Tom Brady and Bruce Arians will have learned a lot and return with a better game plan.

This is Tom Brady we’re talking about. He’s not losing to the same team three times in a season.

Third time’s the charm for the Buccaneers, who advance to Lambeau.

Prediction: Buccaneers 23, Saints 20

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