Eight will be four in the NFL this weekend as the race for the Super Bowl LIII heats up.
After the Kansas City Chiefs, the New England Patriots, the New Orleans Saints and the Los Angeles Rams have entered the fight after a Bye week, it is expected that the two best seed of each conference will move from the Divisional Round to the Conference Championship Stage and the story is on her side.
Not since the 2012 season has a team denied the Wild Card round and then reached the Super Bowl. The Baltimore Ravens defeated the San Francisco 49ers in Super Bowl XLVII.
However, this weekend's matchups are better aligned than you might think, and here, with the help of Opta, we look at where the division round is won and lost.
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The main focus is on how much improved Patrick's defense will be at Arrowhead Stadium, where the Chiefs lost only once this season. Kansas City, however, will have a similar difficult task slowing down the Indianapolis attack.
The Colts were awarded in the past week in the victory against the Houston Texans. They were the 24th team since 1940 that stormed over 200 meters in a road playoff game, and the third since 2010. Marlon Mack had resigned. Marlon Mack set a 148-yard record for the Colts last weekend, hoping for a similar success against a Chiefs defense that finished 27th against the run in the regular season.
Indianapolis did not give up a sack against the vaunted Texan defense front, and their offensive will face another tough challenge on Saturday. Defensive lineman Chris Jones and linebacker Dee Ford became the first pair of Kansas City players since 1992, each receiving over 13 sacks in the same season and the first since 2000. Preventing this pair from coming to Andrew Luck will be crucial if the Colts want to keep up with the Chiefs.
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Sean McVay's Rams attack must be the best against a fearsome Dallas defense that netted the New Orleans Saints 10 points in a week-13 win. On the other hand, however, the cowboys have little hope of scoring points themselves if they can not. Stop the defensive attack from Los Angeles to Aaron Donald.
This season, Donald was only the fifth player since at least 1993, who picked up over 20 sacks, forced four or more fumble and scored at least two fumble. With Quarterback Dak Prescott tinkering with this campaign 12 times, it could be a long evening for the Cowboys if their talented offensive line does not keep Donald from being his usual disturbing self.
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The sales battle is the key to most games and that will certainly be the case in Foxborough. New England was the fourth-best team to win sales this season, with 15 percent of the drives, and was distinguished by the fact that he did not reveal it and handed over only 9.2 percent of his possessions, again the fourth-best in the series NFL.
Concern about football is particularly important against the Chargers, who had three takeaways against the Baltimore Ravens in the Wild Card round and had seven takeaways in their last two games. They had eight take-away games in their last 10 games. In this victory, the Chargers recorded seven sacks, only eight teams have ever had more in a playoff game and they will try to repeat this performance against an increasingly immovable Tom Brady. However, the Patriots have superbly protected their veteran quarterback during this term and have given up only 21 sacks.
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The defending champion is on the way to a scene of the 11th Week to keep the title defense alive. Philadelphia was defeated 48-7 in week 11, but his defense has since improved significantly and the Eagles led the league in the red zone, allowing a jump of only 20.6% within the 20.
Philadelphia must be similarly determined in the Superdome to have the chance to beat off the number one seed. The Saints scored a touchdown on 69.6 percent of their red zone trips this season, the fourth-best in the league.