Super Wild Card Weekend has concluded and the Divisional Round is up next, and it’s a weekend that will include all of the teams that won their first playoff games along with the teams that had first-round byes. Both of those number one seeds will be in action on Saturday, as the Tennessee Titans host the Cincinnati Bengals and the Green Bay Packers play at home against the San Francisco 49ers. The Titans opened as three-point favorites before moving to 3.5, and the Packers opened as five-point favorites before moving up to 6. The Bengals and 49ers were both impressive in their Super Wild Card Weekend victories, but they’ll both face tough Divisional Round tests going on the road against some well-rested teams.
The Divisional Round has a pair of Sunday games too, beginning with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Los Angeles Rams who both won lopsided games in the first round. The Buccaneers are favored by roughly a field goal for this contest, and it’ll be a game that features some of the NFL’s most well-known players in Tom Brady, Rob Gronkowski, Matthew Stafford and Cooper Kupp. The following game is probably the most compelling of the week, however, as it’ll be a rematch between Patrick Mahomes and Josh Allen. These quarterbacks faced each other in last year’s AFC Championship game and also earlier in the 2021-2022 season, and the Kansas City Chiefs are small favorites for the upcoming duel. The Chiefs and Buffalo Bills are two teams who also won convincingly in the first round, so both are clearly playing some of their best football at the most important time of the year.
Week 1 of the 2021 NFL regular season starts Thursday September 9, with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers hosting the Dallas Cowboys. The first Sunday of the season is September 12.
The 2021 NFL regular season will have 18 weeks, with each team playing 17 games and having one bye week.
The Super Bowl for the 2021 season will be at SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, California on Sunday, February 13th, 2022. It is the home stadium for both the Los Angeles Rams and the Los Angeles Chargers.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers won the 2020 Super Bowl, beating the Kansas City Chiefs 31-9.
14 teams will make the 2021 playoffs; seven from each conference. The #1 seed in each conference gets a bye, and the teams are reseeded within each conference after each round.
The 2021 NFL trade deadline is set for Tuesday November 2, which follows Week 8 of the NFL season.