By Amari Brown
Kansas City Chiefs @ New England Patriots
Today at 4:35 on CBS
Amari’s Pick: New England Patriots
Why I’m Right: The Chiefs have won 11 games in a row after starting off the season 1-5 and dismantling the Texans last week actually makes them look like a viable opponent for knocking off the defending champs this week. But expect a Patriots win this week as they’ve had a week to get healthy and also get an important offensive piece back in Julian Edelman who hasn’t played since week 10. But besides that I’m ultimately picking the Patriots to win due to the fact that Jeremy Maclin is most likely not playing for Kansas City. It’s a huge blow for the Chiefs offense who will have to keep up with Tom Brady and company who have the #6 ranked offense in terms of yards and the #5 passing attack. Ultimately it comes down to if Alex Smith can keep pace with Tom Brady on a cold January night in Foxborough. Spoiler alert: it isn't happening. Tom Brady is one of the greats and will lead his team to its 5th straight AFC championship game next week.
Green Bay Packers @ Arizona Cardinals
Saturday at 8:15 on NBC
Amari’s Pick: Arizona Cardinals
Why I’m Right: In Round I, Arizona destroyed Green Bay by 30. Round II’s result won’t be different. This Saturday, the Green Bay Packers will be taking their last road trip of the season and definitely playing their last game of the season. I don’t think they will go into Glendale and come out with their playoff lives. For all you Packers fans out there, this is where the road ends, but if you could remember just three weeks ago, the last time Green Bay went to Glendale, they got beat like they stole something, limping out of Arizona with a 38-8 beatdown. In that game “The Great” Aaron Rodgers went a putry 15 for 28 for just 151 yards and 1 Td as well as 1 pick. That stat line was caused by the #5 defense in terms of yards allowed in the league and the #6 ranked defense in points per game allowed. Don’t expect another beatdown in this one as it’s the playoffs now and the Packers will be motivated, but don’t expect a Green Bay victory either. The Cardinals will be advancing to the NFC championship game next week.