January 12, 2017
The first round of the NFL playoffs was loaded with blowouts and teams that probably weren't playoff-worthy. This week, it's a much more robust slate of games. For those of you who need "financially motivated" reasons to watch the second round of the NFL playoffs, you can see our NFL divisional round playoff picks here.
My favorite pick this week is the Steelers, as much as I'd like to see old friend Andy Reid win. This is such a tough draw for Big Red and the Chiefs. Kansas City fought all season long to go 12-4, winning their division and gaining a first-round bye, even going 6-0 in the difficult AFC West, only to face a Steelers team that will enter this game on an eight-game winning streak.
This game opened as a "pick 'em," but shifted to the Chiefs being slight favorites, presumably because of concerns about Ben Roethlisberger's foot injury.
Earlier this year, the Steelers demolished the Chiefs 43-14, in a game that was over by halftime. At one point in that contest, Pittsburgh led 36-0. Then again, that was at a time during the season that the Eagles were 3-0. In other words, that was a long time ago. Still, the Steelers are the hottest team in the NFL right now, and it's hard to bet against that. That may sound simple. It is.