Saturday marks the first day of playoff football in the 2017-18 season and there are two solid games out of the gate. Here’s what you need to know.
(9-7) Tennessee Titans at (10-6) Kansas City Chiefs
Watch: 4:35 PM ET on ESPN
Odds: Chiefs (-8); o/u 44.5
Patriots rooting guide: The Patriots want the Tennessee Titans to win because that would guarantee the Patriots the easiest possible divisional round. Either the Jacksonville Jaguars defeat the Buffalo Bills on Sunday and the Patriots face the Titans, or the Bills pull off the upset and New England faces the Titans. There’s no need to try and pit the Pittsburgh Steelers against a tough opponent- the Patriots just want the best possible chance to get to the AFC Championship game.
(10-6) Atlanta Falcons at (11-5) Los Angeles Rams
Watch: 8:15 PM ET on NBC
Odds: Rams (-5.5); o/u 48.0
Patriots rooting guide: The showdown between two teams that had their hearts broken by New England in the Super Bowl. If the Falcons win, they get to face a weak Philadelphia Eagles team; if the Rams win, they get to face a tough Minnesota Vikings team. I’d rather see the Vikings have a more difficult road. Go Rams.
Use this as the open thread for discussion.