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Top Five Match Ups of the NFL Divisional Round 2016

A Look at the Best Divisional Round Match-Ups
Date & Time Friday January 15, 2016, 12:00 PM (EST)
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The divisional round of the NFL playoffs is coming at us tomorrow afternoon, so there’s no time like the present to start thinking about the best match-ups of the weekend. I’m telling, you setting a daily fantasy line-up is just about as tough as it gets this weekend, so I’d take my advice where I can get it. Plus, these should all be fun individual contests to keep an eye on as these postseason games play out. 


1. Seattle Seahawks RB Marshawn Lynch v. the Carolina Panthers’ run defense

Lynch, who didn’t even go to Minnesota with the team last week, says he’s ready to go this weekend in Charlotte. The Panthers ended the regular season as the fourth ranked run D in the league, so Beast Mode certainly has his work cut out for him in an away game that could prove to be challenging. At the end of the day, though, I think Seattle gets it done at Bank of America Stadium. 


2. Pittsburgh Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger v. the Denver Broncos’ defense (and his pain injections)

Big Ben is expected to play this weekend in the Mile High City. He’s also expected to be given pain injections that could, at least in theory, numb his shoulder to an extent. I’m interested to see how this impacts his play against a Denver D that has played darn good ball all year. You know Von Miller and Co. are going to be ready to roll (as long as they stay away from mozzarella sticks…)


3. Seattle Seahawks S Kam Chancellor v. Carolina Panthers QB Cam Newton

The battle of the C(K)ams should be an intriguing one to watch this weekend. Chancellor has been a key player in getting the Legion of Boom back to fighting form and Newton is bound and determined to make a deep playoff run this year. Since Newton is the best running QB in the league right now, it’ll be interesting to see exactly what Chancellor and his crew have to do to catch him on Sunday. 


4. The Arizona Cardinals’ offense v. the Green Bay Packers’ defense

The Pack has had a horrible year from a defensive standpoint (here’s looking at you, CM3), but last week against the Minnesota Vikings they appeared to have gotten some of their mojo back. After giving-up 38 points when they played in Glendale in Week 16, I look for this D to be ready to steamroll Carson Palmer, Larry Fitzgerald, and co. The Cards’ offense, though, won’t go down without a good fight. I expect this one could be a shootout. 


5. The Kansas City Chiefs’ pass defense v. New England Patriots WR Julian Edelman

The Pats are getting their number one wideout back just in the nick of time. Of course. Edelman, who played in only nine games this year due to a broken foot, will be facing the Chiefs’ ninth ranked pass D. Playoff games in Foxboro are rarely kind to the away team, but keeping Edelman from going off will go a long way towards another W for Andy Reid’s club. 

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