NFL Playoffs: Divisional Round Picks And Analysis

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CBS radio and television talent from across the country break down the NFL's Divisional Round weekend slate of games and give their picks for which teams will advance to the next round.

The Experts
Mike Cugno
CBS4 Miami
Dan Roche, WBZ-TV, CBS Boston
Dan Roche
WBZ-TV, CBS Boston
Kevin Turner
105.3 The Fan, CBS Dallas
Jamie Samuelsen
97.1 The Ticket, CBS Detroit
Picks Overview
  Mike Cugno Dan Roche Kevin Turner Jamie Samuelsen
Seattle Seahawks at Atlanta Falcons
Falcons Seahawks Falcons Falcons
Houston Texans at New England Patriots
Patriots Patriots Patriots Patriots
Pittsburgh Steelers at Kansas City Chiefs
Steelers Chiefs Steelers Steelers
Green Bay Packers at Dallas Cowboys
Packers Cowboys Packers Packers
Picks Analysis
Seattle Seahawks at Atlanta Falcons
Mike Cugno, CBS4 Miami
Falcons
I feel better about picking the Falcons knowing they’re playing in Atlanta. If Matt Ryan continues to play like an MVP candidate there’s no reason why Atlanta can’t make a deep run.
Dan Roche, WBZ-TV, CBS Boston
Dan Roche, WBZ-TV, CBS Boston
Seahawks
The biggest question in this one? Do you believe in the Falcons? This game strictly rides on the shoulders of QB Matt Ryan, who had an MVP regular season. If he hangs in and doesn't panic against what should be a fired up veteran Seahawks defense, then the Falcons should fare well. This one reminds me of the Seattle-New England match-up from the regular season. Not sure if Atlanta has the experience to go toe to toe, but it should be fun to find out. Seahawks 34 Falcons 30
Kevin Turner, 105.3 The Fan, CBS Dallas
Falcons
The biggest key to this game will be how Seattle's pitiful offensive line reacts to severe crowd noise in Atlanta. Expect Atlanta to roll out a ton of different offensive formations and personnel packages to keep the Seattle defense guessing. While i'm never surprised by Seattle's ability to persevere and squeak through, give me Atlanta by 10. Falcons 27 Seahawks 17.
Jamie Samuelsen, 97.1 The Ticket, CBS Detroit
Falcons
Detroit was unable to take advantage of the holes in Seattle’s secondary. Matt Ryan won’t have the same issue. Expect a big afternoon for Ryan and Julio Jones. Falcons 38 Seahawks 20
Houston Texans at New England Patriots
Mike Cugno, CBS4 Miami
Patriots
Easy. Patriots. Look no further than the QB position in this matchup. Yes this game sports a pair of Top 10 defenses, but the Patriots have Tom Brady.
Dan Roche, WBZ-TV, CBS Boston
Dan Roche, WBZ-TV, CBS Boston
Patriots
There really are two scenarios that could give Houston a chance. First, the Texans force numerous turnovers creating quick score opportunities. Second, the Texans defense gets to Tom Brady early and often. Other than that, expect the Patriots to roll as they are home, healthy, and again, led by Brady, on a mission. Patriots 34 Texans 10
Kevin Turner, 105.3 The Fan, CBS Dallas
Patriots
I really can't believe this is a legitimate NFL playoff game, but I guess it is. To nobody's surprise I'm going with the Patriots in a rout. If I were in charge this would have been the first game of the weekend, with the NFC game at night, but oh well. You take what you get, and what you get is the Patriots dominating the Texans. Patriots 41 Texans 10
Jamie Samuelsen, 97.1 The Ticket, CBS Detroit
Patriots
If this isn’t the biggest mismatch in playoff history, it’s right up there. The Texans top rated defense will be no match for Tom Brady. Pats 40 Texans 17
Pittsburgh Steelers at Kansas City Chiefs
Mike Cugno, CBS4 Miami
Steelers
The Steelers have now won 8 in a row after a convincing victory over the Dolphins in the Wild Card Round. I worry about their defense a little bit but that shouldn’t be an issue if they can get Le’Veon Bell rolling against KC. I’m taking the Steelers.
Dan Roche, WBZ-TV, CBS Boston
Dan Roche, WBZ-TV, CBS Boston
Chiefs
I am a firm believer in the NFL being a HC/QB league. I think home field will be a factor too as Arrowhead will be rocking. Alex Smith has been steady as QB of the Chiefs while Ben Roethlisberger has carried the Steelers for years. Big Ben carved up KC to the tune of 22-27 for 300 yards and 5 TD with 0 INT's in the Steelers 43-14 rout of the Chiefs on October 2nd in Pittsburgh. Will be interesting to see how home field for KC affects this one. Big Ben was great at Heinz Field this season throwing 20 TD passes with just 5 INT's while on the road he tossed just 9 TD passes and threw 8 picks. If Justin Houston is ok, KC will pressure Roethlisberger all night. I think Tyreek Hill can be a game-changer for the Chiefs too. I think it's a close one. Chiefs 30 Steelers 27
Kevin Turner, 105.3 The Fan, CBS Dallas
Steelers
When we talk about the elite quarterbacks in the league, we mention guys like Tom Brady, Aaron Rodgers, and Big Ben. There's a reason Alex Smith isn't in that conversation. While the Kansas City defense has the ability to make it a long day on the immobile Roethlisberger, I have way too much faith in his weapons, and way too little faith in Alex Smith to go with the Chiefs. Also, Andy Reid clock management, will likely be a factor. Steelers 30 Chiefs 24
Jamie Samuelsen, 97.1 The Ticket, CBS Detroit
Steelers
Kansas City is the team that nobody is talking about and nobody wants to play. But Pittsburgh comes in hot with Le’Veon Bell and Antonio Brown looking virtually unstoppable. Steelers 27 Chiefs 24
Green Bay Packers at Dallas Cowboys
Mike Cugno, CBS4 Miami
Packers
Dallas has consistently been one of the best teams in the league all season long but Aaron Rodgers is playing some of his best football. Even if Jordy Nelson can’t play I like the red hot Packers to upset the Cowboys.
Dan Roche, WBZ-TV, CBS Boston
Dan Roche, WBZ-TV, CBS Boston
Cowboys
This has the potential to be a great game. However, you have to wonder if Aaron Rodgers can continue his remarkable 19 TD 0 Int run where the Packers have ripped off 7 straight wins. WR Jordy Nelson's injury has to hurt, but we also know Rodgers won't go away. The Cowboys have been solid pretty much from start to finish with the only question....how will rookies Dak Prescott and Ezekiel Elliott respond in the postseason? Being at home has to help the Cowboys too. Cowboys 28 Packers 24
Kevin Turner, 105.3 The Fan, CBS Dallas
Packers
The Packers are the hottest team in the NFL. The Cowboys are the best team in the NFC. These teams are much different than they were in Week 6 when the Cowboys ran all over Green Bay in Lambeau. The Cowboys can still do that, but can they get any pressure on Rodgers? Jordy Nelson's injury will be a huge loss for the Packers, but in the end, it's always about the teams that are peaking at season's end, rather than the team who might have peaked earlier in the season. It'll be close, it'll be fun, and it'll be the Packers 34 Cowboys 31
Jamie Samuelsen, 97.1 The Ticket, CBS Detroit
Packers
think the layoff hurts the Cowboys here. Dak Prescott and Ezekiel Elliott had a week to think about their first playoff game while Aaron Rodgers and the Pack just keep rolling along. Packers 30 Cowboys 14

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