by ASA, Inc.
There have been lots of great teams in the past years, but the final eight teams left in 2022 make a case for the best remaining eight in NFL history. NFL player talent has progressed over the year as it rightly should with all the advances in health, fitness, and knowledge. Along with that, coaching creativity and the need to innovate more than ever has propelled the game to new levels. The NFL has created a product that dominates TV ratings and this weekend we will be locked in on the NFL as it should be the best football that we have ever seen.
There is immense talent on each of the teams left standing in the playoff race and it starts at the quarterback position. Brady, Rodgers, Mahomes, Allen, and Stafford all seem to be playing at or close to the best football of their careers. Burrow, Tannehill, and Jimmy G are not on the elite level quite yet, but are also playing better than they have ever before. Pairing these QBs with the elite weapons that each team has is a good formula for lots of points on Saturday and Sunday.
The best talent ever leads to the best teams ever. There can be a legitimate case that any of the eight teams left could win the Super Bowl. Unlike other sports (NBA and MLB) the NFL’s structure has really fostered some of the best competition both in the regular season and playoffs. There are no off weeks for NFL teams, no rest days for superstars, and no meaningless games in the middle of the season. This competitive fight for seeding all year leads to massive matchups for the quarterfinals of the NFL bracket. Every team left deserves to be here, and the spreads for this weekend show that. Each game is projected to be within one possession, so buckle up for the best football ever.
Speaking of the plethora of talented QB’s in this Divisional round, here is a prop bet we are looking at this weekend…
Under 245.5 San Francisco - Jimmy Garoppolo passing yards -115
The 49ers average 244.2 passing yards per game on the season and their game plan here is to run the football. San Francisco is 5th in the league in rushing attempts per game at 29.8 and the Packers rush D gives up 4.7-yards per carry which ranks 31st in the NFL. Last week the 49ers ran it 38 times against the Cowboys and passed for 170-total yards. In the frigid conditions in Green Bay, with a bad thumb and shoulder we don’t see the Niners offense pinning their hopes on Jimmy G and the passing attack. Not to mention, the Packers strength defensively is versus the pass, ranking 9th in passing yards allowed per game at 219.