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The Turf Experts Pick the NFL Divisional Round

The Turf Writers had a winning record in picking the games on Wild Card weekend? Can they keep it up as the NFL heads to its Divisional Round?

The Turf Experts Pick the NFL Divisional Round


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Our “experts” are back to give you their picks for this weekend’s NFL divisional round games.

On Wild Card weekend, The Turf writers room went 33-27 overall, with Katie Pierce and Andrew Mark Wilhelm leading the way by picking five of the six games correctly.

Those two will look to put more separation between themselves and the rest of the ten writers by picking the LA Rams to upset top-seeded Green Bay.

Just as the majority of the room took the Packers, eight of ten writers believe that the AFC’s #1 seed, the Kansas City Chiefs, will continue to defend their Super Bowl title by booking a third straight Championship game appearance.

Craig Kaufman (4-2 after last week) and Kevin Morin (3-3) believe that the Browns can continue their miraculous run that saw them dismantle the Pittsburgh Steelers at Heinz Field a week ago.

Buffalo is the more popular pick to be Kansas City’s opponent in a potential AFC title game, with the Bills picked by seven writers to top Baltimore, who got a win on the road in Tennessee last weekend. In fact, aside from the #2 seeds in each conference (Buffalo and New Orleans), all four home teams (the number 3 and 4 seeds in each conference) were eliminated on Wild Card weekend.

Finally, the game of the weekend garnered the least amount of consensus from our writing team. Five writers are going with Drew Brees and the New Orleans Saints, and five hitch their wagons to Tom Brady and the Bucs. While that game will cap off what is sure to be a great weekend of football, it’s result could be instrumental in crowning this year’s Turf Writers Room playoff picks champ.

Think you have what it takes to beat our “experts”? Hit us up on social media and tell us who you think will win this weekend, then watch for our picks all the way to Super Bowl LV!

Craig has spent the last ten years as a sports information professional, working for several schools across New England at the Division 3 level. A native of Peabody, Mass., Craig is a life-long Boston sports fan. He is also an avid player of fantasy football and baseball, and commissioner of the AKA Family Fantasy Football League. Like most other Turf team members, Craig has a penchant for theater, spending his high school and college years as a set designer, sound designer and theater shop worker. He became a father shortly before the coronavirus pandemic, and as such, hasn't really left his home since last December.

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