The 2021 regular season is now in the books and we are knocking on the door of the opening round of the NFL playoffs. We have six games on the Super Wild Card Weekend slate, which includes a number of high-profile rematches like Buffalo-New England and Arizona-L.A., and we’ll get some quality quarterback duels on top of it. That’s plenty of action for us to truly dive into in our little gambling corner of the internet.
Unlike how we operated in the regular season where I would roll through my five Locks of the Week and then list my other picks, I will simply be breaking down every game on the playoffs slate in Lock of the Week fashion. Yes, your math is correct. That means I’m doing one extra deep-dive pick this week. Does that make me a hero? Yes. Maybe.
2021 regular-season record
Locks of the Week ATS: 50-36-4
This is one of the games that I’m weirdly the most hyped for. Typically, the Saturday afternoon opener is not exactly the slot reserved for a clash of titans, but I’m fascinated to see Joe Burrow in the playoffs. He was nails in big games at LSU and does seem to have that it-factor to pull out a strong performance in the NFL as well. These two teams did meet earlier this season and that game was closer than the 32-13 final suggests. That said, Cincinnati was averaging roughly…